December 19, 2018


Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Community Christmas Party on December 8th. We had a great time and have a story below sharing the fun and holiday spirit of the event for anyone who wasn't able to make it.

As you scroll down, you'll see more news and activities happening in the Mashkiiziibii community.

Please note that Tribal Offices will be closed for the holidays on the following days:
  • December 24, 2018 - Closing at Noon
  • December 25, 2018 - Closed
  • December 26, 2018 - Closed
  • January 1, 2019 - Closed

We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!
Bad River Community Christmas Party
The annual Bad River Community Christmas Party was held at the Community Center on Saturday, December 8th. This year's theme was inspired by the popular Christmas film Polar Express. Smiles, food and laughs were abundant throughout the day as members of the community came together to celebrate the holidays.

The party kicked off with Santa and his elves being welcomed into the community center through song.

"The best part is when you see the kids happy when Santa comes," said Esie Leoso-Corbine, Director of Bad River Social & Family Services. "Before he comes in, they sing a Christmas song. Santa loves to hear them sing, so they get louder and louder. That's how he knows that the kids are ready."

Esie helped coordinate the planning of the party this year. She loves seeing the happy children and helping families during the holidays.

All children received a gift and a stocking filled with candy, popcorn, cookies and fruit. In addition to the snacks provided in the stockings, there were plenty of goodies at the different booths located around the Center. A hot chocolate stand, complete with marshmallows, peppermint, whipped cream and the works, provided a yummy treat for those with a sweet tooth.

One of the highlights of the party was a Holiday Cake Wars Contest with cakes decorated in the Polar Express theme. The cake contest was intended to promote competition and good sportsmanship among youth, as well as to provide a delicious dessert for the meal. Congratulations to Courtney Jones, who took first place in the contest! Scroll down to see photos of the top three winners and their creations.

Throughout the day, children danced around to an Ojibwe hand drum song for a traditional spin on the game musical chairs. Other activities included cookie decorating, ornament crafting, snowman bean bag toss, pictures with Santa, and writing letters to soldiers serving overseas.

Participants were also able to take a trip on the Polar Express train. A hay ride, decorated as the famous holiday train, was a popular attraction throughout the day.

Most of the funding and activities provided at the party were made available by donations from various Tribal departments, local businesses, and other organizations. Some of the sponsors for the event included the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation, Ashland Memorial Hospital and Little Caesars Pizza.

Thank you and Merry Christmas to the generous sponsors, Tribal departments, the planning committee, volunteers and organizations who helped make the annual holiday party a success!
Cake Wars Winners

Congratulations to the Cake Wars Winners:

1st place winner - Courtney Jones

2nd place winners - Renee & Lola Baldwin

3rd place winner - Michelle Davis

Chi Miigwech for your efforts in making beautiful and delicious holiday treats!
LCO College Proceeding in Move to Bad River & Red Cliff
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College completed another step in returning to both the Bad River and Red Cliff communities.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Change Panel has recommended this move for approval by the Institutional Actions Council (IAC), an HLC decision-making body. Approval by the IAC is the final step for Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College to offer full course work at:

Bad River Blackbird Center
72682 Maple Street
Odanah, WI 54861

Red Cliff Cabin
37360 State Hwy 13
Bayfield, WI 54814

"Educating our brothers and sisters in our Bad River and Red Cliff Tribal communities is our priority," Dr. Russel Swagger, President of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College said. "We are glad to be back and we plan to be there for a very long time. We are creating bachelor's degree programs and many other new learning opportunities. Our relationship with each of your communities is imperative to our success. We must care for our people and strengthen our Ojibwe Tribal nations." 

For more information on  Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, visit their website.
Sharing the Native Spirit

The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission has many videos on their YouTube Channel for all to watch.

Take a look at their video on Winter Ice Spearing -

Community Information
Request for Public Comment Today

Opportunities for Tribal Members

The Natural Resources THPO office is seeking qualified Tribal Monitors for contracting. Click here for more information.

