Several questions regarding the nature of a meeting with the tribal community regarding the dune restoration project at Wisconsin Point have come up. I am writing to provide further clarity.
The city of Superior recognizes that Wisconsin Point is an extremely important place full of culture and history.
Please know that the purpose or spirit behind this particular meeting on Dec. 7 is to invite open communication between the tribes themselves as well as the project team regarding what they would like to see happen, or not happen, at the point during the preliminary design phase, especially as it relates to the burial marker, but to the overall project as well.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be reaching out formally regarding any Section 106 consultations. The reason this has not occurred yet is because currently this project is still in the engineering and design phase. When asking for the formal consultation NOAA wants to be sure to include a final design document so that we will have all the pertinent information to allow for an informed response.
NOAA plans to include multiple tribes for consultation on the project and this meeting would be a great start to gauge the level of input; however, the Section 106 process will not be formally carried out until the final design has been finalized and approved.
Hope to see you on Dec. 7.
Linda M. Cadotte,
Superior parks, recreation
and forestry director
Editor’s note: The City of Superior has scheduled a tribal cultural meeting to share preliminary engineering concepts and gather comments from the tribal organizations regarding the Wisconsin Point Dune Restoration Project, including the historical marker for the Chippewa burial grounds, 5-6 p.m. Dec. 7 in Room 201 of the Government Center, 1316 N. 14th St.