November 21, 2018


Tribal offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, in observance of Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Day.

There will be a free Thanksgiving meal on Thursday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Crossroads Outreach Center (307 Main Street W, Ashland).  Take-out is available.

As you gather with your family, we wish you many blessings.

Scroll down to see what's happening in the Mashkiiziibii community.
Sharing the Native Spirit

Because of the roots of today's holiday in the early encounters between European settlers and Native populations, there's a multiplicity of viewpoints among American Indians about Thanksgiving.

"Some see it with hostility. Some celebrate it with guilt, while others see it as an opportunity to educate and get in touch with our Americana," said Patty Loew, a Historian, Journalist and Bad River Tribal Member.

She's in the latter camp. If you entered her kitchen, she said, "you would probably mistake me for any other American celebrating a day of food, friends and family." Her family table includes red cabbage from her German ancestors and Korean kimchee from her brother who loves spicy foods.

But Patty understands why some American Indians choose to fast or protest the holiday because it is rooted in a mythical image of the 'first' Thanksgiving feast in 1621 as a "hands across the waters, friendly, wonderful experience." Squanto, she noted, learned English as a slave. And by the time Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, Tribes were already decimated by diseases likely brought by earlier European settlers.

So she uses Thanksgiving, and November's National American Indian Heritage Month, as a chance to correct that image and replace it with a deeper understanding of Native culture.

"In mainstream America, sometimes we just give thanks for our football teams and the extra notch on our belts," Patty said. "But this one time of year is a real chance for me to share the Native spirit and talk about thanksgiving in a broad, spiritual way."

Patty cited an Iroquois thanksgiving prayer as embodying Indian sentiment on thanks. It gives thanks to the waters, birds, plants, moon, people, teachers, the creator and more, beginning:

"Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as people."

Read more at The Wisconsin State Journal.
Sharing the Native Spirit

Recorded in the natural settings of regions Native people have called home for centuries, the Tribal Histories series features Tribal Members sharing the challenges, triumphs and time-honored traditions that have shaped their vibrant communities.

By the banks of the Kagagon and Bad Rivers, Mary Bigboy, Thomas O'Connor, Sr., and Robert Powless, Sr., share stories of the Bad River Ojibwe, from their early migration to the Lake Superior shores to a once-thriving lumbering community to the present day honoring of traditions through the drum, ceremonies and harvesting wild rice.

Sharing the Native Spirit

Boozhoo giinawaa!

The Public Information Office at Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) is pleased to present another video in the series of short videos called "Ogichidaa Storytellers."

This short film focuses on the 1850 Sandy Lake Tragedy and the struggle for Anishinaabeg to survive amidst forced assimilation and tragedy.

Mikwendaagoziwag (They Are Remembered)
Mikwendaagoziwag (They Are Remembered)

Please share these resources far and wide. Be on the lookout for the next short video about the history and impacts of the Healing Circle Run.
Football Champions

In our last e-newsletter, we noted the accomplishments of several Ashland Oredocker football players.  Regretfully, we did not include all of the Native students' achievements.

Photo By Michelle Davidson

Congratulations to these Native youth who had a terrific season:

Varsity Players:
  • Willy Bearskin - Honorable Mention Defense-Outside Linebacker
  • Brennan Corbine - 1st Team Unanimous Offense and Defense-Linemen, Offensive MPV (Linemen), Defensive MVP (Inside), Player of the Year-Defense
  • Joey Davidson
  • Sam Dietz
  • James Jackson
  • Brandon Lemieux
  • Isaak Livingston - 1st Team Defense-Outside Linebacker, Defensive MVP (Outside)
  • Jaylen King
  • Kevern Kingbird
  • James Mayotte - Most Improved
  • Justin Miller - 2nd Team Offense-Running Back, Defense-Linemen, Offensive MVP (Back)
  • Loren Nelis
  • Hunter Powless - 1st Team Offense-Lineman, Offensive MPV (Linemen)
  • Romeo Salas
  • Dylen Tutor
  • Avery White
  • Jace Wiggins - Offensive MVP (Linemen)
JV Varsity Players:
  • Vinny Bender
  • Anna Danielson
  • Bryan Markeson
  • Garrett Nelis
Mashkisibi Boys & Girls Club Receives Grant

The Mashkisibi Boys & Girls Club is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust for general operations and club enhancements to provide positive after-school and summer programming for local youth.

