A WALK TO REMEMBER
Updates from the Walk
WALKERS COMPLETE JOURNEY
WALK TO REMEMBER COMPLETES CIRCLE AROUND LAKE SUPERIOR ON FRIDAY
The Walk to Remember, the 1,200-mile sacred journey around Lake Superior, will complete its circle on FRIDAY, AUGUST 25th at the Bad River Chippewa Reservation in Wisconsin. Everyone is invited to celebrate and join the walkers at 2:00 pm on Birch Hill, which is 17 miles east of Ashland on Highway 2. The group will together walk the final 7 miles west to the Bad River Powwow at Odanah. LOTS of supporters will greet the walkers, who are in very high spirits, and eager to keep working to protect the lake. On the way to the powwow some runners will stop at Waverly Beach, where the walk began on June 28th.
If anyone wants to join the Walk before Friday, call Bob at (888) 281-1735, or Lois at (715) 774-3333. The schedule as Lois Koehn described it Monday morning (please call to confirm) is:
MONDAY night 21st:
TUESDAY night 22nd:
WEDNESDAY night 23rd:
THURSDAY night 24th:
For background/photos on the Walk to Remember, and the effort to protect the world's largest freshwater lake, please see Life in Real Time http://www.lifeinrealtime.com or Midwest Treaty Network http://treaty.indigenousnative.org/superior_walk.html
Background information about the walk.
The Walk around the Lake is a sacred journey around Lake Superior to bring forth community visions to protect the air, land, and water for the Seven Generations yet to come. The idea was borne out of a Great Lakes Indigenous Environmental Network gathering in Saulte St. Marie, Ontario, in April 1999, when Native and non-Native people met to discuss issues pertaining to the Great Lakes. It is an effort to carry out the visions concerning the connections between Great Lakes' sustainability and what Native peoples' spirituality, culture, and sovereignty have to offer for its future.
The Walk to Remeber began at sunrise at Waverly Beach on the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin on June 28, 2000. the journey will end at the Bad River Reservation in late August. This walk is a spiritual journey, a pilgrimage, a healing journey, to undo some of the damage done to Mother Earth and her waters, and to bring healing to her people by communicating and listening to one another. Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world. For many people, it is an important source of food, livelihood, and drinking water. Lake Superior is also an important part of the spirituality of the Anishinabeg passed down by our ancestors and oral histories. It is threatened due to contamination, global warming caused by over-development, and a growing, global water crisis that further threatens the sanctity of its waters and the many life forms that depend on it.
Enroute we will seek to meet and learn from all who know and understand the waters, beaches, forests, hills, routes, commerce, communities, and spirit of the Lake. It is a journey that transcends the notions of boundaries and borders. We will bring people together in a common community of sharing and insight. We will make note of what we hear, see, and fee. We will conscientiously carry what we have learned and share it with each new person and every community that we visit. The journey will carry back many common stories, themes, purposes, concerns, and visions that will have been revealed and carried forward. >From this walk, a set of common principles, commitments, and standards can be realized towards a common vision that ensures all that is special about Lake Superior will be protected and nurtured for present and future generations.
The Walk to Remember is a part of the Anishinabe Millinium Project with support from Bad River Tribe of wisconsin, Fond du Lac tribe of Minnesota, Honor the Earth Fund, Great Lakes Indigenous Environmental Network, and Greenpeace.
For pictures, stories, and a map of the walk, please go to www.protecttheearth.com or www.lifeinrealtime.com. There is also a link from the IEN website at www.ienearth.org. If you have questions, you can contact Amoose at 715-682-8189 or myself at 1-877-436-2121.
August 18, 2000
Walkers plan Friday arrival at Bad River Reservation
Ishpeming, Michigan--An international group nearing completion of a 1,200-mile walk around Lake Superior today questioned the removal of a Republican Party platform plank against diversions of Great Lakes water.
"This is an ominous sign that some Republican Party interests would agree to sell our Lake Superior water to the highest bidder," said Esther Nahgahnub (Lake Superior Chippewa, Fond du Lac Reservation) of the Walk to Remember. The Walk is described as a "sacred journey" drawing attention to environmental threats facing the lake and surrounding communities.
"The Republican nominees are from the semi-arid states of Texas and Wyoming, which would love to pipe Lake Superior water to feed irresponsible interests," said Kurt Ruud of the Walk to Remember, which is now at Riper State Park, on Highway 28 west of Ishpeming, Michigan, on its way to a FRIDAY, AUGUST 25th arrival at its final destination in Odanah (on Highway 2 east of Ashland, Wisconsin). Walk coordinators invited the public to welcome the walkers at the Bad River Powwow in Odanah.
