Miisaninawiind :: March 22 - 28, 2021
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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. The next mass vaccination clinic is schedule for March 31 & April 1.

Click HERE for the most recent vaccine update from March 19.

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Please consider getting vaccinated to protect your community!
Her Story, Her Voice:
Carolyn Gougè
March is National Women’s History Month. To celebrate, we invite you to join us in listening to the advice and stories of influential women in the Red Cliff area.
Carolyn Gougè
Biidaashimo kwe
Woman who dances jingle at dawn

How long have you lived in Red Cliff?

“63 years. I grew up at Roy’s Point just up the road. I Moved down town Red Cliff in 1978.

I have 8 brothers and 1 sister. I just lost three brothers. One in 2002, one in 2018, and one in 2020. We are a very close knit family. My mom, Dorothy Peterson Charette Duffy 06/03/1932-03/11/1996 was a single parent, my father Marvin B Charette Sr
10/02/1929-12/08/1963 passed on when I was seven.” 

What do you consider your greatest life achievements?

“I have two biological children and three southern children. I also have 10 grandchildren. I love them all very much and my extended family. My son, Adrian Baa passed in 2018, forever 38. I was married in 1991 to my love Willard Sr. and he passed on Valentines day 2001. I was a single parent with Adrian.

Around 1983 I attended WITC and participated in Medical Ward Clerk Program. There were two women I will always be grateful for. They put their love, trust and confidence in me: Arlene Basina and Thelma Bresette. Daily, they would make sure I was up, took my son to a sitter and made me go to school with them. December 1984, I began working for our tribe with the Indian Health Service, where I continued to work for 35 years, retiring in 2020.

Humbly and respectfully I say that working for our tribe was one of the most humbling and fulfilling positions I have ever had in my lifetime. Not only did I purchase my home, with my late husband in 1995, but in 2019 I paid it off, so with dedication, perseverance, accountability, and confidentiality, the sky is the limit.

When I was in school I was a single parent and I drank heavily and I would consider myself an alcoholic. Due to my self-awareness I began to go to ceremonies in 1985. In 2007 I quit using substances. I remember when my son was here. He, my daughter and myself were talking, we were talking about alcohol, and I told them I didn't quit drinking for them, they both looked up at me, kind of shocked, and I said I quit drinking so I could take care of you, the smiles that came over their faces, was pure joy and love.
I love my Spirit. When I take care of my Spirit, my Spirit takes care of me.
I was on the tribal council and I am a cancer survivor.

Four years after my husband passed, I met the man who I am with now, Bobbers, who I love. We have been together for 16 years."

What are ways in which you have worked to keep language and culture alive in Red Cliff?

“Ceremonies, pow wowing, role modeling. I talk to my children about the language. I talk to my children about who they are and where they came from. I use the seven grandfather teachings in my daily walk, I believe we all have a spirit, and that we have a relationship with all of life. When we talk about culture, for me, it could mean keeping my mom’s memory alive by making her stuffing, which she taught me and teaching my daughter and my nieces how to make it.

Culture is preserving and protecting the land, water, and air. I teach this to my children and grandchildren."

If you could give the next generation of women one piece of advice, what would it be?

“Keep on keeping on. Try to stay focused, positive, and determined. Remember, we all have a spirit and we need to nurture it, especially our children’s spirit. It takes a community to raise a child.

“Keep enjoying life and celebrate it. Rely on each other, keep our doors open and keep the coffee on. It takes us individuals to bring that back.

It’s always important to love one another.
I believe that Creator gave us a responsibility, and that is to take care of one anther, it takes a community to raise a child. I believe he gave us, as Indigenous Peoples, the responsibility to take care of our Elders, our Children, Grandchildren, the Earth, the Sky and the Waters.

