Miisaninawiind :: February 15 - 21, 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.
Vaccine Distribution
Vaccine distribution continues in Red Cliff.
Click HERE for the most recent vaccine update from February 12.
Chairman Peterson Performs Opening Invocation for National Consultation on Broadband
Chairman Peterson performed the opening invocation for the 2nd Tribal Consultation on the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Connectivity Program. The NTIA is part of the United States Department of Commerce.

Chairman Peterson spoke about the importance of Tribal nations working with national government agencies to bring broadband to Indian Country. He also noted how the pandemic has highlighted the inequity of broadband in Indian Country and how the digital divide is even more noticeable during the pandemic.

Congress recently appropriated $1 billion to the NTIA to fund a Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program. Congress has directed NTIA to make grants available to eligible entities. NTIA is currently working to establish the policies and procedures for distributing these funds to eligible Tribes.

As broadband access continues to be a significant problem across much of Indian Country, conversations and grant programs like NTIA's Broadband Connectivity Program are vital to eliminating the digital divide and expanding broadband deployment in unserved areas.

Click HERE to learn more about the NTIA.
Tribal Historic Preservation Office Releases Winter Teachings Schedule
Virtual presentations set for February 26-28
The Red Cliff Tribal Historic Preservation Office is hosting this year's Winter Teachings event from February 26-28.

Presentations include Clan Teachings, Storytelling, Mitten Making, Star Knowledge, Traditional Storytelling, and Knowledge of the Lake.

Click HERE to view the full Winter Teachings schedule, including links to access each virtual presentation.

Questions can be directed to Red Cliff THPO at 715-779-3700 or via email to marvin.defoe@redcliff-nsn.gov or edwina.buffalo-reyes@redcliff-nsn.gov.

You can also view event details on the Red Cliff Facebook Page, HERE.

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 to share Dr. Phillips’ research on the pageant and to share stories that community members may have about 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@
Frog Bay Tribal National Park Featured in Thrillist
Red Cliff's own Frog Bay Tribal National Park was recently featured in Thrillist by travel writer Jacqueline Kehoe. The Park's beautiful boreal forest and Beach Trail were highlighted as a premier exploration spot.

Tribal leaders and Treaty Natural Resources staff continue to find the balance between promoting tourism and preserving Miskwaabekong's natural resources. Frog Bay Tribal National Park remains closed to non-tribal visitors in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 within the reservation.

Tribal Members are encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful park as it provides a gorgeous and relaxing outdoor adventure during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click HERE to learn more about FBTNP.
Click HERE to follow FBTNP on Facebook for up-to-date information!
Red Cliff Tribal Council Teams with VFW to
Host Fundraiser for Tribal Scholarships
Breakfast set for February 19
The Red Cliff Tribal Council will be hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser on February 19 at the Red Cliff VFW.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used for the Tribal scholarship program.

Pancakes, scrambled eggs, and sausage will be available for $7 per plate from 7 AM - 11 AM at the Red Cliff VFW located at 37330W Bresette Hill Rd in Bayfield.

Social distancing guidelines must be followed.
Council Meeting - February 16
The Red Cliff Tribal Council is set to meet on Tuesday February 16 at Legendary Waters Grand Ballroom.

The regular session is scheduled to begin at 4:30 PM.

Click HERE to access the meeting agenda.
Food Box Giveaway Set For February 22
The next USDA Farmers to Families food box event is scheduled for Monday February 22 at the Red Cliff Boys and Girls Club.

Food will be handed out from 9 AM - 3 PM.

Participants are asked to remain in their vehicles and to practice safe social distancing.

Questions can be directed to the Red Cliff Food Distribution at 715-779-3740.
Artful Healing Paints Away Pandemic Stress
Behavioral Health's virtual painting event grows
The Red Cliff Behavioral Health Department's Artful Healing virtual event continues to offer a fun and safe way to connect with community while relieving the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic.

February's painting event had 90 participants!

Questions regarding the Artful Healing painting events can be directed to Makayla McGuire at mmcguire@redcliffhealth.org.

Keep an eye out for details about the next painting event in March!
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
Refill Requests at the Red Cliff Pharmacy
The Red Cliff Pharmacy asks patients to contact the pharmacy 48-72 hours before you need any medication refill. Providers require that much time to authorize refills if needed.

The best time for patients to obtain a prescription refill is when you're being seen by your provider.

If it is necessary to request prescription refills at other times, please call the pharmacy before your supply runs out and we will contact your provider with al the pertinent information they need.

