Miisaninawiind :: March 29-April 4, 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. The next mass vaccination clinic is scheduled for March 31 & April 1.

Click HERE for the most recent vaccine update from March 26.

Sign up ONLINE to receive the vaccine.

Please consider getting vaccinated to protect your community!
Tribal Elder Preserves Culture Through Traditional Performance, Storytelling, Teaching
Anakwad (Cloud - Frank Montano) of the Migizi clan is an 80-year old Red Cliff Tribal Member who continues to preserve Miskwaabekong culture through traditional dance, flute, storytelling, and teaching.

Watch this recent video of Anakwad playing the flute and dancing to Ndoodem. You will also see some incredible beadwork!

Miigwech Anakwad for continuing to preserve and pass down our culture!
Project LAUNCH: Developing the Next Generation
The Giwiidosendimin (We Walk Together) Circle of Healing Project LAUNCH works to create safe and supportive environments for our children to enter school ready to learn and more likely to succeed.

LAUNCH - Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health - focuses on prenatal and children aged 0-8 years. Red Cliff is one of 15 award recipients nationwide.

"Everybody getting together and remembering that we're all there for the common goal helped," said Project Director Johanna Wilson. "Our goal is to help families because that's why we're all in this similar job. We're all in unique positions, but all there for a common goal."

Red Cliff's Giwiidosendimin Project LAUNCH began in August 2019 and finished its first year of services this past September 2020. Here are some completed objectives from year one:
"I never had that support to understand what our children in our families go through emotionally. LAUNCH has just brought so much; just to have more of an understanding on how to help them through difficult times by having that support to us has been absolutely amazing. We're continuing to understand exactly what that is as we work with the mental health consultant, exactly what it can become and how we can use her as a resource to develop our practice. That's been amazing." -- Red Cliff Parent.

Now in year two, here are the goals and activities Project LAUNCH is working on:
Community Members can view the full Giwiidosendimin Project LAUNCH year one summary HERE.

Chi=miigwech to the Red Cliff Community for their generosity, time, patience, and wisdom.
Mino Bimaadiziiwin Farm
CSA Shares Now Available
Enjoy fresh, local, and delicious veggies all season long
Red Cliff's Mino Bimaadiziiwin Farm has opened sign-up for 2021 CSA Shares!

If eating fresh, local, and delicious veggies and fruits sounds ideal to you, then a Mino Bimaadiziiwin CSA Share might be just what you need! CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is a way for the farm to provide seasonal produce at the peak of freshness, all season long.

Our CSA has been operating since 2017, and includes a wide range of fresh vegetables and herbs, a small selection of fruits, and other items like maple syrup and eggs. Revenue from the CSA helps support Farm operations, which in turn help advance the food sovereignty goals of the Red Cliff Band. We are not certified organic but everything at the farm is grown using organic methods – no chemicals or pesticides here!

When you sign up for a share, each week you will receive a box containing 8-11 fresh, seasonal and delicious items produced right here at the farm.

We grow over 35 varieties of vegetables and herbs, so you’ll find all your favorites and maybe some new ones to try. Along with veggies and herbs, our fruit production includes strawberries, apples and pears. We also operate a sugarbush and care for a flock of laying hens, so you may find maple syrup or farm fresh eggs in your box too.

We do our best to pack the boxes with all your favorite spring, summer, and fall crops – and we also might introduce you to some new ones! Each box will come with a newsletter describing the contents and include recipe suggestions and storage tips. We want your experience to be rewarding, and we know that it can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming if you’re not sure what to do with the bounty (it even feels that way for farmers sometimes!). That’s why we are here to answer all your questions, provide cooking tips, and support you on your journey of seasonal eating.

If you choose the Local Fish option (new for 2021!) you’ll receive bi-weekly shares of locally harvested Lake Superior fish. All fish is harvested by Tribal fisherman and processed just down the road at the Red Cliff Fish Company. Options available for some customization of your bi-weekly fish preferences.

By signing up for a CSA, you are choosing the nutritional benefits of eating fresh and in-season, and you are also supporting the local food system and local farms. You can trust that your food is not only fresh and flavorful, but grown by farmers you know, right down the road. A stronger local food system is more environmentally sustainable, builds community, and is better for your health!

*Our CSA runs for 18 weeks from June 22 through October 19.

Full Season Share - $475
Cost for Red Cliff Tribal Members - $350
Cost for low-income Red Cliff families - $75
(must be eligible for other food assistance programs to qualify for Low-income Shares)

Full Season Share Plus Local Fish Option - $575
Cost for Red Cliff Tribal Members - $450
Cost for low-income Red Cliff families - $100
(must be eligible for other food assistance programs to qualify for Low-income Shares)
*Fish will be included bi-weekly

You can download and fill out this form and drop it off at the farm, email it, or mail it. You can also sign up online. Printed copies will be available at the farm as well. We are located at 36735 Aiken Road, right next to the Red Cliff Community Health Center. Just reach out if you have any questions! 715-779-3782.

