Miisaninawiind :: March 1 - 7, 2021
Boozhoo and welcome to the Miisaninawiind weekly newsletter!

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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 26.

Please consider getting vaccinated to protect your community!
Housing Needs Assessment
Survey Enters Final Week
Chance to win $100 for those who submit survey
All Tribal Members living on or off the reservation (WI, MN, MI) and non-tribal members living on the reservation – please do your part to help the community by taking the Housing Needs Assessment Survey.

Contact Survey Manager Liz Boyd at 715-779-3744 ext 3515 or via email at eboyd@redcliffhousing.org with any questions or to receive your survey code!

If you have already completed your Housing Needs Assessment Survey, you do not need to take it again.

Take the survey at www.redcliff-nsn.gov/survey.
COVID-19 Community Q&A Session
Tuesday March 2 via WebEx
The Red Cliff Community Health Center is hosting a community Q&A session at 12 PM on Tuesday March 2 to provide information and answer any questions the Red Cliff Community may have about COVID-19.

The meeting will be held virtually via WebEx.

Click HERE to access the meeting.
Password: Covid-19Vax

RCCHC providers will answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, new mask guidance, emerging variants, and any other questions you may have.

Can't make the session or don't feel comfortable asking a question during the live session? You can send your question in ahead of time to bdaley@redcliffhealth.org.

A recording of the meeting will be shared for those who aren't able to attend the live session.

Contact Bryon Daley with any questions at 715-779-3707 ext 2228.
Council Meeting March 1
The Red Cliff Tribal Council meeting is set for Monday March 1 at Legendary Waters Buffalo Bay Grand Ballroom.

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

Click HERE for the meeting agenda.
Walleye Management Plan
March 2 Virtual Meeting Invitation for Tribal Members
The Wisconsin DNR is in the process of updating the state's Walleye Management Plan.

On Tuesday March 2 at 6:30 PM there will be a virtual Zoom meeting specifically for Tribal Members, Leaders, and Conservation Staff from Red Cliff, St. Croix, and Lac Courte Oreilles.

This is an opportunity for you to share your values, preferences, input and concerns about Walleye management in Wisconsin. You will need to pre-register to attend the meeting.

Click HERE to pre-register and access the meeting.

Contact max.wolter@wisconsin.gov or 715-634-7429 with any questions.
Election Board Applications Now Being Accepted
Applications due April 1
The Red Cliff Tribal Council is seeking seven community members to serve on the 2021 Election Board for the upcoming Red Cliff Primary and General Elections.

You must be 18 years of age, a Red Cliff Tribal Member, and eligible to vote at the Tribal Elections. The Election Board will serve both the Primary and General Elections.

If you are interested in serving on the Election Board, pick up an application at the Tribal Administration Building.

Applications need to be submitted to the front desk of the Administration Office by April 1, 2021 at 12 PM.

For more information, please contact Laura Gordon, Tribal Council Secretary at 715-779-3741 ext 2406 or via email at secretary@redcliff-nsn.gov.
Teens Snowshoe and Address Dating Violence
On Wednesday February 24 staff from the Boys & Girls Club, Red Cliff Family Violence Prevention Program and Native Connections teamed up and took on Teen Dating Violence Awareness one snowshoe at a time!

Youth went up to Mt. Ashwabay to snowshoe and discuss awareness for Teen Dating.

Youth were given statistics and talked about teen dating violence. Youth then went and snowshoed around Mt. Ashwabay. After the activity was concluded youth were given a chance to get water and grab a snack and chat.

If you or someone you know is facing teen dating violence please have them call the Red Cliff Family Violence Prevention Program. They are here to help you and give you the resources and support that you need.

Please call 715-779-3706.
Community Submission:
A Remembrance From Our Past Affects Us Today
Submitted by Red Cliff Tribal Elder Guyaushk (Seagull) Jim Pete

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Loretta Ellis Metoxin, an Elder from the Oneida Tribe. She was so active in many issues related to the Tribes, the Oneidas, and always an advocate.

In the mid to late 1960’s, when the Federal Government wanted to take land from Red Cliff (4,000 acres) and from Bad River (6,000 acres), for the Apostle Island National Park Service, the Tribes opposed. And Loretta helped with the lobbying efforts of Red Cliff and Bad River of this opposition. There might have been a few others, and I apologize for not remembering, but from Red Cliff Ted Bresette, Elma Peterson, Margie Pascale, and Phillip Gordon. From Bad River was Sam Livingston and Ron Maday.
 
