Gun Lake Tribe to Release Lake Sturgeon into Kalamazoo River

New Richmond Park at Kalamazoo River

Published August 24, 2018

SHELBYVILLE, Mich. — The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Tribe, commonly referred to as the Gun Lake Tribe, has organized another annual release of lake sturgeon into the Kalamazoo River. Participating parties include the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, and the Kalamazoo River chapter of Sturgeon for Tomorrow, and Grand Valley State University.  The 8-inch sturgeon set for release were reared in a streamside hatchery and will be hand-released back into the river.

Sturgeon, or Nmé in Pottawatomi, is culturally important to the Tribe as the fish represents an animal clan in traditional beliefs.  Sturgeon clan people have spiritual knowledge offered as guidance to others and they live to an old age, just like lake sturgeon.  The rehabilitation of lake sturgeon is a reflection of the Tribe’s present-day progression as a community and a tribal government.

A welcome will be provided by Tribal Council.  Tribal drum group,Sons of the Three Fires, will perform.  The event will also include hatchery tours and light dinner for up to 200 people in attendance.  The general public is encouraged to attend this event.

WHO:

Gun Lake Tribe of Pottawatomi Indians; Michigan Department of Natural Resources; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Kalamazoo River Chapter of Sturgeon for Tomorrow; Grand Valley State University.

WHAT:

Public celebration / release of juvenile sturgeon into the Kalamazoo River.

WHEN:

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 from 5 pm to 8 pm.

WHERE:

New Richmond Bridge County Park, 5700 Old Allegan Road, Hamilton, Mich.  Google Maps click here

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