Miisaninawiind December 6-12, 2021
Manidoo-Giizisoons (Little Spirit Moon)
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Red Cliff News & Updates
Red Cliff Reclaims 15-Acre Property,
Continues Land Repatriation Efforts
Property will expand food sovereignty, access to practice treaty rights
The Red Cliff Band has acquired a 15.6-acre property off Hwy 13 on County Rd K as part of its continued efforts to reclaim and preserve land. The property will expand food sovereignty efforts, including harvesting of small and large game, wild edibles, and medicinal plants.

“Reacquiring Tribal land is very important to our membership and our future generations,” said Red Cliff Chairman Christopher Boyd. “We continue to work towards maintaining the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health of this culturally significant area.”

The planned property use is tied directly to requests from the Tribal Membership. A large number of youth, elders, and general membership indicated the desire to increase harvesting opportunities.

“The pandemic has placed an enormous burden on the food systems we normally rely on,” said Red Cliff Planning Administrator Nicole Boyd. “By increasing access to food sovereignty, we are supporting tribal members’ rights to healthy and culturally appropriate food systems produced locally, affordably, and ecologically sound. Tribal Members will have increased access to practice their subsistence harvesting rights while staying safe and closer to home.”

The property has been purchased from Tribal Member Christina Peterson and family with a portion of CARES Act funding to help with the Tribe’s COVID-19 response. Tina Peterson and family desired to sell the land back to the Tribe in support of land base repatriation and expansion. Miskwaabikaang has experienced tremendous growth over the last 10 years, and the Tribal Council has worked to expedite its land repatriation efforts.

“We are very grateful for the Petersons’ desire to only sell back to the Tribe,” said Chairman Boyd. “This is a great help for the Tribe’s land reclamation efforts and food sovereignty expansion for our membership to practice treaty rights.”

Tribal Leadership continues to work towards reclaiming land as highlighted in the Treaty Natural Resources Division’s Wenji Bimaadiziyaang Comprehensive Plan, with the goal of fully accommodating the needs of Miskwaabikaang’s growing and thriving Tribal community.

Importance of Land Repatriation
Established by treaty, the Red Cliff Reservation now encompasses nearly 15,000 acres. However, in the years leading up to 2006, tribal aki (land) holdings within the boundary had dwindled to under 8,000 acres – which is only 55% of the original land base. The result became a “checkerboard” ownership within the boundaries, with former reservation aki being held by Bayfield County, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and in private non-member status. This mixed ownership inhibits comprehensive management and restricts tribal member use and access. Mixed ownership on the reservation also poses threats to habitat connectivity for migratory and wide-ranging species, which could lessen habitat’s resiliency to climate change.

With a growing population and limited aki base, repatriation of lands is a high priority for Miskwaabikaang. Expanded residential, municipal, agricultural, and commercial space on the Reservation is crucial for meeting the needs of the Tribal Membership.

Click HERE to learn more about the Tribe's land repatriation efforts.
Boyd, Bainbridge Appointed to
Lake Superior Commercial Fishing Board
Red Cliff Chairman Christopher Boyd and Tribal Councilman Bryan Bainbridge have been appointed by Governor Evers to the Lake Superior Commercial Fishing Board.

The Board assists in advising the Department of Natural Resources on commercial fishing matters relating to Lake Superior. The Board reviews and considers applications for a transfer of license and approves or denies applications on the basis of rules promulgated by the DNR.

The appointment of Boyd and Bainbridge to the Lake Superior Commercial Fishing Board is important for ensuring proper representation of Treaty Rights in matters relating to commercial fishing.
Community Giveaway December 7
A community giveaway is scheduled for Tuesday December 7 from 1 PM to 7 PM at Legendary Waters Event Center.

Community members will have access to free items ranging from household items to baby clothing, winter jackets, mittens, toys, etc.

Volunteers and donors from all over the US and from an organization called PAZA, Tree of Life are making this giveaway possible.

Please call 715-779-3700 with any questions.

Chi Miigwech to PAZA, Tree of Life and all who contribute to this giveaway for Miskwaabikaang!
Wardens Announce Second Elderly Hunt Day
The Red Cliff Wardens have scheduled a second Elderly Hunt Day for Tuesday December 14! This event is an opportunity for hunters to donate deer that will be cleaned and processed to be used for the Tribe's elders.

