Miisaninawiind :: February 1 - 7, 2021
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 Vice-Chair Appointed
As NATOW Board President
Red Cliff Vice-Chairman Nathan Gordon has been appointed as the Native American Tourism of Wisconsin organization's board president. Gordon also sits on the Wisconsin Governor’s Council of Tourism.

Gordon is a strong advocate for Tribal sovereignty, economic development and tourism in Wisconsin, and has served on the NATOW board for many years.
“I am humbled and honored to be appointed as NATOW Board of Directors President," said Gordon. "I will do my best to help push our economic recovery and the many initiatives the Board and our Tribal Nations are working on through this unprecedented pandemic and into the future. I look forward to working with our membership, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and our other partners across Indian County. I'm grateful to be a part of the NATOW team representing Wisconsin's 11 federally recognized tribes.”

To learn more about NATOW and the 11 Federally Recognized Tribes of WI visit - www.natow.org.
Apostle Islands Indian Pageant:
A Virtual Community Conversation
Dr. Katrina Phillips and the Red Cliff Tribal Historic Preservation Department will be hosting a presentation and virtual community conversation about the importance of the Apostle Islands Indian Pageant (1924-1925) and Pageant Grounds.

The virtual presentation is set for Wednesday February 17 from 6:00-8:00 PM. The entire community is invited to join and share any stories or information they may have heard about the pageant or the pageant grounds.

Dr. Katrina Phillips is an enrolled Red Cliff Tribal Member and teaches Native History at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her first book, Staging Indigeneity: Salvage Tourism and the Performance of Native American History is scheduled for release in the spring of 2021. Her second book will look at activism, environmentalism, and tourism on and around Red Cliff.

Click HERE to access the virtual meeting.
Meeting Number:146 284 2303
Password: RCTHPO2021@
Food Giveaway Set for February 3
The next drive up food box giveaway is scheduled for 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM on Wednesday February 3 at the Red Cliff Boys and Girls Club. The event is open to all.

The Family Human Services Division and the Hunger Task Force ask participants to remain in your vehicle and practice safe social distancing.

The Boys and Girls Club is located at 89645 Youth Center Dr. in Red Cliff.

Please call 715-779-3740 with any questions.
Tribal Council Meeting February 1
The Red Cliff Tribal Council is set to meet on February 1 at Legendary Waters Buffalo Bay Grand Ballroom.

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

Click HERE to access the meeting agenda.
Red Cliff Gear For Sale
Red Cliff gear is available and for sale at the Tribal Administration Building.

Featured items include pins, table top flags, patches, leather portfolios, bistro mugs, 3'x5' flags, and Native Wisconsin books.

Please contact the Administration Building with any questions at 715-779-3700 or stop in to view items. The Administration Building is located at 88455 Pike Rd in Red Cliff.
Artful Healing: Paint Away Pandemic Stress
The Red Cliff Behavioral Health Department's Artful Healing virtual painting event is set for Thursday February 4 at 5:30 PM.

Community members are invited to join the live group to connect with your community, laugh, chat, and paint away stress amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please direct any question to Makayla at 715-779-3741 ext 2408.

Click HERE to access the event. The password to join the virtual group is 12345.
This is what we'll be painting!
Free COVID-19 Drive Up Testing Event
The Wisconsin National Guard is assisting the Red Cliff Band to provide COVID-19 testing on Saturday February 13 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Red Cliff Community Health Center. The testing event is free and available to everyone.

300 tests will be available. Anyone aged 5-17 years must have a parent or legal guardian present.

Any elders in need of assistance preregistering can call 715-779-37078 ext. 2319.

The Red Cliff Community Health Center is located at 36745 Aiken Rd in Bayfield, WI.
Wiisagizi maa'ingan & Maa'ingan - January 2021
Health & Wellness
Virtual Parent Cafe offers safe
place for parents, caregivers
Red Cliff's Giwiidosendimin (LAUNCH) is collaborating with the Early Childhood Center, Behavioral Health, Native Connections, and Zaagichigaazowin to offer Virtual Parent Cafe sessions on February 17 and February 20.

The virtual meetings offer a safe place for parents and caregivers to come together to share their challenges and victories of raising a family. Parents can come together to listen, talk, build friendships, and support each other through their journey of parenting.

The Wednesday February 17 session is set for 5-7 PM.
The Saturday February 20 session is scheduled for 2-4 PM.