If I could offer any words, I would say never give up. We all make mistakes, we learn from them. Every day is a new beginning. Take your life learning experiences and transform them into your daily living.
The biggest thing that has helped me, that I would offer to you, is to practice, live your faith, whatever it is. Which for me is offering my asema with prayer to creator. That’s the only thing that is guaranteed to me in life, is my faith in creator and my asema/

Thoughts from the community

“Over the past few years, I have seen a depth to her strength through tragedy and losses that she has learned to live with. She has never shown defeat even at times when the world would have totally understood, yet she has shown dignity, love and respect always. Carolyn’s fierce devotion to the community and her passion for the water is deeply moving and inspiring. She has shown by example what a true Anishinaabekwe is…always take the high road she tells us. I am honored to call her a friend.”
-Miigwech (thank you), Anna Merritt

Carolyn's commitment to the community has been inspiring. She continues to teach the younger generations about what matters to an Anishinaabe and how to take care of themselves. She continues to teach me and my daughters about Jingle Dress dancing and about what it takes to be present while doing healing dances.”
-Barb Gordon

“Carolyn always has a smile for her community. Her enduring ways of helping others is like a endless flowing river.”  
-Midge Montano 

Poetry by Midge Montano

Dedicated to Harriet Balber

Red Cliff Reservation
Respected Elder
Miigwech for the many teachings of Life,
You are my Mother, Grandmother, and Friend,
Your heart is bigger than Lake Superior,
Miigwech for your visits, and your laughter.
Respected Elder
The Creator has sent you the greatest gift of knowing what is it to be humble, Respected Elder
The creator has sent you the great gifts of teaching Love, Honor, and Respect, for all who wishes to receive it.
Respected Elder
Midge Montano, March 20,1994
Connecting People, Past and Present
Red Cliff elder and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Marvin Defoe joins Heather Walder, PhD and the Chicago Archaeological Society for a presentation on Collaborative Archaeology in Red Cliff, WI.

The virtual session is free open to the public on Sunday March 28 at 3:30 PM.

From Chicago Archaeological Society:

In northern Wisconsin is a recently developed and ongoing collaborative program, Gete Anishinaabeg Izhichigewin [Ancient Anishinaabeg Lifeways] Community Archaeology Project (GAICAP). It is a shared effort between the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) and academic archaeologists.

Dr. Walder relates: “Our project began in 2018 with the return and reanalysis of pre-contact and historic artifact collections from a Beloit College 1979 field school for curation at THPO, followed by excavations in Frog Bay Tribal National Park. Work focused on a parcel of the park repatriated to Red Cliff through a purchase from a private landowner in 2017.”

Driven by shared interest in protecting and understanding the multicomponent Archaic through Late Woodland period occupations at the Frog Bay Site (47BA60) and others nearby, this project involves Red Cliff community members, students, and additional stakeholders in all stages of planning, research design, excavation, and interpretation. Young people and adults are involved in excavating, flintknapping and in cooking, for example.

Distinctive aspects of the site – such as a lithic industry based on the reduction of locally available quartz cobbles – link its inhabitants with those of other nearshore sites in the Apostle Islands and wider western Lake Superior region, while non-local lithic materials speak of more distant social and economic connections in the midcontinent.

This presentation will focus on the results of the 2018 and 2019 excavations and community-based events and outreach related to the Frog Bay site, sharing evidence of the long-term continuity of Native people going back at least 5,000 years at the site. In 2021, they hope to return for more fieldwork and public programming, as long as they can do so safely. For the upcoming season, work will be on a much more recent historic site; plans include an archaeological survey of an area known as the “Old Pageant Grounds,” which was the location of an early 20th century tourist pageant in 1924 and 1925.

Heather Walder is an anthropological archaeologist (PhD 2015, UW-Madison) interested in interregional interaction and diaspora communities of the Upper Great Lakes during the 17th century and long-term cultural continuities in the region. She is a Lecturer at UW-La Crosse and also a Field Museum Research Associate specializing in elemental analyses of glass trade beads and other artifacts to learn about colonial-era interactions and exchange networks. In 2018 and 2019, she co-directed GAICAP, along with Dr. John Creese of North Dakota State University, and THPO Marvin DeFoe. Collaborative, community-based research and lab-based analytical methods inform her scholarship and teaching. 

