GLADSTONE, MI – The historic Point Iroquois Lighthouse and Museum is under new management as the Bay Mills Indian community took over today after reaching an agreement with the US Forest Service.
The lighthouse, which is in the Hiawatha National Forest and sits on the shore of Lake Superior, has cultural and historical significance to the Anishinaabe people of the Upper Peninsula, according to a USFS news release.
“The vision is to create and build a place of learning, connection and appreciation for the Anishinaabe and Bay Mills Indian community,” said Point Iroquois Museum Director Candice LeBlanc.
This includes education about the influence of the past on the tribe’s present and the connections between the land, the tribal community and Anishinaabe culture, she said.
The tribe has been involved with the lighthouse for many generations, said St. Ignace District Ranger Robert West. The new management agreement will give the tribe more opportunities to share their culture, history and artifacts with visitors.
The 152-year-old lighthouse sees around 40,000 visitors a year. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
The doors opened under the guidance of the tribe for the first time on Wednesday, June 15.
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