Spaces are limited, sign up today!

CSA pick-up will be Tuesdays from 3pm to 5pm at the Mino Bimaadiziiwin Tribal Farm, beginning June 22.
Community Comes Together
for Sexual Assault Awareness
Teal Ribbons Available for Display
For the month of April, the Red Cliff Family Violence Prevention Program is asking community members to tie a Teal Ribbon around a tree in their yard or near their home in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This Teal ribbon shows sexual assault survivors they have support and are believed!

You can pick up a teal ribbon at the Family Human Services building starting Thursday April 1.

Submit a picture of your ribbon display to jamie.corbine@redcliff-nsn.gov or send via text to 715-292-7855. You can also submit to kathrine.gurske@redcliff-nsn.gov for a chance to win raffle prizes! A drawing will be held April 30.

Sexual Assault is defined as Sexual Assault is defined as any type of sexual activity or contact that you do not consent to. Sexual assault can happen through physical force or threats of force or if the attacker gave the victim drugs or alcohol as part of the assault. Sexual assault includes rape and sexual coercion.

According to the National Congress of American Indians, Indigenous women experience significantly higher rates of sexual violence than non-Indigenous people.
Indigenous women face the highest rates of sexual assault in the United States, 56.1% of Native women have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime, and Native Americans are twice as likely to experience sexual assault than other races.
Native Americans ages 12 and older experience 5,900 sexual assaults per year
41% of sexual assaults on Native Americans are committed by a stranger; 34% by an acquaintance, 25% by an intimate partner or family member.

The Red Cliff Family Violence Prevention advocates are here to help. We serve women, men and children on the Red Cliff Reservation and members of the Red Cliff Band in Bayfield County. Services include crisis intervention, counseling, legal and medical advocacy, and education.

Click HERE to learn more about Sexual Assault Awareness and the Red Cliff Family Violence Prevention Program.
Spring Spearing Meeting This Wednesday
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
"Spring comes in with a beautiful dance!"

Photo submitted by Red Cliff Tribal Member Jim Peacock.
Follow Jim on Instagram for more beautiful photos: @peacocknproud
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 via Webex.

Community members can 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.
Cultural Consultant Needed
The Red Cliff Indian Child Welfare Department is seeking a Cultural Consultant who has experience working with children and families who have experienced intergenerational and historical trauma and are receiving child welfare services.

The consultant should be proficient in the Ojibwe Language, Culture, Ceremonies, and Traditions. Traditional practices will be used to address the health and root cause of intergenerational trauma, promote self-esteem and resiliency, keep families intact, help with identity formation and/or reclamation, be utilized as a coping skill, connect children, adults, and elders and promote positive community integration, help to assign meaning and purpose to life.

The contract would begin May 1, 2021 and would end May 1, 2022.

Bids must be received by April 5, 2021 no later than 4:30 PM.

Click HERE to view the entire posting and submission requirements.
Proposed Code of Law Changes
The Red Cliff Legal Department is proposing changes to the Red Cliff Code of Laws.

The changes pertain to Chapter 16 - Business License and Tax Law; and Chapter 18 - Land Lease Regulations.

The proposed changes will be voted on at the May 3 Tribal Council Meeting.

Click HERE to view the proposed changes.

Public comment on these proposals is encouraged. Please drop your comments at the Tribal Administration Building.
Jiibaakwedaa (Let's Cook)
Gookooshiwiiyaas Pork Chops
JIIBAAKWEDAA (Let's Cook) - On Wednesday 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
Virtual Sharing Circle - Every Tuesday!
A new weekly Virtual Sharing Circle begins Tuesday April 6 and is open to all who may struggle with addiction, are affected by addiction, and/or support the recovery lifestyle.

The Sharing Circle is scheduled from 10 AM - 12 PM every Tuesday and is facilitated by Red Cliff AODA Services Coordinator Linda Dunbar.

For more information and to gain access to the virtual group, please contact Linda Dunbar at 715-779-3741 ext 2413.
Virtual Parent Cafe
Parents and caregivers are invited to come together to share their challenges and victories of raising a family during the Virtual Parent Cafe.

The virtual meeting is an opportunity for parents to listen, talk, build friendships, and support each other through their journey of parenting.

The next Virtual Parent Cafe is scheduled for Wednesday March 31, 5-7 PM.

Click HERE for the meeting link.

Meeting number: 187 655 4531

Password: 2KytDkyBd96

To register, please contact:

Johanna Wilson
715-779-3741 ext 2410

Amanda Peterson-Teschner
715-779-3741 ext 2235
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.

Artful Healing Paint Nights
The next Artful Healing paint night is scheduled for Thursday April 1 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. We'll be painting a water color of the northern lights!

