Treaty rights expert to discuss Red Cedar watershed during ‘Thursdays at the U’

What is the Red Cedar watershed and how can we protect it? 

Mic Isham

Mic Isham

Mic Isham of the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) will discuss the Red Cedar watershed and its history during UW-Eau Claire – Barron County’s "Thursdays at the U" series Oct. 17. The presentation will be from noon-1 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus.

Isham’s talk, “Native Presence in the Red Cedar Watershed,” will focus on the tribal history of the Ojibwe in the watershed pre-treaty (before 1837), during the treaty-making era (1830s-1850s) and post-treaty years, including some modern-day issues and connections.

An expert in the areas of treaty rights and natural resource management, Isham and has gained decades of leadership experience through positions with the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe, the LCO Boys & Girls Club, WOJB radio, GLIFWC and the Great Lakes advisory board.

Isham has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2007 Lightning Rod/Champion of Change Award from Midwest Environmental Advocates and the 2016 Chief Sealth Award from the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society, the highest nationwide award in the area of sovereignty and treaty rights.

The series is free and open to the public thanks to funding from the UW-Madison Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership and the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation.

For more information about "Thursdays at the U," contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at tollefla@uwec.edu or 715-788-6216.