Red Cliff and Bad River were successful in the lobbying and opposition in taking our Tribal lands!
 
Every time I would see Loretta she would talk about this and how friendly the people of Red Cliff and Bad River were/are.
 
Thank you so much Loretta for your assistance and friendship and may you rest in peace.

Guyaushk (Seagull) Jim Pete.
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Health & Wellness
Curbside Pickup At The Red Cliff Pharmacy
The Red Cliff Pharmacy is happy to continue offering curbside pickup. Pickups are available on the hour and the half hour.

Please call the pharmacy ahead of time to let them know what time you will be arriving.

For new prescriptions or any questions, please call and talk to the pharmacist.

715-779-3157
Become A Certified Peer Specialist
The Red Cliff Community Health Center is offering free training for community members to become a Certified Peer Specialist.

A Certified Peer Specialist is someone who has lived experience with mental illness and/or substance use disorder and has formal training to support recovery. Certified Peer Specialists are paid professionals who use their experience and training to support recovery.

Community Members interested must complete an application and pass an interview to be selected for the training.

Applications must be received by March 8, 2021. Trainings begin April 5.

Click HERE to request an application, or contact Patsy Gordon at 715-779-3741 for more information.
Artful Healing Set For March 11
The next Artful Healing virtual painting event is set for March 11 at 5:30 PM.

Please call 715-779-3741 ext 2408 to sign up!

Zoom ID: 845 676 6970
Passcode: Rc6970
Virtual Recovery Meetings
There are various AA / NA / Alanon group meetings offered around the Chequamegon Bay area.

Click HERE to access the different meeting links and information.
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
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.
Education
ECC Transition Period Notice
To all ECC families:

It has been proven that an intentional transition period is extremely beneficial for children when entering an educational setting. Typically, children transition at the ECC when they are entering Head Start and Early Head Start if they have not previously been in our center-based program. This year, since no children have been in the center for almost a year, we decided to have all children transition upon reopening. We understand that this may be inconvenient for some families, but we feel that this is the best way to help ensure a smooth transition back into school.

Taking into consideration what is known about child development, we have developed a transition schedule that will help promote the following child outcomes:
·       Improved academic achievement
·       More positive social and emotional competencies and fewer problem behaviors
·       More Rapidly developing skills

A smooth transition makes a difference for children’s outcomes. When children are part of a quality transition process, they have an easier time and enjoy the full benefits of their education.

We look forward to having a successful transition period, during which we can help your child feel comfortable, secure, and less anxious about their return to school. Please note that any children joining us after being virtual will also be expected to follow the same transition schedule. If you are unsure as to what your child’s transition schedule is, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

If you have any questions please call 715-779-5030 Jamie ext. 2527 or Jenn ext. 2561.
 
Miigwech!
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.

Udall Foundation Scholarship
Scholarships for Native American and Alaska Native undergraduate students pursuing careers related to tribal public policy, native healthcare, and the environment.
Click HERE to learn more, find your faculty rep, and apply.
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 March.

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

Click HERE for March'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
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.

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.

FOR QUESTIONS OR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

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
Native-Owned Products Offered In Store
We are excited to be partnering with Indigenous owned Séka Hills from The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation in California and Ojibwe owned Dynamite Hill Farms from L’Anse, Michigan! We've also added products from Ramona Farms from Arizona and Tanka -- a Native American Natural Food product.

You can find their specialty products -- including olive oil, honey, and balsamic vinegar, maple sugar, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, dehydrated corn, bison sticks, and cornmeal in our shop.
Legendary Waters Resort & Casino
News Across Indian Country
Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway
Receives National Designation
The Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway (WLSSB) received designation as a National Scenic Byway in recognition of the high quality natural, cultural, historical and recreational features along the route, notably the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced 49 new designations, including 15 All-American Roads and 34 National Scenic Byways. 
With the new additions of the WLSSB and the Door County Coastal Byway, Wisconsin now has three nationally designated byways. The third is the Great River Road, which was previously designated as a National Scenic Byway and is now elevated to an All-American Road. “This designation further highlights the many reasons that Bayfield County is a world-class destination,” says Bayfield County Tourism Director, Mary Motiff. According to Motiff, the new designation does not impose any new restrictions, but rather is a way to attract a whole new audience to visit the area.
In an announcement from the USDOT, FHWA Executive Director Tom Everett states that America’s Byways “…support the nation’s small business community and are economic drivers for entire regions.”
For more details, visit www.lakesuperiorbyway.org to find maps, photos and information about all of the amenities and adventures in the communities along the Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway.
GLIFWC Internship Opportunities
Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) is happy to announce available internships for its 2021 GLIFWC Summer Internship Program! In 2021, GLIFWC will be offering 5 unique internships from its various divisions, including Biological Services, Planning and Development, and Public Information. Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, these internships will be offered remotely. 
 
