Published September 19, 2016
STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION – Lee Miller made the 650-plus trip from the Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin to the Oceti Sakowin encampment near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation late last week with a truckload of firewood.
The firewood from the Menominee Tribal Business Enterprise sawmill was donated by two Wisconsin tribes: the Menominee Tribe and the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican. The cost of fuel for the truck was underwritten by the National Indian Gaming Association. Miller and members of his family donated their time.
“We sent the wood because we heard there was a need for firewood,” commented Pershing Frechette, manager of the Menominee Tribal Business Enterprise’s sawmill. “We had a good supply of wood this year. We have over 230,000 acres of forest land on our reservation and we only cut what we need.”
“The Menominee are the ‘keepers of the forest.’ We were taught by the teachings of Chief Oshkosh. We only take what the forest gives us. We have been taught to help where there is a need,” Srechette told Native News Online on Monday evening.
The firewood will come in handy as the water and land protectors at the encampment have vowed to stay there all winter long if need be.
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