Fond du Lac Band, university approach accord on forestry center

By Jimmy Lorien
The Duluth News Tribune
February 14, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US East

CLOQUET, Minnesota — The University of Minnesota will likely continue to use the Cloquet Forestry Center for a “somewhat lengthy” period after land ownership is transferred back to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. That’s according to Karen Diver, senior adviser to the president for Native American affairs at the University of Minnesota and former chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band, who updated the land transfer. …The session comes a year after a report to the university’s Board of Regents recommended the center, a 3,400-acre research facility located entirely within the Fond du Lac Reservation, be returned to the Fond du Lac Band. …Some alumni and former employees of the center expressed concern that giving the land back would jeopardize the future of the forestry program, but Brian Buhr, dean, tried to dispel those fears.

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