Treaty rights runners needed from Wisconsin to D.C.
The date for the Supreme Court of Appeals hearing on the Mille Lacs treaty rights case has been set for December 2 in Washington, D.C. This is in regard to the Minnesota Ojibwe, but the findings could potentially impact the treaty rights of Wisconsin tribes and tribes nationally, so we are very concerned about the outcome.
A spiritual run is being organized to take the Treaty Staff from Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin to Washington, D.C. in time for the Dec. 2 hearing. We are in need of core team runners (ten) to commit to the entire relay run from Nov. 11-Nov.29th, and also invite any support runners that could join for segments along the way. Roughly, the route will run near to Wausau and Madison in Wisconsin then on to Rockford, Ill - Ohio - West Virginia - Virginia - D.C.
If you could put out the word, we would appreciate it. We are also looking for housing/food along the way; financial contributions; a small camper/RV with stove, refrig. with or without a driver to use as a support vehicle/office.
We are hoping to have a Sacred Fire lit in Washington four days in advance of the case and Drum/Pipe Ceremonies outside the Court Building on Dec. 2. If you can help in anyway or would like more info, contact us at the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) office at (715) 682-6619.
THE WAABANONG RUN(Back to the East)
November 11 to December 2, 1998
From Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission
(715) 682-6619; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
TREATY RIGHTS OF ALL TRIBES AT RISK!
RECENT UPDATE (11/3/98)
On November 10 a feast and ceremony will be held at the Lac du Flambeau Casino starting at 6 pm. The next day, a sunrise ceremony will be held at the Bear River pow-wow grounds in Lac du Flambeau. Afterwards everyone will begin by walking a short distance, followed by horseback riders and runners going to the LDF grade school, where riders will dismount and runners will begin relaying the staff.
ROUTE OF THE RUN
SKETCH OF THE RUNNING ROUTE BY DAY
Start: LDF. Bear River pow-wow grounds. Sunrise ceremony. Elders and others walk from pow-wow grounds to around the Tribal Center or the Grade School.
Stop: Tomahawk, Wi.
NOV. 12 - Day 2 (Thursday). 63 miles.
NOV. 13 - Day 3 (Friday). 65 miles
NOV. 14 - Day 4 (Saturday). 63 miles
NOV. 15 - Day 5 (Sunday). 66 miles.
NOV. 16 - Day 6 (Monday). 63 miles
NOV. 17 - Day 7 (Tuesday). 63 miles
NOV. 18 - Day 8 (Wednesday). 65 miles - WEEK 2
NOV. 19 - Day 9 (Thursday). ~ 60 miles
NOV. 20 - Day 10 (Friday). ~ 60 miles
NOV 21 - Day 11 (Saturday). ~ 60 miles
NOV. 22 - Day 12 (Sunday). ~ 60 miles
NOV. 23 - Day 13 (Monday). ~ 60 miles
NOV 24 - Day 14 (Tuesday). ~ 60 miles.
NOV. 25 - Day 15 (Wednesday). ~ 60 miles - WEEK 3
NOV. 26 - Day 16 (Thursday).
NOV. 27 - Day 17 (Friday). 35 miles
NOV. 28 - (Saturday) Sacred fire to be lit.
NOV. 29 - (Sunday)
NOV. 30 - (Monday)
DEC. 1 - (Tuesday)
DEC. 2 - (Wednesday) - WEEK 4
NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AMERICAN INDIANS (NCAI) RESOLUTION
Treaty Rights - Mille Lacs vs. the State of Minnesota WHEREAS, we, the members of the National Congress of American Indians of the United States, invoking the divine blessing of the Creator upon out efforts and purposes, in order to preserve for ourselves and our descendants rights secured under Indian treaties and agreements with the United States, and all other rights and benefits to which we are entitled under the laws and Constitution of the United States to enlighten the public toward a better understanding of the Indian people, to preserve Indian cultural values, and otherwise promote the welfare of the Indian people, do hereby establish and submit the following resolution; and
WHEREAS, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest and largest national organization established in 1944 and comprised of representatives of and advocates for national, regional, and local Tribal concerns; and
WHEREAS, the health, safety, welfare, education, economic and employment opportunity, and preservation of cultural and natural resources are primary goals and objectives of NCAI; and
WHEREAS, eleven Ojibwe bands in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, hold treaty-reserved, off-reservation hunting, fishing, and gathering rights in treaty-ceded territories and those treaty-reserved rights have been re-affirmed through federal district court rulings; and
WHEREAS, numerous other Indian nations in the United States also hold rights reserved in treaties by our forefathers in government-to-government, treaty agreements with the United States government; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by the State of Minnesota of the Mille Lacs, Fond du Lac, Red Cliff, St. Croix, Bad River, Mole Lake, Lac Courte Oreilles, and Lac du Flambeau Bands in the 1837 treaty-ceded territory in Minnesota and has scheduled a hearing of the case on December 2, 1998; and
WHEREAS, the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court of Appeals could extinguish the treaty rights of the Mille Lacs Band and jeopardize the treaty rights of the other named Ojibwe bands as well as the treaty rights of the tribes nationally; and WHEREAS, NCAI is dedicated to the preservation and protection of treaty rights of tribes nationally.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that NCAI does hereby by resolution, declare December 2, 1998 as The Spirit of Treaties Day for Indian nations and ask for spiritual support from Indian communities across the nation as Ojibwe treaty rights go on trial; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that NCAI does hereby support the spiritual run with the Treaty Staff from Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin to Washington, D.C. as a demonstration of deep concern regarding the preservation of tribally held treaty rights in the United States; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that NCAI will help coordinate tribal, spiritual ceremonies in Washington, D.C. on December 2, 1998 in recognition of importance of retaining the rights and sacredness of the treaty rights which our Indian forefathers preserved for our generation and generations to come.