Processing will start in the morning on Wednesday December 15 at the Hatchery building.

**All donated deer must be registered in person at the Red Cliff registration station and be issued a registration tag prior to drop off. Please no phone or online registrations.

Please contact the Red Cliff Wardens Office with any questions at 715-779-3732.
Holiday Ham / Turkey Giveaway
Certificates are now available for this year's Holiday Ham / Turkey Giveaway!

Please stop in the Tribal Administration Building and sign up to get your certificate. You will then be able to pick up your item from the Food Distribution Building.

Please be prepared to show your Tribal ID when getting your certificate, along with a current household bill with your name and physical address on it.

You are able to have someone pick up your certificate on your behalf. Please call ahead of time to arrange.

Certificates can be picked up at the Tribal Administration Building from 9 AM - 4 PM Monday through Friday. One certificate per household.

Please call 715-779-3700 with any questions.
Red Cliff Storage Now Managed By
RC Business Development Corporation
Address change for making payments
The Red Cliff Business Development Corporation (RCBDC) is now the new manager of Red Cliff Storage. The only changes that will be implemented are address payment changes.

Drop Payment Off At:
Red Cliff Storage Property
36950Hwy 13
Red Cliff, WI


Mail Payment To:
Red Cliff Storage
PO Box 658
Bayfield, WI 54814

Please stay tuned as online payments will be implemented soon. All rent and leases are still the same and remain in effect. Chi Miigwech for your business!

Please direct any questions to Vickie Ackley, Executive Director for RCBDC.
Fun For All at the Boys & Girls
Club Fall Break Camp
From November 22 through the 24, the Boys and Girls Club of Gitchigami hosted a Fall Youth Day Camp for the youth in the community during fall break. Fun was had by all who attended by partaking in different activities such as beading and coloring with the Family Violence Prevention Program and Library Staff, Youth STEM Event, basketball, Night at the Museum (the kids’ favorite game), swimming at the Bayfield Rec Center, board games, cooking demonstrations with Ed Metelica, planting Birch seedlings in the clearing by the new cemetery with THPO, conversating and hanging out with one another.

Towards the end of camp, we were all treated to a traditional buffet at Legendary Waters Resort and Casino, and we also had the pleasure of having Jim Pete bless the food and smudge the attendees during camp. Lastly, we had a raffle for all who attended during the fall day camp. Overall, it was a great experience, and we cannot wait to do it again!

Click HERE to access photos from camp!
Council Meeting Rescheduled for December 13
The Red Cliff Tribal Council Meeting originally scheduled for Monday December 6 has been rescheduled to Monday December 13.

The Regular Session is scheduled to begin at 4:30 PM at Legendary Waters. Community Members are invited to attend.
Red Cliff Announces Holiday Gift Event for Youth
This year's Red Cliff Kids Xmas event is scheduled for December 18 at Legendary Waters. Families can drive through between 9 AM - 6 PM.

Parents or guardians must sign up children by Wednesday December 15. Gifts will be available for newborns and youth up to age 17. Sign up at the Tribal Administration Building or call 715-779-3700.

When arriving at Legendary Waters, please remain in your vehicle and staff will direct you. Parents/guardians will receive a bag of unwrapped gifts, wrapping paper, and tape.

Donations of wrapping paper are being accepted at the Tribal Administration Building.

Please call 715-779-3700 with any questions. Miigwech to all who make this event possible for our youth!
24 ft. Trophy Bayliner - Open for Bids
The Red Cliff Wardens are seeking bids for a 24 ft. 2005 Trophy Bayliner, with a minimum bid of $24,500. The boat will be sold as is.

The boat has twin Mercury 150 outboard engines with low hours. The boat was purchased new in 2004. A fish finder, GPS, and marine radio are also included.

The boat was last operated in 2011 and likely needs servicing prior to operation. The boat has been stored indoors.

Arrangements to view the boat prior to placing a bid can be made by contacting the Red Cliff Wardens at 715-779-3732.

Bids must be received by 4:00 PM on Tuesday December 14, 2021. Bids will be opened on Wednesday December 15 and the winning bidder will be notified.

