Miisaninawiind :: Onaabani-Giizis :: March 30 - April 5 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.

See list of notices below from these Tribal programs and services. Click on each notice for details.

This newsletter is published on Monday morning, and new closures and date changes may happen throughout the week, so please remember to call ahead of time. An up-to-date list can be found on the Tribal Facebook page, and is updated continuously throughout each day.

Information on social distancing, testing recommendations, and other ways to stay healthy can be found in the Health & Wellness section below.
Updates as of 10:15 AM, March 30
Governor Evers Issues Safer at Home Order
On March 24 Governor Tony Evers directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue a Safer at Home emergency order that prohibits all non-essential travel. This order took effect last week on Wednesday, March 25 and will remain in effect until April 24, or until a superseding order is issued.

Under this order, Wisconsin residents are still able to:
• Perform tasks essential to maintain health and safety, such as obtaining medicine or seeing a doctor;
• Get necessary services or supplies for themselves or their family or household members, such as getting food and supplies, pet food and supplies necessary for staying at home;
• Care for a family member in another household; and
• Care for older adults, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons.

Have questions? Click HERE to view frequently asked questions about the order.

Click HERE to view the entire Safer at Home order.
Red Cliff Receives Broadband Expansion Grant,
Plans to Expand High-Speed Internet
The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Norvado have been awarded a $107,698 Broadband Expansion grant from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin that will be used to expand high-speed internet to 36 businesses and over 700 residential locations on Red Cliff Tribal Lands.

The project will consist of building a 2.5-mile fiber route between the City of Bayfield and Red Cliff, which will allow Norvado Fiber internet service company to provide a much-needed improvement to internet access for the Red Cliff reservation.

“Due to the rural nature of the reservation, Red Cliff currently relies on substandard and limited broadband access,” said Theron Rutyna, IT Director for the Red Cliff Band. “With this project providing gigabit internet service, Tribal employees and community members will benefit greatly.”

Rutyna said that Tribal employees will be able to use all the tools of the modern workplace, including video streaming, telemedicine, remote education, and advanced file sharing. Norvado CEO Chad Young said this extension of a fiber backbone connection to Red Cliff will allow for the development of high-speed offerings for members of the community.

“Internet access has become an essential part of our society,” said Young. “A broadband internet connection allows communities a variety of social, educational, and economic advantages over those who do not have this vital link to the world… Jobs and business growth, educational opportunities, telehealth and e-commerce are substantial advantages that this type of connection enables.”

Red Cliff and Norvado have attempted for several years to bring high-speed internet to the reservation, including a 2017 application for this same PSC grant. Red Cliff and Norvado will be working together to finalize details of the implementation, with hopes of having the line in place as soon as construction season allows.

Young said there is much work ahead for the Tribe and Norvado, including finalizing engineering and construction plans, ordering materials, plowing in fiber optic cables, splicing and finally testing of the fibers once work is completed.

Tribal programs and services will see a massive increase in internet capabilities. Rutyna said programs like the Boys and Girls Club and the Early Childhood Center will have 10-times faster internet service, as well as lower cost services than are currently available. This project will also provide easier access to public hotspots and wireless connections.

This project is set to benefit the Red Cliff reservation specifically. However, the pathway established here can be used in the future to expand past the boundaries of the reservation and further along Highway 13.
Presidential Primary Voting Day Set for April 7
As of the morning of March 30, the 2020 Spring Election and Presidential Preference voting day is still scheduled for Tuesday, April 7. This date could be postponed. Any date changes will be provided.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, voters in Red Cliff are strongly urged to act now to vote absentee for the April 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary.

“Polls will be open in Bayfield and the Town of Russell for those who need them on Election Day, but most voters should vote absentee for this election,” said Clerk for the Town of Russell Dave Good. “For that to happen, you should request an absentee ballot as soon as possible.”

Voters can call their municipal clerk’s office at 715-779-3284 or call the Wisconsin Elections Commission at 866-VOTE-WIS (866-868-3947) or 608-261-8005.

Contact Dave Good for more information at 715-779-3284.

Click HERE or HERE for more information on how to request an absentee ballot and how to register to vote.
Proposed Code of Law Changes
The Red Cliff Water and Sewer Department has proposed changes pertaining to Chapter 34 Water & Sewer Utilities of the Red Cliff Code of Laws.

Click HERE to view the notice and the proposed changes.

Public comment on this proposal is encouraged. Please drop your comments at the Tribal Administration Building, or forward them directly to the Tribal Council. This proposal will be voted upon on April 6, 2020 at the regular meeting of the Red Cliff Tribal Council. If the Council enacts these changes, the changes shall become effective upon enactment.
Request for Proposal: Indirect Cost Preparation
The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is accepting proposals from independent firms for preparation of the Fiscal Year 2021 Indirect Cost Proposal.

Sealed bids will be accepted until April 1, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. Please indicate, clearly and concisely, INDIRECT COST PROPOSAL BID , on the envelope or package, to: Ashley Peterson, Property & Procurement Officer – 88455 Pike Road, Bayfield, WI 54814 or email ashley.peterson@redcliff-nsn.gov.

