Mashkiiziibii News
July 3, 2018

By White Earth Ojibwe Artist Tim Brown
Niibin (Summer) is in full swing and every weekend you can find a powwow happening in a community nearby or within a few hours drive. 

This season is the perfect time to be outside playing lacrosse, fishing, swimming, camping - and don't forget that there are wild berries all over, ripening and getting ready to be picked.

The Fourth of July holiday is here! Tribal offices will be closed on July 4th.  We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable time with their family and friends.

Please scroll down for more news and upcoming events in Mashkiiziibii.
Congratulations Head Start Graduates!
By: Jill Miller, Administrative Assistant, Bad River Head Start

Over the past two years, the parents of our Head Start Children have gifted the Head Start employees with the opportunity to know and love each of these children.

Graduation day is filled with mixed emotions because we are happy that they will be continuing their life journey, but it is also sad because we will not be seeing these children daily, watching them grow and develop into school age children, pre-teens, teens, and adults.

The Bad River Community is blessed to have 27 children to graduate from the Bad River Head Start this year.  From all the Head Start employees, our deepest wish is for these young people to be the very best they can be.  Below are photos of each of them. They will become our future doctors, nurses, lawyers, police officers, teachers, etc.

Congratulations to all our graduates!
Bad River Health Fair is Huge Success in 6th Year

Nearly 800 people visited the 6th Annual Bad River Health Fair last week and enjoyed the perfect weather. The event featured 76 vendors set up inside and outside of the Bad River Health Center, sharing valuable information about the services they provide.

There really was something for everyone, and no matter which table they stopped at, event-goers were able to learn something new. Food Sovereignty gave away 540 plants such as sage and chamomile, community surveys were handed out and there was no shortage of giveaway items. Visitors to the fair were also able to sign up for many raffles for the chance to win some great prizes. 

The youth in attendance had a great time, whether it was dancing to the music provided by a disc jockey and keeping the crowd pumped up, or by participating in the hula hoop contest, riding the inflatable slide or making huge bubbles with the Food Sovereignty crew.

Bad River AODA, Bad River Housing Authority, the Pink Shawl Project, Bad River Indigenous Arts and Science Program, and the Memorial Medical Center in Ashland were some of the many vendors on site for the event.

Abi Fergus, Wildlife Technician for Bad River Natural Resources, and her colleagues had a table with information on their public education projects.

"One of our main focus points is to educate the public on the Ma'iingan (wolf), and protecting it due to its cultural significance," Abi explained. "We have the Ma'iingan Management Plan, which is up for review right now, so we're really seeking a lot of input, especially from Tribal Members. We are planning on having conversation circles in August."

With such an amazing turnout, you have to wonder when the Bad River Health Center starts to plan for their next event.

"I start planning this event in February, and as you can see it takes from then until June to make this happen," Karri Bigboy, Medical Benefits Specialist said. "We have state and county people here along with community members, and we're looking forward to an even bigger event next year, as we have been growing by leaps and bounds."
Food Sovereignty Works with Summer Youth

The Food Sovereignty Program is always a hustling and bustling place to be, especially during the summer when things are being planted and harvested. The Bad River Summer Youth have been coming to help in the garden this summer. Program Director Loretta Livingston and her Assistant Joy Schelble are very grateful for their hard work!
Tribal Business and Economic Development Discussion

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 email Nate Ante or call 715-292-3191 for information on sizes and ordering.

Summer Feeding Happening Now

Free meals are available for children from birth to 18 years of age at these locations:
  • Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 am at the Community Center in Odanah.
  • Lunch will be served from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Community Center and at the Birch Hill Community House.
  • Snacks will be served from 2:30 to 3:00 pm at the Mashkiiziibii Boys & Girls Club and at the Community House.
Summer School Transportation

Summer School students who live in the Bad River area are eligible to take advantage of free transportation provided by Bad River Transportation, available July 9th - 20th.

Pickup is at 7:30 am at the Community Center. The bus will leave LSE 11:50 am and go to the Moccasin Trail Bus Stop. Students may then take the 1:05 pm bus to Birch Hill, and students living in New Odanah will be dropped off at home.

Students will be able to take advantage of the lunch program in Odanah. If you have additional questions about the route or times, please contact Lloyd Hartwell at 715-685-9461, ext 1315.
Tribal Council Meetings

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

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.

 July 17, 2018
 August 21, 2018
 September 18, 2018
 October 16, 2018
 November 20, 2018
 December 18, 2018
Head Start Registration Information

Tribal Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan Accepting Comments

Vehicle Registration and Titling
Powwow Committee Meeting - Every Thursday
Refer a Friend Internet Promotion
Practice Your Ojibwemowin

Boozhoo Niijii!

Are you interested in practicing your Ojibwemowin?

Come join us for a variety of language learning opportunities at the Language Tables at Head Start from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on the following evenings -
  • July 18th
  • July 25th
  • August 5th
  • August 29th
Please bring a dish to share.
Quarterly Baby Shower - July 6th

Red Cliff Band Powwow - July 6th thru July 8th
Pancake Fundraiser - July 12th
LDF Bear River Powwow - July 13th thru July 15th
Lake Superior Days 2018 - July 13th
Healing Circle Run - July 14th thru July 20th

GONA Event - July 17th thru July 19th

Bingo Committee Fundraiser - July 19th

Fundraiser for Noah - July 20th

LCO Honor the Earth Pow Wow - July 20th thru July 22nd

Menominee Contest Powwow - August 3rd thru August 5th
American Legion Post 25 Golf Tournament - August 11th

Youth Basketball Camp - August 13th thru August 15th

Mental Wellness Training - August 14th and August 15th

Manoomin Celebration - August 24th thru August 26th

July Calendar

Indigenous Arts and Science Class - Begins July 16th

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Carri Chapman & Kim Swisher
Communications Team

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