January 30, 2019


We hope you are doing well and staying warm. As the temperatures plunge, p lease take care of yourself, your children, your Elders and your pets during these frigid days and nights.

Here are some helpful tips for cold weather preparedness:

The Ashland School District is closed today, and school closings are occurring throughout the region.  View the current list here.

Bad River Tribal Offices, Programs, and the Health and Wellness Center will open at 10:00 am today due to the inclement weather.

Scroll down to see the good news and activities happening in the Mashkiiziibii community.
Manomin Restaurant Wins Savory Award

On Saturday, Northland College and the BRICK Ministries hosted Taste of the Bay for a third time.

Participants enjoyed tasty samples from local chefs and voted for their favorite dishes. There were three categories - Sweet, Savory and Vegan.

The Bad River Lodge and Casino's Manomin Restaurant was the winner in the Savory category, serving Beef Wellington Bad River style - a chuck roast prepared pot roast style with a mirepoix (caramelized carrots, onions and celery) stuffed with Bad River wild rice rolled into a puff pastry and topped off with a mushroom and beef demi-glaze.

(Left to Right) Duane Soulier, Linton Rembert, Jarell Miles and Jose Ruiz

Photos by Jose Ruiz

"This was a collective effort by all three of our chefs. They did very well, and I'm very proud of them," shared Linton Rembert, manager of the Manomin Restaurant.  "We are ecstatic! It's great to finally put Bad River on the map on a good note.  We look forward to doing this every year now."

Congratulations to the Manomin Restaurant!!
Water Protectors Honored for Defense of Environment

"Hello, everyone. Thanks again to the Sioux Chef for the wonderful cooking. I'm just gonna say a little bit about why we're here. My name is Winona LaDuke and I'm the executive director of Honor the Earth, and this is our feast where we are thankful for the water that we have, because water is what brings us life."

Members of the Bad River Ojibwe Tribe join (left to right) Philomena Kebe, Beatrice Matus, (in front), Aurora Conley, Elder Joe Rose, Lori Lemieux and Tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins while receiving recognition for their efforts to protect the waters of Lake Superior and the Bad River Watershed from mines, pipelines and corporate farming in the Chequamegon Bay Region of northern Wisconsin. Photo by DKakkak

"Today as I woke up by the lake and heard the lapping I remembered that this is a fifth of the world's water, one of the most beautiful and most precious places in the world, and what a great gift it is that we get to be the people who live here by this great lake.

So, we are just grateful for this moment in the middle of our winter, as it comes during the full moon. A time to be grateful for all of the gifts that the water in our territory has given us, and our opportunity, our spiritual opportunity to be the people that keep our commitment to this territory and our water.

Take care of our water and take care of our future generations. So tonight is the night when we're gonna honor some of those people who are doing that, 'cause there are people everywhere that are doing the right thing and to remember that this is our opportunity to just summon up what we got to do.

You know, you have that opportunity all the time, but this is a night that we are acknowledging some of those people. So as I thought about what to be grateful about, you know, our water, our territory, the life that was given to us here, I also wanted to make some special thank yous.

We are headquartered on the White Earth Reservation a bit West of here, but we also have a new office here in Duluth because this is our lake and our territory. And so as Honor The Earth we've spent a lot of time... You know, I say I've spent most of my life trying to deal with stupid ideas?

First it's like this mine or maybe this power plant or maybe this pipeline project or ... You know what? It's endless. Joe Rose, my uncle here, same thing. A lot of mining projects, things that would hurt our water.

You know, but our organization has worked on a lot on advocacy issues and supported other organizations through a grant program to many indigenous people on a world-wide scale, but mostly in North America to protect their water and work on their language, protection of sacred sites, and protection of future generations.

So we're grateful to be that organization that does that, and a lot of you know that this past five years we've been working on these pipeline projects, these bad ideas that come from Canada. It seems like we have a lot of bad ideas that come from Canada these days, I have to say. But in this case it was ... First it was fracked oil pipelines from the Dakotas. Now it's called the Sandpiper Project intended to go here to Superior. We defeated that together in 2016. There is no more Sandpiper Project by the Enbridge Corporation.

That's what happens when people work hard and work together and you push the system and the social movement change that is going to be history.

We write our own history. And now we are fighting the Enbridge Line #3, which is the single largest Tar Sands project out there."

