Miisaninawiind :: Odemiini-giizis :: June 8 - 14, 2020
Boozhoo and welcome to the Miisaninawiind weekly newsletter!

The Miisaniinawind brings you important news, announcements and updates, designed specifically for the Red Cliff community. But that's not all. The weekly eNewsletter will also provide news about neighboring tribes, communities and broader issues across Indian Country that matter to you.

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Red Cliff News & Updates
COVID-19 Community Updates
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: Free Drive Up Testing Event
June 11 @ Legendary Waters parking lot
Red Cliff Elder and Tribal Council Member Marvin Defoe shares a message about the importance of community members getting tested.

He shares details on the free drive up testing event scheduled for Thursday June 11 at Legendary Waters parking lot. He also thanks the entire community for working together during the pandemic.
Campgrounds Opened to Tribal Members
Red Cliff's Buffalo Bay and Point Detour Campgrounds are now open to Tribal members and their families. There is currently no camping fee associated with these sites.

General amenities will not be available to campers, however portable restroom facilities will be provided. Families are encouraged to continue to follow safe social distancing guidelines as the Tribe begins Phase I of reopening. While no date is set for the beginning of Phase II, it is scheduled to include the reopening of the Marina and Legendary Waters Snack Bar (takeout only).

All reopening phases will be at the advisement of our health professionals and Red Cliff Emergency Response Team.
Tribal Council Rescinds Access Road Closure
On Wednesday June 3, 2020 during the Special Council Meeting at Merchant Property, the Tribal Council took action and rescinded the previous order to close reservation access roads to non-residents. In approving the initial motion to close access, the Tribal Council’s intent was to limit the potential exposure of the coronavirus from external sources into our community.

The Council will continue to explore ways to protect our community while researching the most effective methods of doing so in collaboration with our health officials.

The previous action to close access roads was approved on May 27. Prior to this, road signs were ordered that will designate reservation access roads as local travel only. These signs will continue to be placed as planned in an effort to keep the community safe.

Red Cliff Tribal Council
Council Approves Changes to Code of Law
Chapters 20 & 37 amended
On June 1, 2020 the Red Cliff Tribal Council passed changes to Chapter 20 - Historic Preservation, and Chapter 37 - Land Use.

Chapter 20 is now titled Historic Preservation, Protection and Management of Archaeological, Historical, and Cultural Properties and Resources .

Chapter 37 is now titled Zoning Code .

You can find the updated versions of these chapters by visiting www.redcliff-nsn.gov and clicking on the Tribal Government tab then the Code of Laws tab. The changes are effective immediately.
Red Cliff Celebrates the Class of 2020
Red Cliff celebrated the Class of 2020 on Saturday with a graduation event at Legendary Waters Buffalo Bay Campground.

Family and community members were able to attend by remaining in their parked cars to watch the ceremony.

Chi miigwech to all for joining the celebration in honoring our graduating seniors.

Click the video below to watch a recording of the ceremony.
BHS Virtual Commencement
COVID-19 Spotlight: Facility Maintenance Crew
The Public Works and Facility Maintenance crews have been working incredibly hard to keep Tribal buildings clean, sanitized, and safe for employees and community members.

Chi miigwech for all your hard work and ensuring Tribal operations could continue throughout the pandemic.
TNR Administrator to serve
on Great Lakes Advisory Board
Chad Abel, Treaty Natural Resources Division Administrator has been selected to serve on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes Advisory Board (GLAB).

GLAB aims to provide advice and recommendations on matters related to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the implementation of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the United States and Canada.

“The advice received from the Board in past years has been a critical part of the work EPA has done, and continues to do, to restore and protect the Great Lakes,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Our work cleaning up the Great Lakes is far from over, and GLAB’s future efforts will ensure needed expertise is available for environmental agencies to use both here in the U.S. and in Canada.”
“The members of the re-established Great Lakes Advisory Board provide unique expertise that will assist EPA and its federal partners in making important progress to restore and protect the Great Lakes,” said Region 5 Administrator and Great Lakes National Program Manager Kurt Thiede.”

Click HERE for more information about the Great Lakes Advisory Board.
IT Director to serve on nationwide committee
Theron Rutyna, Red Cliff Information Technology Director, has been appointed to the State of Wisconsin's Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network Subcommittee. The committee is part of the Department of Military Affairs, Interoperability Council.

The committee handles public safety broadband for Wisconsin and how Wisconsin interacts with the Nation. Rutyna holds the seat reserved for an appointed representative from a Native American Band or Tribe. It will be Rutyna's responsibility to represent the Tribe and other Wisconsin Tribes in matters of broadband and public safety communications.