Marvin DeFoe (Anishinabe name Shingway Benase which means sounds coming from Thunderbirds’ wings) is of the Namay (Sturgeon) Clan. His current work is THPO Tribal Historical Preservation Officer for the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, protecting sacred, archeological, and burial sites past, present and future.

Join the presentation on Zoom (or Facebook Live) on Sunday, March 28, as we explore the fascinating work of these collaborators.
What does Nibi mean to you?
Community discussion on World Water Day
Each March 22nd is designated World Water Day to celebrate and emphasize the importance of water. The theme of World Water Day 2021 is valuing nibi (water).

Nibi means different things to different people. It has enormous and complex values for our homes, families, culture, food, health, education, economics, and the integrity of the natural environment. The conversation around World Water Day is what nibi means to you!

Take some time today to think or talk with family or friends about:
· Why is nibi important to you?
· What role will nibi play in your future?
· How does nibi play a role in your cultural practices?
· What do you use the most for nibi?
· How does nibi affect the food you eat?

If you haven’t already, check out Dazhindandaa I’iw Nibi (Let’s Talk About the Water) Part 1 and 2. Dazhindandaa I’iw Nibi is a documentary that interviews Red Cliff Elders and Youth about the past, present, and future of water and was produced by the Red Cliff Environmental Department in 2016.

If you’d like a DVD copy of the Dazhindandaa I’iw Nibi documentary, please visit the Environmental Building or contact the Water Resources Manager Allie Rakowski at
715-779-3650 x4316.
Spring Spearing Meeting Set
Tribal Members interested in spearing should attend
There will be a spearing meeting on Wednesday March 31 for Red Cliff Tribal Members interested in spearing this season.

The meeting will start at 5:30 PM at the Red Cliff Cultural Grounds. Participants can also join virtually.

To receive the virtual meeting link, contact:

Mark Duffy, Chief Conservation Warden

Marvin Defoe, THPO Manager
Working To Create a Healthier Community
The Red Cliff AODA Reduction Team is a coalition of community members and local service providers that works together to promote prevention and recovery from alcohol and substance use.

There is an AODA Reduction Team meeting scheduled for Thursday April 15 at 9:30 AM.

All are invited to join the meeting to bring ideas to the table as we work towards a healthier community.

For questions and more information, contact Chris Boyd at 715-779-3706 ext 5025 or via email at chris.boyd@redcliff-nsn.gov.
Community Submission: Jim Peacock
"The sunsets are getting dreamy here
by the Great Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands"

Photo and caption submitted by Red Cliff Tribal Member Jim Peacock.
Follow Jim on Instagram for more beautiful photos: @peacocknproud
Tribal Council Meeting March 23
The Red Cliff Tribal Council will meet on Tuesday March 23 at the Red Cliff Community Health Center.

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

Click HERE for the meeting agenda.
Red Cliff Seeks to Grow Tribal Economy
Feedback requested by March 31
We want to hear from you about Economic Development in Red Cliff!

The Red Cliff Planning Department is working with Blue Stone Strategy Group to develop a Red Cliff Economic Diversification Strategy. The goal is grow a resilient and sustainable Tribal economy as we strategically plan for the use of our Tribal lands and potential development of our commercial areas. Your input is valuable in helping us set a clear vision for the future growth of Red Cliff economic development and diversification.

As part of this process, we are conducting a Red Cliff Community Survey. We would greatly appreciate it if you would please complete this survey and provide your feedback in supporting the Tribe’s future direction.

Click HERE to access the online survey. You can also access a downloadable survey HERE. Responses are strictly confidential. Please share with your family and friends and provide your feedback by Wednesday, March 31st. Miigwech!
Proposed Burial Ordinance Up For Review
The Red Cliff Ad Hoc Cemetery Committee has proposed a new Burial Ordinance and is requesting community input.

The committee is hosting a listening session on Tuesday March 30 from 5-8 PM at Legendary Waters Event Center. Attendees are required to wear masks, and social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Community members can also join virtually via Webex.
Meeting Number: 187 301 1866
Meeting Password: 2021Cemetery

All participants will be eligible to receive raffle prizes.

