June 5, 2019

Good Morning,

This past Saturday began the month of June, or Ode'imini-Giizis (Time for Picking Strawberry Moon).

The word for strawberry, ode'imin, literally translates to "heart berry". It was given this name due to its heart shape. Berries are a sacred food to the Ojibwe. Learn more about the importance of strawberries in Ojibwe culture.

It's also a good time to be on the lookout for turtles (miskwaadesi) laying eggs and crossing the road.

June is also designated as National Elder Abuse Awareness Month by the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA). June 15th is recognized as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Learn more about signs of Elder abuse in your community.

Tribal Roads Notice - Cemetery Drive will be closed today in order to finish blacktopping.

Scroll down to see the good news and many activities happening in the Mashkiiziibii community.
Draft of Tribal Action Plan Will Be Shared June 25th

"It is for the future generations that we commit our efforts to restore the mind, body, and spirit from the opioid destruction through cultural healing, collaboration, and change."  ~ from the mission statement of the Bad River Tribal Action Plan.

A draft of the Bad River Tribal Action Plan (TAP) is in the works and 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.

Tribal Chairman and chair of the Drug Task Force Mike Wiggins, Jr., and members of the Task Force developed a draft of the TAP. Chairman Wiggins shared some of its content and goals.

"In 2017, our Tribal Council declared a State of Emergency and sent a statement across all realms that directly related to the serious impact of drug use in the community and its devastating effects."

"The Drug Task Force was established as a formal mechanism to bring different departments and Tribal leaders together to think of how to handle this situation. We saw that we already had some things in our favor to help us - a rich cultural history and our traditions and spiritual teachings that represent pathways to the good life our ancestors envisioned. Our first discussion centered around on how to organize ourselves in a way that captures all of the different complexities and how to use them to reach people, and how to prevent drug use and help those already affected."

According to Chairman Wiggins, 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. 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 continued, "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. One example is the monies available and plans to build a sweat lodge on the North Shore property on Madeline Island, to provide a place for people to get away and reconnect to their culture. It will be an alcohol and drug-free zone."

All Tribal programs are involved in the TAP draft. "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."

When asked if there has been an interest in cultural activities on the reservation since the State of Emergency went into effect, Chairman Wiggins replied, "I've seen ceremonies, events and educational activities offered. Most recently, we held a Ziigwan pipe ceremony and feast to acknowledge to the spirits that we appreciate the change of the seasons. It was heartening to see all the pipes there, and people doing the fish and swan dances. Factor in the Winter Camp and the Language Camp. We believe offering traditional activities is very important. We also have the Food Sovereignty Program that promotes hunting, fishing, gathering and growing. We had a dozen youth go spearing on Lake Namakagon with youth from Red Cliff. We would like to see more people participate in cultural revitalization and language."

The creation of the Youth Director position and a Youth Council is a part of the TAP goal "to enable the community to regain cultural strength to heal again". The Youth Leadership Initiative targets 10 to 17-year-olds to help children get in touch with their leadership qualities and uniqueness. "This is very important because they are the future of our Tribe," Chairman Wiggins said.

He added, "In the TAP, we recognize addiction as a disease and the importance of welcoming and supporting our people who struggle as they journey to wellness and recovery."

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.

Hayley Nye is the New Juvenile Justice Coordinator

Hayley Nye was recently hired as the new Bad River Juvenile Justice Coordinator. She is a Bad River Tribal Member, and has more than 10 years of law enforcement experience.

Hayley obtained an associate degree in Criminal Justice from Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire. She previously served as a patrol officer for Bad River Police Department, and most recently served as the Sergeant of Investigations for the Red Cliff Police Department, where she specialized in sex crimes and crimes against children. She has worked closely with child victims and their families, participating and testifying in court hearings.

Hayley's new job responsibilities will have her working to provide services to youth. Her main priority is to get the Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court up and running. The Healing to Wellness Court is designed to incorporate cultural aspects into the court process. It is an alternative court, with an Elder resource panel and advisory team of community members with cultural knowledge, designed to help guide youth who may have been charged with delinquency, drug, or alcohol issues.

"I'm really grateful for the opportunity to come back and work in my own community and do something that can make a difference," said Hayley.

