Mashkiiziibii News
May 23, 2018

The Memorial Day holiday weekend is upon us soon, and many will gather with family and friends for cookouts to celebrate the upcoming summer season. 

Some families will be visiting the graves of loved ones who served in the United States Armed Forces, remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Please take a moment over this long weekend to thank a Veteran for their service, and remember and honor those who never made it back home.

Please scroll down for the latest news in Mashkiiziibii.
Northland College Hosts Community Lacrosse Event

Northland College in Ashland hosted a community lacrosse event on May 19th at the Ponzio Stadium field. The event was created by the Northland College Indigenous Cultures Center along with the Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Program (WEOP) and Twin Cities Native Lacrosse.

Misty rain and temperatures hovering around 48 degrees didn't stop youth and adults from Bad River, Ashland, Lac du Flambeau and the Twin Cities from gathering on the field to play traditional and modern lacrosse, Traditionally, lacrosse is considered a  medicine game of cultural significance to Ojibwe Tribes.

In the last decade, the game has seen a resurgence in Tribal communities to reclaim the game and the momentum keeps building.

Cassie Brown is an Ojibwe from Keweenaw Bay, MI, and is the Interim Director for the Indigenous Cultures Center and Outreach Coordinator. She worked with individuals from WEOP to plan an event that would bring the community together. She said it wasn't hard to choose to do a lacrosse event.

"At the Indigenous Cultures Center, we've been doing some more youth outreach with lacrosse, both modern and traditional, for about a year or so now," Cassie said. "So the idea of having multiple communities come together to play lacrosse, especially traditional style, it just seemed like a great thing to do to share with others what the true origins of the game are."

John Hunter, founder of Twin Cities Native Lacrosse, brought several players with him and offered different styles of traditional lacrosse sticks for everyone to try out.

"We've worked with Twin Cities Native Lacrosse in the past, so we had them come over to do more of the teachings behind the traditional game," Cassie said.

The last hour consisted of a modern-style game and despite the weather getting colder and wetter, the kids wanted to continue playing until the event finished at 4:00 pm.

Cassie plans to have more community events like this and she hopes it will draw an even bigger group of participants from other communities to join in the fun and educational experience.

Visit the  Indigenous Cultures Center for more information and upcoming events.
Food Sovereignty Program Building from the Ground Up

Spring is here and the Bad River Food Sovereignty (BRFS) program is full of life. Seeds are being planted, gardens are being tilled, and little by little, visions for the future are becoming a reality.

Monday was the essence of a perfect spring day, sunny and mild, with an occasional lake breeze blowing in. Director Loretta Livingston and her assistant, Joy Schelble, were diligently planting sage and juneberries (also known as serviceberries) in one area of the Food Sovereignty grounds.

"We're planting the gift of sage we received from Lac du Flambeau last year," Joy said.

Loretta added, "We had one sage plant donated to us last year and ended up with five flats of runners this year to plant, which will eventually be available for the community."

The ladies are busy year-round with a slight break around Christmas. They have established a tea garden, which they offer up for Elders in the community, and also grow stevia, carrots, strawberries, spinach, potatoes, just to name a few.

While they have been at their current location for almost four years, there were some bumps in the road to get where they are now. Loretta's goal is to solidify the program, so they can carry out all the ideas they have for more community involvement and events.

"Initially we had the two high tunnels, the Elderly Garden, the Community Center Garden, the Turtle Garden on the powwow grounds, and the Thunderbird Garden over by the Tribal Historic Preservation Office," Loretta said. "I became the Director; Joy was basically involved from the start and then she joined me here at this building and we began to brainstorm."

The two decided to purchase chickens, and will soon acquire pigs from a connection Joy has on Madeline Island. The chickens will begin producing eggs sometime later this summer and the pigs will eventually be used for their meat to share at feasts and other events. Loretta also hopes to have a community pig roast in the future.

The program has also received two queen bees and they are currently building hives to produce honey in the future.

"I had to close out two old grants, so that kind of freed up some money for us to spend down," Loretta said. "Once again, Joy and I brainstormed and I wanted to plant corn but the spot was too wet, so we decided to get the high bush cranberries and juneberries to plant there. It was the perfect spot."

