This wooden floor installed at New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the 2012 NCAA Final Four is similar to the one that's soon headed to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the final leg of this year's tournament. The journey of college basketball's most prized surface begins at the 235,000-acre Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin. "People watch the game and that's our timber out there," said Jim Kaquatosh, sales manager for Menominee Tribal Enterprises. "People on the reservation are real proud they could be a part of it."
Tribal Chief Oshkosh told the Menominee in the 1800s that if they "take only the mature trees, the sick trees, and the trees that have fallen … the trees will last forever." Ever since, sustainable yield foresting practices have been a part of Menominee lore.
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(Photo: New Orleans Times-Picayune).