Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day protects the Namekagon River

Nelson honored by tribes and supporters for boldly protecting the earth and preserving the Wild and Scenic Namekagon River for the future generations

In the spring of 2003 Gaylord Nelson returned to the river banks of the beautiful river he had personally protected while serving as the US Senator from Wisconsin. He was joined by hundreds of supporters, both Indian and non-Indian, who honored him with ceremony, an honor dance and the highest honor in Indian Country, the feather of the sacred eagle.

The day was a high point

in Gaylord Nelson's long and honorable life.

To see pictures of this amazing day, and to hear Gaylord Nelson's testimony on behalf of the Namekagon River and the future of the earth, click on one of the pictures below.


Hear Gaylord Nelson speak about the River


Read Gaylord Nelson's letter to the National Parks Service to stop the Arrowhead Weston transmission line from crossing the "Wild and Scenic" Namekagon River.


View photo history of events that lead to protecting the river


View  beautiful pictures of the full honor ceremony


View photos of the Wild and Scenic Namekagon River


  To learn more about why these Indian and non-Indian people came together to protect a river and their future generations, click here. 

 Read Gaylord Nelson's Statement to National Parks Service

(in a pdf file) telling them to not allow the crossing of the Wild and Scenic Namekagon River with giant ugly towers like the one shown in this picture. pdf\Comments on Draft EIS 5-27-04.pdf (click on the link)

To view a visit with Gaylord Nelson in his home town of Clear Lake, WI