In another area of the Food Sovereignty grounds, they're planning to plant corn and squash and they've expanded their raspberry bushes. By next year, they hope to be able to welcome community members out to pick the juneberries and to purchase eggs for sale at a low price.

"Something else that is really important to us here is the beautification of the area," Loretta said. "It turns out that Joy and I like a lot of the same flowers, so we planted flowers with help from the youth from her program."

Turning dreams of having the community reconnect to the land is slowly but surely becoming a reality as these determined women, and their helpers continue to plant roots, both literally and figuratively, in order to enjoy the benefits of food sovereignty. 

"We sometimes struggle along and we haven't had any meetings lately because we are so busy just making things happen to solidify the program," Loretta shared. "We want to have something that people can come to and contribute to on a consistent basis."

Follow Bad River Food Sovereignty on Facebook for more information and events.
Tribes Want Seat at the Table on CWD Management

Photo courtesy of WPR
Representatives of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) say they've been pushing for tighter controls for years to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease. The commission represents the treaty rights of 11 Ojibwe Tribes to hunt, fish and gather in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

As early as 2004, the commission sought to prevent the spread of CWD-infected deer carcasses to unaffected areas and the transfer of animals on or off game farms in discussions with the Legislature's Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations.

GLIFWC Executive Administrator Mic Isham said Tribes have also been pushing for double-fences on deer farms for years.

"To me, the data's shown that the deer farms and the moving of these deer have had a real impact on the spread of this disease," he said.

Earlier this month, Gov. Scott Walker issued a three-part plan to control its spread by requiring double-fencing of deer farms, banning movement of live deer from CWD-positive farms, and banning the movement of deer carcasses from CWD-affected counties. Isham said Tribes should have a voice in the process.

"I think the Tribes need to be at the table in the development of these plans with the DNR and (DATCP)," said Isham of working with the state Department of Natural Resources and the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

In a July 11 letter last year, former GLIFWC administrator Jim Zorn said the Voigt Intertribal Task Force wanted to see "greater effort" from the state to coordinate with Tribes on CWD management within reservation lands and ceded territories. The task force recommends policy on behalf of Tribes and was created after the Voigt Decision, a 1983 federal court ruling that upheld Tribes' treaty rights to hunt, fish and gather in ceded territories.

Zorn also requested the DNR and DATCP update a memorandum of understanding to clarify the agencies' roles related to oversight of deer farms.

"Inconsistencies in regards to each agency's role has led to confusion and/or inaction over what each agency can do and how they can go about enforcing regulations or proposing new regulations to adapt to changing information associated with CWD," wrote Zorn.

DNR officials have requested permission to hold a public hearing on Walker's CWD plan. Deer farmers have said Walker's plan could place taxpayers on the hook and put them out of business.
Bad River Manoomin Celebration T-Shirts On Sale Now

Bad River Manoomin Celebration T-shirts are on sale now! These beautiful T-shirts are available at the Community Center for $20 each. Please contact Nate Ante at 715-292-3191 for information on sizes.

Tribal Council Meetings

All Regular Tribal Council Meetings are held at
the Bad River Convention Center at 4:30 pm.

June 6, 2018
July 11, 2018
August 1, 2018
September 5, 2018
October 3, 2018
November 7, 2018
December 5, 2018

All Special Tribal Council Meetings are held at
the Bad River Convention Center at 4:30 pm.

 June 19, 2018
 July 17, 2018
 August 21, 2018
 September 18, 2018
 October 16, 2018
 November 20, 2018
 December 18, 2018
Artist Grant Applications - Due by May 31st

Powwow Committee Meeting - Every Thursday

Refer a Friend Internet Promotion

May Calendar

Community Members Strategic Plan - May 24th

Victims' Rights Awareness Walk/Run - May 25th

Fundraiser for Bella's 4-H Exchange to Norway - May 27th

Memorial Day Celebration - May 28th

Summer Basketball Begins - June 18th

Bad River Health Fair - June 27th

American Legion Post 25 Golf Tournament - August 11th

 Bad River Manoomin Celebration - August 24 thru 26th

Running Start Scholarships Available - Apply by May 25th

22nd Annual Summer Institute - Register by June 15th

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