The Bad River Community Development Corporation is seeking to fill five positions for the Board of Directors. Click here for more information.
New Website for BART

The Bay Area Rural Transit has a new website -

Serve on the Madeline Island Planning Committee

If you are interested in serving the community by participating as a committee member, please submit a written response as to why you would like to be on the committee. Please limit your response to one page or less. 

Please respond by this Friday, December 21st and submit all responses to
New Mail Boxes for Birch Hill Residents
Harvest Birch and Cedar Trees

Public Notice - WQS Wiggins Timber Harvest Project
EMTs Needed - Classes Begin in January

Social Security Video Service

Contraceptives  Available

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 Leoso, Bad River 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." 

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 .
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LCO College Updates
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Celebrates

Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Ojibwa Community College came together with community members on Wednesday, December 5th, to celebrate the successes that we have achieved together over the last six months, and to discuss the future of the College. 

"Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College is becoming the strongest it has ever been because it is a true community-driven college," Dr. Russell Swagger, President of LCO Ojibwa Community College said.  Together we: 
  • Renewed relationships with communities we serve;
  • Restored relationships with Elders;
  • Increased our influence through Dr. Swagger's appointment to the UW- Madison Extension Board, the Impact 7 Board and the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board;
  • Partnered with the Public Theater, Hayward Rotary Club and Sherman and Ruth Weiss Library to bring Sweat to the College, a collaboration with Public Theater and LCO Ojibwa Community College;
  • Created a college newsletter;
  • Secured an Endowed Scholarship Fund;
  • Signed agreements to return to Red Cliff and Bad River and submitted application to the Higher Learning Commission requesting to move permanently;
  • Completed a successful Higher Learning Commission multi-location visit;
  • Introduced a new Indigenous Culinary Arts Certificate Program;
  • Created Kwe groups and an Art Club for students;
  • Completed a Multi-Purpose Building at the Farm that includes a commercial kitchen and student agriculture laboratory;
  • Developed and began offering new continued education micro-certificates for academic credit;
  • Secured grants through U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) totaling $560,000 over four years;
  • Secured a sub-contract with the LCO Tribe through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) to provide Road Construction Training.
During our celebration of accomplishments, we honored of Daryl Coons, Sr.

Daryl has retired from the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Board of Regents after 12 years of service.

The College is currently undergoing a strategic planning process.  A draft of the strategic framework encompassing 2018-2021 is available at the Main Campus, Bad River Outreach, Lac du Flambeau Outreach, North Outreach, Red Cliff Outreach, and St. Croix Outreach sites. 
Register for Spring Classes Today

Student Spotlight - Marissa Lemieux

Marissa Lemieux is a Bad River Tribal Member and started attending Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College in the fall of 2018 at the Bad River Outreach site in Odanah. She is currently majoring in Native American Studies with an emphasis in Language.

Marissa states that taking classes at the Outreach site is a better fit for her because she lives on the reservation and it is easier to get there. Marissa particularly enjoyed the hands-on projects from the "Intro to Ojibwe Culture" course, and she sewed a doll with its own regalia.

She is going to take classes this spring to continue to learn the language and teach the younger generation the meaning behind our culture and language. Her 4-year old daughter is in Head Start and is one of the main reasons she has chosen to pursue her education.
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Community Events
Beading Circle - Wednesdays

Language Table - December 19th

Biboon Pipe Ceremony and Feast - December 21st

Dadibaajimoway Storytelling - December 21st

4th Annual Holiday Hoops - December 27th

4th Annual Holiday Hoops - December 27th

Save the Date
Diabetes Clinic - January 22nd

Bibooni-Gabeshiwin Winter Camp - February 9th

Wellbriety Round Dance - February 9th

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Wellbriety Round Dance T-Shirt Sale

Wellbriety Round Dance T-shirts are now available for purchase. T-shirts are $20 each. For more information, contact Martin Powless at 715-292-0599 or Nate Ante at 715-292-9952.
Natural Resources Department Open House - March 27th

Employment Opportunities
Tribal Employment Opportunities

2020 Census Jobs

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Kim Swisher, Adam VanZile and Daleth Mountjoy
Tribal Communications
Office:  715-437-0090

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