Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

Earth Day 2022

By Tina L. Van Zile, Environmental Director


It was another great day in the books in recognition of Earth Day. We held our Annual Earth Day Roadside Cleanup on Monday, April 25th. The weather was a bit colder than we hoped for, but we had 47 volunteers participate.



We started at 9:00 am with an introduction and plans for the day. Then I assigned a section of roadway to each participant. We cleaned roughly nine miles of rights-of-ways, and volunteers picked up approximately 117 bags of litter.


Once everyone returned to the Environmental Building Conference Room, we served a delicious lunch. After lunch, we had approximately $1,000 in door prizes and everyone won something. The volunteers also received a $10 Casino promo and an Earth Day T-Shirt. Then we went outside and took a group photo.



I appreciate each and every person who chose to come and be a part of the event. I noticed many people laughing, teasing and having fun. That’s a good sign that you’re doing something right. We even had a little mascot this year – my granddaughter Glory Mayo. Her smiles made everyone smile. I’m so proud of everyone because I took a drive afterwards and it’s looks so nice with all the roadsides clean.


Lastly, I want to say Chi-Miigwech to: the Tribal Council for giving us a half-day Admin once we were all done with the cleanup; Chris Quade, General Manager, Mole Lake Casino, for sponsoring our T-Shirts and providing the Casino promos; Auggie Van Zile, Sokaogon Finance, for donating $1,000 for door prizes; Betty and Ashley McGeshick for making the blanket dogs and frybread; Tashena Van Zile for helping me shop as well as prepping the food; and Nathan Podany for always doing whatever I need to make things easier. When you have physical limitations such as I do, you appreciate everyone who helps in any way to make your event successful.