In 2007, the Red Lake Band received its first of three Tribal Wildlife Grants to assist in restoring lake sturgeon to the Red Lakes and its tributaries. In the past 9 years, the Red Lake Band cooperatively stocked approximately 90,000-6 inch lake sturgeon. The Red Lake Band purchases eggs annually for the Rainy River First Nations Tribe which are then transported and incubated by the Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin. The eggs are hatched and the newly hatched sturgeon are raised throughout the summer months. In early fall, the fingerlings are tagged, for future identification, and transported to the reservation for release in the Blackduck River. The Red Lake Band used the Blackduck River for our release site because there is a fairly deep estuary where the sturgeon can acclimate before entering Lower Red Lake. These efforts have the potential to reestablish lake sturgeon in the 285,000 acres of the Red Lakes, 187 miles of tributaries upstream, and 70 miles downstream in the Red Lake River where they once existed.