Miisaninawiind :: Abitaaniibini-giizis :: July 6-12, 2020
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Red Cliff News & Updates
COVID-19 Community Updates
Various Tribal programs, services, and events have been canceled or temporarily suspended in our efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.

An up-to-date list can be found on the Tribal Facebook page, and is updated continuously throughout each day.

You can also find a series of video updates from the Red Cliff Health Division on the Tribal Facebook page.
COVID-19 Testing Results
From June 11 Testing Event at Legendary Waters
At the June 11, 2020 testing event held at the Legendary waters parking lot, 352 total tests were taken. All returned tests were negative.

Red Cliff residents accounted for 205 of the tests taken.

Over 750 masks were given as part of the testing event.

Miigwech to Red Cliff employees and volunteers, the Bayfield County Health Department, and Wisconsin National Guard for contributing to a safe and successful testing event.

The Red Cliff Community Health Center continues to encourage all patients with acute viral symptoms ( cough, congestion, sore throat, body aches, headaches and/or shortness of breath ) to call ahead for an appointment and come to the clinic to get tested.

Please call the clinic with any questions at 715-779-3707.
Red Cliff IAS Partners with Bayfield Students to Create Weather Station
From the Red Cliff Indigenous Arts and Sciences Program
This winter, a new project came together at Bayfield High School’s Alternative Education class, taught by Rick Erickson and Tony Thier. One day, Alex Breslav (Red Cliff’s Indigenous Arts and Sciences – IAS - Coordinator), who has been working with the class through the year, brought a stack of large cardboard boxes labeled “Davis Instruments.” Inside those boxes was an unassembled weather station – the result of NOAA’s SeaGrant that was awarded to Red Cliff’s IAS program through the efforts of University of Wisconsin’s Earth Partnership team and Chad Abel, administrator of Red Cliff’s Treaty Natural Resources department.
The kids were impressed, and immediately set about figuring out how to put it together. All that Lego training was not for naught! However, along the way many questions had to be answered. How its unique design was supposed to fit together and function. How to make the station’s radio signal reach the Wi-Fi connected receiver. How to install it in a level way while there is over a foot of snow on the ground. And last but not least, how to connect it to the world-wide Weather Underground network so that its data could be available to the public and the scientific community.
In the end, the class triumphed over the challenges, while learning many lessons about technology and meteorology along the way. The station now proudly stands on the grounds of Bayfield School, making it possible for students to engage in the climate monitoring of their watershed first hand – as well as enriching the local community and the world. It provides read-outs of temperature, humidity, wind direction and speed, wind gusts, dewpoint, precipitation rate and accumulation, atmospheric pressure, and even has a UV reading. It’s possible to view the data as graph and tables, as well as view it historically.

Chi-miigwech to all the students, teachers, and everyone else involved. This station is bound to serve the school, Red Cliff, Bayfield, and the world for years to come!
Here are the several ways to look up this station:
1.        Go to the Weather Underground website ( www.weatherunderground.com ) and enter “Bayfield, WI” in the website’s search bar. Next, to access detailed information of this station, click on the blue “Bayfield Station” wording that is seen in the top left of the screen.
2.        Go to the Weather Underground website ( www.weatherunderground.com ) and enter “KWIBAYFI20” in the website’s search bar. ( KWIBAYFI20 is the station’s ID name.)
3.        Directly type in the Weather Underground link to the station in your browser’s search bar: https://www.wunderground.com/dashboard/pws/KWIBAYFI20
4.        Download the free “Weather Underground” smartphone app and use the designation KWIBAYFI20 to look up the station.
5.        Go to the WeatherLink web-page ( www.weatherlink.com ), register, and look up “Bayfield school.”
6. Download the free “Davis WeatherLink” smartphone app (you will need to register), and look up “Bayfield school”.
Council Meeting July 6
The Red Cliff Tribal Council will have its regularly scheduled meeting on July 6.

Community members are welcome to attend the Regular Session beginning at 4:30 PM at Legendary Waters Buffalo Bay Grand Ballroom.

