June 19, 2019

Good Morning,

We are seeing the waning side of the Strawberry Moon, the "most colorful full moon of the year because it takes a low, shallow path across the sky," said Bob Bonadurer, director of the Milwaukee Public Museum's planetarium.

The low arc of the June full moon across the sky means moonlight must travel through more of the Earth's atmosphere, which gives it an orange or yellow tint.

For the best view, CNN meteorologist Judson Jones suggests, "Take a look while the moon is still low on your horizon. My favorite time to watch the full moon is as it is rising over the eastern horizon. When the moon is low on the horizon, it allows you to capture the view with objects in the foreground, making the moon appear bigger." - from USA Today.

Berry season got a late start this year, and we're looking at the end of the month for the berries to be ready for picking.

Tribal Roads Notice - Due to issues with locating utilities and fiber optic cable in the work zone, construction on Maple Street has been postponed until possibly Friday. Ben Connors will provide updates as soon as they are available.

Scroll down to see the good news and many activities happening in the Mashkiiziibii community.
Lance Powless Leads Native Lives Matter Chapter

Native Lives Matter is a grassroots group that advocates for awareness and justice for missing or murdered Indigenous women and for Native lives taken by police violence. "Native Americans are killed in police encounters at a higher rate than any other racial or ethnic group, and these deaths rarely receive media attention," according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lance Powless was at the First Annual Indigenous Women March in April, and a few weeks later he was contacted by Rene Goodrich, a Bad River Tribal Elder and member of the Native Lives Matter Coalition. "She was a nice lady who showed an interest in the cause. She talked about how many Indigenous women are murdered. It's like an epidemic. As a people, we need to use our community ties to make everyone aware of these injustices. Then, she asked if I wanted to start up a local chapter."

The group is in its beginning stages, so Lance is organizing and reaching out to the community for input.

Youth marching at the First Annual Walk for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women on May 5th. Photo courtesy of Rene Goodrich.
"During the feast and talking with community members, several commented about wanting to start a Bad River Red Shawl and a Native Lives Matter group to help support their local efforts to end violence, bring awareness, and address issues impacting Native lives and Native lands. I am excited about the interest and support and would welcome coming back to help in any way to start local groups."

Lance has been participating in Native Lives Matter activities since 2014 in the Twin Cities Chapter, that was founded in 2014 by Rene Goodrich.

Lance has many ideas that he is working on in the planning stage of the Bad River chapter. "I want to make sure everyone knows who we are, and that we are going to be at events. I have contacted Tribal Members as part of a team to get some fundraisers going. We're going to get together on a regular basis. I want to start by reaching our youth because we have no future without our kids. I am willing to donate my time. I am one person, but if everyone had the same idea and could donate some time, it would make a huge difference."

Lance Powless, Nathan Powless and Kateri DeFord
He would like to start mentorship classes for children whose parents are incarcerated in jail or prison. "I want to break the cycle. If we can help one or two kids, it would all be worth it. There has been alcoholism and drugs present in my lifetime among people I know," he said.

Native Lives Matter will be participating in the July 4th parade. "You will see us at powwows too. We will be getting a Facebook page going to update everyone about what is coming up. I want to make sure everyone is aware we are going to be there. Basically, it breaks down to doing whatever we can help better the community and alleviate violence against women. I am willing to do whatever it takes."

Lance would like to give special thanks to his partner, Kateri DeFord, who is always by his side.

If you would like to help, Lance may be reached at 262-648-1216. You may email Rene or call 715-319-1503.
Mashkisibi Boys and Girls Club Ready for Summer

Kiara St. Clair, Tiffany Crockett, Joseph Martin, III, and Kristi Broeniman
The school year just ended and plenty of activities will be available for members of the Mashkisibi Boys and Girls Club over the summer months. Kristi Broeniman, Executive Director, shared information on the summer hours and upcoming activities.

"The Mashkisibi Boys and Girls Club is available to every child. We do physical activities every day, and we also have the Take a Hike program once a week each Thursday. The program is overseen by Joy Schelble, who talks with the kids about nutrition, education, and picking wild edibles that are found along local hiking trails. They get a chance to hike and swim, and we will be taking a trip to Bayfield where kids will take the ferry to Madeline Island for the day."

Summer hours are Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Transportation is provided for members. "Summer school buses drop the kids off and Transit picks them up. We have around 200 registered members, and we average 20 to 30 visits a day," Kristi said. "We want to make everyone aware that there is transportation available."

The Mashkibisi Boys and Girls Club of Bad River was established in 2003. Kristi came on board in 2004, having spent the previous 10 years as the Youth Development Coordinator. Kristi has worked with youth since the beginning of her career. "I started out as a Fitness and Nutrition Program Coordinator, where I worked for 15 years," she shared "Before that I was a substitute teacher in the Ashland, Mellen, Butternut, and Bayfield school districts."