For more information and to register, please contact:
Shaleena Montano
715-779-3741 ext 2411

Amanda Peterson-Teschner
715-779-3707 ext 2235
How To: Braided Paracord Bracelet and Keychain
Free Materials available February 5
Peer Specialist Justin Hansen from the Noojimo'iwewin Center shows us how to make a braided paracord bracelet and keychain.

On Friday February 5 from 11 AM - 2 PM, pick up materials from the Mishomis Wellness Center. Then follow this video as you make your own bracelet and keychain.

The Mishomis Wellness Center is located at 37390 N Bradum Rd in Red Cliff.

Contact Justin with any questions at 715-779-3707 ext 2397.
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
Meet the Staff
Red Cliff Family Violence Prevention Program
The Red Cliff Family Violence Prevention Program is offering free gifts and a chance to win a prize for community members who attend its virtual Meet the Staff event on February 8 at 12 PM.

Community Members can pick up the virtual WebEx link and a free gift at the Family and Human Services Building. Participants who join the virtual meeting will have a chance to win a new coffee maker.

Call Jamie or Katie at 715-779-3706 with any questions.
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.
Purple Cow with 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.
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

10 Scholarships for 2021 Native Students
Click HERE for details.

AISES Together Towards Tomorrow T3 Scholarships
Applications now open! Click HERE for details.

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
LCOOC Red Cliff Seeking Site Coordinator
The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College - Red Cliff Extension is seeking an Outreach Site Coordinator to begin work as soon as possible.

The Red Cliff Outreach Site Coordinator will focus on general site duties to provide and enhance educational opportunities to our students. The position also focuses on direct student support services at the post-secondary level.

Click HERE to learn more about the position and application instructions.
Boys and Girls Club of Gitchigami
Free Meals for Club Members
The Red Cliff Boys and Girls Club continues its free meal campaign for club members through February.

Meals for Friday and Saturday are handed out at Red Cliff Food Distribution every Friday from 11 AM - 12:30 PM.

Click HERE for February's menu.

To register youth as a Boys and Girls Club Members, please call 715-779-3706 or visit the Red Cliff Boys and Girls Club webpage.
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
TNR Releases Wenji Bimaadiziyaang
Boozhoo Miskwaabekong! It is our pleasure to release Wenji Bimaadiziyaang, the Treaty Natural Resources Division's 2020 – 2030 Comprehensive Plan. This Plan replaces the Integrated Resources Management Plan (IRMP) which expired in 2016. You will see this Plan pays homage to the IRMP through reference and overlap of the IRMP's overarching goals. This is especially prevalent in the "Vision Statement" in each document section. While many things have changed since the IRMP was completed in 2006, many things have also stayed the same. Continuity between these separate management documents was important to us throughout the drafting process.

We received tremendous feedback from community members throughout the plan's drafting and editing process. TNR used a variety of outreach methods to hear the opinions of those who hold this place dear.

  • Online Survey – TNR created a community survey in SurveyMonkey. It was launched on July 2, 2019 and remained available online (by link through the e-newsletter and the tribal webpage, and through the Tribe's Facebook page) for 2 months.

  • TNR staff provided computer access to the survey during Pow Wow and Tribal Council elections, aiding survey-takers as needed. Throughout the time the survey was open, paper handouts were available around the community with the survey website and directions to access it.

  • TNR Division Open House: On August 14 at our annual open house, the planning process was described and there were additional opportunities for paper versions of the survey to be filled out at the different program tables. Over 100 community members attended the Open House.

  • Youth Listening Sessions: During the week of October 20, TNR staff reached 54 high school and 60 middle school students for guided listening sessions in their classrooms.

  • Elder Listening Sessions: Elder listening sessions occurred on October 29 & 30. Comments from approximately 22 elders were received.

  • An early draft was released to all Red Cliff tribal departments from Jan 20 – Feb 12. This early draft was also shared with our local agency & tribal partners (i.e., GLIFWC, Bad River, USFWS, NPS, DNR, Bayfield County, USFS, NRCS, BIA, USGS, Northland College and WCMP).

  • We shared a second draft of the plan the week of March 9th by posting it to Facebook, the tribal website, weekly e-newsletter, and by leaving hard copies with comment boxes at the Community Health Center and Administration buildings. Due to the pandemic, the comment period was left open ended.