Click HERE for more information on the Wisconsin Public Safety Broadband.
Regional Job Opportunity
Wisconsin Conservation Voices has a great job opportunity for 15-20 hours of weekly work from June 15 - November 15.

Wisconsin Conservation Voices is looking for energetic and outgoing organizers to work with tribal communities throughout the state (urban and reservation-based).

This position will primarily focus on building a team of volunteers and carrying out activities associated with nonpartisan voter education and voter engagement. To ensure the health and safety of our staff, in light of COVID-19, organizers will utilize digital formats (Zoom, social media, etc) for outreach efforts and planning activities, as well as phone banking, texting apps, and email.

Click HERE for the full job posting and details. Applications are due by June 10!
Health & Wellness
The Behavioral Health Department has released its June newsletter.

Click HERE to view!
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
Richard Gurnoe Villa
The gardens at the Richard Gurnoe Villa are looking good!

The Richard Gurnoe Villa is looking for two more garden beds. If anyone wishes to donate a garden bed please contact mercie.gordon@redcliff-nsn.gov or 715-779-3740.
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 Legacy Scholarship
TC Energy has extended the application period for the TC Energy Scholarship Program to June 12 th , 2020! The Program offers scholarships to students in three categories, including 77 scholarships specifically for Indigenous students who can apply online at www.tcscholarships.com :

  1. TC Energy Indigenous Legacy Scholarship ($5,000 each) – awarded to Indigenous (Native American) students pursuing any full-time, post-secondary program at a registered education institute. Our priority is to support students from the Nations we work with.
  2. TC Energy Community Leaders Scholarship ($2,500 each) – awarded to students who demonstrate a strong commitment to their communities through volunteerism, leadership and other activities.
  3. TC Energy Trades Scholarship ($2,500 each) – awarded to students who are studying a skilled trade relevant to our business.

If you have any questions about the Program or the application process please contact TCScholarships@transcanada.com.
Boys and Girls Club of Gitchigami
Native Learning Center Art Contest
The Native Learning Center is hosting a poster contest for Tribal Youth and is offering prizes for three different age group winners.



Accepting Submissions from
April 1- June 30, 2020

All Tribal Communities are Welcomed to Submit! All Posters Must Be Original Art Work.

You May Use: Markers, Paints, Crayons, Colored Pencils, Beads and Fabric! Get as Creative as you'd like! Create a poster that shows what home means to you!

All forms of art are welcome; however your submission does need to be poster friendly.

Once you've finished your poster or if you have any questions, submit to: WilmaNoah@semtribe.com or KrystalCedeno@semtribe.com

5-10; 11-13; 14-18
Virtual Daily Lessons
The Boys and Girls Club has created Virtual Daily Lessons for school-age children!

There is a schedule of activities for both 3rd-5th graders and middle to high schoolers.

Want to access the activity links? Simply click on the Closures & Notices post that is pinned to the top of the Tribal Facebook page. Then click on "Boys & Girls Club Virtual Daily Lesson"

Treaty Natural Resources
Video Webinar: Red Cliff Venison Workshop
This community workshop was provided by the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission's Chippewa Ceded Territory Traditional Food Regulatory System Project.

Topics include information on the Food Regulatory System Project and food systems, eating venison, harvesting venison, as well as licensing and food safety.
Mino Bimaadiziiwin Farm - New Staff
Sarah Azure Daniels

I moved my family back to the Bayfield Peninsula 6 years ago and have been getting reacquainted with the area by working at nearby farms and wineries, playing music locally and spending time hiking, canoeing and foraging with my three teenagers. We love the simple life and enjoy spending our time outdoors as much as possible, growing our own food and getting to know our neighbors. I recently finished a course in herbalism with a strong focus on the identification of native plants and their medicinal uses. My past work was in natural childbirth, education and labor support working with families as a birth/postpartum doula. I'm excited to spend my time working at the Red Cliff Tribal Farm and having a great season growing fresh fruits and veggies for this community!
Housing Authority
News Across Indian Country
Bad River Pow Wow Cancelled
The 2020 Bad River Pow Wow has been cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions.
Native American Farm Working to Keep Community Fed During Pandemic
From Modern Farmer, by Lindsay Campbell

“In defiance of COVID-19’s crippling climate of uncertainty, Neely Snyder has stayed grounded by working to ensure her community is provided with the food of its ancestors."

“Snyder, a member of the  St. Croix Band  of Chippewa and a Minnesota resident, has seen the Native American population throughout the state disproportionately suffer from poverty and health issues that have been strongly associated with a higher risk of death from COVID-19."

Click HERE for more information.
Community Updates
Follow the link below to see announcements for upcoming events!

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