Miisaninawiind :: February 8 - 14, 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 continues in Red Cliff.
Click HERE for the most recent vaccine update from February 5.
Child Care Center Takes Steps Towards Opening
Despite many delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new Red Cliff Child Care Center is nearing completion. The new building is now up and interior construction has begun.

Two staff are ready to provide care once the center's licensing is complete, and the center is actively searching for two more teachers and another assistant teacher.

Child Care Center staff understand the area has a great need for childcare, and kindly ask families to be patient while they take the necessary steps to complete the new fantastic childcare center.

"We are excited to have this center offer much needed childcare in our community for years to come," said Stephanie Schluneger, Red Cliff Child Care Center Coordinator.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call 715-779-5030 ext 2534.
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@
RC Wildlife Program Provides Ma'iingan Update
As of January 2021, the Echo Valley pack has one VHF collared wolf which is the breeding female known as 813. She was collared by the DNR in 2014. Since 2015 Red Cliff Treaty Natural Resource staff have documented 27 pups from 813.

The Miskwaabekong Pack has one GPS collared wolf. With the help of the GPS collar TNR staff have been able to locate the den site, rendezvous site and show the pack's territory.

With trail cameras, TNR staff can estimate the Red Cliff pack size of 5-6 individuals.

The GPS collars have a two year blow off option so TNR staff can drop the collar off the wolf.
Madeline Island Ferry Shut Down Until Spring
Regular winter closure due to ice and weather
The Madeline Island Ferry Line has entered its regular winter closure due to ice and weather conditions. Ferry operation will continue in the spring.

Transportation between Bayfield and Madeline Island is now being provided by Windsled Transportation.

2021 Windsled and Van Schedule

Monday thru Friday
Leave MADELINE ISLAND: 7:30AM, 8AM (School Kids only if in session), 9AM, 11:30AM, 2:45PM (School Kids only if in session), 3:45PM & 4:30PM
Leave BAYFIELD: 7:45AM, 8:15AM (School Kids only if in session), 9:30AM, 12:30PM, 3PM (School Kids only if in session), 4PM & 4:45PM

Leave BAYFIELD: 9:15AM, 12:15PM & 4:15PM

Leave MADELINE ISLAND: 9AM, 12Noon & 4PM
Leave BAYFIELD: 9:15AM, 12:15PM & 4:15PM

Windsleds/Vans are operated by Windsled Transportation, Inc. Schedule subject to change without notice due to ice and weather conditions. For up-to-date information call the Windsled/Ice Road 24-Hour Hotline (recorded message) at 715-747-5400.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ECC Releases 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.
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.
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
College Readiness Boot Camp
10-12th Graders Register by February 9
Free College Readiness Boot Camp for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. Registration deadline is Tuesday February 9. Don't wait to sign up!

Each month from February to May of 2021, students will participate in an hour-long workshop with topics like “ACT Prep,” “Writing Your College Essays,” or “Transition to College, Are You Ready?” tailored to their grade level.

Students will understand the college process through participation in interactive virtual activities via Zoom and the Canvas Learning Management System.

Click HERE for dates, contact, and registration information!
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.
Red Cliff Waabizheshi (marten)
February 2021
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
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.
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