Baldwin ranger station hosts treaty recognition ceremony
BALDWIN — Members of the Chippewa Saginaw Indian Tribe and U.S. Forest Service officials gathered on Tuesday for a historic moment at the Baldwin Ranger Station. A memorandum of understanding was signed by the U.S. Forest Service, recognizing the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw.
The MOU recognizes rights for foraging and gathering on 417,920 acres of Huron-Manistee National Forest in the eastern part of the state.
During the signing ceremony, U.S. Forest Service members and tribal leaders exchanged gifts. After the memorandum was signed, those present applauded.
“It was very special to host this historic event,” said Jake Lubera, Baldwin forest ranger.