Mail or hand deliver bids to:
Red Cliff Tribal Administration
Attn: Property & Procurement
88455 PIke Road
Bayfield, WI 54814
Seeking Proposals for Architectural and Engineering Services - Cultural Center Project
The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians are seeking bids from qualified
agencies/individuals for architectural and engineering services for the development and construction of a new Multi-Purpose Cultural Center at the Gaa-Miskwaabikaang (Red Cliff) Cultural Grounds located at 36750 State Highway 13 North.

Click HERE to view all details. Proposals should be submitted by 4:30 PM on Friday December 10, 2021.

Please direct any questions to:
Joe Defoe, Project Manager/Design Engineer
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
88455 Pike Rd, Bayfield WI 54814
Elder Jim Pete Offering Cultural
and Educational Assistance for Youth
Red Cliff Tribal Elder Guyaushk, also known as Jim Pete, is serving as a Foster Grandparent through the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council.

Guyaushk will be available at the Ginanda Gikendaasomin Red Cliff Library to provide tutoring, assistance with school work, Cultural Projects, and more, for students in grades K - 12.

Feel free to contact Guyaushk via email at [email protected] to set up a time or regular schedule.

Chi-Miigwech to Elder Guyaushk for working with Miskwaabikaang youth! Aho!
Red Cliff Offers Snowplowing for Elders
The Red Cliff Band offers FREE snowplowing for Tribal Member Elders aged 55 and older living within the Red Cliff Reservation boundaries. Plowing is also offered to non-member elders at a cost of $125 for the season.

Elders can sign up for this service at the Tribal Administration Building or by calling the Public Works Department at 715-779-5228. Non-members can make payment at the Tribal Administration Building.

Click HERE to see all details and access a sign up form.

Please contact the Public Works Department with any questions at 715-779-5228.
COVID-19 Relief Payments & SSI Eligibility
For Tribal Members who are enrolled in SSI programs or receive SSI payments: Any COVID-19 relief direct assistance payments you receive from the Red Cliff Tribal Government do NOT count against your SSI eligibility or your SSI payment.

See images or click HERE for details.

Please contact 715-779-3707 ext 2238 with any questions.
Community Members Needed For Committees
The Tribal Council is seeking individuals to serve on the following committees, boards, and commissions.

Utilities Commission: 2 members
Health Board: 1 member
Business Board: 1 member
Family Human Services Committee: 2 members
Cemetery Committee: 4 members

If you are interested in serving on any of the committees, please pick up and drop off an application at the front desk of the Tribal Administration Building. You can also access a committee application HERE.
Are you a tribal member-owned business interested in having your business included in our Business Directory? Click HERE.

Tribal Members and non-tribal members planning to do business within the boundaries of the Red Cliff Reservation are reminded to please submit a Business Permit Application. Completed permit applications should be sent to the Red Cliff Legal Department, 88455 Pike Rd, Bayfield, WI 54814.
Emergency Rental Assistance Available For
Tribal Members in Ashland and Bayfield County
The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is still offering help and is accepting applications. This program is open to Red Cliff Tribal Members who rent housing in either Ashland County or Bayfield County.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program can pay up to 12 months of rent and utilities for qualifying households. It is NOT required that applicants live in tribal housing or have past due bills.

Visit www.redcliff-nsn.gov/erap to learn more and apply.

