What's happening on the lake?

The history of Lake Coeur d'Alene and the Coeur d'Alene tribal have been intertwined for thousands of years. At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6, Laura Laumatia, Lake Management Plan coordinator for the Coeur d' Alene Tribe's Lake Management Department, will speak on the history and tribal management of the lake at NIC's Molstead Library Todd Lecture Hall. 

The presentation will include the history of the lake to the present day. In the 1880s, the landscape of the Coeur d' Alenes was dramatically impacted by the discovery of silver in the upper Coeur d'Alene River watershed. Over the next century, more than 75 million tons of contaminated sediment from the mines has flown downstream into the lake. Laumatia will explain the historic connection between the tribe and the lake and the tribe's continuing work to preserve and bring the lake back for future generations.

Laumatia has worked as the Lake Management Plan Coordinator for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe since 2011, working with both the tribe and DEQ staff to conduct outreach and education to support implementation of the Lake Management Plan. She has a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master's degree in Bioregional Planning from the University of Idaho.

The lecture is a part of NIC's American Indian Heritage Week activities and is free and open to the public.

Posted: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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