For any questions, please contact the Tribal Historic Preservation Office at 715-779-3700.
Full Moon Ceremony Set for March 27
A Full Moon Ceremony is scheduled for March 27 at the Red Cliff Campground. Community members interested should meet by the willow tree at 5 PM.

The ceremony will be facilitated by Heather Hoaglund from the Grandportage Band of Ojibwe.

Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Please bring masks, a chair, and asaama.

This ceremony is sponsored by the Red Cliff Family Violence Prevention Program and the Red Cliff Indian Child Welfare Department.

Please contact 715-779-3706 with any questions.
The Wild North
Various wildlife captured on video in Miskwaabekong from February and March 2021.
Jiibaakwedaa (Let's Cook)
Gookooshiwiiyaas Pork Chops
JIIBAAKWEDAA (Let's Cook) - On March 31 from 1-3 PM, pick up FREE food and ingredients at Red Cliff Food Distribution. Then, watch this video of the recipe being made.

Follow the video and the recipe card provided in the food box to make your own delicious Gookooshiwiiyaas - pork chops!
Red Cliff Offers Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The Red Cliff Band is now offering an Emergency Rental Assistance Program to Red Cliff Tribal Members to provide relief for home renters who are having difficulty paying rent and utility bills.

Click HERE to learn more about the program and to download an application.
2021 Tribal Council Elections
The Red Cliff Tribal Council 2021 Election season is approaching!

This year, Red Cliff Tribal Members will have the opportunity to vote for a Chairperson, Treasurer, and three At Large seats.

The Primary Election is set for May 7, and the General Election is set for July 6.

Tribal Members interested in running for Chairperson or Treasurer need to formally submit their candidacy by Wednesday April 7.

Tribal Members interested in running for an At Large seat need to formally submit their candidacy by Monday June 21.

Seven community members are needed to serve on the 2021 Election Board for the upcoming Red Cliff Primary and General Elections. Applications to serve on the Election Board need to be submitted to the front desk of the Administration Office by April 1, 2021 at 12 PM.

All voting will occur at Legendary Waters Resort & Casino.

For all 2021 Election information and important dates, visit:

Red Cliff Tribal Member Joins
Race for Bayfield County Judge
Red Cliff Tribal Member Vince Kurta has declared his candidacy to become the next Bayfield County circuit court judge.

Kurta is currently serving as an assistant district attorney for Sawyer County. After earning his law license, Kurta joined the Haukaas Law Office and represented several townships in Bayfield County.

Kurta then became a staff attorney in Bad River where he handled contracts and government work.

Kurta's opponent is incumbent Judge John Anderson, who has served as Bayfield County circuit court judge since 2003.

More information about Kurta can be found HERE.

The election is set for April 6. Red Cliff and Bayfield County residents can find voting information for the April 6 election at www.myvote.wi.gov.
We're hiring childcare positions!
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.

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
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.

For anthropology/archaeology, or other cultural studies. Deadline April 26.
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.
Treaty Natural Resources
Housing Authority
Seeking Bids For Private Home Rehab
The Red Cliff Chippewa Housing Authority is seeking bids for a Renovation, Repair, Replacement 2021 Homeowner Project.

There will be a pre-bid conference and site visit on March 22 at 1:30 PM. Prospective bidders will be provided the opportunity to ask questions about the project.

Sealed bids must be submitted no later than 3:00 PM on April 1, 2021.

Click HERE for project details.

Contact the Red Cliff Chippewa Housing Authority with any questions at 715-779-3744.
Home Buyer - Home Owner Education
The next Homebuyer-Homeowner Monthly Education session is scheduled for 5:00 PM on Wednesday March 24.

Topics this month include USDA program updates, information and tips on credit reports, RCCHA New Build Project, and upcoming financial education opportunities.

Click HERE to access all meeting details and agenda items.
Red Cliff Fish Company
Legendary Waters Resort & Casino
News Across Indian Country
Bad River Reopens Casino, Lodge, Restaurant
The Bad River Tribal Council has rescinded its shelter at home order and has opened the Bad River Casino, Lodge, and Restaurant.

