Miisaninawiind December 7 - 13, 2020
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.
Community Non-Profit Bands Together
'Miskwaabikaang Cares' helps families through crisis
Miskwaabikaang Cares is a group of community members who, through a non-profit effort, have come together to help those in need during an emergency family crisis.

Most recently the group donated funds to the Basina-Stillday family for the loss of Chuck and Lynn Basina. Miskwaabikaang Cares also donated to Jeanne Gordon after the sudden loss of her husband Larry Gordon.

"This group is about our community helping families during a difficult loss or crisis," said Steven Boyd. "While money donations can't bring back our loved ones, it can certainly help ease any financial burdens caused by a loss or other crisis."

Miskwaabikaang Cares will be collecting aluminum cans to recycle. Can bins are placed at Buffalo Bay Store, Legendary Waters parking lot, and by the Red Cliff Food Shelf. Please consider dropping off your aluminum cans at one of these bins.

If you have a bunch of cans that you want to schedule to be picked up, please contact Steven Boyd at 715-913-0026.

More information on Miskwaabikaang Cares will be provided as this endeavor progresses.
Ruby Basina-Stillday and Jeanne Gordon receive donations gathered by Miskwaabikaang Cares.
Contact Steven Boyd (right) 715-913-0026.
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.
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.


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
Tribal Council Meeting
December's Regular Tribal Council Meeting is set for December 7, 2020 at Legendary Waters Buffalo Bay Grand Ballroom.

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

Click HERE for the meeting agenda.
Topping Participates In First
Wisconsin MMIW Task Force Meeting
Red Cliff Associate Judge Gwendolyn Topping and the rest of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Task Force met for the first time on Friday December 4 to begin work aimed at fighting the abduction, homicide, violence and trafficking of Indigenous women in Wisconsin.

The task force focused on identifying strategic solutions and ensuring current data is an accurate and true portrayal of what has happened to our daughters, sisters, mothers, aunties, and all Indigenous women.

"Our ultimate goal is to decrease the rate and eliminate these atrocities against Indigenous women from occurring.

Resources will be available to the public in the coming months with the goal of educating the public and helping those affected by these crimes.

Click HERE to learn more about Wisconsin's MMIW Task Force.
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.

*More information to come about a chance for kids to see Santa!
Tribal Veteran Gift Cards Now Available
Gift Cards for Tribal Veterans are now available to be picked up at the Tribal Administration Building.

Gift cards can be picked up while supplies last between 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM daily. Please be prepared to show veteran verification. For curbside pickup please call ahead of time. PPE supplies are also available.

The Red Cliff Band offers various services for Tribal Veterans. Please contact Ashley Poch, Red Cliff Tribal Veteran Service Officer for more information at 715-779-3700.

You can also contact Red Cliff Tribal Veterans Representative Barb Gordon about the Red Cliff Community Health Center Veteran’s Non-Emergency Medical Transit at 715-779-3707 ext 2238.
Elder Plow List Closes December 11
Health & Wellness
Flu and Pneumonia Vaccines Especially Important During Pandemic
Dr. Ann Reitz from the Red Cliff Community Health Center shares information about influenza and pneumococcal vaccines. These are important for your whole family and will help prevent the flu and pneumonia, which is especially important this year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact the Health Center at 715-779-3707 to schedule an appointment. If you are worried about entering the Health Center, alternative arrangements can be made.

Miigwech and get vaccinated!
Red Cliff Community Health Center
Behavioral Health December Newsletter
The Behavioral Health Department has released its December newsletter.
Click the image to access the entire Behavioral Health newsletter.
Justin Hansen - Certified Peer Specialist
Justin is a Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist. He moved here from the Minneapolis area 26 years ago.

Justin became involved with the Bayfield Community helping with the Christmas performance at the Bayfield Pavilion and helping g decorate the community Christmas tree.

He’s currently pursuing his Associates degree in Human Services and looks forward to working with the Red Cliff Community. Justin currently resides in Washburn with his wife and 2 kids.
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
Capture Your Culture Photo Contest
Miigwech to all who participated in the Capture Your Culture Photo Contest sponsored by the Red Cliff Boys & Girls Club and Red Cliff Family Violence Prevention Program!

Watch the video to view all the submissions. Winners are announced in the video!
2021 Gardening Club
2020 was a year of many firsts and unfortunately the Garden Club didn't take off as intended. With all the virtual communication we now have available we can begin again!

Starting January 2021

For anyone interested in Gardening. Any age, any skill.

Once a month contact to share ideas, tips, pictures, problems, successes, anything you want to share with other Garden Club members (email and phone correspondences).

Once a month Newsletter (email and phone correspondences).

Showcase your Biboon, Ziigwan, Niibin and Dagwaagin Gardens from the safety of your home.

For more information or to sign up, please contact
Mercie Gordon at 715-779-3740 or mercie.gordon@redcliff-nsn.gov.
Click to view the full FoodWIse Nutrition December Newsletter
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.

Over the past few weeks, our much needed and long awaited facility has started to come to life.

Many of you may have noticed the crew of construction workers working hard to get the ground prepared for the arrival of the building; Set up of the building is underway.

