STUDENT AND COMMUNITY ALLIANCE FOR THE WOLF RIVER
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Over 100 students, elders, veterans and others marched in Keshena on
April 15 for the protection of the Wolf River.
They included representatives of the Menominee, Mohican,
and other tribes. Students from College of the Menominee Nation
carried a banner reading: "The Wolf River is calling 911.
College of the Menominee Nation students are First Responders."
The students' walk was part of the statewide schools campaign
by the Wolf Watershed Educational Project, which culminated
in a statewide April 29, 2000 rally at the State Capitol in
For more information on Menominee opposition to the
Crandon mine, see the Menominee Treaty Rights and Mining Impacts
Office at http://www.menominee.com/nomining/home.html.
SATURDAY, APRIL 15, KESHENA (Menominee Nation)
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Contact: Elizabeth Warrington, 715-799-4305, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Munson, 715-295-0018 email@example.com
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COMMUNITY RALLY ~ CELEBRATION ~
EDUCATION FOR THE WOLF RIVER WATERSHED
People at the local, tribal and state level
gather to celebrate the Wolf River and her gifts.
(Keshena, Wisconsin) -- The Student and Community
Alliance for the Wolf River invites all youth,
high school and college students, educators, tribal
members, sportsmen, environmentalists, small business
owners, and political leaders to celebrate the Wolf
River. There will be a day of sharing, demonstration
and celebration in honor of the Wolf River on Saturday,
April 15 in conjunction with the Menominee Sturgeon
Ceremony. The purpose of this gathering is to thank the
Wolf River for her gifts and educate each other on how
to protect her from harm.
The link between the sturgeon, the Menominee people,
and the health of the Wolf River is of special importance.
The sturgeon is deeply ingrained in Menominee culture,
spirituality, and subsistence patterns. Dams on the
Wolf River already impede the travels of the sturgeon
to the reservation. Currently, the Menominee Tribe and
the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have to
gather the fish south of the Shawano dam and transport
them to the reservation. If the water quality of the
Wolf were to decline because of contamination from the
Crandon Mine, the sturgeon would have no chance of
survival. It is important people living in the Wolf
River watershed are aware of these linkages and that
people, especially young ones and students, become
involved with these issues.
The event begins at 8:00 a.m. on the Highway 47 bridge
in Keshena, just south of the Menominee Logging Museum
(north side of Keshena). There will be a march through
Keshena ending with a rally at the tank/pavilion in
downtown Keshena. People are encouraged to speak
about the Wolf River, share knowledge about the Crandon
mine, and discuss environmental concerns. Busses will
take people to Menominee Indian Middle School in Neopit
where a second march will take place ending at the
Menominee Tribal School. The Tribal School is on the
west side of Neopit, behind the Neopit post office.
The Sturgeon Ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Tribal
School where there will be speakers, food, dancing and