May 8, 2019

Good Morning,

May is "Waabigwanii-Giizis" or Flower Moon. This is the time of the year everything starts to bloom and become green again. With all the snow and rainfall we've received this year, we're looking forward to seeing flowers pop up in the coming weeks. Be sure to watch out for newborn fawns!

Are you starting a garden or flowerbed this year? While the average frost-free growing season in Bad River starts around June 1st, it's time to start looking for seedlings to transplant soon.

We'd love to share photos of your home gardens! Please email your pictures.

Scroll down to see the good news and many activities happening in the Mashkiiziibii community.
First Annual Gitchi Gami College and Military Signing Day

Ashland High School hosted the First Annual Gitchi Gami College and Military Signing Day for Native senior students last Wednesday.

Left - Front Row: Myron Burns, Home-School Coordinator for LSE, Milisa Corbine, Tribal Council Member, Tim Oja, Sasha Couture, Leah Brown, Peyton Greene, Mikayla Swanson, Bella Wabindato, Madelyn Wiggins; Faye Maday, Home-School Coordinator for AMS.

Left - Back Row: Jake Levings, AMS Principal, Joe Corbine, Home-School Coordinator for AHS, Julie Houle, Kevern Kingbird, James Mayotte, Brennan Corbine, Hunter Powless, Nathan Smart, Joey Davidson, Noah Connors, Brian Trettin, AHS Principal, Jessica Pergolski, Ashland School Board President.

Students, parents, family members and community leaders attended to celebrate graduating students who made the commitment to continue their education or to serve the United States and Tribal Nations in the military.

Approximately 15 students and 35 guests attended. The event recognized Native students who have committed to a college, university or community college, to a vocational or training program, or to serve with a military branch.

Joey Davidson with Grandpa Frank Larson, Mom Michelle Davidson, Grandma Delphine Hurd and Sister Abby Davidson.  Joey is going to UW-Baraboo..
Peyton Greene with Mom Val Greene, Grandma Sis Plucinski and WITC representatives. Peyton is going to WITC-Superior.
Tim Oja and Sasha Couture with family members. Tim is going to WITC-Ashland and Sasha is going to Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.
Brennan Corbine with Grandma Rosie Corbine, Grandpa Buck and Mom Jamie Corbine. Brennan is going to Central Lakes College.
Hunter Powless with parents Pete and Lori Powless and siblings Cody and Darcie. Hunter is going to Central Lakes College.
Leah Brown with Principal Brian Trettin.  Leah is going to UW-Superior.
Noah Connors with Mom Panda Halfaday and Dad John Connors. Noah joined the U.S. Army.
Mikayla Swanson is with Grandma, Mom Shellie Swanson, Tribal Council Member Milisa Corbine, Principal Brian Trettin and School Board President Jessica Pergolski. Mikayla is going to UW-Superior.
Nathan Smart with Mom Shelly Ellson. Nate is going to UW-Eau Claire.
Madelyn Wiggins with Mom Lu Wiggins and Aunt Faye Maday. Maddie is going to Gogebic Community College.
Julie Houle with friends Kreighton Wolf and Sasha Couture. Julie is going to Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.
Bella Wabindato with Mom Liz Wabindato and Sister Viddy Wabindato. Bella is going to the University of Redlands in Southern California.

James Mayotte with friends Hunter Powless, Brennan Corbine and Joe Corbine. James is going to Central Lakes College.

"The signing ceremony memorialized and honored this momentous step the students are taking for their future," said  Liz Wabindato, a mom of one of the graduates. "We wanted to celebrate not only their past achievements but to show we respect, value and honor these first choices they are making as adults."

Congratulations students, and best wishes in all of your endeavors!
Bawaajigekwe Andrea DeBungie Named 2020 Special Services Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Bawaajigekwe Andrea DeBungie on being named Wisconsin's 2020 Special Services Teacher of the Year! The award is sponsored by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford Taylor (left) presents the 2020 Special Services Teacher of the Year award to Ashland School District Teacher Bawaajigekwe Andrea DeBungie.

Bawaajigekwe, a special education teacher at Ashland Middle School, also serves as a school board member in the Washburn School District, volunteers as a basketball coach, and serves on the academic board of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College.

"When connections are made with a student and a relationship is built within the classroom, there must be a deep understanding that the heart and mind cannot be separated," Bawaajigekwe shared.

Congratulations Bawaajigekwe!
Dylan Jennings Attends WIEA Conference

Dylan Jennings and David O'Connor
Tribal Council Member Dylan Jennings attended the 2019 Wisconsin Indian Education (WIEA) Conference in Wisconsin Rapids last month.

He attended on behalf of the Bad River Tribal Council and as a representative of the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), where he is the Public Information Officer.

The WIEA conference is held each year, hosted by a rotation of Wisconsin Tribes. For Dylan, it was a chance to learn from others in his field while representing Tribal interests.