Contact 715-779-3700 ext 4208 or ext 4209 with any questions.
Happy Birthday To Our Members This Week!
Elizabeth Bear
Dana Bildeau
Patricia Bonney
Mary Grunewald
Tomas Jensen
Elizabeth Thomas
Kendra Kramer
Grace Livingston
Eugene Lamoreaux
Azalyn Lamoreaux
Paul Richards
Heather Amrein
Marcus Berger
Christopher Smith
Charlee Richardson Heather Schuler
Nickolas Forbrook
Jacob La Grew
Jean-Pierre Savoye
Ryder Parker
Jasmine Gordon
Heather Spear
Steven Basley
Parker Beck
Iva Green
Jeannette Gordon Reinoso Colleen Foster
Duane Dailey
Florecelia Diaz
Pamela Anderson
Mary Duffy
Heather Brannan
Jordan Christensen
George Andrews
Michael Smith
Margaret McGinty
Isaac Sanders
Vivian Blackcloud
Kimberly Bouchard
Javoni Sanders
Molly Eckert
Dorrie Meyer
Grayson Hall
Monica Holewa
Sherissa Ludwig
Stephanie Ernest
Sophia Quale
Brett Juneman
Shaun Morrow
Maurice Savoye
Priscilla La Pointe-Williamson
Tracy Defoe
Joshua DePerry
Edward Basina
Joseph Lawler
Robert Cadotte
Christina Bolen
Beneshii Bigboy
Maleyna Bressler
Kelly Rask
Ryan Newville
Christopher Kot
Angelina Johnson
Russell Gilliam
Caroline Larson
Mason Gokee
Ava Losada
Charlene Landvik Samantha Modaff
Jennifer Hess
Joseph Newago
Gene Quinn
Matthew Bennett
Willow Deragon
Grant Roy
Jeffery Weske
Catherine Bjornoos Vincenzo Garramone Michelle Westlund
Richard Kimball
Mertell Bender
Aaron Peterson
Mason Liker
Abigail Montano Christopher Munson Rachelle Habermann Daniel Howe
Cherie Schneeberger Martin Gordon
Patricia Modaff
Makenzie Fairbanks
Brian Colvard
Dustin Deragon
Rudolph Gordon
Emily Smith
Timothy Moore
Diane Erickson
Curtis Tucker
Seth Wegner
Robert Lamoreaux Kenneth Zagrodnik Gwendolyn Topping Andrea Beeksma
Clinton Gentry
Mary Balber
Gracee Jelinek
Ashley Duffy
Sarah Lewis
Hunter Pederson
Hayley Bennett
Ryley McKeon
Barry Ross
Merrie Bear
Lynn Gross
Lawrence Barningham Berthine Dembroski
Gus Guenther
Chase Grymala
Ryan Olson
Jeanette Bjerke
John Gordon
Jennifer Kelly
Mitchell Dillon
Gary DePerry
Shannon Croschere
Kristin Williamson
Jaimie King
Mark Gary
Joseph Buffalo
Ty Goetsch
William Barningham Celena Brown
Macoy Fairbanks
Maea Smith
Matthew Jordan
Jonavin Langoehr-Watson Ben Vander Venter
Claire Gessert
Daniel Nynas
Barbara Roberts
Diana Kuegeman
Janet Ryan
Bryan Wagman
Martin Boyd
McKayla Murphy
Landry Melville
Health & Wellness
Carbon Monoxide Reminder:
Check Your Batteries!
As the colder weather approaches – remember to check the batteries in your carbon monoxide (CO) detector. If you don’t have a battery-powered or battery back-up CO alarm, now is a great time to buy one. More than 400 people die each year in the United States from unintentional, non-fire related CO poisoning.
CO is found in fumes produced by furnaces, vehicles, generators, stoves, lanterns, gas ranges, or burning charcoal or wood. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned and can die from breathing CO. When power outages occur during emergencies such as severe winter storms, the use of alternative sources of power for heating or cooking can cause CO to build up in a home, garage, or camper and to poison the people and animals inside.

Stay safe!
Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way
Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

Follow these five steps every time.
1.   Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
2.   Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
3.   Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
4.   Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
5.   Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
The Scoop on Snow Shoveling Safety
Shoveling snow is very hard work. It can cause muscle strains and back injuries, especially if you are relatively inactive and out of shape or do not lift properly. It can also put severe stress on your heart. For some, shoveling snow may even result in a heart attack. Shoveling snow, especially if the snow is wet, is like picking up heavy weights. One full shovel load of wet snow can weigh as much as 25 pounds.

To avoid injuries from snow shoveling:
Before you start shoveling, move and stretch your muscles to warm them up.

Do not shovel right after eating or while smoking.

Use a shovel with a handle that is long enough to let you keep your back just about straight when lifting. An ergonomic shovel with a bent handle is better than one with straight handle. A plastic shovel is lighter than a metal one and less strain on your back.

Take it slow! Shoveling can raise your heart rate and blood pressure dramatically.

Push the snow whenever possible rather than lifting it.