Click HERE for the meeting agenda.
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council Names New CEO
Former Red Cliff Chairman Bainbridge to head organization
The Great Lakes Inter Tribal Council (GLITC) is pleased to announce Bryan Bainbridge as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Bainbridge, an enrolled tribal member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, currently serves as an At-Large council member on the Red Cliff tribal council. Bainbridge brings years of administrative and business leadership experience to GLITC, having previously served as both chairman and vice chairman of his tribe, as well as an entrepreneurial perspective through the operation of his commercial fishing business.

In 2016, Bainbridge was awarded the prestigious 40 Under 40 Award from the Native American Center for Economic Development (NACED) for his work and leadership in bringing economic opportunities to American Indians in Wisconsin.
Bainbridge looks to boost the morale and strengthen the integrity of the organization through empowerment of the department heads and staff. He also will focus on the true needs of all the tribal communities that GLITC represents so that they make the most positive of impacts on the ones they serve.
“I’m both humbled and grateful for the opportunity to lead such a great organization,” said Bainbridge. “I look forward to helping GLITC continue its long history of providing resources and much needed services to tribal communities and tribal people across Wisconsin and a portion of Michigan.” As a leader my focus is on the people, the most vulnerable and never on myself.” 

"It’s great to see the GLITC organization move forward in a great positive direction for the tribal nations of Wisconsin," said Nathan Gordon, Red Cliff Vice-Chairman. "Bryan [Bainbridge] is a great fit and is passionate in helping others succeed and will do great in his new position as CEO of GLITC. Creating a team atmosphere is key in moving any organization forward and Mr. Bainbridge has great leadership, management and organizational skills that will help him in his new role."
The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. (GLITC) is a consortium of federally recognized Indian tribes in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The organization was chartered in 1965 as a non-profit, non-stock corporation under Wisconsin law, and is recognized as a tax-exempt organization under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Originally founded in 1963 as the Wisconsin Tribal Chairman’s Association, GLITC’s purpose was to provide a means by which member tribes could unite against the threat of termination and act as a mechanism for tribes to work through the challenges of governance and services for their communities.
GLITC member tribes include: Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Ho-Chunk Nation, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Oneida Nation, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, Sokaogon Chippewa Community, and Stockbridge-Munsee Community. Organizational goals and objectives are established by our Board of Directors, which is composed of the tribal chairperson or president (or his/her delegate) of each member tribe. Each board member speaks for the interests of his or her tribe. The member tribes represent communities of five Indian Nations on 11 reservations, a combined American Indian population of 40,026 (US Census 2010), and a land base of about 500,000 acres spanning 31 counties.
Family Human Services Advisory Board Openings
The Red Cliff Tribal Council is seeking two (2) individuals interested in serving on the Family and Human Services Advisory Board.

For further information please contact Rebecca Benton at 715-779-3706.

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please pick up an application at the front desk of the administration building.

Please return your application to the receptionist at the administration building.

The deadline to return your application is July 15, 2020 at 4:00 PM.
GLITC Job Opening
Aging and Disability Services Director
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council is a non-profit organization formed by the Native American Tribes of Wisconsin. We serve all WI tribes by providing administration of grant-funded programs either directly or with sub grants. Programs serve a range of functions from Children to Elders. Our Mission is: To Enhance the quality of life for all Native People.

Aging and Disability Services Director
The Aging and Disability Services (ADS) Director will manage and direct the Tribal Aging and Disability Benefits Program and associated staff. This position will work in partnership with tribal health and human services agencies and Aging and Disability Resources Centers (ADRCs) in the tribes’ service area to ensure that tribal members receive culturally appropriate information about ADRC services and are able to comfortably and effectively access long term care services.

This position assists tribes in researching and developing tribal capacity to provide multiple aging and disability programming. The ADS Director oversees, directs and supports assigned staff in individual and organizational advocacy, planning for new services, promotion of existing services and assurance of service quality. Daily attendance is an essential function of this position. Frequent travel is required to fulfill the duties of this job.