Frank Koehn (former Bayfield County Supervisor) noted that Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson chaired the Republican Platform Committee that adopted the original plank against Great Lakes water diversion, at the Party's recent convention in Philadelphia. Koehn also pointed out that one of Thompson's Republican predecessors, Governor Lee Dreyfus, proposed the piping of Lake Superior water to the Southwest; public opposition seemingly defeated that proposal in 1981.
"How could Tommy Thompson let this prohibition be dropped from his platform?," asked Koehn, "Is he acquiescing in the theft of our most vital public natural resource? First he gives away our springwater to Perrier, then our Great Lakes water to Bush and Cheney."
Koehn proposed that all political parties in the U.S. and Canada, local, state and provincial governments around the Great Lakes, and tribal governments in the Great Lakes watershed pass resolutions opposing any diversions of Great Lakes water outside the basin. Donations and resolutions can be sent to "Walk to Remember," at Anishinaabe Ogichiidaa, c/o Northern State Bank, P.O. Box 617, Ashland, WI 54806. For more information, contact (715) 774-3333 or log on http://www.lifeinrealtime.com .
July 22, 2000
"Welcome Home" transforms meeting at the Pukaswa Visitor Center.
Bob Olsgard firstname.lastname@example.org
from Pukaswa National Park
Mud Bay, Ontario
Pukaswa National Park's visitor center, a generic wood and display case place which nevertheless managed to convey the warmth of a paneled cabin, was the site of a public meeting which turned into a welcome ceremony for complete strangers, visitors to the Pukaswa, a ceremonial "welcome home" from the native to the non-native people present.
We'd watched part of an Indigenous Environmental Network on the way Pollution is devastating native cultures world-wide. We had talked about health, chemicals and community and people in the audience of mostly white Canadians from Southern Ontario kept asking questions of the Walk representatives. They wanted to know why we were walking. And as the staff passed and questions brought more questions, something bigger came about that transformed the very space where we sat.
Esther Nagahnub, an elder and school teacher from Fond Du Lac talked about how women were the keepers of the water. Moving from each woman to the next with an eye-to-eye contact that would stop a train (or start a movement) she talked right each of the women: "This little girl too," she said, pointing to a small blond girl who squirmed and wiggled in her mothers lap, turning shyly to her mother as if to hide. "She will be a keeper of the water."
Then Esther's eyes lit up with an idea. And she stopped for a quiet instant of thought. "You know this makes me think about our friend Walter Bresette. One morning early he called and told me:
"Who's not gonna leave Walter. Ya havin' trouble? D'ya want me to come over?"
"You know. Them! All of these newcomers," Walt whispered to Esther over the telephone early one Morning.
Esther was telling this story to us newcomers tonight to let us know we'd better get in touch with the notion this is our home. And that maybe, just maybe she and her people had a role to play. She continued with the story of Walter's early morning phone call.
She continued telling the story.
At that, Al Hunter stood up. Esther passed him the staff. He began to smile as his gaze passed from face to face in the audience. "This makes me think about the welcome ceremony some of our people had for our brothers and sisters who went to the residential schools," he said, his smile changing subtly to a thoughtful gaze. It was simple, he told us. They joined hands and made two circles one inside of the other, the the circle of those who knew their family stayed on the outside, the circle of those who did not know their family on the inside. Then, those who knew their families said together: "Welcome home." to those who didn't.
"We could do this here tonight. Would you join us in this welcome?" he continued. "I ask our brothers and sisters from Pic River to join us in making the outside circle."
Silently, invisibly, a transformation started to happen. The visitor center in Pukaswa National Park was changing into sacred space. The welcome ceremony began. Native people from Pic River and the native people on the Walk joined hands in the outer circle, enclosing an inner circle which contained the rest of us.
As we formed our impromptu human rings we ran into a problem a lot like the real-world situation for which this long-overdue welcome might be part of the solution. The native people were fewer and they, tasked with forming the outside ring, had the larger circle to describe with their bodies and outstretched hands. There were more of us non-native people crunched together on the inside, children standing in front of their parents, couples leaning close, all of us crunched into more of a ball than a circle. With all hands joined, the native, Lake Superior Chippewa on the outside and their white guests on the inside. Our native brothers and sisters joined together in saying: "Welcome home."
"Welcome home." It was one of those moments that movies producers run in slow motion to try to show how our collective act of recognition of its sheer bigness altered time itself, so big that no one in that room was ready for what would happen next.