2018 Trip
"At the end of the summer, from August 18th through the 23rd, we are planning to take a group of six kids to Washington, DC. The kids chosen for the trip must be a Boys and Girls Club member. We ask that they actively participate in our activities. We also request they write a two page essay about why they want to go on this trip and how it will benefit them. Last year we went on a trip with members of the Boys and Girls Clubs from Lac Court Oreilles, Red Cliff and Menominee, and did a presentation at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier."

The deadline to apply is July 19th. View more information here.

The Mashkisibi staff is comprised of professionally trained youth development worker and youth program workers. It is meant to provide a safe place where members can go for positive interactions with others, support from the staff, and encouragement to achieve their full potential. Nationally, there is an 85 percent graduation rate for high school students who participate in Boys and Girls Clubs according to statistics published in 2017.

For more information, call 715-685-9489. Information about membership is available on the website and Facebook page.
Bad River Lodge & Casino Hosts NATOW Conference 

The 2019  Native American Tourism of Wisconsin (NATOW)  Conference was held at the Bad River Lodge & Casino last week.

NATOW is an inter-Tribal consortium made up of the 11 federally recognized Tribes of Wisconsin. The annual conference is meant to provide an avenue for networking, educating and building partnerships based on the Native tourism business in the state of Wisconsin. According to their website, the mission of NATOW is "to promote tourism featuring Native American heritage and culture." 

The conference began with a golf outing on Monday at Chequamegon Bay Golf Club. A reception followed at the Bad River Casino Convention Center, followed by an awards ceremony.

On Tuesday, Mike Wiggins, Jr., Chairman of the Bad River Tribe, welcomed everyone to the community. Apache Danforth, NATOW Director, explained the importance of the conference, and thanked all of their partners. She also shared that the Tribes are moving away from just being Tribes with casinos to Tribes with places to see, places to go and things to do.

Photo Courtesy of NATOW

Mandela Barnes, Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, was a guest speaker and spoke of the unique opportunity and relationship that Tribes have with the state. He stated that each Tribe offers something unique, and that it is important for the Tribes to be at the table.

When asked what he would do if he had a bigger budget, Lt. Governor Barnes replied that he would focus more on environmental tourism. Activities such as fishing, hiking, preventing and removing invasive species, improving bike and walking trails, funding mass transportation and offering more transit options were among his priorities.

"Native American tourism gives a chance to experience Native American cultures," Lt. Governor Barnes said. "There is a world of opportunity in tourism. We want to promote all parts of Wisconsin, and promote it together."

He then presented Tribal leadership with a plaque recognizing the efforts and importance of NATOW and Native tourism.

Photo Courtesy of NATOW

Sara Meaney, Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, spoke to the group, and  Ernie Stevens, Jr., Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, presented information on how Indian gaming has affected the gaming business across the country. He noted that Indian gaming has been in the top percentage in gaming across America, surpassing Las Vegas, and that Indian Country is the 12th largest employer in the country. He stated that the Tribes are experts in the industry, and shared that the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) was created to teach, assist and protect Tribes involved in gaming. He also noted that there are over 300,000 jobs in Indian gaming, which could be doubled when jobs involving in tourism are added, and that more than $1.2 billion has been donated to charitable organizations.

An Economic Development panel featured Jeff Bowman, Fern Orie, Diane House and Rob Pero. Brian Allen of the Native Freedom Trust and members of the Red Cliff Tribal Tourism Team also gave presentations.  A traditional dinner was hosted by the Bad River Lodge & Casino, and the conference concluded with a tour of the Bad River Community and Madeline Island.

More information on the conference and the important work that NATOW does may be viewed at the NATOW website.
Enbridge Line 5 Information Meeting - Tomorrow

Share Your Input on the Tribe's New Website

Draft of Tribal Action Plan Will Be Shared June 25th

A draft of the Bad River Tribal Action Plan (TAP) has been in the works, and now it's time to get critical feedback and more ideas from our community.

The plan will be shared at the Community Listening Session on June 25th, and at the Health Fair on June 26th.

In accordance with the State of Emergency that the Tribe declared regarding heroin and opioid issues, the Bad River Drug Task Force has been meeting and working on the TAP, outlining efforts to promote recovery and prevent drug abuse.

According to Chairman Mike Wiggins, Jr., this response is a complex, grass-roots community effort. "When the draft is released, we will be asking for feedback from the community. It is very important that we hear from as many people as possible about how to combat this problem because it affects everyone."

