April 24, 2019


We hope you are doing well, and staying warm and dry.

In this edition, we're pleased to share a couple of stories showcasing excellence and commitment by Bad River Tribal Members.

You'll also find several events coming up. Youth Services has a list of activities that include the Open House today, the Family Awareness event on Friday and the Teen Dance Friday evening. You'll also see that the Saint Mary's Church bingo and raffle is on Saturday, and the Head Start Powwow is on Sunday.

Scroll down to see the good news and many activities happening in the Mashkiiziibii community.
Youth Services Activities This Week

The Abinoojiyag Resource Center (ARC), Domestic Abuse Program (DAP), and the Crimes Victim Program (CVP) are hosting a Family Awareness Event on Friday, April 26th.

The Drug Task Force will be seeking community input on the Tribal Action Plan. In addition, a discussion on removing the stigma of mental illnesses will take place.

The programs aim to enhance awareness of child abuse and sexual abuse, and provide resources and information to our community about who is available and who to turn to if help is needed. Information will be available, and staff will be at the event to answer questions.

There will be a big drawing at this event, and organizers are asking for donations for the winning family. The theme of the drawing is the Ultimate Camping Package.

For more information, please  email Lynn Bigboy  or call 715-682-7111, extension 1439.

Youth Enjoy Head Start Easter Parade

The Head Start Easter Parade took place on April 17th, and the Easter Bunny visited with children.

Chi Miigwech to Lynn Bigboy for sharing these photos.
Waaswaang Maawanji'iding - Registration Now Open

Joseph Zordan Co-Curates Exhibit of Indigenous Art at Yale
By Rianna Turner, Yale Daily News

Photo from the Yale Daily News
At the outset of spring, Book Trader Cafe's expansive, floor-length windows allow the afternoon sun to slice across the room. The light is harsh, straining the eyesight of those who occupy the too-small tables. Katherine McCleary '18 sits at the corner of two tables pushed together - a necessary feat for a conversation amongst four people. With her back facing west, she is rendered a silhouette.

"In the fall of 2015, as all stories start," McCleary, who identifies as Little Shell Chippewa-Cree, said, "there were a lot of discussions about representations of race and ethnicity on campus."

She shared knowing glances and a giggle with the other two students around the table - Leah Shrestinian '18 and Joseph Zordan '19, who identifies as Bad River Ojibwe. McCleary and Shrestinian have acquired their degrees and Zordan is finishing his last semester, but all three have remained on campus in order to finish one final project at Yale: curating the largest exhibit of indigenous North American art to ever go on view at the Yale University Art Gallery, or YUAG. The exhibit, which was recently titled "Place, Nations, Generations, Beings: 200 Years of Indigenous North American Art" will be on view at the YUAG from November 1, 2019 to June 21, 2020.

The process behind this exhibit has taken years - years of activist efforts from on-campus Native American students and professors, years of grappling with institutional barriers and pushback, years of dedicated work by the student curators and centuries of history to contend with.

The student curators had three distinct goals, which foster conversations that will fundamentally alter the ways in which Yale institutions interact with and exhibit indigenous art.

Congratulations Joseph on your accomplishments and upcoming graduation!
Patty Loew to Join American Academy of Arts and Sciences
By Levi Rickert, Native News Online

Photo courtesy of NativeNewsOnline.net
American Indian journalist Patty Loew, a Tribal citizen of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies.

Loew is professor in the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and co-director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University (CNAIR).

At CNAIR, she helps advance research and scholarship about Native nations, communities and people. Loew is author of " Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal," now in its second edition, which won the Wisconsin Library Association's 2002 Outstanding Book Award.

The Academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin and others who believed the new republic should honor exceptionally accomplished individuals and engage them in advancing the public good. The Academy's dual mission remains essentially the same 239 years later with honorees from increasingly diverse fields and with the work now focused on the arts, democracy, education, global affairs and science.