"It was a very informative conference," Dylan said. "I attended many of the workshops that were offered. It's a gathering of educators from around the state, and people who are involved in Act 31. I went to promote resources for GLIFWC and show Tribal legislative support for teachers and people from around Wisconsin who are in the education realm."

The American Indian Studies in Wisconsin, often referred as Wisconsin Act 31, is a requirement that all public school districts and pre-service education programs provide instruction on the history, culture and Tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin's 11 federally-recognized American Indian nations and Tribal communities.

Dylan also noted there was a special guest at this year's conference. 

"Governor Tony Evers was there this year, which I thought was remarkable," he said. "It's good to see figures from the Wisconsin state government at this conference to reach out to Tribes and show support."
Smoke from Prescribed Fire a Healthy Sign of Spring

Each spring from snow-melt to mid-June, fire crews along with specialized equipment from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest safely ignite prescribed fires to restore and improve wildlife habitat while reducing the risks of wild fires in four counties across northwestern Wisconsin.

Prescribed fire is used by the U.S. Forest Service and other land management agencies as an effective tool to improve habitat for wildlife and reduce hazardous fuel buildup. Fire crews are highly trained, and fires are only started after careful planning and coordination. Weather conditions must also be appropriate, too much wind or moisture, or lack of moisture, can affect how and when fire is used.

"Prescribed fire is one of the many tools we use when managing our lands to meet the goals and objectives in the Forest Plan," said Brad Turberville, District Ranger on the Washburn Ranger District. "Resource specialists work together to identify the most effective tool and carefully plan the prescription needed to address the resource concerns. Much like a doctor gives us a prescription to help us feel better, fire is one of the tools we prescribe to help the land feel better."

Last year, a wet spring season impacted opportunities for fire crews on the west side of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to implement many burns on National Forest lands. This year, nearly 6000 acres are planned to be burned at 11 sites in Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer and Price counties. A majority of the prescribed burns are planned north of Ino, in the Moquah Barrens to restore and maintain sand pine barrens. Near Clam Lake, several small burns will be implemented to maintain small forest openings and create browse for elk, deer and other wildlife. In the Park Falls area, fire crews will be working at three sites east of town, including the Riley Wildlife Area, to maintain grassy openings for sharp-tail grouse and other wildlife. Sites to be burned are open to public recreation, but public use will be restricted during fire operations.

Prescribed fires simulate historic, naturally occurring wildfires, and produce great benefits to native plants and animals. Burning the previous years' plant matter returns nutrients to the soil, encouraging healthier and more productive plant growth. Fire top-kills woody plants such as willow and oak, causing them to sprout from the base. The resulting shoots provide tender, nutritious browse for animals like white-tailed deer and elk. Fruit-bearing plants (like blueberry) are stressed by fire, triggering them to flower and fruit.

"As spring prescribed fire season gets underway, remember the benefits this management tool brings to northern Wisconsin," said Turberville. "These carefully planned burns reduce the risk of uncontrolled wildfires and provide long-term benefits to wildlife and plants."

For additional information please call Jennifer Rabuck, West Zone Fire Management Officer, at 715-634-4821 ext. 2324, or any one of four West Zone district offices: Great Divide Ranger District in Hayward at 715-634-4821 or Glidden at 715-264-2511; Washburn District Office at 715-373-2667; and Park Falls District Office at 715-762-2461.

For more information about the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, please visit their website.
Community Information
Dine & Learn on May 10th

Summer Youth Program Orientation on May 15th

Orientation for the Circle of Youth will be held on Wednesday, May 15th, at the Bad River Convention Center from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, and from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.

Students must attend with parents or guardians, and bring a picture id, social security number, and a positive attitude.

If you have any questions or need more information, please email Lynn Bigboy or call 715-682-7111, extension 1439.
Earth Day Celebration on May 15th

LCO Business Expo and Resources Fair on May 16th

You are invited to participate at the LCO Business Expo & Business Development Resources Fair at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College on Thursday May 16th.

Networking with area Tribal and Native businesses, as well as business resource organizations, begins at 3:00 pm. Learn about business development opportunities in local, state and federal markets as well as business opportunities and resources with the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Presenters will be addressing business planning, financial management and marketing development services as well as offer information on business loans.

The event is free, but please register online. Refreshments will be available.

For more information, email David Fleming, LCO College Business Faculty, or Cassie Hutzler, Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI).
Vehicle Registration and Titling

Bad River Family Foundations

Social and Family Service Information

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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.
News from LCO College
Register for Summer Classes Today

Registration for summer classes is now open.

The summer term begins June 3rd at the  Bad River Outreach Site, which is  located in the Chief Blackbird Center and open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

For more information, visit the LCO College website or call 715-682-7111, extension 1532.
Fall Registration is Now Open

Youth Opportunities
NARCH Research Internships

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American Indian Science Scholars Program

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Community Events
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 to 60 minute workout, all equipment provided, just bring gym shoes/clothes and water.
Beading Circle
Wednesdays at 2:00 pm
Bad River THPO* Building

*Tribal Historic Preservation Office
Language Table
2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 6:00 pm
Bad River Head Start

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

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

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