Compensation is set between $60K - $70K annually. Applications are due by July 10, 2020.

Click HERE to learn more about the position and to apply.
GLIFWC Job Opening
Outreach Coordinator
This is a 1-year full time position that may be renewed with continued funding through the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission’s (GLIFWC’s) Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants.

GLIFWC is located on the Bad River Indian Reservation in Odanah, Wisconsin.

Under the direction of the Director of the Public Information Office, the Wildlife Section Leader, the Environmental Biologist and the Great Lakes Program Coordinator and the supervision of the Great Lakes Program Coordinator, the Outreach Coordinator will perform duties in a manner consistent with Commission policies and procedures.

Compensation is set between $32,805 - $36,564. Applications are due by August 7, 2020.

Click HERE to learn more about the position and for details on how to apply.
Health & Wellness
Nooji Center Online Recovery Meetings
Monday-Nooji Back to Basics (of recovery) Group, 3:00PM 
Meeting ID: 895 5518 5791 Password: 986872 
By Phone: +1 312 626 6799 Meeting ID: 895 5518 5791 Password: 986872 

Tuesday-Nooji Alanon Group, 6:00PM  
Meeting ID: 854 2274 5354 Password: 454818 
By Phone: +1 312 626 6799 Meeting ID: 854 2274 5354 Password: 454818 

Wednesday-Nooji Wellbriety Group, 6:00PM  
ID: 745 466 870 Password: nicetry 
By Phone: +1 312 626 6799 Meeting ID: 745 466 870 Password: 456125 

Thursday-Nooji Narcotics Anonymous, 10:00AM 
Meeting ID: 889 5617 2863 Password: 031549 

Friday-Nooji Alcoholics Anonymous, 6:00PM 
Meeting ID:326 283 9434 Password: REDCLIFF 
By Phone: +1 312 626 6799 Meeting ID: 326 283 9434 Password: 836811
Nooji Center Tour and Services Offered
Noojimo'iwewin Project Coordinator Cassie McCrow shows us the Nooji Center amenities and discusses the services available to the community.
Benefits are available for those interested in purchasing food at local farmers' markets.

**Please note you must be a WIC participant to qualify.**

For more information contact Heidi Livingston at 715-779-3707 ext. 2261 or
Amaris Andrews-DePerry at 715-779-3707 ext. 2307
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
Family & Human Services
Food Boxes Available July 9
The Red Cliff Food Distribution Program in collaboration with the Hunger Relief Federation is providing a semi-truck with food boxes available to the community on Thursday July 9, 2020 at the Red Cliff Community Health Clinic parking lot (36745 Aiken Road). Please follow signs.

Supplies will be available around 9:00 AM or once the truck is unloaded.

There will be two different types of produce boxes, milk, and Spicy Frozen Chunk Chicken.

People will be limited to 4 items per household.

For more information call: 715-779-3740
Contact Community Health for delivery options: 715-779-3707
Various Family and Human Services offerings have unique guidelines and hours in response to COVID-19.

See the Notices section toward the top of this newsletter for more information. You can also call the Family Human Services Division
at 715-779-3706.
Indigenous Arts & Sciences
Summer Youth Program
Indigenous Arts & Sciences Summer Youth Program: A four-day experience with youth from Bad River, Red Cliff, Ho-Chunk and LDF. In the morning, we will have online workshops with Tribal & UW-Madison instructors.

In the afternoons, youth will be on their own doing environmental and cultural activities. There will be incentives for each youth that joins and completes each day.

Any youth interested can sign up via email: alex.breslav@redcliff-nsn.gov
Boys and Girls Club of Gitchigami
Treaty Natural Resources
TNR Summer Ganawenjigaade Newsletter
The Treaty Natural Resources Department has released its Summer 2020 Ganawenjigaade newsletter.