"In the TAP, people will see the initiatives being developed to help our folks. One big project is the development of a sober living house on property the Tribe recently reacquired, known as the Nye house, a five-bedroom home. We plan to renovate the house to serve some of our women, and will eventually expand it to include men," Chairman Mike Wiggins said.

"One statistic I remember hearing is that in the Ashland Drug Court, 90% of Drug Court participants were from Bad River. Of those, 70% were homeless because of their addictions. That's a call to action to our Drug Task Force. If our people are dealing with homelessness because of addiction, we need to find them a safe, sober living arrangement. Ultimately, we are hoping to have 24 beds available. We are searching for a sober living house manager, and  the position is now posted."

Chairman Wiggins described grant funding and other TAP projects, noting, "We received grant funds to do different activities that are listed in the TAP. We received state money to be used to launch an educational campaign, and purchase billboard space and communication materials about addiction. We received funds to promote and facilitate sweat lodges. We prioritized language and cultural revitalization, but it ties in with other things. We will be building a new Head Start building, and there will be an early immersion program for Ojibwe language attached. That's an example of building support systems to help people find their way back from addiction."

Please attend the Community Listening Session on June 25th, or the Health Fair on June 26th, and share your comments on the draft of the Tribal Action Plan. Miigwech!
Results of Housing Survey

Miigwech for your input on the Bad River Housing Survey. We had 67 responses to the survey and a lot of constructive and insightful feedback!

This graph shows how you ranked the housing outcomes in order of what you feel is priority.

The survey results are very important and the Tribe will take the feedback into consideration with upcoming planning, projects, and grant opportunities!

Congratulations to the Gift Card Winners:

Please pick up your gift cards at the BRHA during business hours.
Youth Leadership & Resilience Initiative
Update from Lynn Bigboy

We had a great first meeting and planned out the summer meetings. The first two items the youth would like to work on are a camping trip to Madeline Island and an outside dance for teens.

Summer meetings will be held at 5:00 pm at the Community Center. Meetings will be held on the following dates:

Please encourage youth ages 10 to 17 to be there June 19th for the permission slip for our first camping trip. 

Also, lacrosse will be played in the summer on Monday evenings from 4:00 to 6:30 pm at the Community Center field. Please come play: young or not-so-young, and no experience is needed. It's a healing game that is amazing to be a part of in our community.

Summer Youth workers will be receiving a call to verify their start dates. We have over 70 youth and need to move some to the second session. We have placement for our youth with maintenance, housing, food sovereignty, Moccasin Trail Center, Boys and Girls Club and will be having a weekly cookout on Fridays to fund raise for youth initiatives.


Lynn (Medweoshkakwe) Bigboy
Youth Services Director
715-682-7111, extension 1439
Elder and Youth Project Seeking Elders

Community Information
Community Center Gym/Kitchen Closed for Construction

Accounting Office Closed on Friday, June 21st

School District of Ashland Free Summer Meals

The School District of Ashland is excited to expand our summer feeding program to include both breakfast and lunch.

Meals will be available at Lake Superior Elementary this summer for children 18 and under on the following dates.

Now through June 28th - and - July 8th through July 19th
Breakfast:  7:45 am to 8:15 am
Lunch:  12:00 to 12:45 pm

Special Events:
Oredocker Summer Cook Out Menu
Wednesday, June 19th
Wednesday, July 10th

In addition, the School District of Ashland has partnered with Leisure Services to also provide lunch at Railyard Park from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm for the same dates.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Amanda Tutor at 715-682-7825.
Student Records Notice

Indianpreneurship Workshop - June 24th and June 25th
Chippewa Fresh Start YouthBuild Welcomes Ages 17 to 24

The Chippewa Fresh Start YouthBuild provides education, employment skills and career direction for at-risk young adults by involving them in the construction of a new house. When completed, the house is sold to an income-eligible family in the community. During the course of the program, the young adults gain valuable skills, perform community service, and prepare for post-secondary education and careers. The most important goals of the project are to build self-esteem and help young adults become self-sufficient.

The young adults who participate in the Chippewa Fresh Start YouthBuild program are ages 17 to 24 and may have a variety of barriers to self-sufficiency. A majority of program participants have dropped out of high school or are struggling to finish high school. As stated in the program name, they're looking for a fresh start.

How To Enroll
Start by completing and submitting this online application.

The Program
Participants work together for 28 hours each week (Monday thru Thursday) and over the course of one year, they will be involved in every phase of new home construction. In addition to this hands-on learning experience, part of each day is devoted to education. Participants will complete classes leading to a high school diploma, GED or HSED. Fresh Start also provides the resources and support needed to stay on the road to success including leadership development, substance abuse education, motivation, health and nutrition training, independent living skills, career planning and job search assistance.