Loew is among five individuals from Northwestern University to be elected this year. Additionally, this year's class includes more than 200 individuals with compelling achievements in academic, business, government and public affairs. Perhaps, the most notable name among the more than 200 is former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

The new class will be inducted at a ceremony in October in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Congratulations Patty!
Brownfields* Program Community Survey Closes Sunday

* The EPA defines the term "Brownfield" as an abandoned, idled or under-used real property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by the presence or potential presence of environmental contamination. Some examples are: oil spills, underground storage tanks, and open dumps. (definition sourced from EPA brownfields webpage)

The Bad River Brownfields Program was implemented in 2013 to address contaminated sites across the reservation. The contaminated sites include papermill sludge sites, underground storage tanks, and open dumping sites.

Because the program is relatively new, there is a need to re-evaluate the priorities of the program moving forward.

Please participate in this community survey.

The results of this survey will help the program continue to grow and expand. Increasing the efficiency of the program will help in the cleanup and prevention of environmental contamination.

Your time and contribution to the program are greatly appreciated!

The four current activities of the brownfield program include, but are not limited to:
  • Timely survey and inventory of brownfield sites
  • Oversight and enforcement of compliance regarding brownfield sites
  • Provide Meaningful Opportunities for Public Participation
  • Cleanup plan, verification, and certification that clean-up is complete
The survey closes on Sunday, April 28, 2019.
Public's Help Sought in Dog, Wildlife Fatal Poisoning Cases

Sample gathered at the site of a canine fatality. Submitted photo. 
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service are seeking the public's help in solving several cases involving the poisoning deaths of domestic dogs and wildlife since December.

Dog deaths have occurred in Bayfield, Marinette and Florence Counties; however, it is unknown if other counties could be involved. In addition to the unfortunate poisoning of these family pets, investigators also found dead coyotes, weasels, raccoons and one wolf that they suspect also were poisoned. Lab tests are underway to confirm the cause of death in these wildlife cases.

The deaths occurred on public properties in these counties managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Goodman Timber Company.

This photo shows an actual sample recovered by WDNR law enforcement at one of the locations of a canine fatality.

Investigators say the poison was found on the ground in rural areas and subsequently was ingested by the dogs. Each dog died in less than 30 minutes after ingestion. People walking their pets are recommended to keep them on leashes to restrict their movements off roadways to avoid contact with any possible poison.

If you have information or a tip - no matter how insignificant it may seem - please contact the WDNR Violation Hotline. You may confidentially report by calling or texting: 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367. You also may report online. The hotline is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained staff relay report information to conservation wardens.
Tribal Youth Leadership & Resilience Initiative

The Bad River Tribal Youth Leadership & Resilience Initiative ( BRTYLRI) will bring together a group of promising young Tribal Members to learn about the language, culture, leadership, mentoring and history of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Nation.

This is an opportunity to engage your spirit and learn all those hunting, gathering and traditional ways while strengthening yourself, family and community.

If you are ready to be a leader, between the ages of 10-17, and want to learn how to work with others and help make great things happen for your Nation, sign up for BRTYLRI today!

The first meeting is May 22nd at 6:00 pm at the Community Center.

For more information or to sign up, please email Lynn Bigboy or call 715-682-7111, extension 1439.
2019 Bad River Summer Youth Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Bad River 2019 Summer Youth Program. This program, for youth ages 14 to 17 years old, will take place in July and August, and offers four tracks for youth to choose from: 
  • BR Youth DNR - June 24th through July 26th. Eight hours per day - five weeks total of 40 hours per week.
  • BR Summer Youth Crew - June 24th through July 19th. Eight hours per day - four weeks total of 32-40 hours per week.
  • BR Youth Outdoors - July 22nd through August 16th - eight hours per day - four weeks total of 40 hours per week.
  • BR Youth Leadership - TBD - internship - submit letter of recommendation from teacher or Elder.

Applications must be submitted by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, May 1st.

Orientation for the Circle of Youth will be held on Wednesday, May 15th, at the Community Center.