The Bad River Band cointinues to vaccinate its members and employees and will continue to enforce CDC guidelines of safe social distancing, face coverings, and limited close-contact gatherings.

More details can be found in the full press release from the Bad River Band.
AIANTA Forms Unprecedented Partnership with NATOW, 11 Tribal Nations of Wisconsin
Native American Tourism of Wisconsin (NATOW) will underwrite AIANTA membership dues for each of the 11 tribal nations that call Wisconsin home.

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (March 17, 2021) —The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is celebrating a new partnership with Native American Tourism of Wisconsin (NATOW), a regional tourism association that promotes tourism and economic development for Wisconsin’s 11 federally recognized tribes.

“We extend a warm Boozhoo (welcome, Ojibwe) to all our new and renewing member tribes from the Great State of Wisconsin,” said Sherry L. Rupert, CEO of AIANTA. “We are thrilled to work with NATOW to unveil this wonderful model of a regional tourism organization creating and amplifying a united voice in the promotion of tribal tourism. We are excited to collectively and independently work with the 11 tribes that call the State of Wisconsin home.”

NATOW recently announced that the organization will underwrite annual dues for each tribe’s participation, the first initiative of its kind to form a full statewide coalition within AIANTA’s membership.

“As one of the largest industries in Indian Country, tourism plays a critical role in economic development among our member tribes,” said Suzette Brewer, executive director of NATOW. “As such, we are stronger together and believe in the power of unity in promoting the rich diversity and cultural dynamism of our communities and are excited to be a part of AIANTA’s growing network of Tribal Nations.”

All AIANTA members can participate in the association’s annual programming, from attending major international tourism tradeshows to establishing a presence on AIANTA’s consumer website, www.NativeAmerica.travel. Members may also take advantage of AIANTA’s vast network of educational and networking programs, including attending the annual American Indian Tourism Conference, celebrating its 23rd anniversary in 2021.

“Wisconsin’s Native heritage is an important part of our state’s visitor experience and we are fortunate to have such a strong tourism partner in NATOW,” said Travel Wisconsin Acting Secretary Anne Sayers. “We are excited that through NATOW’s leadership, all of Wisconsin’s 11 federally recognized tribes will have direct access to the resources of AIANTA which will enhance our collective work of sharing Wisconsin’s story.”

“Tribal tourism plays a vital role, not only in Native communities, but also the larger Wisconsin economy as a whole,” said NATOW board president Nathan Gordon, who is a member of Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. “Our partnership with AIANTA represents our collective strength as Tribal Nations to build the alliances and resources necessary to accomplish our overall mission in supporting sovereignty and self-determination for our member tribes.”

NATOW’s marketing efforts include regional, national and global outreach to promote Wisconsin Tribal tourism and boost Tribal economies within the state. For more on tribal tourism in Wisconsin, please see the Native Wisconsin travel guide and the promotion of Native Wisconsin on the state’s tourism website.
Field Technician Opportunity
Black Bear Population Dynamics
The Pauli Lab (www.labs.russell.wisc.edu/pauli/) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison is seeking one technician to assist with a Black Bear Population Dynamics study in northern Wisconsin. The project involves using non-invasive genetic methods in order to determine black bear density, vital rates (survivorship, reproductive output, juvenile recruitment), population growth rate, and gene flow of bear populations on the Apostle Islands and the Red Cliff Reservation. This project is in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the Red Cliff Band of Ojibwe, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The summer field season will consist of deploying hair snares and collecting hair samples on 11 of the Apostle Islands as well as on the Red Cliff Reservation, the adjacent mainland. During Apostle Island hair snare checks, we will tent-camp in campgrounds or backcountry campgrounds for 4-6 nights. On off-island days there will be housing provided in a camper trailer on the mainland. The schedule will be approximately 7 days on, 3 days off. The position will begin on May 10 and finish around July 23, with the end date being subject to change.

Click HERE for details and to apply.
Community Events
Interested in upcoming events?

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