The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, the Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, along with communities and other organizations in Wisconsin and Michigan are fighting for the Dog’s Belly and 60 Islands in Holmes and Lake Township in Menominee County, Michigan to be considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. In last evening’s meeting of the Menominee County Board of Commissioners, the board heard from the Coalition and from Tribal leaders. Coalition member Dale Burie says, “let’s give honor and respect to those who have been here thousands of years before us.”
Tribal member Guy Reiter says, “you took our land from us.”
After hearing a presentation from Tribal Leaders, the board held a lengthy discussion whether they should approve a letter of support in nominating the Dog’s Belly and 60 Islands to the National Register of Historic Places. After putting it to a vote, it came back as a four – four tie. Therefore, it did not pass to support an approval letter. It is unclear what the next steps the Tribe or the Coalition will take next.