  • We intended to have a community feast on April 1st, where we would have shared a presentation and had a time for discussion. Unfortunately, we had to postpone that event indefinitely due to COVID-19.

  • A third draft of the plan was released to the community for final review and feedback on October 16th to help us finalize the plan. During this time, we posted short videos on the Tribal Facebook page that summarized each section of the plan, and comments were accepted through November 6th.

  • The final draft of this Plan was released to Tribal Council for their review on December 3rd for consideration at the December 7th meeting. At the December 7th meeting, Tribal Council motioned to approve the plan and recognized it as a living document to be reevaluated as necessary.

On a final note, we’d like to thank Wisconsin Coastal Management Program for the funding that has supported this planning effort. Miigwech to all who have contributed to this very important effort!

Click HERE to view the entire Wenji Bimaadiziyaang.
Timeline of Anishinaabe Treaty Rights
in the Northern Great Lakes
Throughout history, there have been many events and people that have impacted the exercise of Anishinaabe treaty rights. The Timeline of Anishinaabe Treaty Rights in the Northern Great Lakes presents an engaging, expansive picture of this history, from the documented initial contact with Europeans in 1620 through cultural and conservation efforts in 2020. Featuring a map illustrating treaty lands, as well as links to short videos from the Ogichidaa Storytellers video series, this visually captivating poster is one that you will revisit over and over for its dates, its stories, and its impact.

GLIFWC would like to thank its partners at the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for assisting with the review of this project. 
To order: visit www.glifwc.org/publications or email pio@glifwc.org. First copy free. $2.50 plus postage for each additional copy.
Housing Authority
Community Is Urged To Take Tribal
Housing Needs Assessment Survey
Data will enhance local programs, funding
Off-Reservation Households
You have now been sent a mailer with a survey code. Go to www.redcliff-nsn.gov/survey to learn more and for instructions to complete the survey.

On-Reservation Households
You have all received a survey code at your home. If you have not yet completed the survey, please complete the short survey at www.redcliff-nsn.gov/survey!
Data will be used to enhance programming and attract funding for housing and other community programs.

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.


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
Red Cliff Fish Company
Freshness Is Everything
The moment the fish leave the lake, the clock starts ticking. Which is why we designed our new, state-of-the-art lakeshore facility for rapid processing, packing and shipping.

Some buyers take their fish fresh, others prefer it flash frozen. All fish is traceable back to our fishermen, inspected and hand-cleaned before it goes into rigor. Fresh fish is minimally handled, packed on ice and shipped in eco-friendly packaging.

Our Winter Hours are 1:00-5:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Learn more at www.redclifffish.com.
Legendary Waters Resort & Casino
News Across Indian Country
Natural Resources Board Rejects Request By Lawmakers To Immediately Resume Wolf Hunt
From WPR
By Danielle Kaeding

The Natural Resources Board narrowly rejected a request by Republican lawmakers to direct the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to immediately resume a wolf hunt in Wisconsin. The board voted 4-3 against setting a quota and resuming the wolf hunt in February.

Tribes, conservation and animal rights groups urged the state not to rush a hunt following the Trump administration's decision in October to delist the animal as an endangered species. The rule by the former administration went into effect this month. Lawmakers and hunters argued state law requires a wolf hunt when the animal isn't under federal protection, saying wolf management has been put off for too long.

Board members debated the law's requirement to hold a hunt and whether state wildlife biologists have sufficient science to set a quota to harvest wolves this winter. They also discussed whether the agency should update its wolf management plan and rules prior to a hunt, as well as the state's legal obligations to tribes in moving forward with a season. 

Under state statute, the DNR is required to hold a single wolf hunting and trapping season from Oct. 15 through February when the animal is not listed as an endangered species. 

The DNR announced in December it would resume the state's wolf hunt in November. The agency said it needs more time to develop a science-based harvest quota, gather input from tribes and update its wolf management plan. The plan, which was approved in 1999 and updated in 2007, set a goal of 350 wolves for the state. That figure was based on population projections far below the more than 1,000 wolves documented in the state's most recent count.

"We stand by where we're at," said DNR Deputy Secretary Todd Ambs. "We have to do this in a transparent, inclusive, science-based process, which will take a number of months to be able to have a hunt in November."

Some board members expressed frustration with the department for not updating the state's wolf management plan prior to the delisting, including chair Fred Prehn and vice chair Greg Kazmierski.