Lift smaller loads of snow. Don’t overload your shovel.

Lift with your legs bent and your back as straight as possible so you are lifting with your legs rather than your back.

Step in the direction you are throwing the snow. This will help to avoid twisting your lower back.

Take frequent breaks. To reverse the excessive bending and extend your back, stand straight and walk around. Place your hands toward the back of your hips and bend backward slightly for several seconds.

Don’t shovel to the point of exhaustion. If you are out of breath, take a break. If you feel tightness in your chest, stop immediately. If you have any health problems or are in poor shape, don’t consider shoveling. Arrange for someone else to shovel your driveway and sidewalk.
Chiropractic Services Expanding
Boozhoo from Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez!

We are exited to announce that beginning in December, chiropractic services will expand. Appointments will be available all day Tuesday and half days on Thursday. Please keep us in mind for your family’s health care needs.

Below is information that can help you prevent falls during our winter months. Please give us a call soon and experience the benefits of Chiropractic care.

Winter Wonderland Safety
'Tis the season for icy walkways and parking lots; and with Mother Nature’s crazy sense of humor this year we all need to be extra careful! Please try to use and share these simple tips to help prevent falls on the ice this winter.   
-Assume all wet, dark areas on pavement are slippery and icy.
-Wear boots or shoes that provide traction
-Take your time entering and exiting vehicles. Use the vehicle for extra support
-Wear a heavy, bulky coat that will provide cushion if you do take a fall
-If possible try to land on a fleshy part of your body, such as your side. Avoid landing on your knees, wrists, or spine.
-Try to keep your muscles as relaxed as you can. You’ll injure yourself less if your body is relaxed.
Do the Penguin Shuffle!
-Point your feet out slightly and walk like a penguin! This will increase your center of gravity.
-Extend your arms out to your sides to maintain balance
-Bend slightly and walk flat-footed with your center of gravity over your feet as much as possible.
-Keep your hands out of your pockets!
Watch where you’re shuffling and GO S-L-O-W-L-Y! Your safety is the most important thing! Better to be late than to be hurt!
Recognize and Control the Spread of the Flu
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is an annual observance in December to remind everyone six months and older that there’s still time to get vaccinated against flu. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications, including people with certain chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.
Vaccination against the flu is especially important for American Indians and Alaska Natives, who have been found to be at high risk of developing complications from the flu (ihs.gov).
Below are some helpful facts to get you through the flu season:
If you think you have the flu, stay home.
Get tested to rule out Covid-19.
The standard recommendation is that you stay home until you are fever-free for 24 hours.
If leaving your home for any reason, follow standard infection control standards:
Cough into your sleeve or wear a face mask.
Wash or sanitize your hands frequently.
Avoid close contact (6 feet or less) with other individuals.
Flu vaccines are still available at the Red Cliff Community Health Center. Please call to make an appointment at (715) 779-3707 Ext. 5341
COVID-19 Variants: Delta and Omicron
On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified a new variant, B.1.1.529, as a Variant of Concern and named it Omicron and on November 30, 2021, the United States also classified it as a Variant of Concern. CDC has been actively monitoring and preparing for this variant, and will continue to work diligently with other U.S. and global public health and industry partners to learn more.
Despite the detection of Omicron, Delta remains the predominant strain in the United States. Below is a quote from a State-based CDC Director:

“While all eyes are on the new and little-understood Omicron variant, the Delta form of the coronavirus isn’t finished wreaking havoc in the US, sending record numbers of patients to the hospital in the Midwest and New England states. Omicron is a spark that’s on the horizon. Delta variant is the fire that’s here today.”

Harm Reduction - Keep our Community "SAFE"
Saving lives from HIV and Hepatitis C requires aggressive strategies to reach people at high risk. The purpose of the Red Cliff SAFE Program is to help reduce harm from risky behaviors.

The SAFE Program is operated out of the Red Cliff Community Health Center. This program is available to all members of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa as well as surrounding communities. Individuals can access clean syringes, sharps containers, sterile water, antibiotic cream, alcohol wipes, and condoms. By improving access to these materials, we help people who inject heroin, meth, and other drugs to reduce their risk of contracting HIV and Hepatitis C.