Applications are to be dropped off at the Bad River Social Services Department - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF program), located at the Bad River Community Center. 

If you have any questions or need more information, please email Lynn Bigboy or call 715-682-7111, extension 1439.

Remembering the First Earth Day

Senator Gaylord Nelson overlooking the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin, a waterway he worked to protect as the first "Wild and Scenic River" in the United States. Photo courtesy of Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day website.
The first Earth Day, observed across the country on April 22, 1970, crystallized a growing public concern about ecological crises. Earth Day was the product of local grassroots action to increase environmental awareness, but it also focused the nation's political agenda on urgent environmental issues.

It was a legislator from Wisconsin, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, who, in September 1969, proposed a national teach-in on the environment to send a message to Washington that public opinion supported a bold political agenda on environmental problems.

Inspired by the campus activism of the late 1960s, he employed a team of student activists to help him respond to the public pressure for a national day on the environment.

However, Senator Nelson insisted the first Earth Day's activities be created not by organizers in Washington, but by individuals and groups in their own communities. As a result of this empowering vision, 1 in 10 Americans participated in the first Earth Day, drawing extensive attention from the media and jump-starting an era of bold environmental legislation.

Community Information
April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month

Despite the risk, drivers increasingly report using their phones while behind the wheel. Nearly half (49 percent) of drivers report recently talking on a hand-held phone while driving. Nearly 35 percent have sent a text or email.

It's a problem especially prevalent in teenage drivers. Teen drivers face a troubling combination of both distraction and inexperience. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), six out of 10 teen crashes involve driver distraction. In 2017, 297 people died in crashes involving distracted teen drivers.

The most common forms of driver distraction include:
  • Phone calls or texting
  • Speech-to-text or virtual assistants
  • Programming or referencing GPS
  • Adjusting music or controls
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Handling children or pets
  • Applying makeup
The AAA has compiled a list of tips to help avoid distracted driving and keep our roads safer for everyone and a special resource for parents of teen drivers.
  • Don't text and drive. Put aside electronic distractions and never use text messaging, email, video games or internet functions, including those built into the vehicle, while driving.
  • Know where you're going. Pre-program your GPS and adjust seats, mirrors, climate controls and sound systems before putting the car in motion.
  • Secure Items. Properly secure children and pets and store loose possessions and other items that could roll around in the car.
  • Snack Smart. Avoid messy foods that can be difficult to manage.
Learn more about the AAA Foundation's research into distracted driving. 
Bad River Scholarship Opportunity - Deadline April 30th

Beach Monitoring Public Input Needed - Deadline April 30th
Art & Slogan Contest - Deadline May 1st

National Day of Awareness for #MMIW - May 5th

Adoption List - Deadline May 6th

The deadline for the November 2019 Adoption List is Monday, May 6, 2019.

For details, please email the Enrollment Office or call 715-682-7111, extension 1525.

Theresa Couture,
Bad River Tribal Enrollment Clerk
Vehicle Registration and Titling

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.

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

Smaller bricks are $50 and larger patio blocks are $100 each. Proceeds from sales will go toward creating the Veterans Memorial, such as: 
  • The purchase and installation of seven flags and concrete-mounted flag poles estimated at $750 each; 
  • the purchase and installation of eight four-foot high engraved black granite slabs mounted on two-foot high black granite faced concrete to recognize all the wars and conflicts Tribal Members served in; 
  • solar lighting; cedar trees and fencing and other items to beautify the pavilion and area to honor Veterans.
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.

For questions about the project, please email Edith Leoso or call 715-682-7123, extension 1662.
Bad River Family Foundations

Social and Family Service Information

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News from LCO College
Register for Summer Classes Now

Registration for summer classes is now open. The summer term begins June 3rd at the  Bad River Outreach Site located in the Chief Blackbird Center.

For more information, visit the LCO College website or call 715-682-7111, extension 1532.