The club will be able to use the funds for general operating costs, such as programming supplies, curriculum materials, etc. It is our goal to provide a safe place for youth to call their own. This includes our members' input on what they would like to see at the Club and its daily programming.

We strive to provide the best possible experience for these youth. Our staff members are from the community, know the families and want to see all youth who walk through our doors every day succeed.

The Mashkisibi Boys & Girls Club organized as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in 2002, and opened its doors to youth in 2003. The club currently has 198 registered members. For more information, contact Kristi Broeniman, Executive Director, at 715-685-9489. Follow the Club on Facebook.
Haunted House Give Thanks

Tribal Council Meetings

All Regular Tribal Council Meetings are held at
the Bad River Convention Center at 4:30 pm.
December 5, 2018

All Special Tribal Council Meetings are held at
the Bad River Convention Center at 4:30 pm.
 December 18, 2018
Mashkisibi Boys & Girls Club November Calendar

Final Flu Clinic - Wednesday

New Mail Boxes for Birch Hill Residents

Comments Sought on Proposed Work by Northern Natural Gas - Deadline is December 16th

EMTs Needed - Classes Begin in January

Social Security Video Service

Winter Parking Ordinance

The Tribe's Winter Parking Ordinance went into effect on November 1st, 2018.

The ordinance will remain in effect through April 30th, 2019.

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program

The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) is available to help low and moderate income households with heating and electric expenses. WHEAP is a one-time benefit payment for each heating season, which began this heating season on October 1st and ends May 15th, 2019.

The benefit is intended to help pay a portion of the heating costs and is not intended to cover the entire annual cost of the home heating bill. The amount of the heating assistance benefit depends on the household size, income level and household heating costs.

If you are eligible for heating assistance, you may also qualify for crisis assistance and the furnace repair or replacement program. Please call 715-682-7004 during our regular office hours, Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.

If you have a no-heat/furnace emergency after hours or on weekends, please call the Ashland County Sheriff's Department Dispatch at 715-682-7023, option 1.

Read more information about WHEAP.
Beading Circle - Wednesdays

Win at Math Tutoring!

Tribal Bar Exam - December 12th

Notice for Snowplowing Private Driveways
Vehicle Registration and Titling
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 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." 

The end date of the fundraiser remains open and available for people to get involved in raising funds for the memorial.   Click here to buy a brick .
Refer a Friend Internet Promotion

LCO College Classes
Effective Customer Service -
November 28th and December 5th

Introduction to MS Excel -
November 30th and December 7th
Construction Training Begins November 26th

There is still time to sign up for the 4th Annual Construction Foundations training in partnership with Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, WITC-Ashland.

The course will run November 26th through February 14th from 4:00 to 10:00 pm.

Please contact Mary Lois at 715-682-9141, extension 118, with questions or to register. The course may be available at little to no cost for eligible individuals.
Certified Parent Peer Specialist Training - 
Application Deadline November 30th

Holiday Candy & Cooking Making - November 29th

Holiday Craft Fair - November 24th

Birth to Five Christmas Dinner & Bingo - December 7th

Food Sovereignty Dine & Learn - December 11th

Holiday Cake Wars Contest Deadline is December 8th

Mashkisibi Boys & Girls Club

One full-time Unit Coordinator position - Applicant will work with and relate to youth aged 5-18, day and evening hours. Must have some post-secondary education related to youth programming, have a valid driver's license and submit to a criminal background check. Call 715-685-9489 for an application.

One part-time Program Aide position - Applicant will work with and relate to youth aged 5-18, afternoon and evening hours. Must have a high school diploma or equivalent and a valid driver's license. Must submit to a criminal background check. Call 715-685-9489 for an application.

The First American Capital Corporation / American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin in Milwaukee has two positions open - 

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Kim Swisher
Tribal Communications
Cell:  715-437-0465

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