In addition, the Red Cliff Community Health Center now offers Narcan. Narcan is for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. When you come in for our needle exchange, you can request a dose(s) of Narcan at no charge to you.

If you or a loved one are at risk for HIV or Hepatitis C, we will never judge you or your behaviors. You can access the services by simply stopping at the health center reception and asking for the SAFE Program. The services are provided within the health center setting and are completely confidential.

The goal is to expand sites within the next year. The current services are available Monday – Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm except holidays. You can get more information by calling (715) 779-3707.
NARCAN Training Available
Have you been trained and are looking to get a refresher or are you looking to get trained in the use of NARCAN?

It only takes 30 minutes to learn how to save someone from an overdose.

Do you own a business in Red Cliff and want to get trained? A training for you and your employees can be arranged.

If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Justin Hansen at the Noojimo’iwewin Center at 715-779-3707 ext. 2397 or [email protected]
We're Hiring - Come Join Our Team!
Red Cliff Health Division continues to grow and hire. The health staff are committed to serving the community and are a great team to work with!
Positions we are recruiting for:
·        Youth Engagement Peer Specialist
·        Client Engagement Specialist
·        Homeless Services Coordinator
Please click HERE for more information.
For other Health Center information or general questions call: 715-779-3707 or Email  [email protected]

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

Click HERE for COVID-19 Updates and Resources.
Family & Human Services
Financial Assistance Available for
Families At Risk Of Domestic Abuse
The challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, including economic stress, have increased the risks and severity of domestic abuse. To support families whose safety is at risk, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) has launched the Living Independently Through Financial Empowerment (LIFE) program using emergency funding allocated to the state through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Under this program, domestic violence survivors can access pandemic relief funds to become financially empowered to live independent, violence-free lives. Eligible survivors will receive temporary financial assistance totaling $3,500 over a three-month period ($1,500 in month one and $1,000 in months two and three). To learn more, visit www.dcf.wisconsin.gov/life.
Foods to Keep Out of the Freezer
Watery veggies like cucumbers will freeze just fine, but it's the thawing process that gets messy. Cucumbers get limp and soggy once they're defrosted. You're better off keeping them cold and using a couple slices to reduce eye puffiness than to try and make a salad with a frozen cuke.
It's the same deal with watermelon as it is with cucumbers—it's technically fine to freeze but the thawing bit isn't fun.
Cooked Pasta
Probably worse than overcooking pasta and letting it bloat with extra water is freezing it. Once you take it out of the freezer, it turns into a squishy puddle formerly known as noodles.
This might sound obvious, but putting fresh, crisp greens into the freezer will yield watery, wilted, and limp leaves. Plus, they'll lose a lot of flavor in the process. Play it safe and relegate them to the crisper drawer in your fridge.
Don't store coffee beans or grounds in the freezer: Taking it in and out every morning will freeze and thaw the coffee, which can cause condensation and essentially ruin it. Plus, it'll absorb any funky freezer smells. That being said, feel free to store any unopened bags of coffee beans or grounds in the freezer for up to a month.
After freezing and thawing milk, it's going to be really lumpy. This is not ideal for drinking. You can cook with it, however you should let it sit in the fridge to slow-thaw for a whole day before you use it.
Fresh Herbs
If you can't polish off sprigs of basil or other fresh herbs, turn them into compound butter or pesto. If you freeze the bunches whole, they'll turn into brown mushy messes when thawed.
Green Peppers
Nothing will happen to the integrity of the pepper if you freeze it, but in order to thaw it properly you have to blanch them first. Otherwise, it's not going to be the same afterward.

For more information, contact Carol Basina - Nutrition Educator at 715-779-3740.
ECC Family Medicine Bag Demonstration
Boozhoo ECC Families! Follow along with this video and use the supplies you received to make your own medicine bags! A great activity to do together.
If you have any questions you can contact Mr. Tony at 715-779-5030 ext 2552.
Miigwech to Mr. Tony!
Bayfield School District Updates
You can view the school's news and updates on their website:

You can also find updates on the
Bayfield School District Facebook page.
Access Scholarship Opportunities
Red Cliff Community Members have access to a variety of scholarships.
Click HERE to visit the Education Department's Scholarships page.
Boys and Girls Club of Gitchigami
Treaty Natural Resources
Housing Authority
Job Opportunity:
Construction Project Manager
This position will work within the homeowner private home repair and rehabilitation programs planning, organizing & directing project work including conducting inspections, preparing scopes of work & cost estimates, preparing documents associated with project management. Incumbent will coordinate contractor work schedules; inspect and monitor the work of outside contractors on behalf of the organization.

