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After a Long Campaign, Menominee Site Listed on National Register of Historic Places

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

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Officials: Michigan paper mill fire officially out

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

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At 50, Clean Water Act marks progress to clean up water, but challenges remain

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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Dept. of Natural Resources: 2022 hook And line lake sturgeon season opens Sept. 3

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