February 13, 2019


We hope you are enjoying the fresh snow while staying safe and warm!

Tonight is the Enbridge Line 5 Tribal Member meeting at the Casino Convention Center. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm.

In this week's issue, you'll see the Bad River Community held its annual Bibooni-Gabeshiwin Winter Camp and Wellbriety Round Dance, a Tribal Member was chosen as Miss Indian Youth, an Ashland High School senior will join the Gogebic College basketball team, and more!

Tribal Offices will be closed on Monday, February 18th, in observance of Presidents' Day.

Scroll down to see the good news and activities happening in the Mashkiiziibii community.
Enbridge Line 5 Tribal Member Meeting - Tonight
Winter Camp and Wellbriety Round Dance

People from all over the state of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan traveled to Bad River this past weekend to participate in winter cultural activities at the community center. The annual Bibooni-Gabeshiwin Winter Camp and Wellbriety Dance was successful in bringing people together to celebrate healing and community.

For the first half of the day, participants engaged in various cultural activities such as storytelling, fish decoy making, moccasin games, yarn sash making and outdoor games like snow snake. Tables were set up and community members made their rounds around the gymnasium to share traditional knowledge and participate in the activities.

That evening, more than 300 people gathered for the Wellbriety Round Dance. The night was filled with dancing, laughter, contests and good food.

Tribal Council Member Dylan Jennings helped facilitate the event. "The round dance and winter camp are two very critical components for revitalization of language and cultural practices, but also a safe space to celebrate wellbriety and healing," said Dylan.  "They give people the opportunity to socialize, sing, dance, learn some cultural practices and have a great time."

The winter camp and round dance are annual events that continue to grow each year. The planning committee, made up of several Tribal Departments, is a strong group of community members and Tribal employees who love their community and go the extra mile to host these events. Dylan would like to thank everyone involved, including the Bad River Tribal Council, for being so supportive of these events.

"Miigwech to all the people who made the trip and participated. We'll be having the round dance and winter camp around the same time next year. Put it on your calendar and plan for it. Our community is going to be working diligently, even over the next few months, for what next year will look like."

Thank you to all the Tribal departments and staff who volunteered and worked countless hours to make this event possible!
Tribal Member Crowned Miss Indian Youth

Congratulations to Evelyn Rose, daughter of Andrea LeBeau, granddaughter of Barbara Gadbois, and great-great-granddaughter of Lucy Pero, who has been selected as Miss Indian Youth of Lawrence, Kansas for 2019-2020.

Photos provided by Andrea LeBeau

Best wishes in your endeavors!

Madelyn Wiggins Signs on to Play College Ball

by Jake Brown, Ashland Daily Press

Ashland senior Madelyn Wiggins (front center) signs her letter of intent to play basketball at Gogebic Community College on Thursday at Ashland High School. Pictured with Wiggins are (front left) her mother, (front right) her grandmother, (back, from left) GCC women's basketball head coach Mark Movrich, AHS girls assistant coach Betty Erickson, and AHS girls head coach Brett Gunderson.  Photo by Jake Brown, Ashland Daily Press
Ashland High School senior Madelyn Wiggins joined the long list of Oredockers to make the jump to play at the collegiate level Thursday, February 7th, and signed her letter of intent to play basketball for Gogebic Community College.

GCC is a Region XIII member of the National Junior College Athletic Association playing in Division 2, and Wiggins is very much looking forward to suiting up for the Lady Samsons next season.

"I decided on Gogebic after I got a look at the school and checked it all out," Wiggins said. "I really liked it, and I liked the setting. The coach is awesome, and he really helped me out in deciding where to go. I'm pretty psyched. It's pretty exciting to be able to play another year or two."

In many ways, GCC is the perfect fit for Wiggins. Based in Ironwood, Mich., the school is just about the ideal distance from home for an incoming freshman student-athlete.

"I can still come back to see family and friends when I want to, when I need to, but I can still be away enough to focus on my studies," she said.

You can view the original story on the Ashland Daily Press website.
A Moment in Tribal History

From left to right: Muhammad Ali, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Harold Smith, Stevie Wonder, Marlon Brando, Max Gail, Dick Gregory, Richie Havens and David Amram. 1978 Washington, D.C. Photo retrieved from NMAI website.
On February 11, 1978, Native American leaders from several different Tribes began what would be known as the "Longest Walk." The 3,000-mile march across the United States would bring attention to the issues of Native American people and protest 11 anti-Native bills introduced to Congress that would threaten treaty rights.

An initial ceremony took place on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, from which the protestors set off. Over the next five months, protestors marched through hazardous conditions on a spiritual journey to the nation's capital. On July 15th, over 2,000 protestors arrived in Washington, D.C.

