Native Americans save tree on UW-Eau Claire campus
Native Americans have saved a culturally-significant oak tree on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus.
It was supposed to be cut down during the construction of a new student center. But Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich agreed this week to spare the tree, and have architects redraw their plans.
The tree is relatively new, but it's a symbolic replacement for a 300-year-old tree that used to be in the same place.
It was said to be where two warring tribes - the Ojibwe and the Dakota Sioux - held peace councils.
The original tree was destroyed by lightning, and the new Council Oak took its place.
The tree was supposed to be replaced by blacktop and a loading dock.
Eau Claire officials were planning to ask the UW Board of Regents to approve the new student center next month.
But because of the tree decision, a spokesman says the request might be delayed.