Giving thanks for prayers answered that will preserve the culture of these sacred and historical sites of the Menominee Tribe. This is in honor of those who have gone before and those yet to come. Within this ceremonial dance ring giving thanks are L-R are Dr. David Overstreet, David “Nahwahquaw” Grignon, Tony Brown, Kahkamahut Waupekenay, Glen Miller, Lupi Corn, Lois Turney, Aaliyah Webster, and Dawn Wilber.
Keshena, WI — The Menominee Tribe is extremely happy to learn that its nomination to have the Sixty Islands or Anaem Omot (Dogs Belly) area in Wisconsin and Michigan be added to the National Register of Historic Places was approved. This recognizes critical burial and historic sites at the place of our origin.
Chairwoman Gena Kakkak was overwhelmed with gratitude, saying: “We are so very thankful to the National Park Service for including this site on the National Register of Historic Places. Our ancestors can now rest better in their places of burial. Our original spiritual and ceremonial grounds are recognized and our children can continue to learn and find their heritage in our places of origin.”
Tribal Historic Preservation Director David Grignon said: “This is a historic day for the Menominee people that the Sixty Islands area of the Menominee River will be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was a long time in coming, but now our sacred sites, mounds, and historic sites on the Menominee River at Sixty Islands are recognized”.
The Anaem Omot or Sixty Islands area of the Menominee River is located about 16 miles east of Stephenson, Michigan. The settlement remains date back roughly 10,000 years to the last Ice Age. The site has now been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The tribe has worked for several years to advocate for this listing and to protect the culturally sensitive areas that include burial mounds, garden beds, and ceremonial sites. Our tribal members and advocacy groups remain connected to this area for cultural purposes.
The Menominee Tribe, having no migration story, are the original people of this land from time immemorial. For more information on the Menominee Tribe visit our website at www.menominee-nsn.gov.
KAK: You mentioned the Menominee River. It’s no longer on the list of pollution hotspots around the Great Lakes. But it’s just for decades been a hotspot for development and industrialization, for arsenic and coal tar dumping. How do you see the reserve work working with this legacy pollution? – Click to Read More
The Menominee Fire Department announced last week that the fire officially is out at the Resolute Forest Products’ recycled bleached kraft pulp mill in Menominee, Michigan…
Environmental agencies from both Michigan and Wisconsin were concerned about a spike in PFAS chemicals in the Menominee River because of runoff from the fire—potentially impacting drinking water for the cities of Menominee and Marinette, Michigan… – Click to read more
Standing on the banks of the river Tuesday, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the bipartisan law empowered the agency to enforce regulations to make waters safe for swimming, fishing, and drinking…
As the state celebrates the law’s anniversary, Gov. Tony Evers announced a new interactive tool to show where PFAS contamination has been found in the state…
PFAS doesn’t break down easily in the environment, and it’s been linked to kidney and testicular cancers among other serious health issues. The new tool shows around 150 drinking water systems serving nearly 1.7 million people have taken part in voluntary sampling to determine if PFAS is present in drinking water…
The Clean Water Act aimed to achieve “fishable and swimmable” waters by 1983, but Wilkin Gibart said the law fell short of that goal…
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Due to opposition, the mining project has been on hold for more than 20 years, but recently Gold Resources acquired Aquila and has re-proposed the mining project. The company intends on beginning construction of the mine by 2024. The EPA must reject the wetlands permits and continue to preserve the Menominee River for future generations… Click to read more
Shame on all U.P. politicians who value money and profit over the health of 20,000 people living near or on the Menominee River and Green Bay… – Click to read more
… If the site is approved by the National Register, it would mean that any major development would have to go through additional layers of federal and tribal approval… – Click to read more
The DNR’s Green Tier program recognizes organizations committed to going above and beyond compliance to improve their environmental performance and impact.
As a Tier 1 participant, Fincantieri Marinette Marine commits to improving its environmental impacts through its environmental management system. – Click to read more
U.P. legislators said they are unhappy with the State Historic Preservation Review Board’s decision Friday to nominate the land for protection as a historic place. It could impact the proposed Back Forty Mine… – Click to read more
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the inland hook and line season for lake sturgeon will take place Sept. 3 – Sept. 30 on certain waters. Lake sturgeon in these waterbodies remain strong thanks to continued science-based management practices and habitat work. – Click to read more