November 7, 2018


November is National American Indian Heritage Month, and we invite you to read more about the history of this below.

As you scroll down, you'll also find the Tribal Election results.

Our community strives to keep our culture an integral part of our daily lives and to pass it on to the next generation. This week, we've included some information and pictures from our recent Fall Camp.

Just a reminder that the November Regular Tribal Council Meeting will be held tonight at 4:30 pm in the Bad River Convention Center.

Scroll down to see what's happening in the Mashkiiziibii community.
Tribal Election Results
Brian Mayotte Leads Newly Formed Bad River CDC

The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians selected Brian Mayotte to lead the newly formed Bad River Community Development Corporation.

Mayotte brings a wealth of leadership, management skills and financial experience to the new position with more than 20 years in finance, executive administration and gaming development.

His background as a corporate accountant, financial positions with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, general manager of Bad River Lodge & Casino, general manager of the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino in Grand Portage, MN, and General Manager of the Wyandotte Nation Casino in Wyandotte, OK, supports the objectives of the newly formed Bad River Community Development Corporation (BRCDC), which seeks to diversity the Tribe's revenue.

"I am excited to be a part of the Bad River Community Development Corporation and the Tribe, and I am honored to be a part of the team," Mayotte said.

"Mr. Mayotte's financial experience, success in managing large developments and teams is a strong fit to lead our Community Development Corporation. We are glad to welcome Brian home," said Chairman Mike Wiggins, Jr.

The BRCDC is tasked with developing non-gaming revenue, enhancing economic development in the community, and creating sustaining positions for Tribal Members. "We are focused on economic development beyond the Casino revenue, and job creation for our community members," Mayotte continued.

Mayotte shared that he is working the newly formed board directors to setup the BRCDC's structure, and he is exploring several options for non-gaming revenue.

Mayotte is a Tribal Member, has family in the community, and wants to contribute to the Tribe's progress and economic development interests. "I want to do good for our families. I look forward to contributing to the success of the BRCDC and providing long term benefits for the Tribe and the community."

Brian's parents are Raymond and Mary Morrison Mayotte, and his grandparents are Raymond and Bessie LaPointe Mayotte. Welcome Brian!
Dagwaagin-gabeshiwin (Fall Camp) 2018

Youth and adults participated in the sharing of cultural and traditional ways during the 2018 Fall Camp this past weekend.

"The cultural camp is held to be able to continue our traditional cultural practices.  Some of our practices have been set to the side, and some have been forgotten about. We are picking these back up and making sure there are people who can learn the practices. It's really encouraging to our community that they can continue with our traditional cultural practices," shared Edith Leoso, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer.
Parent Peer Specialists Graduates

Congratulations to the 12 people who graduated on October 28th as Parent Peer Specialists.

The graduation ceremony began with a prayer and blessing by Dylan Jennings and a feast prepared by Katie Denomie.

The graduates include: Carol Wilmer, Faye Maday, Angela Ashmun, Star Ames, Lori Lemieux, Bob Fredericks, Corrin Kangas, Katherine Morrisseau, Elizabeth (Bitsy) Wachsmuth, Maxine Babineau, Char Gordon, and Jayme Tamble.

The training consisted of 48 hours of training over six days, with facilitators Paula Buege and Lynn Maday-Bigboy. The training was held at the Bad River Health and Wellness over two weekends. "We shared many emotions, and shared our stories of supporting those with mental illness or substance abuse challenges," said Lynn Maday-Bigboy.

Parent peer support is about getting the help from people with similar experiences that may be able to listen, give hope and guidance in a non-judgmental, compassionate, and empathetic approach. Peer support services can include peer-to-peer, parent-to-peer, support groups, talking circles, and traditional child and youth social, emotional, behavior, mental health and substance use programs and agencies.

"Paula and I trained in July 2018 and worked with Laura Moore from Bad River AODA (Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse) to become the first cohort of Certified Parent Peer Specialists trained in the State of Wisconsin," Lynn said. "We studied and strengthened our skills and knowledge, modeling behaviors, holding hope for change and growth and assisting in advocacy and team work. We smudged, and shared our cultural beliefs and perspective while role playing, working in groups, and learning through videos, handouts, and discussions."

For more information on the training, please email Lynn Maday-Bigboy.

Congratulations everyone!
Football Champions

Congratulations to these Bad River Tribal Members who are Great Northern Conference football champions:
  • Isaac Livingston
  • Willie Bearskin
  • Hunter Powless
  • James Mayotte

Congratulations on your efforts!
Lucy Koivisto Joints Grant Department

The Tribe's Grant Department recently welcomed Lucy Koivisto as the newest member of the Grant Writing team.

Lucy worked at the Clinic as an Assistant Administrator, overseeing 80 people and more than 30 grants.

"I love data and statistics, assisting with operations stuff, and writing grants," Lucy said. "I am working to streamline the information of what is available, understand the needs and the goals of the Tribe and then focus on those priorities so we don't lose any opportunities."

Lucy lives in Ironwood with her husband, Michael Tuttle, and 21-month-old son Laec.

Congratulations on the new position and welcome Lucy!
National American Indian Heritage Month

National American Indian Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the United States.

"National American Indian Heritage Month" had its origins in 1986 when Congress passed Pub. L. 99-471 (PDF, 93KB) which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week of November 23-30, 1986 as "American Indian Week." As directed by Congress, President Reagan issued Presidential Proclamation 5577 in November 1986 proclaiming the first American Indian Week. Both law and proclamation recognized the American Indians as the first inhabitants of the lands that now constitute the United States as well as making mention of their contributions to American society.

