Director of Public Information, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC)
Dylan Bizhikiins Jennings is a member of the marten clan. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in anthropology, archaeology, environmental studies, and American Indian studies. Jennings is set to complete his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute in spring 2021.
Bizhikiins Jennings is a Bad River tribal member and a former tribal council member for the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, where he served two consecutive terms as an elected official. He also served as an appointed representative for the EPA region 5 Tribal Operations Committee (RTOC).
Currently, Bizhikiins Jennings resides in Odanah and works as the director of public information for the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission. The job requires him to be fluent and up to date with tribal news and issues. He also serves as a writer, photographer, and editor for the Mazina’igan newspaper.
Bizhikiins Jennings presents at many public engagements and schools throughout the Midwest on topics including:
- Traditional subsistence
- Tribal environmental perspective
- Cultural immersion
- Tribal historic preservation
- Food sovereignty
- Ojibwe curriculum
- Cultural identity
Bizhikiins Jennings is also an adjunct instructor at Northland College in the American Indian studies department where he teaches Introduction to Ojibwe language and culture.
He also serves as an appointed member of the Wisconsin Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change.