Click HERE to view!
Red Cliff Chippewa Housing Authority

Friday July 10 From 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
For Staff In-Service

Please plan accordingly. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Legendary Waters Resort & Casino
Legendary Waters in next phase of reopening
Slot Floor and Patio Bar open, Snack Bar continues take-out
On Friday July 3, 2020 Legendary Waters Resort and Casino entered Phase 3 of its reopening plan and opened to the public. Masks are mandatory, and no smoking will be allowed indoors.

The Slot Floor is open with social distancing measures in place, and the Outdoor Patio Bar along with the Gift Shop are open for service with altered hours. The Snack Bar will continue to offer take-out service. The hotel will remain closed until further notice.

Patrons are asked to enter through the main casino entrance for a brief non-invasive temperature check and hand sanitizer stations.

Please contact Legendary Waters Resort & Casino with any questions at 800-226-8478, or visit their website at www.legendarywaters.com
News Across Indian Country
Companies Remove Indigenous Names and Images From Branding
By Hope Kirwan

As Black Lives Matter protests spark a national reckoning about racial justice, a Wisconsin business is finally ending the use of an Indigenous name over concerns about cultural appropriation.

Kickapoo Coffee  announced last April  that they planned to change their name after recognizing they were appropriating it from a tribal nation.

Founder TJ Semanchin said the company’s plans for rebranding and marketing were set back by the COVID-19 pandemic, with employees working from home and delays for packaging printed in Asia.

But Semanchin said they decided to go forward with their new name, Wonderstate Coffee, in June after receiving pushback from the public.

"Our company was publicly offering solidarity and our voice of support for the Black Lives Matter movement. But in so doing, we were doing that while we still had the Kickapoo name. So we recognized the hypocrisy of that thanks to somewhat being called out," Semanchin said. "We decided that in this moment, with us trying to be a good ally to the Black Lives Matter movement, to be consistent with our voice of solidarity, where we could take action was to immediately do what we could to stop using the Kickapoo name, to stop the appropriation."

Wonderstate Coffee isn't alone in removing Indigenous names or images from their branding.
An event venue in Madison formerly called the Winnebago also announced their new name, the Bur Oak, in June. When announcing the intent to change the name last October, the venue’s owners published a letter saying they recognized the use of Winnebago furthered appropriation of Indigenous cultures.

On a national level, dairy company Land O'Lakes announced earlier this year that it was removing an image of an Indigenous woman from their logo as part of a rebranding effort.

Semanchin said he knew his business’s decision would "stir the pot" in Viroqua and the Coulee Region, where many businesses use the name in reference to the Kickapoo River.

He said the change has also sparked local conversation, especially when his company hosted the chair of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma for a presentation last fall.

"Even more to the time we are in right now is those of us who are white business owners to really take a moment to reflect on listening to the issues that are being raised within the Black Lives Matter movement and with these protests and to look at where we are perpetuating harm," Semanchin said. "There's just a lot of awareness around this issue right now, of appropriation. So I invite anyone who might be in that position to just reflect on that."

Daniel Green, a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, said he agrees the current Black Lives Matter movement has sparked wider conversations about racism and appropriation. And he hopes the awareness will bring about other changes, like  removing antiquated or objectifying images  of Native Americans used in logos, mascots and statues.

"It’s opened up the talks again without the push from Native America, coming from another avenue. And so the timing is right," Green said.

Green said he thinks the name changes will have an impact on the business community, but one that will likely be short term.

"What interests me is that those two, Kickapoo Coffee and Winnebago ... on a continuum, are probably the lesser offensive and, for lack of a better word, causing harm out there. As opposed to the ones that may never change or are going to resist strongly: the Cleveland Indians, the Washington Redskins, etc.," Green said. "Those are the ones that will not change and the ones that need to change the most."

Green said it will take education and awareness beyond the current moment for people to change the way they view and treat Native Americans.
Task Force Created To Investigate Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women In Wisconsin
By Danielle Kaeding

A task force has been formed to investigate missing and murdered tribal women in Wisconsin.
Attorney General Josh Kaul created the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Task Force on Thursday to combat trafficking, abduction and murder of Native women statewide. 

