Mashkiiziibii News
August 15, 2018

The summer season is winding down and it's almost time for our students to head back to school. In the meantime, we hope that everyone is still enjoying the beautiful weather we have been having.

Ashland School District Important Dates:
  • September 10th - Orientation Day 4K-5, 6th and 9th grades
  • September 11th - First Day of School 1-12, 4K- Orientation
  • September 12th - First Day of School 4K & K
  • September 26th - Early dismissal for all student

View the School District of Ashland 2018-19 Calendar


The Annual Manomin Celebration begins on August 24th. Powwow Committee meetings are being held every Thursday at 6:00 pm at the Casino Convention Center. Everyone is welcome to join the meetings!

Please scroll down for more news and upcoming events in Mashkiiziibii.
Birch Hill Community House Youth Travel to Twin Cities

The Birch Hill Community House recently took 13 youths to the Twin Cities to play Traditional Lacrosse and go to the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. The youth helped fundraise for the trip and held a breakfast fundraiser at the Chief Blackbird Center where they sold strawberry shortcake and strawberry pancakes with maple syrup.

Team members helped gather the strawberries that were served at the fundraisers, and helped haul buckets and boil the maple sap down to syrup. A lot of work went into planning and preparing for the trip.

"It was a huge success and I wouldn't have been able to do it without my wife Victoria Gokee and the awesome chaperones: Zach Hartlev and Noah Saperstein," said Joseph Gokee, Birch Hill Community House Coordinator. "I would also like to acknowledge Jason Ike "Baby Jay" Pero."

"Baaga'adowewin (Lacrosse) is a healing game and, after the tragedy of losing a young man in our community, Baaga'adowewin was there to help our young people and our community to heal. I also want to acknowledge all the players and keepers of Baaga'adowewin," Joseph continued.

Special Miigwech to Dylan Jennings for his help to get the sticks in the community and being an advocate for the game. 

"This was my last trip as the Birch Hill Community House Coordinator," said Joseph. "I'm moving this month to the Twin Cities to support my wife in her dreams to become a dentist and will be a stay-at-home dad to our daughter who will be born any day now."

Chi Miigwech Joseph for all you have done with our youth, and best wishes to you and your family!
Bad River Veterans 1st Annual Golf Tournament

The Bad River American Legion Post 25 held their first golf tournament to benefit the nationally renowned Wounded Warrior Project and other community projects supported by Post 25. 

The Post plans to make the tournament an annual event.

There were 18 teams signed up for a beautiful summer  day of golfing on the Apostle Highlands Golf Course in Bayfield.

The winners of the tournament were:
1st Place - Team Deloney
2nd Place- Team Krueger
3rd Place - Superior Connections

Photos courtesy of Liz Wabindato

Chi Miigwech to all the teams that came out to play, and to all the sponsors for their generous donations and support!
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 idea for this for fundraiser began when the Repatriation Committee was on the grounds one day and thought something was lacking. They discussed doing something that would make it look better for the Veterans and the community, and eventually came up with the idea of installing black granite slabs to add each of the wars or conflicts Tribal Members have been involved in as way to honor them.

"One day I just googled fundraising and the Buy-a-Brick campaign popped up," Edith Leoso said. "We had to go through a whole slew of things to determine what kind of bricks we wanted. Essentially, we are trying to raise money through the sale of these bricks and the buyer has the opportunity to put what they want on their brick, such as the name a family member who served or whatever the purchaser would like that is allowable according the text limits."

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.
Baby Noah Fundraiser Raffle Winners

The Department of Social & Family Services wishes to extend a huge Miigwech to all business and individuals who donated, volunteered or came out to support either of the two Baby Noah Fundraisers.
The first one was held on Friday, July 20th, which consisted of a picnic cook-out lunch plate, a 50/50 raffle and a raffle tree. The second fundraiser was held this past Thursday, August 9th. The menu included an enchilada dinner plate or a walking taco. A 50/50 raffle and a Chinese raffle was available for anyone interested in taking a chance on the various items.  The winner of the 50/50 raffle on Thursday was Wilki.
The following Casino's and businesses donated:

Bad River Lodge & Casino
Legendary Waters Resort & Casino
Radisson Conference Center Green Bay   

North Star Casino
Mole Lake Casino 
Potawatomi Carter Casino
New China Restaurant   
Mocasin Trails  
Kwik Trip  
Pizza Pub, Ashland

