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The Natural Resources Department administers natural resource programs for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community on the L'Anse, Marquette, and Ontonagon reservations as well as the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan (1842 ceded territory). These programs encompass a variety of activities, including: Lake Superior fishery assessments, Baraga County stream assessments, surface water and ground water monitoring, air and radon studies, brownfield programs, wildlife and wetland management, environmental assessments, monitoring of metallic mining and exploration activity in the Lake Superior basin, participation in the protection and enhancement of Lake Superior, and fish stocking from our hatchery.


The department facilitates projects through grants from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. The KBIC Tribal Council funds hatchery operations.


Our department is guided by a 10-year Integrated Resource Management Plan adopted by the Tribal Council and Bureau of Indian Affairs in 2003, and by the KBIC Strategic Plan adopted in 2005. Read more here.



Follow-up samples collected at the Ojibwa Campground Day-Use Area on 7/31/2020 showed that the bacteria levels are now back below the allowable limit for safe swimming. The beach closure signs have been taken down.  Beach monitoring will take place again on Thursday, August 6th. 




Samples collected at the Ojibwa Campground Day-Use Area show that the bacteria in the water is at an unsafe level for human contact.  Samples will be collected daily until bacteria levels come back from the lab as safe for human contact. Please be advised that it is recommended people avoid contact with water that has a high level of bacteria. For more information about the beach monitoring program in our area, click HERE.



UPDATE ON BEACH CLEAN UP EFFORTS (Beach Clean-up's take place every Monday morning, July - September, 2020)


Monday, July 27th: 411 lbs of trash collected

Monday, July 20th: 140 lbs of trash collected

Monday, July 27th: 40 lbs of trash collected


Clean-up efforts will continue through September and everyone is encouraged to join us to help keep our beaches and waters trash free! Please contact Zena Huhta with any questions or to sign up to volunteer: or 906-524-5757 ext. 4239.



KBIC's draft Hazard Mitigation Plan is now open for public comment until July 31st. Please find the draft document on the link below.

If you have any questions regarding how to comment, please contact Dione Price, Environmental Specialist at (906) 524-5757 or



In light of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community government offices are closed to the public until further notice. Please refer to the Natural Resources staff directory for email and phone numbers (updated July 31, 2020)

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Try Out Our Fishing App and provide feedback HERE - Created by MTU students in partnership with KBIC NRD

Native American Agricultural Fund Grant Announcement and Information-

KBIC Natural Resources Department Begins Beach Monitoring - Facebook Article

Saving Buffalo Reef - Video

EPA Approves KBIC's TAS Application for Water Quality, April 28, 2020

Special Walleye Spring Spearing - Open April 23rd

Spear Harvest Considerations  April 13, 2020

KBIC Open Burn Notice April 22, 2020

MTU student research partnerships growing for KBIC NRD April 6, 2020

#1 KBIC-NRD volunteer is MTU’s “Serving Others” award recipient February 21, 2020

EPA approves KBIC application for TAS in air quality February 10, 2020

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KBIC Eat Safe Fish Guide

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Eat Safe Fish Guide 

Some fish contain chemicals that can harm your health. MDHHS tests fish taken from Michigan’s lakes and rivers to learn which fish are safer to eat. The Eat Safe Fish guides list the fish that have been tested and how much is safe to eat.

Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) Mercury Maps are available to help tribal members make informed choices that allow continued ogaa consumption while reducing their exposure to mercury. The maps provide the facts about mercury levels in ogaa in ceded territory waters where member tribes commonly harvest these fish.


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