Miisaninawiind :: March 8 - 14, 2021
Boozhoo and welcome to the Miisaninawiind weekly newsletter!

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

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Red Cliff News & Updates
COVID-19 Community Updates
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 March 5.

Tribal Members and RCCHC Patients can
sign up ONLINE to receive the vaccine.

Please consider getting vaccinated to protect your community!
Her Story, Her Voice:
Midge Montano
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.
Midge Montano
Miskwa Anakwad Ikwe
Red Cloud Woman

How long have you lived in Red Cliff?

“I lived here from 1978-1981 and then left. I came back in 1985 and have been here since.”

What do you consider your greatest life achievements?

“Becoming a parent. I always wanted children. I have 4 living children and 1 angel baby, 15 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren.

With the encouragement of Dee Gokee-Rindal and my family I enrolled in college when my daughter was 13 & received my Bachelor of  Science Degree in Social Work in 1989, which led me to become a Certified Social Worker with the State of Wisconsin.

Knowing my passion is serving other people is humbling. I worked at the New Day Shelter in the Domestic Violence and Native American culturally sensitive services for 20 years. In my current position, as the LAUNCH Family Navigator, I love connecting with families and empowering them to walk through parenting, all of the good and the bad parts. I am also the 4th generation of women poets in my family.

I also won the Women Who Inspire Award last summer, to be interviewed for that was a very humbling experience."

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

“Learning language and culture is an everyday experience. I enjoy helping others become aware of ceremonies and helping  perform ceremonies if asked.

I enjoy helping others walk their own path not following everyone else.”

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

“Success is not a dollar amount, but how you help others.

Don’t be greedy, share what you have; wisdom, knowledge, and wealth, that’s what it is all about.

Be humble, sometimes you have to ask for help.

Spend more time with nature and use less technology. Take time for yourselves with nature."

Side Note - “I am really impressed with today’s women, who take care of the children and work hard in their careers.”

Thoughts from the community

“Midge has inspired me to not be selfish and do what needs to be done for my family, while always making me feel welcome.”
- Anonymous
“When I was seeking out traditional medicine for breast cancer, not only did Midge assist in locating the person I was looking for, she offered to go with me so I would not be alone. She is very humble and willing to share our cultural wisdom, and stories with those who are brave enough to ask. She has been one of many influential women in my life. Her Spirit is a true gift to all.” 

- Anna Merritt
“Midge has been a big inspiration in my life. From the work she does with her community, to her family life, to her cultural ways. She inspires me to do the same for my community and family."

- Clarissa Bressette

Poetry by Midge Montano

First Thunder Beings
The first Thunder Beings visited the first of May

The sound was rumbling with joy

Wind came through the Cedar Trees

Time to wake up Spring is here

First Thunder Beings

Wake up sleeping bears, time come out of your cave or den

The Thunder Beings have sounded, time to prepare for the Bear Feasts

Time to prepare for the Spring Ceremonies

First Thunder Beings

Prepared a feast for the bears

A dish of strawberries, honey, bread, and apples

An offering of tobacco

Placed the dished on a white cloth

Welcome to the New Year, Spring is here

First Thunder Being

Midge Montano, June 13,1994
Iskigamizigan Season Kicks Off
While our Ojibwe lunar calendar has Iskigamizige-giizis (Sugarbushing Moon) in April, many Miskwaabekong families and community members start tapping trees to collect maple sap in March.

Last week, the Early Childhood Center hosted an opening for the 2021 Iskigamizigan at the Little Sand Bay Campgrounds.

Due to social distancing the tapping was done by selected workers, but families could still enjoy and learn the tapping process!

The ECC and Mino Bimaadiziiwin Farm is collaborating on the ECC sugarbush this year. Chi-miigwech to the Town of Russell for letting the ECC use the Little Sand Bay Campgrounds for this year’s sugarbush.

Beginning March 8, Iskigamizigan supplies will be available for Red Cliff community members to use throughout the entire Iskigamizigan season!

Have any Iskigamizigan photos or tips you'd like to share with the community? Send to communications@redcliff-nsn.gov.
Red Cliff Announces 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.
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.

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
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.
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
IHP APR Public Comment Period
The 2020 IHP APR is now available for public comment.

Provide comments to Housing by March 14, 2021.
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.
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.
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
Community Events
Interested in upcoming events?

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