Welcome Hayley!
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.
"Every Step: A Healing Circle" Now Available for Viewing

The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) presents another film in the series of short videos called "Ogichidaa Storytellers".

This short film centers on the Healing Circle Run. In 1989, the Anishinaabe Solidarity Relay began as a response to the resounding racism and hatred directed towards Ojibwe people throughout the region at boat landings and other communal spaces. The animosity that spilled into communities, schools, and even churches created great hardship for Ojibwe communities and their harvesters.

Today, The Healing Circle Run continues to connect Ojibwe communities across Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan and through collective running, walking and prayer, provides healing and relief. The annual event also serves as a reminder to both participants and observers of the commitment, efforts and resiliency of the Tribal Nations that have survived decades of trauma.

Community Information
OSHA 30 Training - Applications Due Today

New Odanah Community Sewer System Cleaning

Community Center Gym/Kitchen Closed for Construction

Student Records Notice

Elder and Youth Project Seeking Elders

Youth Ride Free on BART Now thru September 2nd

Ad Hoc Election Committee Seeking Members

Certificate in Tribal Administration and Governance

Social and Family Services June Calendar

Mower Madness - Every Saturday in June

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.

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.
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 RFPDue date is June 28, 2019.
News from LCO College
On April 24, 2019, the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Ishpiming Bemisejig (We are all flying high together) Rocket Team traveled to Carthage College in Kenosha to compete in the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium's First Nations Launch High-Powered Rocketry Competition.

The Rocket Team has been working on their rocket for the 2019 competition since January with the challenge of constructing a high-powered rocket equipped with a video camera(s). Teams must then create a video montage of their experience during construction, prep, flight, and recovery. During the last few months, they have had to complete preliminary design, critical design, and flight readiness technical reports, OpenRocket simulations, virtual presentations and building of the actual rocket. The team selected the LOC Precision Hyperloc 300 with a MMA 4 adapter for a 38 mm motor. The rocket had a dual deployment system with an 18" drogue chute that deployed at apogee, and a 36" main chute that deployed at 500 feet. The rocket simulation data showed an apogee of 2,877 feet and reached an actual apogee of 2,537 feet on launch day. Max velocity of the rocket on launch day was 485.5 miles per hour.

Ishpiming Bemisejig team members were also required to participate in an oral presentation to the judges and the rest of the First Nations Launch Tribal teams. Judges consisted of aerospace engineers from Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corporation and NASA. View the team's 60-second video montage.

Rocket Team members include Michael Clarquist, Russell Corbine, Roberta Crowe, Yvonne Dennis, Stephanie Gouge, Misty Jackson, Talyn Marlow, Tysa Marlow and Vincent Thomas. Advisors for the rocket team are Greg Furtman, Amber Marlow and Cali Quaderer. Michael Clarquist submitted a patch design and his design was chosen for this year's 10th Anniversary First Nation Launch patch.

Participating in this program has motivated the team to create a new student organization - Rocket Club, and they will pursue joining the regional rocketry club/association and have the ability to launch high-powered rockets once a month at the Grantsburg airport. For more information on the LCOOCC Ishpiming Bemisejig Rocket Team, please email Amber Marlow.
Community Events
Weekly Activities

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Healthy Living with Chronic Pain Workshop Series
Tuesdays from June 11th  thru July 16th
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

Bad River Food Sovereignty - June 6th

NATOW Conference - June 10th thru June 12th

Lacrosse with Isaiah Kicknosway - June 10th and June 11th

Basic Budgeting - June 11th

Family Foundations Craft Day - June 12th

Community Roundtable - June 12th

LPC Art Gallery Indigenous Show - Ends June 16th

Family Movie Night - June 19th

Enbridge Line 5 Information Meeting - June 20th

Honoring Our Men - June 21st

Tribal Action Plan Presentation - June 25th

Health Fair - June 26th

Celebrate Birch - Now thru June 30th

Traditional Pow Wow - August 23rd thru August 25th

Employment Opportunities
Visit these sites for current employment opportunities:

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Chi Miigwech!

Kim Swisher, Adam VanZile and Abbey Thompson
Tribal Communications Team
Office:  715-437-0090

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