Miisaninawiind December 14 - 20, 2020
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Boozhoo and welcome to the Miisaninawiind weekly newsletter!

The Miisaniinawind brings you important news, announcements and updates, designed specifically for the Red Cliff community. But that's not all. The weekly eNewsletter will also provide news about neighboring tribes, communities and broader issues across Indian Country that matter to you.

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Red Cliff News & Updates
COVID-19 Community Updates
An up-to-date list of COVID-19 related notices and educational resources can be found on the Red Cliff website.

Tribal Departments and Programs are still offering virtual and social-distance events! Check out the Events Calendar.
Holiday Ham Giveaway Begins
Certificates, hams available beginning December 14
This year's Holiday Ham Giveaway has begun! Community members are able to pick up a certificate at the Tribal Administration Building and your free ham from Food Distribution beginning December 14. Pickup is available 9 AM - 4 PM Monday through Thursday.

Community Members must stop in at the Tribal Administration Building and sign up to get your certificate. Please be prepared to show your Tribal ID when getting your certificate.

You will also be asked to show a CURRENT household bill with your name and physical address on it.

If someone wants you to pick up for them they must call ahead of time to arrange it.

Hams are limited to ONE per household.

For more information or if you have any questions please call the Tribal Administration Building at 715-779-3700.
Reminder: Funding Available For Home Repairs
Community Members are reminded that funding is available to assist with household renovations.

Contact Housing for more information about these home repair funds at 715-779-3744.

The Red Cliff Band has been awarded a $50K U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Wisconsin Home Repair Grant that will assist four low and very-low income households within the reservation boundaries renovate their homes.

The USDA grant will be leveraged with $30K of funds through the Native American Home Rehabilitation Program Grant and another $53K through the Red Cliff Chippewa Housing Authority Indian Housing Block Grant.

"Our private home rehabilitation program is an extension of our growing Native American Homeownership initiative," said Cheryl Cloud, Red Cliff Chippewa Housing Authority Executive Director. "Maintenance and upkeep of a home can be costly. Accessing grant funds to help improve housing quality standards for Red Cliff Tribal homeowners expresses our support and commitment to a well-rounded program. We don’t just want to help you buy a home, we want to help you keep it livable and comfortable."
Code of Laws: Chapter 39 Updated
On December 7, 2020 the Red Cliff Tribal Council passed additions to Chapter 39 - General Ordinances section 39.6 Disorderly Conduct.

The additions are:

39.6 SECTION 6: DISORDERLY CONDUCT

39.6.4 - It shall be Disorderly Conduct for any person to fail or refuse to follow directives from a Public Health Official or Health Official. Directives from a Public Health Official or Health Official shall include but are not limited to:
(a) Failure to submit to testing; or
(b) Failure to provide information for contact tracing.
(c) Failure to follow any conditions or restrictions contained in an order for monitoring and quarantine issued pursuant to the authority of the Public Health Official or Health Official. (1) For the purpose of this section the term "Public Health Official" or "Health Official" means that person within the tribal government designated with the primary responsibility of maintaining public health of the reservation and its residents.

39.6.5 - It shall be Disorderly Conduct for any person to fail or refuse to follow any Stay at Home Order issued by The Tribal Council.

(1) for the purpose of this section, "Stay at Home Order" means a formal resolution of the Tribal Council that mandates that persons not leave their residence for a specified period of time in response to a Public Health Emergency except within certain defined parameters as further detailed in the resolution itself.
(2) For the purpose of this section, "Public Health Emergency" means a formal declaration by the Tribal Council in the form of a resolution that addresses the occurrence or imminent threat of an illness or health condition.

You can find a copy of the updated Chapter 39 along with the entire Red Cliff Code of Laws HERE.
Funeral Donation Policy Revised
The Funeral Donation Policy was originally approved by the Red Cliff Tribal Council at their June 24, 2003 Council Meeting and has been revised at the December 7, 2020 Council Meeting.

Purpose
The purpose of this policy is to have guidelines for donations to assist Tribal Members / Employees with the cost of funerals.

Click HERE to view the entire Funeral Donation Policy.
Community Members Needed to Serve On Committees, Boards, Commissions
The Red Cliff Tribal Council is seeking community members to serve on the Business Development Corporation, Family Human Services Advisory Committee, Membership Committee, and Fishing Committee.

Click HERE for details. Submit your committee application by December 30, 2020.

The Business Development Corporation serves to:

To generate revenue for the use by the tribal government in providing services to members of the Tribe, including health care, education, the preservation and promotion of the Tribe’s language and culture, children’s services, substance abuse preventions, elder services, judicial services, law enforcement judicial, environmental protection and other services;

To increase the economic well-being of the members of the Tribe in accordance with the economic development and tribal self-determination policies and plans of the Tribe as adopted by the Tribal Council.

To promote, attract, stimulate, rehabilitate and revitalize commerce, industry and manufacturing from which the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians benefit.

To stimulate the investment of capital from private, commercial, government and other sources in the activities of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.

To create gainful employment opportunities for tribal members.