Frankie's Pizza
El Dorado's Mexican Restaurant
Black Cat
Family Video
Super One Foods
A special thanks goes out to the following individuals: Marilynn Miller, Joe Bates and Cherie Pero
The list of items and winners include:
Potting Mix & Garden Tools - Janae Whitebird
Boys Star Wars Set - Megan Powless
Laundry Basket w/Goods - Jeneah Hagstrom
Book Bag w/Supplies - Candy Miller
Laundry Basket w/Goods - Sue Houle
Sports Blender & Pizza Pub Coupon - Z. B. Kingfisher
Kids Sleeping Sets - Z. B. Kingfisher
Basket w/Towels - Kathy Ashmun
Basket w/Towels - Kathy Ashmun
Radisson Stay - Malina Bigboy
Bakewear - Ed Bigboy
New China Certificate - Ed Bigboy
Women's Care Pkg. - Sandy Kolodziejski
Bad River Play & Stay - Barb Zaari
Movie Night Basket - Kim Ford
New China Certificate - Kim Ford
Beaded Earrings - Penny Charette
North Star Casino - Teri Verville
Kitchen Products - Teri Verville
Fireworks - Billy Jo
Back Pack w/Supplies - Adrian Cadotte
Mole Lake Casino - Bill Burns
Potawatomi Casino - Bill Burns
Rocking Chair & Bear - Ardis Couture
Legendary Waters - M. W. Jr.
Canning Jars - M. W. Jr.
Legendary Waters - Daniel Cadotte Jr.
Dinnerwear - Wilkie
Lawn Chairs & Super One Gift Card - Gloria Smart
Women's Care Kit - Mary Nelis
Birch Bark Bear Basket & Kwik Trip Card - Marilynn Miller
Mocassin Trails - Isaac Wiggins
Slow Cooker - Greg Smart Jr
Rubbermaid Container & Pizza Pub Coupon - Arlene Smart
Bear Salt & Pepper D├ęcor & Frankie's Pizza Gift Certificate - Marilynn Miller
Food Storage - Lisa Whitebird
Kitchen Set - Arlene Smart
Women's Breast Plate - Mariah Nelis
Fleece Blankets w/Shirts - Rita Cadotte
Many laughs, smiles and full stomachs were had by all. It is humbling how the community comes together to aid a family in need. Your thoughtfulness is always appreciated. Prayers are sought as Baby Noah and his family endure this medical procedure.

Be Safe and Chi Miigwech to Everyone!
Dine and Learn Event - Postponed

The event has been postponed.
More information will be shared when it becomes available.
Mr. Ricky White - Tonight

Childcare will be provided for the event
at the Food Sovereignty building starting at 5:45 pm. 
Honoring Our Elders DVD Available

Two copies of "Honoring Our Elders," a DVD featuring interviews with beloved elders from Bad River, are available at the Bad River Tribal Historic Preservation Office.  

Interviews include Viola Neveaum Mildred "Beanie" Lemieux and Flavia Neveaux, and were recorded in 2006. 

Any interested family and friends who would like to view the DVD can visit the Tribal Historic Preservation Office.
Bad River Housing Expands Board and Seeks Volunteers

The Bad River Housing Authority Board recently updated their Bylaws, and the suggested revisions were passed on June 12, 2018.

"The current Housing Authority Board consists of Tribal Council Members. The Board felt that it would better serve the Housing Authority and the community to have a Board that includes two current Council Members and five members who are Tribal Members and reside in the area to represent the community at large," Robert Houle, Executive Director of the Housing Authority, said.

"We now have a new set of Bylaws for the administration of the Tribal Housing Authority and under the federal government's HUD funding. We are soliciting to the Tribal Member community to fill the newly opened seats on the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners," Robert continued.

These five new board positions are voluntary. The Housing Authority Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm at the Housing Authority. Meetings usually last two to three hours. A stipend is paid for Board Members who attend the meetings.

Board positions are staggered, and initial appointments are one, two and three-year commitments. Thereafter, appointments are for three-year terms. Training will be provided.
The Board is primarily responsible for policies and procedures of the Housing Authority and reviews housing applications and determines approvals. It is also responsible for making recommendations to the Tribal Council regarding the budget. The day-to-day responsibilities of the Housing Authority Board resides with the Executive Director.

"We have more than 170 housing units in the community. When a home becomes available, we bring applications to the Board for their review and the Board makes the determination," Robert explained.

"The new Franks Field II subdivision, just west of our offices, is a project that we hope to move forward with soon. We are exploring renewable energy options to continue our commitment to the land and lower our utility costs," Robert continued.

"Income is a variable, but there are other variables as well. Our goal is to provide low-income, safe and affordable housing for the people in our community, starting with our Elders. We are also exploring options for the homeless. We encourage everyone and anyone seeking housing to apply."

For more information on the newly opened seats with the Housing Authority Board, or for information on housing options, please 
visit the Housing Authority's website  or call 715-292-8847.
Notice of Housing Board Vacancy - Open until August 17th

Open until 8/17/2018 4:30 pm

Please submit resume to:
Barb Smart, Executive Secretary
PO Box 39
72682 Maple Street
Odanah, WI 54861
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.
Tribal Council Meetings

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

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.

 August 21, 2018
 September 18, 2018
 October 16, 2018
 November 20, 2018
 December 18, 2018
Ferrellgas Propane Offer 
Apply Now - LCO College Classes Begin August 27th

Family Foundations Promotes Positive Interactions

Head Start Registration Information

Vehicle Registration and Titling
Powwow Committee Meeting - Every Thursday
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.

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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 -
  • August 29th
Please bring a dish to share.
Traditional Ojibwe Art Youth Camp Begins August 20th

Jingle Dress Workshops Begin August 20th

Early Childhood Education Day - August 22nd

Bad River Manomin Pow-Wow Begins August 24th

Native Nations Nursing Summit - November 16th

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