Miisaninawiind :: Manidoo-giizisoons :: Dec 30 2019
This Week In Red Cliff
Boozhoo and welcome to the Miisaninawiind weekly newsletter! For posters and other up-to-the-minute information, check our Facebook page here .

New Year Blessings
Happy New Year!

May this be a year of good health and help for you and your family. The New Year’s holiday provides a unique window in which we can look back at the previous year and dream about the year ahead. While some of us will be celebrating the gift of a new year very soon, some Native nations have been observing the blessings of a new year for a few days already.

Unlike the January 1st New Year based on the Gregorian calendar, traditional Native American New Year observances coincide closer to the “natural” cycles of Mother Earth. For some American Indians, the winter solstice provides a time to celebrate the good things to come. It marks the beginning of a new cycle. A time for renewing our views on life and the world around us.

Like many events in American Indian culture there is a proper time and place for all activities. Traditionally, Ojibwe storytelling is reserved for the winter months for many tribes. This was a practical choice given the fact that during the other seasons, people were busy working, gathering and hunting. It was in the winter, with short days, long dark evenings, the snow and wind blowing outside, that telling stories was a way to entertain and teach the children while keeping alive the teachings of our ancestors. Another reason is that many traditional stories contain animal characters and supernatural beings. To be respectful, people waited until the winter when animals hibernate or become less active, so they cannot hear themselves being talked about. The frozen ground also holds tight the spirits that many of the stories and teachings are centered on. These spirits are powerful and to talk about them while they are awake during the summer months could draw their unwanted attention - even if we do so unintentionally.

To have a storyteller tell you a story is like receiving a gift. To be respectful, a gift of tobacco is offered to the storyteller before the story begins. The storyteller will often take the tobacco outside and place it on the earth as an offering to the spirits of the story. Others may smoke it in their pipe. 

As we move into the New Year, let us make sure to renew our commitment to ourselves, our families and our community. Let us commit to our culture and identity. Let us commit to being a better version of ourselves while making the world a better place.

Happy Native New Year!
Ring in the New Year at Legendary Waters
Looking to celebrate the new year? Legendary Waters has the party!

They are offering a prime rib and crab leg buffet, live music, blackjack, live poker, party favors, a midnight countdown and hot seat drawings!

Click HERE to go to Legendary Water's entertainment page.
Nooji Center Offers Sober New Year's Eve Party
The Noojimo'iwewin Center is hosting an alcohol-free New Year's Eve party for those who want to welcome the new year while staying sober!

There will be food, drinks, games, music and sober fun for all ages.

The party starts at 8 pm.

Call 715-779-3707 ext 2452 for more information.

Click HERE for the Noojimo'iwewin Center December newsletter, and keep an eye out for the January newsletter coming soon.

Bayfield School Band Fundraiser
Legendary Waters is hosting a fundraiser for the Bayfield School Band on New Year's Day.

There will be bingo, food, and raffles available.

All proceeds will go toward the 2020 Band Trip to California where students will have a musical and culturally enriching trip packed with activities and events.

Click HERE for more information.
Holiday Hours and Closures
Storyteller Donnie Applebee Visits Bayfield School
Storyteller Donnie Applebee visited Mrs. Carlile's fourth grade class last week in conjunction with a film crew from the Office of Victims of Crime.

The students had a fun and unique experience with the film crew in the classroom.

Mr. Applebee shared stories about the creation of animals and the important roles they play in our history and culture.

Red Cliff Indian Child Welfare Director Gretchen Morris worked hard to coordinate with the film crew and Bayfield School.

It was a fun day for all!
WTCAC Hiring Seasonal Positions / Internships
The Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council is currently seeking to hire seasonal worker positions hosted by Tribes throughout the state of Wisconsin, and the WTCAC is also working on three additional seasonal worker positions.

These opportunities are open until filled, so anyone interested should apply as soon as possible!

Open positions (click each one for the job description)

Tribal Pest Outreach and Survey Worker (click for location options)
Breaking the Barrier
Integrity Grading & Excavating offers free seminar

You are invited to attend "Breaking the Barrier." This is a free seminar where you will learn what it means to be a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise in Wisconsin, and how this could work for you.

The seminar is set for January 23 from 9 AM - 12 PM at the Holiday Inn in Rothschild, WI.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend. Click HERE for more information.
Nemadji Trail Energy Center Project Put on Hold
Wisconsin and Minnesota energy companies--Dairyland Power Cooperative and Minnesota Power--have teamed up to propose building a natural gas generation facility in Superior, called the Nemadji Trail Energy Center.

After the proposal was approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission at the end of October, the Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled that the new energy center will be put on hold until a state agency can determine how much of a significant environmental impact the project will have.

The largest debate issues include job creation and more energy sources, opposed by the potentially harmful environmental impacts to the area.

For more information and to stay up to date on this issue, search "Nemadji Trail Energy Center news."
Homecoming: The Journey of Lake Sturgeon
From the Wisconsin DNR
Lake sturgeon  (Namao in Menominee language) from Lake Winnebago are well known for their spawning run up the Wolf River each spring where thousands of people have been watching them spawn for decades.

Watch the video to learn how the Department of Natural Resources is working to restore lake sturgeon in the Wolf River on the Menominee Reservation.
Winter Updates
A winter storm is hitting today, Monday December 30!

This could produce 12" of snow and strong winds through early Tuesday.

Travel could become very difficult.

With dropping temperatures, roads and sidewalks will be slippery.

