Idle No More – Wisconsin and the Overpass Light Brigade hold lighted letters spelling messages against the Wisconsin wolf hunt for oncoming traffic to see (photo credit: Light Brigading on Flickr).
The Upper Midwest - One thing we learn from history, is that we never learn from history. The treatment of indigenous groups by Americans over the course of our country’s history has been an abomination to all mankind. Sadly, the trampling of indigenous rights continues today. In Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan indigenous groups are rising up and shining Overpass Light Brigade (OLB) illuminated messages against recent senseless wolf hunting and trapping seasons started in those states. The MA’IINGAN (the wolf) are part of the Anishinaabe (original man) People creation story and considered sacred:
“We see the wolf as a predictor of our future. And what happens to wolf happens to Anishinaabe…whether other people see it or not, the same will happen to them…”
-Joe Rose, Bad River Ojibwe Elder
To help fight back, the Anishinaabeg Akkiing people near Duluth, Minnesota established the “Northwoods Revolution Ogichidaag (Warrior) Light Brigade” shining messages on several cold nights against the wolf hunting and trapping seasons started in their state.
This stunning wolf LED lighted icon was designed by Anishinaabe artist, Ken Andrews and certainly catches the attention of any passersby.
Ken Andrews wolf icon is turned into an LED light (photo credit: Susan Oswood).
Northwoods Revolution: Minnesota Ogichidaag Light Brigade shine their message over oncoming traffic in Minnesota.
Idle No More Michigan also reproduced the wolf LED icon out of different colored LED lights to take out to places of high visibility as well.
The original Overpass Light Brigade in Milwaukee, Wisconsin took to their local pedestrian overpass bridge to message against the Wisconsin wolf hunt and trapping season that recently opened in the state, collaborating with Idle No More Wisconsin on an action facing Interstate-43 traffic leaving downtown Milwaukee.
Members of the OLB and Idle No More – Wisconsin collaborate on this message for busy I-43 rush hour traffic leaving downtown Milwaukee (photo credit: Light Brigading on Flickr).
As long as tribes are not being consulted on issues affecting wolf management, as clearly stipulated in existing treaties with Wisconsin State Government, all Americans will be complicit in continuing a long tradition of quashing indigenous peoples’ rights in this country. It’s time we break the chain and end the reign of sportsmen special interest groups that have invested and lobbied to make certain they can continue to have their cruel “trapping” and trophy slaughter of the wolf for fun. Thanks to the Light Brigade Network for shining and organizing to bring more attention to these blatant attacks against indigenous rights in this country by powerful and entrenched interests.