Lee Mitigwabwak Sprague

Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band Of Pottawatomi Indians

Lee Sprague is a member of the Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians and former Chief of Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. Lee is currently working on Mahnoomin (wild rice) restorations efforts in the Kalamazoo River Watershed, site of the Enbridge Tar Sands Oil Spill, and the St. Joseph River Watershed with the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi and other Tribes under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Lee spent several months at Standing Rock North Dakota with the Michigan Canoe Cold Water Rescue Team peacefully resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sprague has a degree in International Indigenous Law from San Francisco State University. He has a long history of seeking creative solutions to issues of environmental justice issues related to land, water, and air through collaboration across many sectors and as a Tribal representative and leader.

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