If you are out of refills on your prescription it might be necessary for you to see your provider to monitor your ongoing health and prescription needs.

Contact the Red Cliff Pharmacy at 715-779-3157.
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
Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention
What is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month?
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAM). This is an issue that impacts everyone - not just teens - but their parents, teachers, friends and communities as well. Together, we can raise the nation's awareness about teen dating violence and promote safe, healthy relationships.

One in four Wisconsin youth in a relationship say they have been called names, harassed, or put down by their partner through mobile devices. Two in three Wisconsin youth who were in an abusive relationship never told anyone about the abuse.

Youth stay silent about abuse because they do not know what to do. We need to educate youth about the warning signs of abuse and tell them what abuse really means.

At a time when an estimated 1 in 3 teens will experience dating violence, we all must take this opportunity to amplify our efforts and shine a spotlight on this important issue.

What is the impact of teen dating violence?
Nationwide, youth aged 12 to 19 experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault. Studies show that approximately 10% of adolescents report being the victim of physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner during the previous year. Girls are particularly vulnerable to experience violence in their relationships and are more likely to suffer long-term behavioral and health consequences, including suicide attempts, eating disorders, and drug use.

Adolescents in abusive relationships often carry these unhealthy patterns of violence into future relationships. Indeed, children who are victimized or witness violence frequently bring this experience with them to the playground the classroom, later into teen relationships and, ultimately, they can end up the victims and perpetrators of adult intimate partner violence. 

If you or someone you know needs help and is in an abusive relationship, please know that the Red Cliff Family Violence Prevention Program Staff are here to help! We have advocates available and the help is free and confidential. You can call 715-779-3706 and ask for an advocate to talk to.
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.
ECC Hosts Listening Session
to Review Re-Opening Plan
New protocols aim to keep children, staff, families safe
The ECC is tentatively expecting to have children return to the ECC at the end of February. However, teachers will contact families once an official start date is determined.

We are excited to be sharing our plan to return children to the ECC. This has been a long time coming and we are anxious to get everyone back to school. We have created a comprehensive plan that addresses arrival, distancing, meals, transportation and cleaning.

We are excited to have our children return and get back into their educational routines and to assist families in our community. We have set forth a plan that will help us be aware of the health and safety needs of all, including the children, their families, staff and community.

We want everyone to know that we are aware that changes are happening constantly, and we are continuously monitoring the situation. In the event that changes need to be made you will be notified as early as possible.

Click HERE to view the ECC Re-Opening Plan.
Bayfield School District Weekly Updates
The Bayfield School District will be releasing
weekly updates for parents and students.

You can view the school's weekly updates on their website:

You can also find the weekly updates on the
Bayfield School District Facebook page.

Bayfield School Board Meeting February 15
Click HERE to access the meeting agenda and virtual meeting link.
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

Northern Wisconsin Outdoor Experiential Education Scholarship
Apply by April 1st.
Click HERE for details.

Bayfield Education Association Aspiring Educator Scholarship
Click HERE for details.

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 for details.
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
Housing Board Meeting
The Housing Board's February meeting is scheduled for Wednesday February 17 at Legendary Waters.

The meeting is set to begin at 5:00 PM.

Click HERE to view the meeting agenda.
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.

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.

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.


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
Legendary Waters Resort & Casino
News Across Indian Country
DNR Now Accepting Submissions for 2022 Stamp Design Contests
Have your artwork featured on a piece of history and contribute to environmental restoration efforts by entering the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) 2022 Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contests. Artists must submit their entries by July 15, 2021 for the 2022 contests.

"The contests offer a unique opportunity for Wisconsin artists to showcase their artwork statewide while also promoting wildlife management,” said Alaina Gerrits, DNR Assistant Upland Wildlife Ecologist.

Turkey, pheasant and waterfowl hunters are required to purchase a species-specific stamp to legally harvest game birds in Wisconsin. The DNR’s wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp programs provide opportunities for wildlife and habitat management, with efforts directed toward key species.

Funds derived from the stamps’ sale support species management throughout the state, including habitat management, restoration, education and research projects.

Wisconsin residents 18 years of age or older who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents are encouraged to enter the 2022 contests. Artwork must meet technical requirements to be eligible, and applicants should review contest rules carefully to ensure their entries' eligibility.

Read full contest rules and reproduction rights agreements on the DNR’s website.

To receive text or email updates about the wildlife stamp design contest, subscribe to Wisconsin DNR GovDelivery updates by following the prompts to enroll in the "waterfowl, wild turkey and pheasant stamp design contests" list.
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