Posts Tagged ‘Tribal government’

Identity Through Fishing

Please close this window to return to previous page. Linda Spencer: In our marina this year we have the tribal fishing boats, commercial fishing enterprise, the S & S fisheries, and it’s been quite a learning experience for all of us this year. There has been some controversy in the area. Some of it has [...]

Low – Symbols of Identity

Please close this window to return to previous page. Our patriarch [was] Leopold Pokagon, who the government named us after, and then we sort of took on that role as Pokagon’s Band of Potawatomi or the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. We since the 1830s, we’ve always been organized as the Anishinaabek, the human beings that [...]

Menominee Forestry

Please close this window to return to previous page. Marshall Pecore, Menominee Forest Manager: Menominee history of forest management is a unique blend of people’s conviction and legislation. This long term forest management [on] Menominee seems to demonstrate well here that you can have spiritual rejuvenation, you can have economic base, you can have recreation. [...]

Lac Courte Oreilles Resort

Please close this window to return to previous page. Paul Demain, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe: We’re talking with Gaiashkabos, the former tribal chairman from the Lac Courte Oreilles tribe, he still sits on the council now, and we’re up at The Landing, formerly known as Herman Landing. And Gaiash had quite a bit [...]


Please close this window to return to previous page. Nick Vander Puy: George Meyer, we’re at Bad River Indian Reservation. We’ve been getting together with tribal biologists, with spearers, with netters, with tribal attorneys, state attorneys. It’s kind of an old home week. George Meyer: It truly is. Many of these people were in the [...]

Tribal Businesses

Tribally-owned businesses became fairly common after the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. The federal government encouraged, funded, and supervised cooperatives that sold wild rice or beadwork, for example, but these businesses were short-lived. During the War on Poverty in the 1960s and early 1970s, tribes could receive federal funds to establish “industrial parks” with water, [...]


Providing meat for their families was primarily the job of men, although women sometimes hunted small animals. Hunting methods, based on extensive knowledge of the habits of game animals, included shooting with a bow and arrow or gun and setting various kinds of traps. Hunters had different arrows for different kinds of game: small ones [...]

Legal Identity

Legal identity is established by the federal government and by tribal governments. If the federal government acknowledges that an individual is legally Indian, then that individual is entitled to certain benefits. These benefits follow from the government’s “trustee” responsibility to Indians as established by the Supreme Court. More importantly, Congress recognizes that it owes certain [...]


All the tribes in the Great Lakes area have casinos. Those in Minnesota are the third most profitable Indian casinos, behind Connecticut and California. But profits of these gaming operations vary from the tens of millions to about half a million dollars. Still, they have had a tremendous impact on the lives of Native people. [...]

Land, Water, and Forest

Throughout the Midwest region is a network of rivers and lakes that provided Native people with rich and varied sources for food, clothing, housing, and tools before and after Europeans arrived. Native people obtained many species of seasonally available fish, as well as an aquatic plant known as wild rice. The waters attracted game and [...]