Indigenous Stewardship of Water
Date & Time
Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Title: Water Walker

Speaker: Edith Leoso

Edith will talk about water from her perspective as a Water Walker with the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians.  Edith’s Indian name is Niigaaniigaabowiikwe, which means Leading Woman, or the woman who stands in front of others as if to lead them. She is from the Eagle Clan. Edith is also the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Bad River Tribe.

Time: 1:55-2:20
Title: Extension’s Native American Task Force (NATF) and water related programming
Speakers: Native American Task Force Members
NATF members will provide an overview of their task force and give some examples of water focused projects or partnerships from the world of Extension.

Time: 2:20-2:45
Title: The Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (WTCAC): a forum for Native American Tribes in Wisconsin to identify and solve natural resource challenges
Speakers: Jeff Mears, Lacey Hill Kastern, Tom Melnarik, Jon Pruitt, and Jerry Thompson.
WTCAC staff will provide an overview of WTCAC work in Wisconsin and examples of projects & partnerships around water they participate in currently.


Time: 2:45-3:10
Title: Indigenous Arts and Sciences: Promoting Water Stewardship through a Ho-Chunk Perspective 
Speakers: Bethany Redbird, Rachel Byington, Michelle Cloud.

Representatives from Earth Partnership and Ho-Chunk Nation will provide an overview about bridging traditional ecological knowledge and western science for classroom teachers and helping Ho-Chunk students learn the value of water stewardship from traditional teachings. 

Break: 3:10-3:35

Time: 3:35-3:50
Title: Connecting with the UW-System for water collaborations and research
Speakers: Annie Jones, Aaron Bird Bear, Omar Poler, and Jessie Conaway.
People across UW-Madison, Extension and other UW campuses are engaged with Native Nations through a wide range of water programs and projects. Learn more about these mutually beneficial collaborations.

Time: 3:50-4:15
Title: The Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC): actively involved in protecting & enhancing the natural resources and habitat in the treaty-ceded territories
Speaker: Dylan Jennings
Learn how GLIFWC provides natural resource management expertise, conservation enforcement, legal & policy analysis, and public information services in support of the exercise of treaty rights during well-regulated, off-reservation seasons throughout the treaty ceded territories.

Time: 4:15-4:40
Title: Pathways for new water professionals in higher education: opportunities available from the colleges of Lac Courte Oreilles & Menominee Nation
Speakers: Deb Anderson
Deb Anderson will share an overview of the educational pathways and opportunities available to new water professionals found on their campus near Hayward.  This unique learning environment is open to anyone and functions as an information and educational resource in their community.

 Time: 4:40-5:00
Title: Indigenous artworks & songs related to water: a quick peek
Speakers: Patrick Goggin
Patrick will share some examples of indigenous artists & water and then lead attendees together in singing verses of the Nibi song to end our session together. He will encourage participants to reflect on a water action or new partnership they might take going forward & to think about the loss of life from COVID over the last year.