A Lush Fernery in Far Northern Wisconsin - Part 1

Ferns have held a particular fascination from me ever since I was a kid. A friend of the family was a lady who worked for the Field Museum in Chicago. On many weekends we would join her family on a fossil collecting adventure to the strip mines in northern Illinois where she showed us how to scour the weathered spoil heaps for particular reddish-brown nodules known as concretions. Several carefully-placed hammer blows would cause the stone to split in half, sometimes revealing within a delicately preserved fern frond which had arrived in my eager hands as a time capsule from the lost world of the Coal Age around 300 million years ago. Ever since then ferns have evoked prehistory for me and a

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Move Approved

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Change Panel to offer full course work at: Bad River Blackbird Center 72682 Maple Street Odanah, WI 54861 Red Cliff Cabin 37360 State Hwy 13 Bayfield, WI 54814 “The process to reach HLC approval, to return to the tribes, stretched more than seven months. Credit for this move and immediate increase in student enrollment is shared by the leadership and communities of Bad River and Red Cliff.” says Dr. Swagger, President of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College. Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College has been accepting students at both sites for the spring semester set to start Tu

Meet Chef Chris, Indigenous Culinary Arts Faculty

I grew up cooking with family, foraging for wild edibles to supplement our diet. We grew a large garden, this is where many of fondest memories took place as a child; digging potatoes or snapping beans. There were also trips to go fishing stocking up coolers and late night cleaning. I learned to fish with nets, and jig frogs. We spent time on the prairies out west, observing game animals year round. My father and grandfather would talk about what we had seen, explaining the movements by relating to what the weather was going to do or what part of the cycles in life were occurring at that moment. When I was young, I never thought that I would want to work in a kitchen. My father was a pastr

Student Spotlight: Aiyana Perry

Major: Agriculture & Natural Resources Primary Site: Main Campus Tell us about yourself. I am an Ojibwe woman and a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. I was born at Ashland Wisconsin and have lived there, as well as Stevens Point. We moved to LCO when I was 5 and in Kindergarten. I am a traditional student going to college straight out of high school. I am the first traditional student in my family, my mother went to college only after having a family. I also have special needs due to a learning disability, when I was very young. Why did you decide to pursue a college degree with Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College? I decided to pursue a c

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Announces Scholarship

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College is pleased to announce a new scholarship opportunity for full-time students of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, the Gay I. & Harry C. Leslie III Fund, presented by Gay I. & Harry C. Leslie III. “Gay Leslie is the daughter of a Wisconsin dairy farmer and the first in her family to attend college, thanks in part to a scholarship. Her great-grandmother was a member of an upper Midwest Native American Tribe. To honor her great-grandmother and pay forward her scholarship benefits, we hope to provide need-based financial support to Native American undergraduate students so they can obtain a quality education.” Harry Leslie shared. The Les

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