The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians has developed a unique, hands-on approach to Lake Sturgeon restoration. This session will view the 30-minute film titled “Manistee 'Nme, a Lake Sturgeon Success Story” with discussion after. The film follows the tribal community and biologists as they work to restore the native Great Lakes fish. It features the first underwater footage of lake sturgeon in the Big Manistee River. The Little River Band operates an innovative rearing facility on the Manistee River, which was the first-ever portable stream-side rearing facility for lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes when it started in 2004. More than 300 sturgeon have been raised and released there. A sturgeon stewardship plan for the Manistee River — aimed at protecting and sustaining the prehistoric fish over the next seven generations — was developed by the tribe. This program offers a message of hope for sturgeon restoration efforts.