CFC a discussion point as U confronts troubled history with tribes

April 08, 2021

The University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center was highlighted in the Star Tribune on Sunday, April 4th as one example of statewide dialogue between Minnesota’s tribal communities and the University of Minnesota. The Cloquet Forestry Center is within the boundaries of the Fond du Lac Reservation of Lake Superior Chippewa, and has been since the research and demonstration forest was created in 1909-1910. The Fond du Lac Reservation was established in a nation-to-nation treaty between the Lake Superior Chippewa and the United States government in 1854 at La Pointe, Wisconsin. The Fond du Lac community has asked the University to honor the 1854 treaty. Kevin Dupuis, Fond du Tribal Chairman, and Thomas Howes, Fond du Lac Natural Resources Manager, were both quoted along with University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel and Tadd Johnson, Senior Director of American Indian Tribal Nations Relations. Cloquet Forestry Center staff are actively working with Fond du Lac representatives and tribal members to more fully integrate the values and desires of the Fond du Lac community into our mission of field-based research, education, and outreach.