This was an applied ethnographic study of natural and cultural resources of contemporary significance for American Ojibway' tribes and Canadian Ojibway First Nations that are or were once present within or in the immediate vicinity of four National Park Service (NPS) units in the Midwest Region: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (SLBE), Michigan; Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (PIRO), Michigan; Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (APIS), Wisconsin; and Voyageurs National Park (VOYA), Minnesota.

The main objective of this study, according to the Scope of Work (SOW) of 1996, was to develop a documented basis of knowledge regarding historic and current use of resources by culturally affiliated Native American tribes that should help park managers anticipate Native American resource use issues that may confront them in the future and thus be better prepared to deal with them in an informed and culturally sensitive manner. The study also was to provide recommendations regarding preservation, monitoring, mitigation, interpretation, and use access issues. The research was designed to provide a historical and ethnographic overview and assessment of Native American, Southwestern Ojibway in particular, land and resource use as it pertains to the region where the parks are located, and to each park unit. This study also provided an inventory of ethnographic resources known to have been significant for culturally affiliated Southwestern Ojibway tribes at different points in time.

In addition to the ethnographic reports produced for this collection, the following articles and book chapters were produced:

Stoffle, Richard
2007 Cultural Heritage and Resources. In The Heritage Reader. G. Fairclough, R. Harrison, J. Jameson, J. Schofield, eds. Pp. 363-372. London: Routledge.

Zedeño, M. N. and R. W. Stoffle
2003 Tracking the Role of Pathways in the Evolution of a Human Landscape. In Colonization of Unfamiliar Landscapes: The Archaeology of Adaptation. M. Rockman and J. Steele, eds. Pp. 59-80. London: Routledge.

Stoffle, Richard
2000 Culture Heritage and Resources. In Social Impact Analysis: An Applied Anthropology Manual. L. Goodman, eds. Pp. 191-232. New York: Berg Publishers.

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