Within seconds we were all hugging and shaking hands, acts not often seen at a National Park visitor center, a sight more familiar to airports, train stations, and family reunions, where people come together to share the mere magic of presense after they've been apart for too long.
Once again we'd stepped over into the ceremonial. No one stopped to think how right it felt. Later, I did muse on the facts though. And in fact we were greeting long lost relations, lost to each other through the arbitrariness of geography and culture, a separation we've allowed to devastate our relationships with each other and with the home we are challenged to share here on our little blue ball in space.
Thunder, Rain Magic Welcome at Pic River, half-way point.July 21, 2000
A sudden clap of thunder cracked the sky over a group of nearly 50 Pic River First Nation, people who had gathered to welcome the Walk to Remember to their community east of Marathon, Ontario, approximately the half way point in the group's journey around the world's largest lake, Lake Superior. Then, children who'd been waiting for nearly an hour by the roadside started jumping up and down shouting: "There they are. Look, up the road." At that moment, the walkers appeared, carrying the Protect the Earth staff.
As the walkers approached, Pic River community members brought their drum out into the road. And as they began their honor song to welcome the Walk, rain began to fall. Voices in the crowd took notice of what seemed almost magic. As the song began, the words; "first the thunder, now the rain, this really is about the water," moved through the crowd in whispers. Later, Walker and Fond Du Lac tribal member Esther Nagahnub said she was moved at the sight of the welcoming throng: "When I came over the hill and saw all of the wonderful people standing there it made me feel really warm, really good, really proud to be here, to see all of your wonderful faces, all of you wonderful people standing there in the rain."
Then the staff was passed to four-year-old April, who was the first of many girls and boys from Pic River, as they carried the staff the final eight kilometres into their community. Later as a Pic River community members and Walkers passed the staff and spoke their feelings and their greetings, Al Hunter told the welcoming crowd he was; "so glad to see the girls carrying the staff, because if is they who will protect the water." Pic River community member Eva Couchie echoed the sentiments of many who felt they'd experienced something extraordinary as she said: "The power, I could feel it! I heard the thunder. I heard the drum. What you are doing is so important to all of us."
The Walkers and the Protect the Earth staff will spend Friday the Pic River First Nation. From there they will walk Saturday to the Pic Mobert First Nation, headed further down the road to three days of activities, August 6, 7 and 8 at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, crossing the bridge to the United States and Michigan on August 9.
Bob Olsgard email@example.com, From the Walk at Pic River First Nation
"Walk to Remember"
| Al Hunter/Sandra
Indian (Lead Organizers)
(807) 482-1687 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ahmoose (715) 682-8189Esther Nahgahnub (218) 879-3487 or email@example.com
| Frank Koehn
(715) 774-3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Olsgard 1-888-281-1735 or (715) 635-8171 or email@example.comSandy Lyon (715) 766-2725 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Niijii would like
all Walk supporters to know that you can know "tune in" to the
Protect The Earth Web site to hear (and read) stories
and see pictures from the Walk. This site will continue long
after the Walk takes it's final step, so be sure so 'bookmark' the site
when you arrive.
The site is http://www.protecttheearth.com/lakewalk.html. Enjoy the site and spread the address around to others to enjoy.
Miigwetch, Walter's chums at Anishinaabe Niijii
News.......now you can hear an excellent story by Wisconsin Public Radio
reporter Mike Simonson (who joined up with the Walkers) by simply opening
up the Protect The Earth web site.
Go to RealPlayer to get a free version of RealPlayer to listen to the audio file. http://www.protecttheearth.com/Audio/superiorlakereport.ram
Flash News!!! The Walk To Remember
will be live on the internet via AIROS Network. Please share these
details with others.
Be a Walk Helper and share this web site with others, and then tune in while you read and look at pictures from the walk (the Protect The Earth/Anishinaabe Niijii also has many audit features of related interest) .
And now folks.....here's the good word.....from our chum Tricia The Walk to Remember is featured on this week's edition of Different Drums from American Indian Radio on Satellite.
|It's being uplinked to public radio stations on Ch. B68.2 and simultaneously available to internet listeners via Real Audio at the times listed below (expressed in Eastern Time):||
Tuesday 7/25 1000, 1600, 2200 59 minutes
Wed 7/26 - 0400
Saturday 7/29 - 0400, 1700
Sunday 7/30 - 0600, 1700
Monday 7/31 - 0600
internet feed can be accessed at the Different Drums homepage, at http://www.differentdrums.com
This program is available free to all radio stations connected to the Public Radio Satellite System.
