Red Lake Walleye Recovery Project

HONORING
     SUCCESS IN  TRIBAL GOVERNANCE

By Nick Coleman
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Photographs by Ian Record

The resurgence of walleye in Red Lake is one of the great conservation success stories in the nation—a role model for tribal governance that was recognized in October 2013 by the Honoring Nations award, a prestigious program supported by the Bush Foundation that acknowledges excellence in tribal governance.

The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, which runs Honoring Nations, named the Red Lake Nation as one of three “all-stars” chosen from 112 past award winners. The award cites the crucial role self-governance played in their unprecedented seven-year effort to bring walleye back from the brink of extinction to thriving numbers that can now support subsistence and sport fishing.

Recognition of tribal governance innovation and excellence among the Foundation’s tribal partners continues with the announcement in March of the semifinalists for the 2014 Honoring Nations Awards. The list included Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The five projects recognized across the four nations focus on land management, leadership development, poverty reduction, elder protection and law enforcement.

Learn more about the Honoring Nations program at bfdn.org/xHonor or watch Return of the Red Lake Walleye, produced by the Native Nations Institute at bfdn.org/xWalleye.