The Bad River Outreach Site is open  Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Upcoming Classes

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LCO College Honors List for 2018-2019 Academic Year

The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 President's and Dean's List honorees.

To be eligible for the President's List, a student must be a full-time student carrying a minimum of 12 credits while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. Those who achieve the Dean's List are full-time students who have earned at least a 3.5 grade point average out of a possible 4.0.

"Congratulations to all students who were honored on the President's List and Dean's List for their achievement in the 2018-2019 Academic year. Your diligent work positions you as leaders in our communities, thank you!" said Lac Courte Oreille's Ojibwa Community College President, Dr. Russell Swagger.

Fall 2018 President's List, GPA 4.0
  • Geneva Anderson
  • Robin Coyne
  • Melissa Knop
  • Leonard Ortiz
  • Lisa Waggoner-Roberts
  • Adele White
  • Mary Wolf
Fall 2018 Dean's List, GPA 3.5-3.99
  • Pauline Biscobing
  • Michelle Dutcher
  • Misty Ganser
  • Misty Jackson
  • Kay Jensen
  • Michelle Lowe
  • Megan Maulson
  • Deanna Maulson-Greske
  • Jared McFee
  • Lyndsy Morrow
  • Felicia Paulzine
  • Serena Quagon
  • Michael Riley
  • Deanna Rivers
  • Sadie Schaaf
  • Katherine Thyssen
Spring 2019 President's List, GPA 4.0
  • Georgia Bogat
  • Melissa Burns
  • Hannah Coblentz
  • Misty Gaston
  • Misty Jackson
  • Kay Jensen
  • Gabrielle Kiggins
  • Tysa Marlow
  • Megan Maulson
  • Nicole Olsen
  • Robin Powless
  • Jennifer Rady
  • Michael Riley
  • Sadie Schaaf
  • Lisa Sutton
Spring 2019 Dean's List, GPA 3.5-3.99
  • Pauline Biscobing
  • David Butler
  • Yvonne Dennis
  • Nicholas DePerry
  • Michelle Dutcher
  • Amanda Easland
  • Nicole Kiggins
  • Barbara Lauren
  • Donna Lohman
  • Talyn Marlow
  • Tiffany Melton
  • Lester Merrill
  • Leonard Ortiz
  • Sabrina Pomeroy
  • Jody Quaderer
  • Serena Quagon
  • Shaye Stone
Students were honored at the 3rd Annual Student Awards Banquet on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. 
Register for Fall Classes

Community Events
April MOVE Calendar

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Weekly Activities

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Mondays at 4:30 pm
Community Center

MOVE Project - Ladies Workout
Tuesdays at 4:30 pm
Community Center

A weekly workout class open to women, girls, ladies and moms of all ages.

Join us for a 45-60 minute workout, all equipment provided, just bring gym shoes/clothes and water.
Beading Circle
Wednesdays at 2:00 pm
Bad River THPO Building

Language Table
2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 6:00 pm
Bad River Head Start

Traditional Medicine Consultations - April 25th and April 26th

Teen Dance - April 26th

Saint Mary's Church Bingo and Raffle - April 27th

Head Start Powwow - April 28th

Annual Women's Wellness - May 7th and May 8th

Community Spring Clean-Up - May 13th thru May 24th

LCO Business Expo and Business Resource Fair - May 16th

Health Fair - June 26th

Employment Opportunities
Visit these sites for current employment opportunities:

Keepseagle Project Coordinator - Position Closes May 17, 2019.
Performs duties in relation to GLIFWC's Keepseagle Harvester/Producer Needs Assessment Project. This project will assess current food processing capacity (i.e. manoomin, maple syrup, wild rice, wild game, fish, berries, etc.), identify barriers to expanding processing capacity within reservation communities, statistically analyze survey information and prepare a written report.

2020 Census Jobs

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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, Adam VanZile, Andy Hildebrand and Abbey Thompson
Tribal Communications Team
Office:  715-437-0090

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