To do all things necessary to actively and aggressively participate in all matters pertaining to the social, economic and industrial welfare of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.

If you are interested in serving on the Business Development Corporation, please pick up and drop off an Application and Resume at the front desk of the Tribal Administration Building.

Committee applications are also available HERE.

Call 715-779-3700 with any questions.
Tribal Veterans Honored With Wreaths
Red Cliff Tribal Member Harold Leask Jr from the Bayfield Lumber Company has bought holiday wreaths to honor our Tribal veterans and local area veterans this holiday season. The Red Cliff VFW places the wreaths at various locations around the community.

"On behalf of the Red Cliff Community and VFW Post 8239, I’d like to thank Harold and his team for honoring our veterans during the holiday season," said Red Cliff Chairman Richard Peterson. "His thoughtfulness and respect is very much appreciated by our veterans and their families."

If you see the wreaths around Red Cliff and Bayfield please take a moment to think about our veterans.

Miigwech to Harold and Red Cliff VFW!
Kids Christmas Event Set for December 18 & 19
Drive-Up Format for Gift Pickup
The Red Cliff Kids Christmas Event is set for December 18 and 19 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Legendary Waters Resort and Casino parking lot.

This year's gift pickup will be a drive-up event. When you get to Legendary Waters there will be people directing traffic. Please remain in your car. You will be given a bag with UNWRAPPED gifts, a roll of wrapping paper, and tape.

The parent or legal guardian who signed up the children must be the one to pick up the items. The items will be labeled with that person's name. The deadline to sign up for the Kids Christmas Event was December 4.

Please contact the Tribal Administration Building at 715-779-3700 with any questions.
Bring the Kids!
Drive-Thru Santa Meet and Greet December 20
Kids will have a change to see Santa on Sunday December 20 at Legendary Waters Parking Lot. This is set up as a drive-thru event from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Each child will receive a bag of candy.

Families are asked to remain in their vehicle until it is their turn. A picture option will be available.

Masks and social distance guidelines must be followed.
Health & Wellness
Behavioral Health December Newsletter
The Behavioral Health Department has released its December newsletter.
Click the image to access the entire Behavioral Health newsletter.
For other Health Center information or general questions call: 715-779-3707 or Email  RCHealthCenter@redcliffhealth.org

Click HERE to visit the Red Cliff Community Health Center website.

Click HERE for COVID-19 Updates and Resources.
Family & Human Services
New Child Care Center Is
Hiring Child Care Staff!
The investment that has been put into this new daycare facility will impact economic development and improve the quality of life throughout our county. We are proud to say that our 4,000 square foot new construction child care center will boast 40 new child care spaces and will be located on a 1.3-acre site, located on the corner of Blueberry and Water Tower Roads.

The center is still looking to grow its childcare family. If you are a person or know a person that has a passion for working with children and would love to be part of our team, please visit www.redcliff-nsn.gov for a job description and application.
Education
How We Stay Safe & Healthy - Ms. J
Bayfield School District Weekly Updates
The Bayfield School District will be releasing
weekly updates for parents and students.

You can view the school's weekly updates on their website:

You can also find the weekly updates on the
Bayfield School District Facebook page.

Bayfield School Yearbook Ad Space Available
Thank you for considering sponsoring the Bayfield High senior class with your purchase of a yearbook ad. All ads will be in color.
Please contact Stacy Peterson, Yearbook Advisor at 715-779-3201 or at speterson@bayfield.k12.wi.us.
Access Scholarship Opportunities
Red Cliff Community Members have access to a variety of scholarships.
Click HERE to visit the Education Department's Scholarships page.


Upcoming External Scholarship Opportunities

Truman D. Picard Scholarship
The Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program is dedicated to the support of Native American students pursuing a higher education in Natural Resources.
Deadline March 12, 2021
Click HERE

AfterCollege AACN Nursing Scholarship
Deadlines: March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31
Click HERE

Travel Nurse America
Deadline: January 1, 2021
Click HERE

Boys and Girls Club of Gitchigami
Virtual Lessons
Boys and Girls Club staff have created Virtual Daily Lessons for youth to follow while the Club is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lessons incorporate fitness and fun, fine arts, virtual field trips, mental workouts, and lessons on character, leadership, and service!

The lessons are dated, but contain activities that can be done year-round!

Click HERE to access!
Treaty Natural Resources
New Wildlife Videos
Housing Authority
Community Is Urged To Take Tribal
Housing Needs Assessment Survey
Data will enhance local programs, funding
The Red Cliff Tribe, in partnership with the Red Cliff Housing Authority, has launched a Tribal Housing Needs Assessment household survey taking place from December 2020 - February 2021. The survey will have two phases: all households on-reservation will receive a door hanger with an online survey code in December, and all off-reservation member households in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan will receive a mailer containing an online survey code in January.

This survey is an important data collection project designed to compile accurate demographic, employment and housing information about Red Cliff tribal members. The data collected during this survey will be used to enhance local programs and attract funding for housing and other community programs.

Beginning in December 2020, survey staff will drop off information and instructions so that individuals can complete the survey online. Survey topics include: income, education, housing situation, use of and need for community programs and services. All household information requested by the survey is essential to accomplishing the project’s goals. The responses provided to field staff will remain confidential and anonymous.

