Miisaninawiind December 21 - 27, 2020
Manidoo-Giizisoons :: Little Spirit Moon
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.
Red Cliff Gives 2,300 Gifts to over 400 Children at annual Kids Christmas Event
This year's Kids Christmas Event successfully gave out over 2,300 free gifts to children in Red Cliff and the surrounding areas. The gift-giving was held as a drive-up event at Legendary Waters on Friday and Saturday. Kids then had a chance to see Santa!

Miigwech to all who participated!

Please contact the Tribal Administration Building at 715-779-3700 with any questions.
Holiday Ham Giveaway
Certificates and hams still available
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. 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.
Council Meeting December 22
December's Special Tribal Council Meeting is set for Tuesday December 22 at Legendary Waters Grand Ballroom.

The Regular Sessions is scheduled to begin at 4:30 PM.

Click HERE for the meeting agenda.
Jiibaakwedaa - Let's Cook!
On December 21 from 1-3 PM, pick up a FREE food box at Red Cliff Food Distribution. Then, watch this video of the recipe being made.
Follow the video and the recipe card provided in the food box to make your own delicious baked beans!

Don't forget to let your family help!

Please send in your cooking pictures to mmcquire@redcliffhealth.org.
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
Bayfield School Board Election
Candidacy Declaration due January 5
The School District of Bayfield will hold an election on April 6, 2021 for three school board office openings. A Campaign Registration Statement and a Declaration of Candidacy must be filed no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday January 5, 2021.

The term of office for a school board member is three years beginning on Monday April 26, 2021.

Click HERE for more information, including a guide for candidates and official Registration Statement and Notice of Candidacy Form.
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 Board Virtual Meeting
The Bayfield School Board will host its December meeting virtually on Monday December 21 at 6:00 PM.
Click HERE to access the meeting.
Meeting ID: 872 2394 9391
Passcode: 867557
Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 872 2394 9391
Passcode: 867557

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
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
Red Cliff Fish Company
Legendary Waters Resort & Casino
Introducing William "Bill" Foss
General Manager
The Red Cliff Band welcomes William Foss as General Manager of Legendary Waters Resort & Casino. Foss has spent 28 years in the gaming industry, with 15 years on the Native gaming side.

Prior to his arrival at Legendary Waters, Foss served in a variety of casino and gaming management and marketing roles across the country. Some of Foss' recent posts include Casino KC in Missouri, CasinoTrac in Minnetonka, Sherwood Valley Casino in California, Taos Mountain Casino in New Mexico, and other casinos in California, Arizona, Iowa, and Indiana.

"It's great to be here in northern Wisconsin and to join this wonderful staff at Legendary Waters," said Foss. "I'm looking forward to getting our customers back safely so we can maximize not only their enjoyment, but the well-being of our employees and community."

Visit www.LegendaryWaters.com for your gaming, lodging, and dining needs!
Legendary Pow Wow Postponed
Legendary Waters New Years Eve
News Across Indian Country
Rep. Deb Haaland Chosen to lead
U.S. Interior Department
Haaland would become first Native American to lead a cabinet agency
By Aliyah Chavez

President-elect Joe Biden, in a historic move, has chosen Rep. Deb Haaland to lead the U.S. Interior Department. If confirmed by the Senate, the New Mexico Democrat would be the first Native American to serve as a Cabinet secretary.

"A voice like mine has never been a Cabinet secretary or at the head of the Department of Interior," Haaland tweeted Thursday night.

"Growing up in my mother’s Pueblo household made me fierce. I’ll be fierce for all of us, our planet, and all of our protected land. I am honored and ready to serve."

Biden confirmed the nomination late Thursday as part of his climate team, which also includes secretary of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency administrator, chair of the Council on Environmental Quality and national climate advisor.

“This brilliant, tested, trailblazing team will be ready on Day One to confront the existential threat of climate change with a unified national response rooted in science and equity," the president-elect said in a statement.

Sources familiar with the decision on Haaland told Indian Country Today she is considered a "barrier-breaking public servant" and a nominee who will hit the ground running.

Haaland, who is from the Pueblos of Laguna and Jemez, became one of the first two Native women elected to Congress in 2018.

The Interior Department is tasked with protecting the nation’s natural resources and honoring the government’s federal trust responsibilities. It manages America’s vast public lands and coastal waters while overseeing prominent departments such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education. The agency employs 70,000 people.

Read the full article HERE.
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.
Community Events
Interested in upcoming events?

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