"Effectively addressing the problem of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Wisconsin will require law enforcement, tribal leaders, victim advocates, and others to work collaboratively to collect data and identify solutions," said Attorney General Kaul in a  release

The move comes after state lawmakers failed to pass  legislation  that would have created a task force to examine the issue. A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill in September, but the measure wasn't brought to the floor for a vote before the session ended. 

The Wisconsin Department of Justice and tribal communities will examine issues that play a role in the disappearance or murder of Native women, as well as ways to improve data collection and reporting on the scope of the problem.

"Addressing the MMIW crisis requires acknowledging that the crisis exists, understanding the deep and intricate roots underlying the crisis, providing justice to the missing and murdered and to protecting Native women and girls," said Shannon Holsey, president of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community and Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council in a statement.

The extent of the problem in Wisconsin and across the country is not well known due to gaps in reporting and data collection. 

In 2016, the National Crime Information Center discovered 5,712 reports of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls. The U.S. Department of Justice had logged only a fraction of those cases in its missing persons database. 

A 2018 report found there have been at least six cases of missing and murdered tribal women and girls in Wisconsin,  according to the Urban Indian Health Institute . The organization noted reports are likely an underestimate of actual cases. Research shows Native women are  three times more likely to be murdered  than white women.
Wisconsin State Park Group Camping For
50 People Or Less Starts July 13
From dnr.wi.gov

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will begin to allow group camping for groups of 50 or less with reservations on Monday, July 13. The DNR will also begin placing camp hosts at state park campgrounds, and firewood is now available at  select state parks . Special park operation conditions remain in place to ensure the safety of staff and visitors.

Some changes campers and park visitors will experience beginning July 13 include:
  • Group camping allowed at outdoor sites with a capacity of 50 people or less, with reservations.
  • Limited special events permitted with up to 50 people.
  • Unreserved use of open-air shelters with capacity limits and provisions for social distancing.

  • Shelter, amphitheater and group camping reservations, as well as special events through July 12 will be canceled and refunded.
  • Reservations for a longer stay at outdoor group camp sites with a capacity of 50 people or less that begin before July 13 and extend beyond July 13 will automatically be adjusted to begin July 13.
  • Camping reservations are required before setting up camp and are accepted by phone (1-888-947-2757) and online only.
  • Same-day camping reservations are available by phone (1-888-947-2757) and the online reservation system.
  • Check-in is not necessary at the office or visitor station when coming to a property with an existing camping reservation. Please proceed directly to your campsite and begin setup.

  • Capacity limits remain in effect. Due to high demand, many properties will likely reach their pre-determined capacity limits. When this happens, properties will close until existing visitors leave.
  • Open facilities like bathrooms and open-air shelters will have posted capacity limits.
  • Properties will have provisions for social distancing such as picnic tables placed 6 feet apart in open air shelters.
  • Indoor group camps remain closed at this time.
  • Enclosed shelters and amphitheaters remain closed at this time.

The DNR urges state park and forest visitors to do their part when visiting DNR properties. Visitors are reminded to practice social distancing of 6 feet, refrain from congregating in large groups, travel only within your home communities and follow all existing state park rules and guidelines. Visitors are also encouraged to wear face coverings in situations where social distancing is difficult.

Most Wisconsin state parks, forests and other day-use areas  do not have garbage or recycling bins . When visiting, please take your garbage and recyclables home with you. We all play a vital role in taking care of our natural resources. Following  Leave No Trace principles  helps protect the land for generations to come.

Fight the Bite!  Ticks are out, and visitors should take precautions to prevent Lyme Disease.

The DNR continues to receive the most up-to-date information and will adjust operations as conditions change. We will also continue to monitor on-the-ground circumstances each day to determine additional conditions that may become necessary. Before visiting other properties, please check with  individual properties  regarding changes to property operations.

For specific information regarding COVID-19 we encourage the public to frequently monitor the  DHS website for updates , and to follow @DHSWI on  Facebook  and  Twitter , or dhs.wi on  Instagram . Additional information can be found on the  CDC website .
Community Updates
Follow the link below to see announcements for upcoming events!

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