Click HERE for a full job description.
GLIHA Scholarship
The Great Lakes Indian Housing Association Scholarship is open and accepting applications through January 15, 2022.

Click HERE to access the GLIHA scholarship application.
Residential Resource Coordinator
Available For Housing Tenants
Red Cliff Chippewa Housing Authority tenants now have access to a Residential Resource Coordinator. The coordinator will help tenants get connected with various resources.

This service is available to Housing tenants Monday through Friday at New Hope Building A, at 37580 Pageant Road.

Please call 715-779-3744 extension 3514 with any questions.
Red Cliff Fish Company
Legendary Waters Resort & Casino
News Across Indian Country
Charles Sams III becomes first Native
American to head National Park Service
By Li Cohen from CBS News
Photo by Bill Clark

The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Charles "Chuck" Sams III as the next director of the National Park Service on Thursday. He will be the first Native American to lead the agency in its 105-year history.

Sams, who is Cayuse and Walla Walla, is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

The Oregon-based Confederated Tribes is comprised of individuals from the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla tribes. Sams told the Confederated Tribes' newspaper, the Confederated Umatilla Journal, on Friday that he's "deeply honored" to serve as the 19th director of NPS. 

"I am also very deeply appreciative of the support, guidance and counsel of my Tribal elders and friends throughout my professional career," Sams told the newspaper. "I look forward to carrying on the responsibility of being a good steward of our natural resources and in joining the dedicated and dynamic staff of the National Park Service."
Sams' confirmation marks the first time in nearly five years that the department will have an official director. The position has been filled with various people serving as acting heads since January 2017, when Jonathan Jarvis, who was confirmed as the director in 2009, left his position, according to the Associated Press

Sams has worked in state and tribal governments, as well as in natural resource and conservation management, for more than 25 years, the Department of the Interior said. Sams, who is also a Navy veteran, has a bachelor's degree in business administration, as well as a master of legal studies in Indigenous peoples law.

In a press release on Friday, tribal leaders commended the confirmation, with Confederated Tribes trustee member Kat Brigham saying that Sams "knows the outdoors." 

"He understands the importance of helping families develop a relationship with the land," Brigham said. 

Tribal elder Antone Minthorn said Sams "has dedicated his life to protecting and providing for the people." 

"At his core, he is honorable, loyal and accountable," Minthorn said. 

The White House announced Sams' nomination in August, with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, who was the first Native American ever to be confirmed as a Cabinet secretary, saying that he will be an "incredible asset" to the department. 

"The diverse experience that Chuck brings to the National Park Service will be an incredible asset as we work to conserve and protect our national parks to make them more accessible for everyone," she said. "I look forward to working with him to welcome Americans from every corner of our country into our national park system. The outdoors are for everyone, and we have an obligation to protect them for generations to come."

The National Park Service was officially created in 1916 to care for the nation's 423 parks and more than 150 related areas. In his role as director, Sams will oversee the management of national programs, policy and budget. 

During his confirmation hearings, Sams said that Indigenous and tribal consultation will be a large focus for him in his role as director, Indian Country Today reported. 
"In Indian Country, we expect an open discussion of the federal government prior to making decisions, not after the fact," he said in an opening statement. He later told Senator Mazie Hirono that he wants to ensure "Indigenous history of park service lands – which often were taken from tribal nations – is included, in addition to incorporating Indigenous views and knowledge in decision making."

"I look forward to working with Native communities across the United States, whether that's in your home state of Hawaii, or Alaska Natives and throughout the U.S. territories, to make sure that this story can be told as broadly as possible," he said, according to Indian Country Today. "And I think it's important to be able to work with Native folks on traditional ecological knowledge and helping manage those spaces so that we're conserving them based on 10,000 plus years of management of those spaces to ensure that they'll be here for future generations to enjoy."
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