Many of the foods we eat and the medicines and remedies we use were introduced by Indians and more than one highway follows an Indian trail. Indians make contributions in every area of endeavor and American life, and our literature and all our arts draw upon Indian themes and wisdom. Countless American Indians have served in our Armed Forces and have fought valiantly for our country.

For almost one hundred years, Americans both Indian and non-Indian have urged that there be permanently designated by the nation a special place on the calendar to honor the contributions, achievements, sacrifices, and cultural and historical legacy of the original inhabitants of what is now the United States and their descendants: the American Indian and Alaska Native people.

The quest for a national honoring of Native Americans began in the early 20th Century as a private effort. As far back as the late 1970s, Congress has enacted legislation and subsequent presidents have issued annual proclamations designating a day, a week or a month to celebrate and commemorate the nation's American Indian and Alaska Native heritage. In 2009, Congress passed and the President signed legislation that established the Friday immediately following Thanksgiving Day of each year as "Native American Heritage Day."

After 1900, one of the earliest proponents of a day honoring American Indians was Dr. Arthur Caswell Parker, a Cattaraugus Seneca and the director of the Rochester Museum in New York (now the Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences). Dr. Parker (Gawasco Waneh) was a noted anthropologist, historian and author whose great-uncle was Brigadier General Ely S. Parker, secretary to General Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War and the first American Indian to serve as Commissioner of Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior. Dr. Parker also served as the first president of the Society for American Archaeology (1935-36).

Dr. Parker was a founder of a number of American Indian rights organizations, including the Society of American Indians (SAI) in 1911 and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in 1944, and advocated for American Indians to be given U.S. citizenship. He was successful in persuading the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the "First Americans," which they did from 1912 to 1915.

In the spring of 1914, another Indian rights advocate, the Reverend Red Fox James, also known as Red Fox Skiukusha, whose tribal identity is undetermined, began a 4,000-mile trek on horseback to Washington, D.C., to petition the president for an "Indian Day." The next year, again on horseback, he travelled state-to-state seeking gubernatorial support for U.S. citizenship to be extended to American Indians. On December 14, 1915, he presented to the White House the endorsements of 24 governors. In 1919, he petitioned the state of Washington to designate the fourth Saturday in September as an "Indian holiday."

Also in 1915, the Congress of the American Indian Association, meeting in Lawrence, Kansas, directed its president, the Reverend Sherman Coolidge, an Arapaho minister and one of the founders of the SAI, to call upon the nation to observe a day for American Indians. On September 18, 1915, he issued a proclamation declaring the second Saturday of each May as "American Indian Day" and appealing for U.S. citizenship for American Indians. Read More.

The National Museum of the American Indian is the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans. Established by an act of Congress in 1989, the museum works in collaboration with the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere to protect and foster their cultures by reaffirming traditions and beliefs, encouraging contemporary artistic expression, and empowering the Indian voice.

Take a virtual tour of the Museum.
Tribal Council Meetings

All Regular Tribal Council Meetings are held at
the Bad River Convention Center at 4:30 pm.
November 7, 2018
December 5, 2018

All Special Tribal Council Meetings are held at
the Bad River Convention Center at 4:30 pm.
 November 20, 2018
 December 18, 2018
Winter Parking Ordinance Began November 1st

The Tribe's Winter Parking Ordinance went into effect on November 1, 2018.

The ordinance will remain in effect through April 30, 2019.

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program

The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) is available to help low and moderate income households with heating and electric expenses. WHEAP is a one-time benefit payment for each heating season, which began this heating season on October 1st and ends May 15, 2019.

The benefit is intended to help pay a portion of the heating costs and is not intended to cover the entire annual cost of the home heating bill. The amount of the heating assistance benefit depends on the household size, income level and household heating costs.

If you are eligible for heating assistance, you may also qualify for crisis assistance and the furnace repair or replacement program. Please call 715-682-7004 during our regular office hours, Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.

If you have a no-heat/furnace emergency after hours or on weekends, please call the Ashland County Sheriff's Department Dispatch at 715-682-7023, option 1.

Read more information about WHEAP.
Beading Circle - Wednesdays

Math Tutoring - Thursdays

Notice for Snowplowing Private Driveways
Vehicle Registration and Titling
Bad River Veterans Memorial Fundraiser

There has been an effort under way to develop a Bad River Veterans Memorial at the cemetery near the Veterans Pavilion.

Community members can help fund this effort by buying a brick to be included in the paving of the memorial. 

The goal is to raise enough money through this campaign to follow through with the developments to enhance the Veterans Pavilion area. Click here to learn more .

"It becomes a community effort to make this happen," Edith shared. "It will become aesthetically pleasing for our Veterans and community members to come enjoy and reflect and will also be handicap accessible." 

Initially they had an end date set for September 1st; however, Edith explained that they are leaving the end date open, so they can get more people involved in the fundraising effort.  Click here to buy a brick.
Refer a Friend Internet Promotion

BART Autumn Scenic Selfie Contest - Ends Today!

Gitchi Gami Veterans Pow Wow - November 10th

Tourism Grant Recognition & Reception - November 13th

Holiday Craft Fair - November 24th

2020 Census Jobs

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Kim Swisher
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