Information for the "Walk To Remember
Hopefully this will work as a goal for everyone. It will be nice if we find runners to help in Canada. Out concern (from down here) is that it would be nice to have more walkers and support in Canada. Bob has said he will make the Canada leg.
If I do not receive major objections via email or phone I will send this schedule out with the following: PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF CORRECTIONS NEED TO BE MADE!
Frequently asked questions:
HOW LONG IS THIS JOURNEY? About 1,200 miles
CAN FOLKS JOIN FOR PART OF THE WALK? Absolutely! Join us for a block, a mile, a day or longer. Or stop for a visit or wave as we go by.
WHAT TO BRING? Come self contained for the distance of your journey, plus anything that you can contribute to the rest of the fellow travelers. Bring "mole skin" foot patches for blisters, bring rain gear. Bring food to share, bring drinking water and a tent. Bring dry firewood, bring flashlights and matches. Bring a good spirit and a willing heart.
HOW FEROCIOUS ARE THE BUGS? Bugs may be ferocious on some parts of the walk. Bring along repellant. WHERE WILL WE SLEEP? For the most part we will sleep in tents. There may be the occasional opportunity to sleep in doors depending on how mnay offers we receive.
WHAT ABOUT FOOD? We plan to have soup, rice, noodles available each night at our camp sites. Along the way there are feasts and picnics planned. It will be helpful if you can bring along food that can be shared.
WILL THERE BE SUPPORT VEHICLES? Anyone who can offer thier services and/or vehicle for support will be appreciated.
WHERE DO WE NEED HELP? On the northern leg of the walk across Canada.
WHAT ELSE? Water, food, rain gear, tent and chocolate.
We leave Waverly Beach on the Bad River Reservation at sunrise on June 29th and then head toward Ashland, Washburn, Bayfield and on to the Red Cliff Reservation. Some people are going to stay at the Red Cliff Pow wow for two days (June 1st and 2nd) to participate, but others are moving on towards Duluth. From Duluth we will walk to Thunder Bay. From Thunder Bay to the Soo and then back to Bad River intime for the Pow-wow.
The daily schedule follows this statement of why we have decided it is time to take A Walk to Remember.
A WALK TO REMEMBER
A sacred journey around Lake Superior to bring forth community visions to protect the air, land and water for the Seven Generations yet to come.
Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world. For many people, it is an important source of food, livelihood and drinking water. Lake Superior is also an important part of the spirituality of the Anishinabeg as passed down by our ancestors and oral histories. It is now threatened due to contamination, global warming caused by over-development, and a growing, global water crisis that further threatens the sanctity of its waters and many life forms that depend on it, including, people.
"A Walk To Remember" is a journey around Lake Superior that is being coordinated by a group of people from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ontario, and Michigan. The idea was borne out of a gathering in Sault Ste. Marie, in April of 1999, when Native and Non-Native people met to discuss issues pertaining to the Great Lakes. This walk, this journey, is the result of people's dreams and visions that were brought forward at this meeting. It is also an effort to carry out the visions concerning the connections between Great Lakes sustainability and what Native peoples' spirituality, culture, and sovereignty, have to offer for its future, as voiced by the late activist, Walt Bresette, a Lake Superior Chippewa from the Red Cliff Reservation, in northern Wisconsin, who passed away in February of 1999. "We need to bring all the people of Lake Superior together," he often said. "We need to talk to each other about what is happening in our villages and our communities, to share our experiences, our concerns, and our hopes for the future. We need to meet our neighbors and learn from them."
This summer, the 1200 mile journey will begin on the south shore of Lake Superior at Waverly Beach on the Bad River Reservation at sunrise on June 28, 2000. It will then continue on to the Fourth of July Pow-Wow at the Red Cliff Reservation. The journey will end full-circle at the Bad River Pow-Wow in late August.
This walk is also a spiritual journey, a pilgrimage, a healing journey, to undo some of the damage done to Mother Earth and her waters, and to bring healing to her people by communicating and listening to one another.
Enroute we will seek to meet and learn from all who know and understand the waters, beaches, forests, hills, routes, commerce, communities, and spirit of the lake. It will be a journey that transcends the notions of borders and boundaries. We will seek to bring people together in a common community of sharing and insight. We will make note of what we hear, see and feel. We will conscientiously carry what we learn and share it with each new person and every community that we visit. Almost simultaneously, "A Walk To Remember" will be reproduced on the internet to share the sights, sounds and ideas from Lake Superior to the rest of the world.
