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Restoration Day

Approximately 75 individuals joined members of the Menominee Tribal Legislature for Restoration Day observances the morning of December 22, 2013, at the College of Menominee Nation. The Legislature’s event, held in CMN's Cultural Learning Center, opened with CMN Professor Katherine Hall, Ph.D., presenting an overview of research she did for the Tribe on the effects of Federal termination. Also during the morning, CMN graduate Justin Gauthier, son of the late Johnny Gun Gauthier, presented a short film from the days of Restoration. Gauthier is now a student at UW-Madison.


The second segment of the morning’s program recognized the three remaining members of the Tribe’s Restoration Committee: Sylvia Wilber, Ada Deer and Lorene Pocan. Wilber and Deer shared recollections from the Termination Era and activities leading up to signing 40 years ago by President Richard Nixon of the Menominee Restoration Act. The three were each presented a Pendleton blanket by Legislators Ruth Waupoose, Crystal Chevalier, Randy Reiter, Myrna Warrington and Joan Delabreau. Jerry Waukau, Health Administrator, Menominee Tribal Clinic, presented moccasins to the three for the sacrifices they made to restore the Menominee People.


Those present that morning and at an afternoon community gathering in the Five Clans Ballroom were invited to remember in writing on posters the names and/or stories of others living and deceased who were active in the Restoration Era. The remembrances are part of the Legislature’s on "Speak Their Names" project in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Restoration Act. View the photo gallery.