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Walt Bresette Memorial at Red Cliff
February 23, 2001
FROM: Leah La Pointe
Lake Superior Protection Coordinator
Red Cliff Tribal EPA Office
email@example.com (715)779-3700, ext. 22
Boozhoo! We hope this letter finds you in
good health and spirits. We are planning
a memorial for Walter Bresette on Friday,
February 23, 2001 here on the Red Cliff Chippewa
Reservation north of Bayfield, Wis. We are going to
start at 3:30 with a Memorial Walk/Run from the
Bayfield School to the Red Cliff Bingo Hall. Then
we are going to have at 5 pm an opening ceremony
with honor songs, at 5:30 a chili and frybread
meal, at 6 pm traditional storytelling by Delores
Bainbridge,and at 7:30 pm there are going to
be a few speakers (TBA) with their remembrances
about Walt. From 9 to 10 pm will be traditional
drumming by the Buffalo Bay Sobriety Singers Drum.
As you may be aware, last year Red Cliff hosted the
WinterGREEN Gathering Conference and Powwow.
The original idea was that Red Cliff would host
the event for the first two years and then it
would be passed on to different reservations. We
have formed a Green Gathering committee and have
decided on a different and more hands-on format
for this year's activities. As always, these
events are dedicated in the memory of Walter
Bresette and keeping his ideas concerning
the environment alive within our community.
We will be holding a series of mini-conferences
throughout the year. These events will include
traditionally relevant activities accompanied
by workshops concerning environmental issues
of the Lake Superior Basin. For instance,
this spring we are planning a mini-conference
about sugarbushing. There will also be speakers and
workshops presenting environmental information about
forestry and land use issues. The series of mini-
conferences will incorporate how we affect our
environment and in turn how our environment affects
our traditions. We will be focusing on the youth
population but any interested people are cordially
invited to participate.
We invite everyone to attend the special February 23
memorial to Walter and kick-off to this year's
Green Gathering activities. We believe in Walter's
philosophies about preserving our environment for
future generations, and we think this will be an
excellent opportunity for all to come and share their
experiences related to Walter and his causes. Please
join us in celebrating Walter Bresette's life and
honor all the good he brought to the Red Cliff
community and Native communities throughout
Wisconsin. If you have any questions, please feel
free to call Leah La Pointe at (715) 779-3700
Miigwetch and giga-waabamin!
Leah La Pointe
Lake Superior Protection Coordinator
On behalf of Green Gathering Committee
Red Cliff Tribal EPA Office
(715)779-3700, ext. 22
Protecting and preserving the environment
for seven generations and beyond!
More on Walt Bresette on
Midwest Treaty Network website:
Condolences and Remembrances:
WinterGREEN Lake Superior Youth Conference 2000
Student Mine Summit at Mole Lake, April 27-29, 2001
Walt Bresette, Protector of the Earth............
About Walt Bresette on the Radio & on the Web
From: Sandy Lyon firstname.lastname@example.org
Walt Bresette is a beloved man in the Lake Superior territory because he
brought together people from different races to love and defend the earth.
Sandy Lyon, Walt's partner and friend says, "Walt Bresette was like the
North Star. He held up the sky over northern Wisconsin and the people
While he was visiting Duluth, Minnesota in late February Walt Bresette died
from a heart attack. A Lake Superior Red Cliff Anishinabe. A loon clan
member. Bresette was fifty one years old when he walked on.
During the nineteen eighties treaty struggle in Wisconsin when non-Indian
sportsmen threatened tribal spear fishers Bresette organized an interracial
Witness for Non-Violence to help keep the peace.
In 1997 Bresette helped blockade a train destined for a mine carrying
sulfuric acid across a reservation. The mine eventually shut down from the
A few years ago he walked across Wisconsin for the Seventh Generation
constitutional amendment to protect our grandchildren's children from big
corporations and government.
To further the work of Walt Bresette, his partner in Anishinabe Niijii,
Sandy Lyon, along with Community Radio producer Nick Van Der Puy, have
produced a 45 minute radio program with Walt's words, stories and laughter.
The program was initially produced as an Earth Day Special for the AIROS
(American Indian Radio on Satellite) network program Different Drums, which
broadcast throughout the North American Continent on satellite. Different
Drums, a music program of contemporary Native American Music, hosted by
Tricia King and is heard every week.
The program can be heard around the world on the web.
These times are all expressed in EDT - The show will simultaneously be
uplinked for public radio on the AIROS channel, B68.2, and on the
Internet at http://www.nativetelecom.org at the following times:
Tue., 4/20: 1000, 1600, 2200
Wed., 4/21: 0400
Fri., 4/23: 1000, 1600, 2200
Sat., 4/24: 0400, 1700
Sun., 4/25: 0600, 1700
Mon., 4/26: 0600
NOTE: Tuesday's Programs can be also be heard on WOJB in Haywood, Wisconsin
at 88.9 FM
The Protect the Earth / Walt Bresette program is also available on tape
Springbrook, Wi. 54875
The cost is $12 for producing/handling and shipping.
Please specify DAT or Cassette preference.
Orders may be placed by emailing Anishinabe Niijii at the Protect the Earth
email address, email@example.com However, orders will not be mailed
until payment is received.
Musicians heard on the tape are all friends of Walt Bresette's
In order of appearance they include:
Frank "AnaQuad" Montano with his "Flute Song for the Cardinal"
John Trudell with "Listening" from his tape "Tribal Voice"
Bobby Bullet St.Germain with "Lac du Flambeau Reservation" and "The Fire
Must Never Die"
Floyd Westerman with "They Didn't Listen" from his "Custer Died for Your
Mitch Walking Elk with "I Am A Stone" from his CD of the same name.
All songs may be located through listener supported WOJB Woodland Community
Radio owned and operated by the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior
Chippewa. at http://www.wojb.org
For more information about Walt Bresette, visit
Protect the Earth at http://www.protecttheearth.com
Artist Bill Krupinski has created a poster honoring Walt Bresette.
The poster is printed in sepia-tone (dark brown) on parchment card
stock measuring 11" by 17". Bill is selling the posters for $12.50 to
$20 - (Pay more if you can!) - plus $2.50 shipping and handling.
Proceeds from the poster sales will be used to support Walt's kids.
Send check or money order for $15 - $22.50 to:
ART First Studio, N3989 Hwy N, Jefferson WI 53549
This is legitimate and is not designed to take advantage of Walt's
passing or his family. Please contact me if you have questions.
Thor Backus WSN coordinator
122 State #200 Madison WI 53703
email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: http://www.wsn.org