As the journey progresses around the lake, some common stories and themes will emerge. By late summer, after every village and community has been visited, and all who have wanted to be heard have been heard the walk will end, where it began, on the Bad River Reservation. The journey will carry back many common stories, themes, purposes, concerns, and visions that will have been revealed and carried forward.
It is hoped that from the walk, a set of common principles, commitments and standards can be realized towards a common vision that ensures all that is special about Lake Superior will be protected and nurtured for present and future generations. Please join us on this once in a lifetime journey for the Seven Generations yet to come.
For further information about how you can participate or help in making "A WALK TO REMEMBER" contact one the organizers. Donations small and large will be appreciated and may be sent to Anishinabe Ogitchidda, %Northern State Bank, P.O. Box 617, Ashland, WI 54806
For updates on the journey during the six weeks of walking contact:
Walk Updates will be sent out to help keep everyone informed of the last minute changes. Updates will be posted as new events are added.
Original Walk Schedule - page
Ojibwe mark Sandy Lake Tragedy
Memorial, run honor 150th anniversary
By Lee Bloomquist
News Tribune staff writer
Some 400 Ojibwe Indians who died in one of the Great Lakes area's most tragic events are being remembered on its 150th anniversary.
Twelve tribal bands from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan on Saturday [Dec. 2, 2000] will dedicate a memorial and hold a 150-mile run in remembrance of the 1850 Sandy Lake Tragedy.
Saturday's run, beginning at Sandy Lake Recreation Area near McGregor, will symbolize the journey those bands and others made 150 years ago.
"It's kind of spiritual in a way," said Jim Schlender, executive administrator of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission in Odanah, Wis. "It's a way of connecting our resolve with their resolve."
Before 1850, annual distributions including money, awls, needles, twine and kettles had been made to 19 bands at La Pointe, Wis.
But federal officials in 1850 ordered the bands to Sandy Lake near McGregor to receive the distributions.
In early October, after 4,000 tribal members from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan arrived, fatigued and hungry, they found no one there to distribute the supplies. Waiting for two months with no shelter and little food, 170 died of disease, exposure, starvation and other causes.
After receiving partial annuities on Dec. 2, 1850, many began their return trip home.
But with low temperatures, frozen waterways and a foot of snow on the ground, 230 died en route.
With about 400 dead, the Ojibwe vowed never to resettle at Sandy Lake.
"In terms of tribal people, this is an event that was almost lost to history," Schlender said. "We went back and asked our elders and spirits about what should be done. It was a tragic event that was at the hands of the government and our tribe said something needed to be done to memorialize that event."
At sunrise on Saturday, a monument at Sandy Lake made of 400 stones brought from reservations of all the affected tribes will be dedicated.
Sandy Lake is about 11 miles north of McGregor along U.S. Highway 65.
Following the dedication, the Mikwendaagoziwag ("remember them") Run, a 150-mile remembrance run, starts at Sandy Lake Recreation Area. The run ends Monday in Bayfield with a ceremony at Madeline Island.
About a dozen runners are expected.
"The run is not meant to be a publicity thing or for competition," said Jim Zorn, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission policy analyst. "It's about making the trek back and the memorial."
"The run is symbolic of the journey they made back," Schlender said.
Moving the annuity distribution was an attempt by the federal government to remove Indians from other areas into Minnesota, said Schlender.
"The idea was to move Indians out of the way as settlers moved westward," Schlender said. "And by moving the Indians, the economics of it flowed directly into traders' hands. There were no great battles in this area and no battlefield massacres. The Ojibwe were a pretty peaceful people. The real significance for us as Americans is the removal. The government didn't comply with the treaties (of 1837 and 1842) and the law. The whole removal act was illegal."
Minnesota tribes supporting Saturday's event are Mille Lacs, Fond du Lac, Leech Lake and Grand Portage; Wisconsin tribes are St. Croix, Red Cliff, Bad River, La Courte Oreilles, Lac du Flambeau and Sokoagon. Michigan tribes are Lac Vieux Desert and Keweenaw Bay.
"Remembering our ancestors is something we do every day," Schlender said. "But this is a special day. Generally, we hope it brings about a better understanding of what happened among Indians and non-Indians."
In 1854, the Ojibwe negotiated a treaty with the United States that established permanent reservations around their homelands in the Lake Superior region.
Canoe trip commemorates Chippewa tribes
Seventh Generation Amendment http://www.Brain-Box.com/commonproperty/cp-webpage.html
Midwest Treaty Network