Minnesota Environmental Issues Oral History Project: Interview with Don Wedll
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Wedll is a native of Elizabeth, Minnesota. He received his B.A. in mathematics as well as his teaching and M.A. degree in mathematics from Moorhead State. In 1972, Wedll began working at the Mille Lacs Reservation as a mathematics tutor for Indian students. When a private contract school was established on the reservation he was hired as the director. At the time of the interview he was the director of Natural Resources for the Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: How he began to work for the Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians - role as director of school; developing the natural resource program. Issues with the DNR treaty rights. History of Indian treaty rights with U.S. government. Establishing rights for the Indians - on reservation; off reservation; economic benefits. Treaty involving White Earth and Leech Lake. Wisconsin's actions in dealing with Indians. Economics vs. conservation on the reservation - hunting; fishing; water quality; non source point pollution; working with EPA, DNR, PCA; dealing with resort community. Racism. Hunting and fishing controls leading to dietary changes for Indians. Bureau of Indian Affairs and environmental issues.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
22 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 60 minutes length
Creation Interviewer: Robertson, Margaret A.
Interviewee: Wedll, Don
Dates Creation: 11/09/1987
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 58
Accession Number AV1988.99.29
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Environmental Issues Oral History Project'

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