Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

Community Enjoys Environmental Fair

By Tina Van Zile, SCC Environmental Director

The Sokaogon Environmental Fair was held at the Strawberry Moon Powwow grounds this year. It’s such a beautiful area that goes unused once the pow-wow is over. At the Fair, we try to provide education as well as fun. We had a pie and cake walk, but instead of using numbers on the ground, we used words or phrases that had something to do with our summer youth projects.

We also had games that were hand made from re-purposing recyclable products, such as cardboard box basketball, recycled bottle bowling and ice cream pail ball toss. Tribal Hydrologist, Nathan Podany provided a lily pad rubber ducky toss game. Our summer college intern distributed information on her work for us this summer, and she used our Rice Lake ping-pong ball toss game as well. Pete McGeshick III from the SCC Forestry Department managed the tree identification family scavenger hunt.

Our invasive species crew members, Jeremy Maki and Garrett Van Zile, had a cardboard box skeeball game and handed out educational brochures.

We had a delicious lunch prepared by myself and my assistant, Sara Ipsa. Everyone enjoyed BBQ pork sandwiches, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, yogurt parfait, berries, potato chips and lemonade.

I want to thank my summer youth – Sage Dalton, Macy Poler, Nathan Carter and Devon Evans – because they worked so hard to help us make it possible to have this event.