Could an historic alliance of Great Lakes native peoples prevent the destruction of the lakes as we know them today?
Imagine a future where there are bus tours of shipwrecks on the former bottomlands of the Great Lakes, says Frank Ettawageshik, Chairman of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. We cant let that happen.
Ettawageshik is one leader bringing tribes from the U.S. and first nations from Canada together to oppose diversions and large-scale withdrawals from the Great Lakes basin. The nascent group, now called the United Indian Nations of the Great Lakes (UINGL), has met twice during the past year and is forming stronger relationships among themselves and with other groups involved in Great Lakes water protection.
The movement focuses on the future of the Great Lakes, while rooted in history and native tradition that knows no artificial national boundaries.