Red Cliff Land Recovery Project
Since 1999, the Red Cliff Land Recovery Project has been working to reacquire and preserve the land which historically belonged to the Red Cliff Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa in Northern Wisconsin. The federal government had the land signed over to them in the 1850s and the loss of these land rights has made the Red Cliff Band the second poorest Chippewa tribe in Wisconsin. In the winter months unemployment nears 50 percent. Through education, planning and conservation the tribe hopes to reclaim their land. Recent grants from the Fund of the Sacred Circle will be used to transition the project to a land trust. By helping restore this land to the rightful owners, The Fund of the Sacred Circle is undoing some of the residual damage to Native American populations from the 19th century.