The week following their arrival, various Tribal nations would share their knowledge and experience of Indian Country with visitors. Several notable figures, including Muhammad Ali and Stevie Wonder, were involved in the movement.

None of the 11 anti-Native bills presented before Congress were passed. The Longest Walk was successful in stopping the bills and raised nationwide awareness about the infringement of Native American rights.

Shortly after the conclusion of the Longest Walk, Congress passed the American Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRFA), which protected and preserved the freedom to believe, express, and exercise traditional religious rights and cultural practices of Native Americans.

Since the original walk, there have been four additional walks.
  • The Longest Walk II, in 2008, called attention to environmental rights and the protection of sacred sites.
  • In 2011, the Longest Walk III: Reversing Diabetes, focused on the health of Indigenous peoples and working against diabetes, a disease that many Native people struggle to combat.
  • In 2013, the Longest Walk IV: Return to Alcatraz, was unique in that it began in Washington, D.C., and ended at Alcatraz. This walk focused on reaffirming Native sovereignty in the United States, recognizing that we are still nations with inherent rights to govern ourselves.
  • The Longest Walk V: Declaring War on Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence ended in Washington, D.C. on July 15, 2016.
More information on the Longest Walk can be found on the National Museum of the American Indian website.
Boys & Girls Club Receives Donation

Upcoming Pow Wows
Here are the upcoming Pow Wows in our neighboring communities. Click on the image to view a larger version of the flyer.
Mole Lake - March 2nd and 3rd

Forest County Potawatomi - March 23rd and March 24th

Community Information
Boys & Girls Club February Calendar

Click on the image for a larger version

Natural Resources Department Seeking Recycled Items

The Natural Resources Department is seeking the following recycled items:
  • 2-liter repurposed pop bottles (capped)
  • 2" plastic containers (like cream cheese or yogurt cups)
  • Brown grocery bags
We are now collecting the listed items for the upcoming 2019 Bad River Natural Resources Department Open House in March. If you wish to provide these items, we kindly ask that you thoroughly rinse out the 2-liter pop bottles, as well as any plastic containers.

Please drop items off at the Natural Resource Office with staff members Florence or Jessica.

We are accepting these items now through February 28th. Please help reach our goal of 100 of each item.
WIC for February

Bad River Student Scholarship Opportunity

Public Notice - Northern Natural Gas Digs
Comment Deadline is Today

Chalk About Love - February 14th

Powwow Committee Seeks Members
Deadline to Sign Up is Friday, February 15th

WIEA Call for Artists - Deadline Extended to March 1st

Tribal Natural Resources Newsletter

The mission statement of the Bad River Natural Resources Department is:

"The Department strives for resource management which both conserves the natural resources for the future generations and provides for the needs of the present.

The department's existence reflects the importance the Bad River Tribe places on its right and ability to exercise sovereignty, self-determination and self-regulation in the area of natural resource management."

View the latest edition of Common Ground , the department's newsletter.
Social Security Video Service

New Public Health Program - Case Management

Community Events
Lacrosse - Every Monday

Beading Circle - Every Wednesday

Bad River Wrestling - Every Wednesday and Friday

Fire Safety Poster Contest - Submission Due Today

Chequamegon Kite Fest - February 16th

UW-Extension Online Parenting Class - February 19th

Bringing Protective Factors - March 2nd and March 9th

Basic Life Support Certification Training - March 22nd

Natural Resources Department Open House - March 27th

GLIFWC Internship Opportunities
GLIFWC 2019 Internship Opportunities -
Application Deadline March 1st

Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) is happy to announce available internships for its 2019 GLIFWC Summer Internship Program! In 2019, GLIFWC will be offering 15 unique internships from its various divisions, including Biological Services, Planning and Development, Public Information, Enforcement, and Administration.

Through this internship program, college students will work one-on-one with their GLIFWC mentors in various divisions and learn about necessary coursework, college degrees and trainings which result in gainful employment in a multitude of careers, including natural resource and stewardship careers with Tribes. Also, students will participate in a variety of traditional Anishinaabe cultural events and learn about the importance of treaty reserved rights to the Anishinaabe people and their history in preserving these rights.

Hear from past GLIFWC Interns -

Completed applications (as outlined within the Opportunity Announcement) are  due by March 1, 2019 by 4:30 pm.

Below are the Internship Opportunity Announcement and the individual Internship Position Descriptions. Please feel free to send to any and all interested college students! Internship Positions Descriptions are also available for viewing at  www.glifwc.org under the "Employment" section.
Employment Opportunities
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