Complete applications (as outlined within the Opportunity Announcement) are due by March 22nd, 2021 by 4:30 PM CST.
 
Internship Position Descriptions are available for viewing at www.glifwc.org under the “Employment” section.
WINLF RECRUITING PARTICIPANTS AND MENTORS FOR LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
The Wisconsin Native Loan Fund (WINLF) is recruiting 12 individuals for our newly formed Leadership Council. 
 
The Leadership Council will be comprised of low-income Native Americans in WINLF's service area. Individuals who serve on the Leadership Council will gain skills to prepare them for personal growth and leadership roles in their communities.
 
The goal of the Leadership Council is for participants to empower themselves, to improve their living situation, and to enhance their overall skills to advance personally and professionally as leaders in their community.
 
Leadership Council participants will increase their knowledge of WINLF’s financial education programs, including expanding their awareness of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), and receive mentoring to prepare them to take part in local government and community boards, such as Housing boards, Tribal Councils, Zoning boards and more.
 
WINLF is also recruiting mentors who are business owners, teachers and community leaders with experience in local government, boards and Tribal Councils. Mentors will be asked to participate by occasionally presenting subjects they specialize in to the Leadership Council. Mentors will be paired with participants on a local level to provide guidance based on participants’ interests.
 
The Leadership Council will meet twice a month. Meetings will last approximately an hour. One of the monthly sessions will focus on receiving participants’ input on WINLF's development of new products to meet potential borrowers' needs, identifying group training goals, and providing peer support. The second monthly meeting will provide participants the opportunity to learn from leaders in Tribal communities as well as educational presentations based on the team goals selected by participants.
 
The Leadership Council will start by meeting virtually, and when appropriate, transition to in-person meetings that will include presentations.
 
Participants who attend both monthly meetings will receive a $50 monthly stipend to offset any costs associated with participation and any cost associated with travel will be paid by WINLF.
 
The Leadership Council project is funded by a Catholic Campaign for Human Development grant.

Individuals interested in joining the Leadership Council as a participant or mentor should click HERE to complete a brief survey.
Apostle Islands Ice Caves Remain Closed
From Apostle Island National Lakeshore

Public access to the mainland ice caves in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore remain closed due to unstable ice conditions. As recently as February 4, there was open water at the caves, and ice cover on Lake Superior was at record lows. In spite of the recent cold temperatures, most of Lake Superior remains open water and the ice that has formed near the caves is unstable, jagged, and rough, creating high risk conditions.

“Ice at the caves is so unstable and jagged that it will not allow safe access by rescue teams using snowmobiles," said Chief Ranger Chris Smith.

“Current conditions are different from the ice cave conditions of 2014, when over 95% of Lake Superior was covered in ice,” said park superintendent Lynne Dominy. “The current ice shelf formed over the past two weeks from blown in chunks of ice, subject to movement by winds and fracturing by Lake Superior waves. Under these conditions, changes in wind direction and waves can cause this ice shelf to blow in one day and be gone the next.”

Although the park has specific criteria for determining when the ice caves can be deemed “accessible”, the extent of unfrozen surface waters and duration of subzero temperatures will always control the stability of the ice shelf. Lake Superior is warming rapidly, ice cover is decreasing, and the likelihood of access to the ice caves has become a rare event.

“One of the most common phrases you hear around here is ‘the Lake is the Boss’-which is true in the summer and in the winter,” added Dominy.

“The park’s primary concern is the health and safety of the community, park visitors, and staff,” added Dominy. “As the NPS monitors and responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working closely with the NPS Office of Public Health and local health office to use the latest science to guide our decision making.”