The Outcome
These young adults, their families and the entire community benefit from the program. Upon successful completion of a 900 hour AmeriCorps term, each participant will receive a Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate from the Home Builders Institute (HBI), and an AmeriCorps educational award. The goal is for each young adult to be fully employed or enrolled in post-secondary education when they leave the program.

View the brochure. For more information, visit the website.
Get Paid to Learn!

Youth Ride Free on BART Now thru September 2nd

Nimikwendaagoziiyang ~ We Remember Our Ancestors

The Bad River Tribal Historic Preservation Office and Repatriation Committee are currently working on a project to create a Veterans Memorial at the Veterans Pavilion at the Bad River Cemetery.

Part of this project honors our Ancestors and their burial bundles long lost to museum collections and other sources, which will be repatriated and reinterred at an undisclosed location, to prevent theft.

Multiple black granite slabs will be added that recognize each conflict and war that Tribal Members have been involved in throughout history, including the Civil War through more recent overseas conflicts.

Community members can help fund this effort by buying a brick to be included in the paving of the memorial.  This project needs your support!
You don't have to have a Veteran in your family to contribute. By purchasing a brick, you become the sponsor and can create a customized engraved message on your brick that will be placed at the entry of the Veterans Pavilion.

Make it a family affair to Buy-a-Brick for your Ancestors and Loved Ones.

Smaller bricks are $50 and larger patio blocks are $100 each. Proceeds from sales will go toward creating the Veterans Memorial.

Fundraising will continue until the $125,000 goal is reached, or all projects are completed.  For information on the amount of sales to date, contact the Tribal Treasurer or Accounting office.
You may contribute online  or print the donation flyer For questions about the project, please email Edith Leoso or call 715-682-7123, extension 1662.
Youth Scholarships
APPLY NOW! The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin prides itself on taking a spherical approach to wealth building in our community.

We believe that this circle would be incomplete if we neglected to invest in our generations to come. Ensuring that our young people are able to attain an education means we will perpetuate a continuous flow of people who are equipped and committed to being of service to their Nations.

This is why we have made a commitment to offering academic scholarships to American Indian students seeking higher education. Over the last 26 years we have disbursed over $360,000 and helped 179 students realize their academic dreams.

The deadline to apply is June 29, 2019.

Community Events
Weekly Activities

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Healthy Living with Chronic Pain Workshop Series - thru July 16th
Tuesdays from  12:30 to 3:00 pm at the Red Cliff Elderly Site. Transportation Available - Van leaves at 11:00 am

Language Table
2nd and 4th Wednesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Head Start

Picnic in the Park Play Group
Thursdays from 4:00 to 7:00 pm
at Head Start

June Events
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Family Movie Night - Today

Moccasin Making Certificate -
Classes Begin June 20th

Volunteer with the Food Sovereignty Program - June 21st

Honoring Our Men -
June 21st

Presentation of Tribal Action Plan -
June 25th

Health Fair - June 26th

3 on 3 Co-ed Basketball Tournament - June 26th

A Shared Vision: Connecting with One Another - Community Discussion -
June 27th

Bingo - June 30th

Celebrate Birch - Now thru June 30th

August Community Events

Traditional Pow Wow - August 23rd thru August 25th

Request For Proposals (RFPs)

The Inter-Tribal Task Force (ITTF) is comprised of representatives from the 11 Tribes within the State of Wisconsin. The ITTF approves of an Annual Work Plan that directs all activities and events of five Work Teams: 1) Labor and Business; 2) Real Estate and Jurisdictional Issues; 3) Safety, Signage; 4) Transit; and 5) Shared Resources. Each of these work teams have developed and assist in the delivery of a variety of respective workshops, training events, conferences, one-to-one technical assistance, access to subject matter experts and related resources.

The selected consultant will produce a written Marketing / Outreach / Promotions Plan for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Inter-Tribal Task Force (ITTF) designed to build awareness of, access to and potential increased use of all of the resources available through the ITTF - including but not limited to the resources available on the ITTF website, periodic workshops/training events, and the annual Wisconsin Tribal Transportation Conference.

View RFP. Due date is June 28, 2019.
Employment Opportunities
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Share your good news and upcoming activities with the community!

The e-newsletter is sent every other Wednesday, and many items are posted on the Tribe's Facebook page.

The deadline for submitting information is Monday morning.

Email us  your information and story ideas. Please include your contact information so that we can follow up with you, and a photo if possible.

Chi Miigwech!

Kim Swisher, Abbey Thompson and Aurora Conley
Tribal Communications Team
Office:  715-437-0090

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