idea created to foster community awareness over misguided political
deception won the day of Thursday, Nov. 14. The Saginaw Chippewa
Indian Tribe joined others across the state in proceeding wolf ceremonies.
The SCIT Tribal Council voiced their concerns over the wolf
hunt with other Tribes represented at the Oct. 23 United Tribes
of Michigan meeting. They showed their support through a Tribal
Resolution against the hunt.
Keep Michigan Wolves Protected Director Jill Fritz personally
briefed Council six weeks ago and encouraged those in attendance
to make their voice heard to stop the hunting of Michigan wolves.
"It is tragic to see the wolf hunt begin and to know that it
has come about only because of misinformation, fear-mongering and
the silencing of public opinion by legislators, the DNR and the
Natural Resources Commission," Fritz said. "But rest assured that
Keep Michigan Wolves Protected is determined to win the fight to
repeal the laws making the wolf a game species, and to return wolves
to their protected status in Michigan."
With a full moon rising and the evening sky breaking through,
the community entered the Saginaw Chippewa Academy lodge in support
of the Candlelight Wolf Vigil for the controversial hunt that began
the next day on Nov. 15.
"I find it hard to believe that the Department of Natural Resources
cannot effectively educate the citizens of the Upper Peninsula on
the practices of making their environment less attractive to an
apex predator such as the wolf," Public Relations Director Frank
Cloutier said. "Instead, we have a few farmers who are doing everything
wrong and essentially attracting the wolf population onto their
properties. There is a balance in nature to all things. This hunt
is not the answer to create balance. Effective pack management is
what should be taking place with specific trainings and restrictions
for farmers not following preventative protocols."
SCA Teacher Nathan Isaac developed the grassroots effort along
with the Tribal Public Relations department and was honored to host
the cultural event at the teaching lodge.
"It is good to share these teachings we have been given and
many of our people are not against hunting because we are providers
for our families," Isaac said. "The wolf is part of our Creation
story and is our brother
I will not hunt my brother."
Behavioral Health Helping Healer Bea Jackson gifted semaa pouches
made by our community Anishinabe Kwe'; and Mide'; Elder.
Tribal Council Chaplain Steve Pego shared wolf teachings in
the SCA Teaching Lodge. "I personally know many Wolf Clan brothers
and sisters," Pego said. "Hunting for sport and without purpose
is not Anishinabe and is not the way of our people."
Niibing Giizis (Summer Moon Photography) owner Marcella Hadden
did an excellent photo story of the candlelight vigil and more of
her images can be found on the bonus coverage section of the Tribal
Observer website at www.sagchip.org.