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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.


Update on 2020 Wild Rice (Manoomin) Camp


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

Thursday August 13, 2020

Boozhoo.  KBIC Natural Resources Department has been busy the past few weeks working in our community to keep our beaches, walking paths and surrounding areas clean of garbage and invasive species.  The Natural Resources Department takes pride in protecting our community and all the abundant resources we are blessed to have.

Each Monday morning we head out to eight different locations to remove any garbage or debris not belonging on the beaches or near the waters.  We also have policed a few locations not on the weekly rotation but do so to ensure that the garbage doesn’t end up in our waters polluting it for human consumption ads well as the fish and animals that habitat the waters of Lake Superior. 

The locations we clean are Second Sand Beach, First sand Beach, KBIC Boat Launch, The Alligator, L’Anse Waterfront, Head of the Bay, Ojibwa Campground Day Use, and Sand Point to Van Stratens.  The rocky beach down from the L’Anse Legion and the tree before the State park going towards Baraga (where you can turn off) has been policed regularly due to presence of garbage.  We want to keep the area clean for everyone to enjoy. It is important that this garbage doesn’t make it into our lake where it will have harmful effects.  The local beaches have seen more traffic this summer due to lack of events or activities going on.  The public is welcome to join in the effort.  We have gloves and garbage bags available.  If interested you may meet us at the Head of The Bay by the willow Tree Monday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

Our efforts to keep the beaches clean are working.  Here are the weekly total pounds removed from all locations combined.

July 9, 2020- 440 lbs.

July 20, 2020- 140 lbs.

July 27, 2020-40 lbs.

August 3, 2020- 200 lbs.

August 10, 2020- 160 lbs.

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.


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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