Due to the continuing high prevalence of COVID in the area, Bayfield County Health Department issued a mass gathering limitation order prohibiting gatherings over 100 people to protect the health and well-being of residents and visitors alike, and to prevent first responders and the local healthcare systems from being overwhelmed. Past ice cave events attracted thousands of visitors, with peak days of 14,000 people. Roadways, bathrooms, EMT trailers, parking, stairways, and the ice caves can become extremely congested and not allow for social distancing. The ice caves at Apostle Island National Lakeshore will remain closed for the 2021 season.

For more information about Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/apis or call (715) 779-3398. Join Apostle Island’s on-line conversations on Facebook: www.facebook.com/apostleislandsnps
Student Creates Video Game
to Teach, Preserve Ojibwe Traditions
By Ayomi Wolff
From madison365.com

Growing Up Ojibwe: The Game, in which players can both engage with and learn about Ojibwe practices and tradition, is now available to download on Android devices, and is also playable on any web browser.
Players can choose to play as either Tommy or Annie Sky, two Ojibwe youth, as they embark on a journey through northern Wisconsin to learn about their heritage. The game is based on a children’s book series of the same name. 
Eleanore Falck is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and the artist, programmer, and developer of Growing Up Ojibwe: The Game. She designed the game during a summer internship with the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC). The organization also published the book series.

Falck completed the first three levels in the summer of 2019 and finished the last two starting in March of 2020, working five days a week. 
“[GLIFWC] wanted me to help connect with the younger generation and do something educational for young people… so I thought a game would be an easy way to get kids interested. Specifically in the middle-school age range,” Falck said.

“Video games are actually an extremely good way of learning things,” Falck continued. “Games are great for teaching because they’re so interactive, you repeat things and remember them better. Because you’re doing the activity yourself, it becomes your experience too, rather than just someone else’s experience.” 
The game features five levels, each exploring an aspect of Ojibwe life and culture: Treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, maple sap gathering, spearfishing, and harvesting wild rice. 
Spearfishing became a controversial topic in the late 1980s, leading to tense clashes and standoffs when Indigenous people exercised their rights. The topic has become a hot-button issue again recently; just last year, a Lac du Flambeau man was shot at while spearing.

“In the spearfishing level, players learn about the history of spearfishing in the northern Wisconsin area,” Falck said. “Players learn about harvesting sustainably, which is a big point because, during the spearfishing controversy, there was a lot of racism towards Native peoples. Many white people were very upset with treaty re-affirmation. Some believed that if tribes were able to exercise their treaty rights and go out and spearfish, the environment would be damaged, when really tribes are very careful. This is something that is really pushed in that level.” 
As a descendant of the Oneida people whose father is a tribal member, Falck was already familiar with some of the practices featured in Growing Up Ojibwe: The Game. However, designing and developing the game allowed Falck to “discover part of my identity.”
“I had grown up learning about the culture a little bit. My family would harvest wild rice and maple syrup,” she said. “I actually did put a lot of my own experience into the game. So I was already introduced to some of the activities that are shown, but I actually got more education about the culture during this internship.”

As good reviews flood in, Falck added that she is both appreciative and inspired by those who have played and enjoyed her game. 
“I also got a letter from someone who wanted to show the game to his son, someone who is also Native American and that was really sweet,” Falck said. “It really makes me happy [that] it’s getting a good response. Helping to educate people is one of the things that I want to do with games. I want to make pretty stuff but I also want to make content that has a deeper meaning, that people can connect with and that inspires them. 
“A commonality that I tend to go towards is making beautiful scenes of nature in my work because I think the natural environment is really undervalued and that contributes to issues like pollution and climate change. I hope to make people appreciate nature more through my art,” Falck continued. “Although, it might be a little shallow to make people appreciate nature through beauty all the time, because it obviously has so many more reasons to be important.” 
In January 2020, Falck and GLIFWC staff went to Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School school in Hayward, WI, to teach children and introduce them to the game. However, they weren’t able to play due to the school’s wifi restrictions. Instead, Falck decided to show the students how the game was made, and invited the students to use the same game engine that she had used to program it. 
“There’s this one little girl I remember who was maybe like eight or 10 and she was super excited about making games,” Falck explained. “She told me, ‘I want my friends and I to work on this in the library today later.’ It made me so happy that I was able to inspire the next generation. It’s an amazing feeling.’”
Community Events
Interested in upcoming events?

Red Cliff Tribal Administration Office 
88455 Pike Road 
Bayfield, Wi. 54814 
715-779-3700