Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

Community Earth Day Activities

By Tina Van Zile, Environmental Director
With these trying times of having the “Safer at Home” order, we were unable to gather as a large group to hold our annual Earth Day Clean Up event. So, this year we modified the event by first recording a live Facebook video for the community members that explained how we will hold the Earth Day activities this year. Then I worked on flyers explaining the event, and the Solid Waste Operators safely delivered the flyers to each home on the reservation. Then I did a second follow-up live Facebook video because the recent snow delayed our start date for the roadside clean up.
Once the flyer went to each house, I started getting several text messages with residents wanting to sign up for the Earth Day Roadside clean up. I kept track of all the text messages and started to make my written lists. I then assigned them a road section and texted information with instructions. I asked everyone to keep track of how many bags they filled and to please take pictures for me to include in my files.
Sara Garrow and her family picking up trash.
Denise and Wayne LaBine and Nancy Kane picking up litter.
I am currently keeping track of everyone and once they finish their road section, I will get them a free personalized Earth Day T-shirt and will also enter them into a gift card drawing.
After spring thaw, the hidden litter appears from all the winter months and looks awful. So, I want to say Chi-Miigwech to everyone who has signed up. It means a lot to me and I’m sure the whole community appreciates you taking the time to pick up all the litter and making our reservation look beautiful once again.
I also want to say Miigwech to Joe Kane, Housing Director, for sponsoring all the free garbage bags for the Sokaogon residents to participate.
Clean-up activities are continuing! Contact Tine if you wish to participate.