Please call 715-779-3741 ext 2408 to reserve your spot!

Now Offering Kids Paint Night
Red Cliff Behavioral Health is now offering a paint night for kids!
The kids painting event is scheduled for April 29 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM.
Please RSVP by calling 715-779-3741 ext 2408.
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
Help Our Children By
Becoming a Foster Parent
You could help change the lives of our youth by becoming a foster parent!

Call Red Cliff Indian Child Welfare for more information on becoming a foster parent.


Love. Protect, Help.
You Can Be A Respite Care Provider
Red Cliff Indian Child Welfare is seeking community members who are interested becoming a respite care provider.

Respite care providers help keep our families together!

For more information please contact Red Cliff Indian Child Welfare.

ICW Slogan contest
Red Cliff Indian Child Welfare is searching for empowering slogans from the community regarding child abuse prevention.

Community members can donate your thoughts for a chance to win a star quilt! Turn in your slogan to Red Cliff ICW or email gretchen.morris@redcliff-nsn.gov.
State Moratorium on Utility Disconnections to end April 15
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) voted unanimously to allow utilities to move forward with disconnection of service for nonpayment at the end of the annual winter moratorium on disconnections on April 15, 2021.

The move comes following a moratorium preventing utilities from disconnection for nonpayment during het ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

To avoid disconnection, customers who have fallen behind on payments are encouraged first to contact their utility to set up a payment plan. If customers are having difficulty paying their energy bills, they may be eligible for assistance from the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP). To apply online go to energybenefit.wi.gov or to find out where to apply in person or by phone go to http://homeenergyplus.wi.gov/ or call 1-866-HEATWIS.
FoodWIse Newsletter - April 2021
FoodWIse Nutrition has released its April 2021 newsletter!

FoodWIse is federally funded statewide by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). FoodWIse advances healthy eating habits, active lifestyles and healthy community environments for Wisconsin residents with limited incomes through nutrition education at the individual, community and systems levels.

Click HERE to view the full April 2021 FoodWIse newsletter.
ECC Closed April 2 & April 5
The Red Cliff Early Childhood Center will be closed for students on April 2 (Friday) and April 5 (Monday).

If you have any questions please call:

Jamie G-K: Ext 2527
Jenn L: Ext 2561
Opening on ECC Policy Council
The Red Cliff Early Childhood Center is seeking one Head Start representative to it on the 2020-2021 Policy Council.

Responsibility and Authority of the Policy Council Board

The Policy Council shall give comments, participate, and approve or disapprove the following matters as outlined in the Head Start Act, Section 642(c)(2)(D):

a) Activities to support the active involvement of parents in supporting program operations, including service plans and ECC Policies & Procedures.
b) ECC recruitment, selection, and enrollment priorities.
c) Applications for funding including budgets.
d) Personnel policies and decisions regarding hiring, firing, and standards of conduct for program staff.
e) Policy Council shall represent and be the voice of the Red Cliff Early Childhood Center parents.

If you are interested please contact Cindy Garrity at 715-779-5030 ext 2551 or email cindy.garrity@redcliff-nsn.gov by 12:00 PM Friday April 2.
ECC Early Head Start and Head Start
Annual Program Report
The Head Start Act of 2007 requires each Head Start agency to make available to the public specific types of information about fiscal and program operations. This must be done at least annually. The primary focus of this report is on Early Head Start and Head Start fiscal and program information in response to the Head Start Act requirements.

Community members can view the Red Cliff Early Childhood Center Early Head Start and Head Start Annual Program Report HERE.
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.

Message from Beth Paap:
April 5th marks the beginning of the fourth quarter of our school year. The last few months will move by quickly. We continue to work toward expanding our school days and creating safe ways that we can have many of the end of year activities and events that are important and meaningful.

This year has been a great challenge for us all. I want to thank each of you for helping us ensure your child continues to learn in a healthy and safe way.

Respectfully, Beth Paap
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
Spring Fling Day Camp Recap
The Red Cliff Boys and Girls Club hosted a day camp last week for club members!

Each group kept a daily journal to document their activities! You can view their journal entries below:

Free Meals for Club Members
The Red Cliff Boys and Girls Club continues its free meal campaign for club members through April.

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

To register youth as a Boys and Girls Club Member, 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.

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.
Red Cliff Fish Company
Legendary Waters Resort & Casino
News Across Indian Country
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.
Native Loan Fund Paid Summer Internship
Wisconsin Native Loan Fund is seeking a motivated intern with an interest in finances, technology, or financial education who would like to help educate others, while gaining real world experience in the world of lending, financial coaching, and grants. The intern will assist with a wide range of duties, including working with WINLF’s Grants Manager and Director of Client Development to gather data on how our previous clients are performing. In addition, there will be opportunities to aid in presenting financial education classes and exposure to our lending services. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to work in finance and service their community.

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

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