Respect Marquette County is a coalition that is comprised of partners from across the county; including the state, community and economic development, trails organizations, and many more. This coalition, made in partnership with Leave No Trace, reflects Travel Marquette’s strategic plan: to build strong community partnerships that can work to address impacts and issues relating to environmental, social, and economic sustainability. We aim to inspire locals and visitors alike to respect the local culture and natural resources of Marquette County.
Respect Marquette County and its affiliated organizations occupy the ancestral and present-day homelands of the Anishinaabeg — made up of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi nations. Marquette County specifically, falls within the ceded territories of the Treaties of 1842 and 1836 between the United States government and the Ojibwe bands in which they retained the right to hunt, fish, gather, and other usual privileges of occupancy within these territories.
We recognize that Anishinaabe people that have inhabited this land for time immemorial, have continued to sustainably practice their rights, and continue to exercise forms of recreation. We recognize and commend the Anishinaabe and other Indigenous peoples for their knowledge of how to care for this land and recreate sustainably. We hope to continue to cooperatively care for this land.
This land acknowledgment was written by Bazile Panek, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu Coordinator at GLIFWC, in collaboration with Travel Marquette
Leave No Trace is an organization dedicated to providing innovative education, skills, and strategies to help people care for and protect the outdoors. Combatting a number of conservation issues including trashed natural areas, water pollution, trail erosion, wildfires, wildlife endangerment, and park overcrowding, Leave No Trace will help guide the Respect Marquette Coalition and provide resources to help keep Marquette beautiful.