Please be careful if you plan on driving or being outside.

Please avoid parking on the roads so our snow removal team can clear the roads. Miigwech!
Protect Your Pipes - It's Cold!
With below zero temperatures being a possibility, you'll need to take some precautions so your pipes don't freeze.

-Let your water trickle
-Use heat tape
-Cover exposed pipes with insulation
-Remove outdoor hoses
-Open kitchen/bathroom cabinet doors
-Set heat to 55 degrees if you're away

Click HERE to read more information from the Red Cliff Water and Sewer Department.
Snow Removal & Road Clearing - How You Can Help
With winter upon us and as heavy snow accumulates, our crews are hard at work to ensure our roads are cleared and we can all move around safely.

With limited equipment and only three people working to clear snow, we're asking you for help and to respect others' needs! Here's what you can do:

-Avoid parking on the road. This makes it difficult for our equipment to plow the roads

-Avoid pushing driveway snow in to the road
This Week's Events
Health & Wellness
Noojimo'iwewin Center -- Who Are We?
The Noojimo’iwewin Center is Red Cliff’s newest addition to the Health Center’s facilities and is located at 37450 Water Tower Rd in Red Cliff. It is a drop-in center that is open to all members of the Red Cliff Community, and surrounding communities, and has the primary purpose of supporting addiction recovery.

The Nooji Center provides a safe and sober place for people to socialize and access services including peer support, recovery groups, life skills classes, and cultural and recreational activities. We are family friendly and all are welcome! The only requirement is that a person is sober from all substances during the time that they are at the Center.

Noojimo’iwewin is an Ojibwemowin word that means “we heal” and the goal of the staff and activities here is to support people in increasing their spiritual, emotional, physical and mental wellness. 

The Noojimo’iwewin Center opened in July 2018 and has served over 180 different individuals so far. We are currently open six days a week. Funding for the Center is primarily from the United States Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs – Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation, a three year Grant to promote crime reduction. We have also received a small grant from the Apostle Islands Area Community Fund to support the “Artful Healing” arts workshop that we hosted in June of 2019, and many kind donations from the Volunteers in Mission and community members.

Meet Our Staff

Project Coordinator – Cassie McCrow is responsible for keeping expenditure and attendance records, reporting to the Tribe and grant agency, scheduling activities and meetings, and facilitating some of the activities and groups.

Behavioral Health Outreach Specialist – Midge Montano is based at the Red Cliff Community Health Center and also has some hours at the Center facilitating groups and participating in activities. Midge assists community members with accessing needed services and provides support to them and staff members.

Certified Peer Specialists – Sonia Buffalo-Reyes, Ed Metelica, Sarah Nevins, and Tashina Wachsmuth have lived experience with recovery and are here to walk with our clients and provide support as they rebuild their lives. This can take the form of helping connect clients with health care and counseling, finding housing, navigating court, probation and Indian Child Welfare systems. Our peer specialists also facilitate groups and classes, and participate in activities with community members. At this time, peer support is available only to Red Cliff community members.

The Noojimo’iwewin Center offers weekly Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Wellbriety (Native American 12 Step) recovery group meetings, Monday Night Sharing Circle and Gifted Mens’ groups. We have a monthly Sobriety Potluck Supper, seasonal Traditional Feasts, summer cook-outs, game days, dreamcatcher making, knitting, beadwork, painting, movie nights, cooking and nutrition classes, and other seasonal activities. We put out a monthly calendar of events, groups and classes that you can pick up at the Center, Clinic, other places in town and in the weekly Tribal newsletter, as well as promotional posters for our activities.

For more information, please call 715-779-3508 or stop in and visit us anytime!  
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
Red Cliff Offers GED Classes
Red Cliff offers GED classes through Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College!

Classes begin January 21, 2020

Click HERE for more information

You can call 715-779-3761 and ask for the Cabin

email Laura at lbrambilla@lco.edu
Ojibwe Phrase of the Week
Sandy Gokee, Anishinaabe Language and Cultural Coordinator for the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, shares an important message about learning and trying to preserve our language in the Ojibwe Phrase of the Week for December 30, 2019.

Click HERE to learn more on the Red Cliff Heritage and Culture site.

Have a suggestion for next week's phrase?
Email sandy.gokee@redcliff-nsn.gov
Boys and Girls Club of Gitchigami
The Boys and Girls Club of Gitchigami is a fantastic program for our youth, and provides a variety of activity programs for the community.

The B&G Club serves to enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as caring, productive and responsible citizens.

We offer opportunities to provide Native youth with ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, a safe place to learn and grow, life-enhancing programs, character development experiences and, most of all, hope and opportunity. Clubs promote positive youth growth and development along critical cultural, social, emotional, intellectual, and physical dimensions.

Here in Red Cliff, the Boys & Girls Club strives to achieve our ambitious vision of great futures for all young people, while sustaining and respecting our community’s unique cultural values, traditions and ways.

We offer activities both on and off the reservation, with trips to the movies, swimming, sledding, and more!

Click HERE to learn more about the B&G Club of Gitchigami and some of the program offerings. The January calendar of events is coming soon!

Don't forget the Holiday Teen Party coming up on January 2 at Legendary Waters! Click HERE for information on the Teen Party.

Contact Youth Director Paige Moilanen at 715-779-3722 with any questions.
Community Updates
Follow the link below to see announcements for upcoming events!

Red Cliff Tribal Administration Office 
88455 Pike Road 
Bayfield, Wi. 54814