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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.

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 October, 2020)

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10/15/2021: Temporary Road Closure Order for the Lake Superior Performance Rally - US Forest Service Ontonagon Ranger District


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MDHHS issues precautionary consumption guideline for Lake Superior smelt


CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has been notified by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) of elevated perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) levels in Lake Superior rainbow smelt. In order to be protective of public health, MDHHS is matching WDNR's guidance and issuing a precautionary Eat Safe Fish guideline recommending that individuals limit Lake Superior smelt consumption to one serving per month.

For the MDHHS guidelines, a serving is considered to be an 8-ounce portion size for adults and 2- or 4-ounce portion size for children. The precautionary guideline take effect immediately and replace the existing Eat Safe Fish guideline for Lake Superior smelt issued due to mercury. MDHHS will update the smelt guideline once additional Michigan data is available later this year.

"This precautionary guideline is based on data shared by Wisconsin, which shows elevated levels of PFOS in Lake Superior rainbow smelt," said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. "PFOS is a perfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) associated with harmful effects in people, including reduced fertility, thyroid disease and liver damage. We will update this guideline once the department has additional data."

MDHHS is coordinating with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and other agencies to collect smelt from Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and some inland lakes. MDHHS will then analyze these samples for contaminants, including PFOS. Once this data is available, MDHHS will update existing smelt consumption guidelines for these waterbodies as needed.

MDHHS Eat Safe Fish guidelines are not regulatory. MDHHS makes this information available to help Michiganders make safer choices when it comes to choosing and eating fish. For more information, visit the Eat Safe Fish program website or call the MI-TOXICS hotline at 800-648-6942.

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Ge-izhi-mawanji’idiyang dazhindamang gidakiiminaan (“the way in which we meet to talk about our earth”)
Seminar series beginning January 2021

KBIC E-Waste Recycling held first Saturday every month - Jan, 2021

Story Map: Debweyendan (“believe in it) Indigenous Garden (DIGs) initiative (see also Sovereignty section) - Dec 12, 2020

A Portfolio for Community Workshops:  Debweyendan Indigenous Gardens (DIGs) - Nov 15, 2020

Story Map: KBIC Brownfields Tribal Response Program (see also Brownfields page) - Oct 20, 2020

Update on 2020 Wild Rice (Manoomin) Camp - July, 2020

Update on Beach Cleanup 2020 - Aug 13, 2020

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 - June 10, 2020

KBIC Natural Resources Department Begins Beach Monitoring - May 30, 2020

Saving Buffalo Reef - Video

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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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