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Restoring Native Plants in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a Community Effort

Community Effort

It’s not enough to rely on government programs like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to pay for restoration projects; organization and funding on the local level is essential to pool all available resources to help the ecosystems. Like reconstructing elements of native plant communities, interconnecting people is vital to restoration success. Continue reading

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Kinomaage Success Story

Kinomaage Success Story

On September 13-14, 2012, representatives from four American Indian tribes in the Upper Great Lakes Basin met with US National Forest Service staff to continue sharing skills and experiences for use in collaborative efforts to restore and preserve native plants and protect pollinators. Continue reading

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New Video with U.S. Forest Service Botanist Jan Schultz

Jan Schultz Video

USFS Eastern Region Botanist Jan Schultz was the keynote speaker on Tues., Oct. 16, 2012 at the Rapid Response Invasive Plant Intervention Team of the U.P.! (RIPP IT UP!) Third Annual Northern Great Lakes Conference named “A United Front against Invasive Species” in Marquette. Continue reading

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Kinomaage Workshop September 13 & 14

Lac Vieux Desert Band of L.S. Chippewa

You are invited to a 4th Native Plants Restoration and Pollinator Protection Workshop for Native American Tribal Communities in Northern Michigan.

Get an overview of native plant restoration and pollinator-protection efforts among Native American tribal communities.

Gain insights into traditional Native cultural teachings, medicinal plants, & wild rice seeding and harvesting. Continue reading

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Zaagkii Booklet 2012

Zaagkii Booklet 2012

“Gisheek: Spirit of the Cedar”

Printed annually, this booklet gives insight to the motivation behind the project, a run down of our accomplishments to date, as well as what’s on the horizon for the future of The Zaagkii Project. You can view it below. Continue reading

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Hannahville Indian Community hosts U.S. Forest Service, Cedar Tree Institute April 2012 Workshop on Pollinator Protection and Native Plant Restoration


Representatives of 5 tribal communities attended an April 2012 pollinator protection and native plants restoration workshop at the Hannahville Indian Community.

Hannahville Indian School students planted apple and cedar saplings as part of the U.S. Forest Service-funded Zaagkii Wings and Seeds Project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Continue reading

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Be Tenders of the Garden

Earl Meshigaud

A northern Michigan American Indian elder believes something is amiss in nature and is encouraging tribal communities to join with non-tribal partners for pollinator protection and the restoration of native plants. “It is your responsibility – as well as ours – to be tenders of the garden,” said Earl Meshigaud, Hannahville Potawatomi Indian Community Tribal Council Member and Culture Department Director. Continue reading

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Michigan’s Hannahville Indian (Potowatomi) Community hosts 3rd Native Plants Workshop

Native Plants Workshop

On April 12th, 2012, a few hundred yards from a small Michigan’s tribe’s administrative offices, 43 representatives from 5 American Indian communities met to explore the important recovery of native plants, sharing a vision to building a new cooperative effort for restoring threatened plant species. Sounds of drums and the smell of sweet grass set a ceremonial context for Continue reading

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