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The Chippewa Treaty Rights & Boatlanding Witness Story?>

Sunday, April 14, 2013, 6-8 PM | The Public House Tavern, 815 E. Locust St., Riverwest Milwaukee, WI

A dramatic re-telling of the late 1980s/early 1990s Chippewa spearfishing controversy and Boatlanding Witness in northern Wisconsin.  After the presentation, there will be a discussion and updates on the Bad River/Penokee Hills struggle, and an update on Chippewa spearing and cultural food-sovereignty today.

Presentation by Rick Whaley, Ben and Dona Yahola, Dave Denomie, James Mincey, the Bresette family and LdF (invited).

This event will include potluck food at 5:45 PM, with liquid refreshments for purchase at the bar.  Bring your own plate and eating utensils. ADMISSION IS FREE, BUT YOU MUST BE age 21 or older to attend.

Rick was an organizer for the Boatlanding Witness for Non-Violence and was co-author with Walt Bresette of, Walleye Warriors: The Chippewa Treaty Rights Story.

WI Public Radio Interview w/ Mike Wiggins, Jr.?>

Thursday, Apr. 11, 2013, 5pm | Wisconsin Public Radio | 91.9, 89.1, 90.3 and 89.9 FM, 930 AM

WPR radio host Glen Moberg will interview two of Wisconsin’s top Native American leaders – Mike Wiggins, Jr. of the Bad River Chippewa and Mic Isham of GLIFWC. They will discuss culture, cooperation, economics, and concerns about mining, spear fishing and the wolf hunt. Tom Maulson of the Lac Du Flambeau Chippewa may call in. You can too: 1 800 780 9742.

The Working Title?>

The title Trust is what’s called a working title. So someday we may change it. The title originally came from two concepts that we really wanted to explore in this film. The first is the Trust Responsibility that is inherent in the nearly 400 treaties signed between indigenous nations and the United States government. It includes a federal obligation to protect and enhance tribal lands and resources. And the second is the Public Trust Doctrine as it applies to the environment and our natural resources. But the title quickly acquired an additional meaning for me. From our very first trip as filmmakers to the Great Lakes communities most affected by the mining industry we have been greeted with incredible warmth, enthusiasm and, yes, trust. So the title quickly became something more. I think about that every day and we’re working hard to live up to it.

Recommended Reading:

Stephen L. Pevar. The Rights of Indians and Tribes. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Joseph L. Sax. “The Public Trust Doctrine in Natural Resource Law: Effective Judicial Intervention” Michigan Law Review 68.January (1970): 471.

Penokee Hills Education Project Open House?>

Friday, April 5, 2013, 5pm – 9pm | The Mining Impact Coalition of Wisconsin —Penokee Hills Education Project announces the Grand Opening of their new offices at 616 West Main Street, Ashland, Wisconsin.

The office will allow the organization to have a base of operations from which to continue providing accurate educational information to area residents on mining issues that impact the state, but particularly the Lake Superior region. Their mission is public education, networking, and grassroots organizing on the environmental, health, social, and economic issues of mining that disproportionately affect Native and rural populations.

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