by Brian Bienkowski, Environmental Health News
September 19, 2016
Modern boundaries complicate —and stymie—the Menominee Tribe’s effort to protect burial grounds.
Guy Reiter was an archaeologist before he was an activist. But the two merged after a dream six years ago.
“I was in a van and when we drove by the White Rapids I looked over and saw an elder sitting on a dam, in full Indian regalia,” Reiter says. “He flagged me down, I climbed the dam, and he started talking to me in Menominee.”
Menominee is the language of Reiter’s tribe, the Menominee Indians of Wisconsin. The dam is on the Menominee River, where the history of the tribe begins.