"To me, we're not fulfilling our duty as an agency if we're not complying with that management plan," said Kazmierski.

Board member Marcy West questioned whether a hunt would be worth risking the state's relationships with tribes and other organizations, as well as state management of the wolf.  

"I just really have a concern that we have to prove right now that the state is credible in managing the population," said West. 

Much of the concern discussed by the board revolved around the state's obligations to Wisconsin tribes.

Representatives of the Red Cliff, Menominee, Lac Courte Oreilles, Bad River and Lac du Flambeau tribes urged the board not to hold a wolf hunt this winter. Several referenced a 1983 court ruling known as the Voigt Decision that affirms tribal rights to hunt, fish and gather in ceded territory under treaties with the federal government. Under the ruling, the state must consult with tribes on natural resource management.

"In making any decision about wolves, the department must abide by the requirements to consult and collaborate with the tribes as set forth in court decisions and agreements," said Mic Isham, executive administrator with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Tribal officials said the hunt would have a detrimental impact on the wolf population in Wisconsin. Tribal members, including Red Cliff tribal elder Marvin Defoe, said they view the wolf as a brother and that the animal is significant to their cultural and religious practices.

Click HERE to read the full article.
Spirit Aligned Leadership Program
Intergenerational Indigenous Women's Fellowship
Inviting Applications for Legacy Leaders & Future Legacy Leaders

Restoring the balance of the world especially during a pandemic requires transformative thinking that centers Indigenous Peoples and our ancestral knowledge.
The United States and Canada have long histories of Indigenous erasure, including the attempted destruction of Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, and being. Yet, we are witnessing a resurgence of our ways across the Indigenous world as younger generations seek out traditional knowledge and wisdom for contemporary challenges. 
Indigenous Peoples are reclaiming their ancestral knowledge to heal, protect, and plan for a better future. Indigenous communities are embracing the need to bridge intergenerational knowledge for future impact. They are rallying to protect and sustain elders, knowledge keepers, and the intergenerational transfer of wisdom to sustain strong Indigenous futures.

Please visit www.spiritaligned.org for more information, or to apply.
NATOW Seeking Website Redesign
Native American Tourism of Wisconsin wants to redesign its website currently found HERE.

NATOW is seeking a company to create a new website that is a modern, highly attractive and built with responsive web design.

Click HERE to view NATOW's request for proposals.
Funding Opportunity For Native Artists
The Wisconsin Arts Board has announced the Woodland Indian Arts Emergency Relief Fund to support individual Native American artists experiencing economic distress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grant funding may be used for basic expenses such as food, rent, medical costs, childcare, etc., or artistic supplies and materials, including those related to the development of skills or equipment that will enable applicants to transition their income-generating practices to virtual platforms or practices.

The deadline to apply is January 28, 2021. Click HERE for eligibility requirements and to apply.
WisDOT Entry Transportation Specialist Openings
Join the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) team and help shape the future of the State of Wisconsin's transportation infrastructure!

Graduating December 2020 through May 2021? APPLY!

WisDOT is recruiting to fill entry and senior level Transportation Specialist positions located in the Division of Transportation System Development (DTSD) offices throughout the State: Central Office Bureaus positions located in Madison, the Southeast (SE) Region, headquartered in Waukesha; the Southwest (SW) Region, headquartered in LaCrosse or Madison; the Northwest Region (NW) with offices in SuperiorSpooner and Eau Claire; the North Central ( NC) Region - offices in Rhinelander and Wisconsin Rapids and the Northeast (NE) Region in Green Bay

WisDOT is a great place to work. We offer amazing benefits that include a casual office atmosphere, flexible work schedules, ample vacation time, excellent health benefits, and an exceptional employee assistance program that offers a variety of programs and tools to help promote an employee's wellness and health.

Positions are responsible for performing transportation specialist entry or senior level duties and applying engineering practices and principles for multi-modal transportation programs. Positions will work in one of the department’s engineering program areas that may include: Utilities, Design, Construction, Plans Production, Soils, Planning, Traffic and Maintenance of transportation facilities in addition to other areas of focus.

NOTE: Interviews will be conducted virtually. In efforts to keep our employees safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to ensure adherence to CDC and local government requirements and business needs, the individual hired into this position may temporarily be permitted or required to work from home.

Click HERE to learn more about the position and to apply.
Community Events
Interested in upcoming events?

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