2013 International Year of Water Cooperation

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United Nation’s 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation

2013 has been declared the Year of International Water Cooperation by the United Nations. March 22, 2013 is World Water Day, when citizens of the world have a chance to commit to stand united in defense of the world’s water. In designating 2013 as the UN International Year of Water Cooperation, the UNGA recognizes that cooperation is essential to strike a balance between the different needs and priorities and share this precious resource equitably, using water as an instrument of peace. Promoting water cooperation implies an interdisciplinary approach bringing in cultural, educational and scientific factors, as well as religious, ethical, social, political, legal, institutional and economic dimensions. Their website outlines the many action steps you can take to protect your water and the program taking place at the Hague .

Here in Northern Wisconsin, there is ample opportunity to protect our waters. March 22 will begin with a Water Walk from Bad River to Red Cliff. A fundraiser for Bad River, “Lighting the 7th Fire” is planned at the Legendary Waters Casino in Red Cliff that evening.

Please visit our What You Can Do page and take action today to protect Lake Superior from the potential of a 22-mile mountaintop removal open pit iron ore mine. Educate yourself on the issues, then help spread the word to others in your community and inspire them to take action to stand United in Defense of our Water.

Penokee Water Walk, Friday March 22, 6 AM

Tyler Fork River  Photo: Rebecca Kemble

Tyler Fork River Photo: Rebecca Kemble

Friday, March 22, 8 AM at Bad River Wake House located just east of the Ashland City Limits

30.2 mile, 1-day Voluntary Journey

In Honor of International World Water Day 2013, the Misa Ziibii (Mississippi) Water Walk 2013 and local efforts to prevent sulfide mining in Northern Wisconsin

The People of the Chequamegon Bay Region are Idle No More and will be gathering to collect water from Tyler Forks to walk with it in Ceremony from the Bad River Wake House, to Legendary Waters Resort & Casino in Red Cliff. This journey is to exemplify solidarity for the health and well-being of our home, here in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin.
In conjunction with the walk, a fundraising effort will be held at the Legendary Waters Convention Center in Red Cliff beginning at 5:00pm. The agenda will include speakers, discussion, food and refreshments.

Since the Water will be prayed for in a Sacred Manner, certain protocols for participation in the walk must be adhered:
PROTOCOLS

1. All participants in this walk are at all times like the water, a reflection of the beauty of our home. We ask that participants be humble, respectful, determined and focused while they enjoy this walk, especially when carrying the water or staff. DO NOT HARRASS, DISRESPECT OR HARM ANY ADVERSARY ALONG THIS PATH. Police protection will be available, if we need them.

2. People of ALL NATIONS are welcome to join the Walk and carry the water and/or staff; PROVIDED they adhere to these Protocols.

3. Be respectful of the water and Eagle Staff. Carry them with self-respect, dignity, and humility as though they are as precious as an infant child.

4. ONLY WOMEN CARRY THE WATER. This is the Women’s responsibility.

5. Women must wear SKIRTS when walking.

Copper Falls  Photo: Rebecca Kemble

Copper Falls Photo: Rebecca Kemble

6. ALTHOUGH BOTH MEN AND WOMEN MAY CARRY THE EAGLE STAFF, Women on their Moon Time (Menstrual Cycle) must refrain from carrying the staff and water, but they can walk behind the Walkers at any time.

7. Once the Water is in motion, IT CANNOT GO BACKWARDS AND IT CANNOT STOP. Be sure to guage your pace at stop lights to continue moving.

8. With the exception of Elders, the walkers will change every 10-20 minutes.

9. An offering of Asema (Tobacco) will be given at every bridged waterway along the route.

10. Weather conditions are expected to be in the 30’s; wear appropriate clothing, especially comfortable shoes with good soles and SUNSCREEN.

11. Hydrate often, but remember, we will only have access to restrooms at certain points along the route. Also, BRING ENERGY SNACKS.

12. It is preferred, but not necessary, that when the Eagle Staff and Water is being passed to the next set of Walkers, the words: “NINGA-IJI-CHI-GAY-NIBI-ONJI” is said by both the carriers and the recipients. It means: “I DO THIS FOR THE WATER”. This phrase may also be said in English.

13. If you have a vehicle, be sure to have adequate fuel and USE EMERGENCY FLASHERS WHEN WAITING FOR, OR DRIVING BEHIND THE WATER WALKERS. PARK OFF-ROAD IF POSSIBLE, WHEN WAITING FOR WALKERS.

ANYONE WISHING TO PARTICIPATE OR HELP WITH THE CHEQUAMEGON WATER WALK 2013 can contact the following people: Edith Leoso, (715) 292-8286 THPO@badriver-nsn.gov or; Georgianne Olin, (715) 682-7127 ext. 1440

Schedule for anyone wishing to be present for the Prayer at Tyler Forks:
6:00am – Depart Odanah from Chief Blackbird Center
6:45am – Arrive at Tyler Forks
7:15am – Depart Tyler Forks
8:00am – Arrive at Bad River Wake House to start walking to Red Cliff

March 22: Lighting the 7th Fire

7fire“Lighting The 7th Fire”
Viewing, Discussion, & Fundraiser for Bad River Defense Fund
Friday March 22, 2013 5-9pm
Legendary Waters Resort and Casino Convention Center, Red Cliff WI
Admission: Free & Open to the Public

A Chippewa Prophecy foretells a time called the 7th Fire, when lost traditions will be recovered. Native American film maker Sandra Osawa examines how the Chippewa Indians of Northern Wisconsin have struggled to restore the centuries old tradition of spear fishing and the heated opposition they have encountered.

Opening Ceremony: conducted Leo LaFernier Sr., Red Cliff Tribal Elder & Voight Task Force Rep since 1983

Facilitator Jason Schlender (LCO Ojibwe)

ECC Language Instructor & Adjunct Faculty LCOOCC Discussion:

Andrew Gokee (Red Cliff Ojibwe), Director-Native American Center UW-Stevens Point

Gary Johnson (LCO Ojibwe), Assistant Professor, Director of First Nations Center, UW-Superior

Jerome “Brooks” BigJohn (LDF Ojibwe), Lac du Flambeau Tribal Council Member

Kekek Jason Stark (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe), Tribal Attorney and Policy Analyst for GLIFWCFundraising During

Event fundraising:

Dinner: $6/plate (5 and under free) Spaghetti, Vegetable, & Breadstick, Coffee & Water
Raffles: 50/50’s cash, 12Ft John Boat equipped with Spearing Essentials, & other donated item Raffles.
All proceeds go to Bad River Tribe, c/o Bad River Defense Fund, P.O. Box 39, Odanah, WI 54861
Feel free to send donations directly to the Bad River Tribe.
 
For information about event contact, how to donate raffle items or to drop off food donations:
Home: 7157793485 Call or Text 7152096226 or email jbalber@hotmail.com
FB Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/494768067250812/?fref=tsMIIGWETCH!IF YOU CANNOT MAKE IT BUT WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE BAD RIVER TRIBE DEFENSE FUND GO TO THE TRIBAL WEBSITE AND CLICK ON THE DONATE TAB!
http://www.badriver-nsn.gov/*********IN THE DOCUMENTARY IS Victoria & Ike Gokee, Walt Bresette, Andy Gokee (who is coming as a speaker also!), Nick Hockings, Tom Maulson (LDF Chairman NOW), the Tribble Brothers, Jim Schlender, and others! 42 MIN-Graphic Material-Some will find the material honest but offensive.