Many environmental historians, and environmental humanists more broadly, seem captivated by a declension narrative, a story of how humans have steadily (inevitably?) made “natural” conditions worse. Does scholarship have to trend this way?
Mille Lacs Lake is the second largest lake in Minnesota and archaeological evidence suggests that it was one of the first areas that humans settled in the region. Many different groups of people have called the area around the lake home. A number of Native American tribes have lived around the lake throughout time.