While we wait for the completion of the building, 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.
Kimberly Rampier
Certified Social Worker/Victim Specialist
Kim is the new Certified Social Worker/Victim Specialist worker for the Red Cliff PD.

Kim has a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Superior in which she majored in Social Work and has worked as a Social Worker since 2017.

Kim has a passion to help empower, motivate, advocate, connect, and encourage resilience as well as fight oppression, discrimination, and injustice.

In her free time, Kim enjoys target shooting, deer hunting, fishing, camping, going to her kids’ sporting events (football and wrestling), getting her nails done, and spending time with her family. 
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.
DSA Community Foundation
Scholarship Opportunity
The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation is now taking applications for the Four Directions Scholarship Fund for Native Students and numerous other scholarships.

The newly created Four Directions Scholarship requires applicants to be an enrolled member of a local Native American tribe. Awards in 2021 will be $2500 and applications are due by January 15, 2021.

A full list of scholarships for Bayfield County residents is available HERE.

Questions can be directed to scholarships@dsacommunityfoundation.com
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
Click HERE to access a Tenant Association interest form
Snowplowing Notice and Agreement
Click HERE to access details and the Snowplowing Agreement & Waiver Form on the Housing Authority webpage.
Red Cliff Fish Company
Legendary Waters Resort & Casino
News Across Indian Country
Opinion: Terminating Line 5 easement means a safe future for Michigan and the Great Lakes
By Bryan Newland, Bay Mills Indian Community Chairman

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took a brave, overdue step towards securing the environmental health of the Great Lakes — and the future of our state — by revoking and terminating the 1953 easement for Enbridge’s 67-year-old Line 5.

The governor’s action means our state will soon be protected from the threat of a massive crude oil spill from a pipeline that is currently 17 years past its engineered lifespan, making the Great Lakes a priority — as well as the pure water that is a foundation of our state’s tourism and recreation economy, an important competitive advantage for our manufacturing sector, and for the drinking water of millions of state residents.

For all Anishinaabe people, the Straits of Mackinac is an important cultural site and we have a responsibility to protect our environments for those enjoying it now and for the next seven generations. The governor’s actions will ensure the safety of our communities and the ability to fish, work and recreate on these waters for generations to come.

This victory for our Great Lakes, our tribal culture and way of life comes after decades of pipeline mismanagement from Enbridge. The Canadian company has displayed countless occurrences of negligence — lack of transparency, pipeline corrosion, dents, lack of structural supports. The company has done nothing to alleviate the all-too-valid fear that Line 5 could share the same fate as Enbridge’s Line 6B that ruptured and spilled 850,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River in 2010. With these flaws and battered past, our state’s trust in Enbridge had run dry.

What has repeatedly stood in the face of Line 5 has been value. Michigan is taking a path to be carbon-neutral by 2050 and the renewable energy industry in our state has been booming. As our state still grapples with the effects of the Flint Water Crisis and battles PFAS in drinking water, the importance of safeguarding the future of our state’s health has become a foundation of securing a prosperous future.

None of Enbridge’s claims of freezing residents, loss of jobs or rising gas prices has the strength in facts to stand on their own.
While parts of the U.P. receive propane from Canada and Wisconsin, Enbridge’s Rapid River station will supply the central residents by pipeline or existing rail or roads — one to two trucks or rail cars per day to supply our neighbors.
Compared to the seasonal changes in propane prices, studies show without Line 5, propane prices may only rise five cents. Oil will still reach Sarnia from Canada through Enbridge pipelines that swing south through Chicago, avoiding the Great Lakes.

This decision means a brighter future for Michigan. Shutting down Line 5 will protect the 227,000 direct tourism jobs tied to the Great Lakes, our shipping industry and countless other jobs that a spill would destroy. Our expanding renewable energy industry and infrastructure projects can address real Michigan needs, while bringing jobs to a local workforce.
Our state is turning an important page in our environmental history. Michigan has faced many challenges in 2020, but the decision to terminate the easement for Line 5 will ensure a healthy, safe and strong future.
NATOW Seeks Website Redesign
Native American Tourism of Wisconsin (NATOW) wants to redesign its website and is seeking requests for proposals in order to select and contract with a company or individual to create anew website that is a modern, highly attractive and built with responsive web design.

Proposals are due by 5:00 PM on December 11, 2020.

Click HERE to view the entire Request for Proposals.
Apply Now for USDA’s Coronavirus
Food Assistance Program 2
Application Deadline is December 11
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) is Dec. 11, 2020. This program provides direct relief to producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.
“Producers have one more month to get their applications in for this important relief program,” said Richard Fordyce, Farm Service Agency administrator. “Applying is simple and our staff is available to assist every step of the way.”

CFAP 2 will provide up to $14 billion to eligible producers of certain row crops, livestock, dairy, specialty crops, aquaculture and more. All eligible commodities, payment rates and calculations can be found on farmers.gov/cfap. CFAP 2 is a separate program from the first iteration of the program (CFAP 1) and interested producers must complete a new application to be eligible for payment for CFAP 2.

Customers seeking one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process can call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer general assistance. This is a recommended first step before a producer engages the team at the FSA county office.

Click HERE to learn more and to apply.
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