Please provide honest and complete answers to field staff to support their efforts to:
  • Challenge and replace the Census Bureau’s housing needs data for the Red Cliff Reservation
  • Ensure that the Tribe receives their fair share of affordable housing funding
  • Affirm the Tribe’s sovereignty and expand its self-determination
  • Determine current and future need for housing and essential services

The information you provide will help our community!

The on-reservation survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete, and we need complete responses from every household on the reservation. The off-reservation Tribal Member survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. As a special thank you, households that complete the survey will receive an individual incentive and be entered into weekly drawings for larger prizes valued up to $200!

The project is funded by Enterprise Community Partners and the Red Cliff Chippewa Housing Authority.

On-reservation tribal members will receive a door hanger with a unique survey code at their home that they can use to complete their survey online at: https://www.redcliff-nsn.gov/survey. Off-reservation tribal members will receive a mailed letter containing their online survey code—watch for yours in the mail in January.

We will drop off paper forms to on-reservation households without internet access starting two weeks after we release the survey.

FOR QUESTIONS OR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Liz Boyd
Tribal Survey Manager, Red Cliff
Phone: (715) 779-3744 ext. 3515

Kevin Klingbeil (Survey Coordinator)   
Managing Director, Big Water Consulting
Phone: (206) 466-2065
Click HERE to access a Tenant Association interest form
Housing Board Meeting
The Housing Authority's Regular December Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday December 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

Click HERE for the meeting agenda.
Red Cliff Fish Company
Legendary Waters Resort & Casino
Legendary Pow Wow Postponed
News Across Indian Country
WI Task Force On Climate Change
Releases Latest Report
The Wisconsin Task Force on Climate Change has released its latest Climate Change Report.

Click HERE to view the full report, including information on how climate change is impacting Wisconsin and different climate solutions.
New Tribal National Park Opening in Nebraska - Iowa Tribe
By Paul Hammel
From The Omaha World Herald

The Nature Conservancy of Nebraska has transferred 284 acres of bluff property to the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska. A “tribal national park” on the land and an adjacent tract will allow the tribe to tell the story of its people and provide a rustic getaway for people to hike, camp and birdwatch.

Click HERE to read the full article.
USDA to Open Signup for Conservation Reserve Program and CRP Grasslands in Early 2021
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the 2021 signup periods for general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and CRP Grasslands offers. General signup for CRP will be open from January 4, 2021 to February 12, 2021; signup for CRP Grasslands runs from March 15, 2021 to April 23, 2021. Both programs are competitive and provide annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes.

“The Conservation Reserve Program and the many focused programs that come under it, like CRP Grasslands, are some of our most critical tools we have to help producers better manage their operations while conserving natural resources,” said State Executive Director, Sandy Chalmers. “As one of our nation’s largest conservation endeavors, CRP has proven to protect our Nation’s valuable resources; and next year’s signup gives our farmers and ranchers an opportunity to enroll in CRP for the first time or continue their participation for another term.

Click HERE to learn more.
Federal Officials Hear Arguments on Enbridge Pipeline Tunnel
By Jon King / jking@whmi.com

Both sides in a multi-year battle over the future of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes faced off during an online public hearing Monday, as officials with the Army Corps of Engineers decide whether to grant a permit for the project.

The Canadian pipeline company Enbridge wants to drill a nearly 4-mile tunnel through bedrock under the Straits of Mackinac. It would house a replacement for twin pipes that have run along the bottom of the waterway connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan for 67 years. The underwater segment is part of a line that carries crude oil and natural gas liquids used in propane between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario, passing through a lengthy stretch of northern Michigan.

Nearly 50 people spoke during the three-hour hearing, while others issued written statements. Officials with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce testified that the $500 million project, which Enbridge has promised to pay for, would protect the lakes and bolster the regional economy while keeping energy prices affordable. “As Michigan fights to recover from COVID-19, the jobs this project will create and support are more important than ever,” he said.

Liz Kirkwood, executive director at For the Love of Water, a law and policy center, countered that each day that passes puts the Great Lakes at risk of disaster. "It's a race against time. And delay is a tactic that favors Enridge, because it gets to continue its ongoing operation," she said. "This is a very lucrative pipeline, but delay is extremely dangerous for the Great Lakes and its health."

The Corps will accept comments through Dec. 17 but there's no deadline for its decision on the permit application, spokesman Bill Dowell said.

On Nov. 13, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Enbridge to shut down the pipeline within 180 days, saying the company had violated terms of an easement the state granted in 1953 to place the line on the lake bottom. Enbridge responded with a federal lawsuit and said it would ask the court to overrule the Democratic governor.

Army Corps officials said they were studying how Whitmer's order might affect their review of Enbridge's application for a permit under the federal Clean Water Act. The company also needs a permit from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, where an application is pending.
Community Events
Interested in upcoming events?

Red Cliff Tribal Administration Office 
88455 Pike Road 
Bayfield, Wi. 54814 
715-779-3700