The bids will be opened and reviewed on April 3, 2020 by the Red Cliff Bid Opening Committee at the Red Cliff Administration Building. The Red Cliff Tribal Council reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Any questions, etc., can be directed to Michael Christiansen, Senior Accountant at 715-779-3700, Ext. 4240 or michael.christiansen@redcliff-nsn.gov or Diane Erickson at 715-779-3707 Ext.2269
2020 Census: Complete Online or Via Phone
The U.S. Census started in the Red Cliff community on Monday, March 16 2020. Given the current health situation, we are working with the Census Bureau and local field staff to ensure that the health and safety of our community is highly considered.

At this time, we are encouraging residents to complete the Census through online or telephone methods if possible. The census can be taken online at www.2020census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020.

The Census has halted in-person operations. There will be no in-person Census takers until further notice. We do not in any way want to discourage participation but advise and strongly encourage the community to participate in the Census in the safest way possible.
Small Business Administration
Provides Disaster Loan Assistance
All 50 states have been declared disaster zones due to COVID-19. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to businesses, renters, and homeowners.

SBA will provide working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.

For More Information
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at SBA's website . Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.
Red Cliff Gear For Sale: New Mug
We have a new mug with the Red Cliff logo on it. It is cobalt blue and bistro style!
Health & Wellness
Pharmacy Curbside Pickup
The Red Cliff Community Health Center Pharmacy is offering curbside pickup.

The Pharmacy is asking community members to fill everything that you will need so you do not have to make multiple visits for medicine pickup.

Please call the pharmacy to arrange a time/day, and pharmacy staff will run your medication out to you.

You will pull up to a designated parking area so that staff can see your vehicle.

If you have any questions on your medications, a pharmacist will be happy to speak with you.

Please call the pharmacy at 715-779-3157.
Temperature Taking Information
The Red Cliff Community Health Center has provided resources and guidelines for properly and safely using thermometers while you monitor any potential COVID-19 symptoms.

Click HERE to learn how to properly take your temperature.

Click HERE to learn how to properly disinfect a thermometer after use.
Native Connections Self Care Resources
It goes without saying that times have rapidly become more precarious, stressful, worrying, and a host of other descriptive words that can be applied to the current situation. All recommended medical precautions need to be taken and taken seriously. Also, with the emergence of this situation already present anxieties and issues can overwhelm and become extremely difficult to deal with.

Manaaji’idiwin is a word you may have seen as one of the teachings we have been given translated to the English word “respect.” This translation only tells part of the story of Manaaji’idiwin. More closely it means sparing each other. Go easy on one another. These are increasingly stressful times and the impulse to feel put upon and lash out, particularly at those closest to us, can be overwhelming. Try and practice Manaaji’idiwin and go easy on each other and our loved ones.

On this note, here are some ways to self-care and destress:
• We live in a beautiful place. Once it’s warm enough, open a window and breathe in fresh air, make offerings to spirit helpers, and appreciate the natural world around us. These are stress reducing things that don’t involve high-risk behavior.
• Don’t burn yourself out. Easier said than done certainly but, between intense or stressful activities, use social media to stay in-touch with family and friends, listen to some music, play a game that you enjoy, read, have low caffeine tea or coffee, tell jokes, or watch a funny movie.
• If you have a care plan for yourself or loved ones use it. Keep in mind it may need to change to accommodate COVID-19 spread prevention measures.

Monday-Friday Supportive Services
  • Red Cliff Community Health Center 715-779-3707
  • Mental Health / AODA 715-779-3707
  • Mishomis Wellness Center: 715-779-3741
  • Noojimo'ewewin Center 715-779-3508

24 Hour Support / Crisis Services
  • Mental Health Crisis Line 1-886-317-9362
  • Northland Counseling 715-682-2141
  • Memorial Medical Center 715-685-5373
  • SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5900 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • 911 If threat to harm self or others

Some Online Resources - Taking Care Of your Mental Health
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
Human & Family Services
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.
Click HERE to take the survey!
Natural Museum of History Being Brought to You
The Natural Museum of History is providing online resources to help bring Museum offerings to the public.

There are virtual tours, Science How videos, Teaching & Learning resources, and more.

Click HERE to access!
Northern Wisconsin Outdoor Scholarship
Open to Youth and Adults
The spring 2020 round of applications for the Northern Wisconsin Outdoor Experiential Education Scholarship is due April 1st!

This scholarship is designed to help youth (and adults!) of the Chequamegon Bay area participate in outdoor educational programs through programs like Outward Bound, Wilderness Inquiry or Northland College.

This scholarship pays up to $1000 to Chequamegon Bay area residents.

Follow the link above to find out more or contact the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation at 218-726-0232.

Click HERE for the flyer!
Opportunities for Native American Students
Boys and Girls Club of Gitchigami
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"

Boys and Girls Club Newsletter
Click HERE for the Boys & Girls Club March Newsletter.

Contact Youth Director Paige Moilanen at 715-779-3722 with any questions.
Treaty Natural Resources
Click HERE to view the Treaty Natural
Resources Division Winter Newsletter!
Legendary Waters Resort & Casino
Legendary Waters has been closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 situation.

Click HERE to visit the Legendary Waters Resort and Casino website.
Community Updates
Follow the link below to see announcements for upcoming events!

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