Brûlé and the Great Lakes

In 1610, a full ten years before the pilgrims put their tentative boots on Plymouth Rock, Samuel de Champlain sent a young man, who had arrived with in Quebec just two years before, to live among t…

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Thanksgiving Without the Pilgrims

Thanksgiving Without the Pilgrims

History Imagined

The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth By Jennie A. Brownscombe, 1914 The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth By Jennie A. Brownscombe, 1914

November moves along and it is time for tall black hats, turkey, and indigenous peoples in highly incorrect head dresses. In the United States we all know the drill: the Pilgrim Fathers of Plymouth invited their Wampanoag neighbors to dinner in September 1621 to give thanks for a successful harvest. From this event there evolved the American tradition of Thanksgiving now celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November annually. Like all myths, this one is comfortable, familiar and full of inaccuracy and complication. We love it—BUT there’s more.

The standard view is of a group of folks in black hats or white bonnets sitting at a long table eating corn and turkey. The invited guests, Wampanoag warriors, are either at the table or sitting on blankets on the ground. Occasionally the picture gets some historical buffing up: more accurate clothing…

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Walker’s ‘Deer Czar’ Proposes Privatizing Hunting, Wildlife

Walker’s ‘Deer Czar’ Proposes Privatizing Hunting, Wildlife

Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative

Deer hunting may soon join open government and good schools on the pile of Wisconsin traditions trashed by Scott Walker.

Each November, hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites take to the woods to hunt, thinning our large herd of white tailed deer. A love of the hunt crosses all social and economic boundaries. Indeed, in the politically polarized environment of present day Wisconsin, deer hunting is one of the few activities that stirs passions strong enough to make many of us set aside our differences and share a few days with our fellow citizens, without regard to their political opinions.

If Walker gets his way, all of this will change.

As reported in Lodi Valley News, Walker has hired Texan Dr. James Kroll to serve as Wisconsin’s “deer czar,” a position that gives Kroll considerable power over Wisconsin’s deer management policy. Kroll is an outspoken proponent of game farms, and…

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Opinion Editorial: Wolves belong back home in Colorado

Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin

Source: Colorado Springs Independent by Andrew Gulliford

March 09, 2016

In January, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission voted not to allow the reintroduction of wolves back into the state.
That’s too bad, because wolves are coming. They may already be here. You don’t think so? Then why is there a wolf-sighting form on the wildlife commission’s website, and why do so many Coloradans claim to have seen Canis lupus in the high country?
Theories on how top-tier predators are crucial in ordering and stabilizing landscapes have now been proven. To understand the potential for wolves in Colorado, we can study lessons learned from two decades of wolf recovery in Yellowstone National Park.
I teach my college students that wolves brought butterflies back to Yellowstone. I explain that wolves cut the coyote population in half. With fewer coyotes there are more small rodents and mammals aerating the soil and providing…

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