Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

Environmental Department Hosts Roadside Cleanup

Cloudy weather and light rain wasn’t enough to stop nearly 50 community members and Tribal employees from getting outside and making the environment more pristine.

The Sokaogon Chippewa Environmental Department’s annual Earth Day Roadside Cleanup event was held yesterday. Participants gathered in the large Council Room of the Tribal Administration building for road assignments, and then headed out with brightly colored vests, ponchos and garbage bags.

By day’s end, more than 180 bags of trash were collected from roadsides throughout the reservation.

Tina VanZile, SCC Environmental Director, has organized this event for over 20 years.

“I like to put it on because it’s in recognition of Earth Day, and Earth Day originated in Wisconsin,” Tina said. “I wanted a community event to recognize Earth Day. What better way to do it than to clean all of the roadways after the snow melts?”

Amanda Swanson has participated in the event for the past three years and said she sees it as an investment in her community’s future.

“I like to help out because I like to see the community clean and would like to continue to keep it clean for future generations,” she said.

Participants were treated to a free taco lunch, $15 in Mole Lake Casino promotional play, and were entered into drawings for door prizes for their great efforts.
Tina thanks all of the participants who came out on a rainy, cold day. She also thanks Bryan Tate, Mole Lake Casino General Manager, for the casino coupons, Tashena VanZile for assistance with shopping, Amanda Swanson and Cheryl Marvin for cooking, Nathan Podany for his assistance, Vickie Ackley for the ponchos, and the Tribal Council for their support.
Thank you to everyone for your participation and support!