Lac Courte Oreilles Open Harvest Camp in the Penokee Hills

Tyler Forks River, Photo: Rebecca Kemble

Tyler Forks River, Photo: Rebecca Kemble

May 6, 2013 by Barbara With

According to Indian County TV, the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Tribe has opened a treaty harvest and educational camp on public lands in the Penokee Hills.

The camp is located near the site of the proposed 22-mile mountaintop removal open pit iron mine (the largest in the world) that Gogebic Taconite (GTac) claims it will build upstream from the Bad River Reservation.

The Harvest Camp includes an area that hosted almost 200 Indian allotments in the late 1800s which were stolen or deceptively removed from Indian ownership in favor of wealthy investors of the original shaft mining in the area. Ancient mining artifacts in the region have been carbon dated to 260AD.

The camp will be open for hunting, fishing, harvesting and public recreational use as defined by treaty and public laws. The public is welcome.

Directions to the camp are here.

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