Stewardship of Historic Rice Bed on Tawas Lake (aka Squirrel Marsh)
March 28, 2017
Guest post by Harold Watts:
Recently the Michigan DEQ received a permit application for the aquatic weed control program of 2017 for Tawas Lake. The company who sent in the permit application as well as their assessment has been hired from a wealthy minority of the surrounding land owners and traditional non status and status aboriginals who are still against the application of foaming aquatic herbicides.
We aboriginals last fall have an alternative initiative. I made verbal testimony. Yet because of the gap in generations between reemergence of traditional people and the current mainstream dominate culture of the area. Also between ourselves and our ancestors who once stewards all of the area. We still have agreement and unity with even those hiring the company on many of these issues. Except when it comes to using the foaming agent. We have found it has failed in states like Indiana and Illinois.
We mentioned that we have the man power, funds and all needed to accomplish the agreed that of moving and safeguarding the wild Mahoomin and the aquatic local and invasive species. Dealing well with all mentioned therein and can achieve the same end goal as their reasoning for their version of a program had in mind. Without the foaming agent. We have outlined our direct actions. And notified all involved. Come June we will be there to remove and sort and then transplant our sacred Mahoomin to safe havens. To regenerate other former rice beds and make new ones. And in the process deal with their aquatic "weed" issue.
The locals who are behind this permit directly and publicly stated they don't care about the rice or our culture, all they care about is getting the "weeds" which are encroaching on their property line adjacent to the marsh waters out of there so they can reassess their property values. Period. It's about a fast fix to a colonial problem.
We all know water and rice is life. You can find further info on if you can help out in the coming time frame. Convince your local recognized tribes near us if they haven't already. To call Eric Bacon with the MDEQ aquatic weed control department area department.
You can contact myself thru Facebook here as well as get with a local thru facebook (Brian Loeffler) he has a petition you can sign. We have less than 15 days left for the public opinion time. Before the DEQ does their own research and scrutiny on the permit to then make a decision. Before this time is up we Aboriginals and other groups will have given all involved directly the letter of intent on our direct actions. As well as the alternative aquatic weed control program for tawas lake/marsh for 2017- at least next ten years. The plan is planned as a indefinite program that shall be handed down from generation to generation among the aboriginals who have gone into private family treaties. As well as interband and tribal covenants to protect our sacred marsh. As well as agreements with other mother earth warriors and their organizations. We have a better alternative. And we need prayers and support. Even if it's just moral support
Miigwetch for your time and all your efforts trying to save our Mother Earth. AHKI WE ARE THE LAND.
Region: Great Lakes, Michigan, Tawas Lake aka Squirrel Marsh.
First Nations: Chippewa Nation of Great Lakes, Independent Warrior's Counsel. (Society) Of reemerging Gael and French Metis band of OMAA in Michigan.
Allies: Great Lakes Environmental Alliance, Stewardship Alliance