Jess Koski

Notes from Reservation River

Writer Jess Koski is a Grand Portage tribal member, an avid runner, forager, gardener, philosopher and humorist. He dispatches his “Jessays” from his home on the shore of Lake Superior, at Chi Onigaming.

April 6, 2022
Notes from Reservation River – Mino Bimaadiziwin

Jess asks the question: What is living the good life–mino bimaadiziwin? A few of his neighbors share what living a good life means to them, in this late spring edition of “Notes from Reservation River.”

March 24, 2022
Notes from Reservation River – Do as I say, not as I do.

In this late-winter episode of Notes from Reservation River, Jess sets some personal goals ahead of the warm season, makes resolutions and breaks them, admits that beans are his favorite food and sets forth his intention to eat foods that are “closer to the earth.”

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Notes from Reservation River – Nibi and Other Fellow Beings

Writer Jess Koski shares his views on the gift of nibi (water) and how tribal treaty rights enter into the bigger conversations about land, hunting, gathering and water use in ceded territory.

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I Can See the Mailbox from Here

Running the backroads of the Rez with Jess Koski. Plus, news about his next attempt at a 100 mile run!

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Missy-Moosey and Other Joys of Winter

Winter berry picking and the story of the Bear Berry tree, from the perspective of Grand Portage writer Jess Koski.

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Notes from Reservation River – Highways of Longing

Travel the highways and byways with Jess Koski, from Big Bend to Reservation River Road and back again.

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Notes from Reservation River: Minong Revisited

Notes from Reservation River, featuring “Jessays” by Grand Portage Band Member Jess Koski. In this segment, he revisits Minong– or Isle Royale, where his great grandfather “Hungry” Jack Scott, once fished and worked as a fish processor.

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Notes From Reservation River “Minong”

Jess visits Minong (Isle Royale) and ponders the ancient migration routes of Monarch butterflies.

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Notes from Reservation River–Birch Envy

Jess asks about the condition of birch trees on the Shore and explains what it means when a friend has a case of birch envy.

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Notes from Reservation River–Witches Cauldron

Jess ponders the history and cultural value of an old, iron pot.

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Notes From Reservation River – “Another Journey Home”

In this segment, Jess returns home from an East Coast visit, avoiding a plane crash and following the migration route of the Lake Superior Anishinaabeg.

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Notes From Reservation River – “Top Ten”

Writer Jess Koski is a Grand Portage tribal member and dispatches his “Jessays,” from his home on the shore of Lake Superior, in Chi Oni Gaming.

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Notes From Reservation River – Walking the Rez

Writer Jess Koski is a Grand Portage tribal member and dispatches his “Jessays,” from his home on the shore of Lake Superior, in Chi Oni Gaming

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Notes from Reservation River

Enjoy this edition of Notes from Reservation River  – “Well Worn Path”.

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The Last Wave Koski

Writer Jess Koski is a Grand Portage tribal member and dispatches his “Jessays,” from his home on the shore of Lake Superior, in Chi Oni Gaming.
In this edition of Notes from Reservation River called “The Last Wave”Jess remembers his uncle Gene.