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Rebecca Alegria, Aquria Sisk and Frank Alegria at water celebration on Stephenson Island, Wisc.

Enviros and Menominee tribe fight to keep Back Forty Mine at bay

BY: - July 20, 2021

For years, Indigenous and environmental groups have been standing up against Calgary-based Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac, arguing a rupture could harm the area’s freshwater and ecosystem. And about 200 miles west across Lake Michigan, in the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula, a similar story is unfolding. On Friday, […]

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Two rural counties lead Wisconsin’s best in the country vaccine effort

BY: - March 16, 2021

As much of the administration of vaccine doses falls to public health departments across the state, two rural counties — Menominee and Bayfield — lead Wisconsin in percentage of the population that has received at least one dose of the vaccine.  The success of public health officials working to efficiently vaccinate their relatively small populations […]

Shawano County Courthouse

Shawano County: ‘The Land the Constitution Forgot’

BY: - August 13, 2020

There’s a saying in Shawano County, usually attributed to the county’s former district attorney, that if you come on vacation, you’ll leave on probation.  Decades of law and order prosecutors and a historically punitive culture have created a court system that mistreats outsiders, locals, Native Americans from the neighboring Menominee Reservation, defendants and victims. At […]

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Living through the pandemic in a news desert

BY: - August 3, 2020

If a person is infected in the forest, and no one is there to report it, were they infected at all?  The answer is yes, of course, but as COVID-19 continues to spread through all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, people are increasingly being infected in communities that have seen local journalism institutions shut down or […]

Searching for Katelyn Kelley

BY: - July 28, 2020

Menominee Tribal Chair Joan Delabreau, a passionate advocate for missing Indigenous people, is rallying the public, law enforcement and the media to keep a spotlight on finding 22-year-old tribal member Katelyn Kelley, who disappeared more than a month ago after being seen leaving the reservation and possibly getting a ride to her home in Shawano, […]