Read the full story here.
Dr. Patty Loew Receives MLK Heritage Award

Photo from WPT's Facebook video
Dr. Patty Loew, Bad River Tribal Member, author and professor, was presented the 2019 MLK Heritage Award at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ceremony held at the State Capitol in Madison on January 21st. Dr. Loew received the award in recognition of her service to others, which includes authoring the book Native People of Wisconsin, which is used by more than 18,000 Wisconsin schoolchildren as a social studies textbook. The award was presented by Dr. Jonathan L. Overby, Executive Producer of the MLK Tribute Event.

Dr. Loew began her speech by thanking Governor Tony Evers, state officials, Dr. Overby, friends and her family. She also thanked her mother Alice Loew for inspiring her and teaching her cultural humility.

Sandra Parks, age 13, was posthumously awarded the other 2019 MLK Heritage Award. Dr. Loew acknowledged the Parks family for the loss of their daughter, whose life was ended by gun violence. Dr. Loew stated that she was humbled by the legacy that Sandra left.

After addressing the issue of gun violence and social justice, Dr. Loew also spoke about environmental injustice, saying, "Dr. King's legacy was one of peace and social justice. I'd like to think that if Dr. King were alive today he would be warning us about environmental injustice too." Her statement on environmental justice received widespread applause from the audience.

You may view the entire Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on the Wisconsin Public Television Facebook page. The MLK Heritage Award is presented to Dr. Loew at 42:00.

Congratulations Dr. Loew!
Tribal Bar Welcomes New Members

Three individuals were recently sworn in to the Bad River Tribal Bar.

Bob Eaton, Mary Kaulaity and Michael Reszler were sworn in on Friday, January 18th, by Tribal Judge Joseph Corbine, Sr. All three recently passed an exam that tested their knowledge of the Tribal Constitution and ordinances. After being sworn in, they may act as lay advocates to represent people in court cases.

(Left to Right) Mary Kaulaity, Michael Reszler, Bob Eaton and Tribal Judge Joseph Corbine, Sr.

Bob Eaton has experience in the courtroom, having served as a judge in the Ashland area for many years. Bob recently retired from being a judge but found that he enjoyed working in the courtroom more than retirement, so he decided to take the Tribal Bar exam.

Community member and mother Mary Kaulaity is proud that she can be a part of the Tribal court system. "I'm very excited. Being a mother of five kids, it's a huge accomplishment. I'm excited to work with the Tribal Court," said Mary.

Michael Reszler is also excited to begin his duties, saying, "It was a positive challenge. Coming up through the court system as a child, and now being an adult and being able to serve others like those that helped me in my teen years. It's a great honor to return that favor." Michael hopes this opportunity might lead him to be active on the state and federal level in the future.

Congratulations Bob, Mary and Michael!
Super Blood Wolf Moon

On the evening of Sunday, January 20th, people across North and South America gazed up and saw an amazing celestial occurrence known as the Super Blood Wolf Moon. A supermoon occurs a few times throughout the year, however that Sunday's supermoon was in unison with the only lunar eclipse viewable in our area in 2019.

The term "supermoon" refers to the moon's closeness in proximity to Earth in its orbit. At first glance, most people can't tell the difference between an average full moon and supermoon, but when compared to the full moon when it is furthest from the earth in its elliptical orbit, the supermoon appears 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon, blocking most of the sun's light from being reflected on the surface of the moon. The small amount of light that still reaches the moon gives it an eerie, copper-red tint, hence the term "blood moon". To some Tribes, a lunar eclipse represents coming change.

The origin of the term "wolf moon", according to the Old Farmer's Almanac, comes from "Algonquin Tribes who lived in regions from New England to Lake Superior." While stories of the origin of the name "wolf moon" vary, some speculate that various Native American Tribes also refer to the month of January as the Wolf Moon.

Today, we Ojibwe refer to the month of January and its moon as Gichi-Manidoo-Giizis, or Great Spirit Moon.
Biboonikeonini (Wintermaker)

The constellation Biboonikeonini
Biboonikeonini - Wintermaker is a spirit that makes winter. Each season has certain spirits that make the season happen. Winter-only stories are told in wintertime because a person knows the winter spirits are there. No winter stories are told after the frogs wake up.

In Ojibwe, the snow is referred to as "grandfathers"; for example, "nimishoomis bangishin" is said when snow is falling and translates as "grandfathers falling". The word "grandfathers" signifies the spirit part of the snow, our connection to snow as a relative, and the observation that snow is much older than humans.

(Taken from Ojibwe Sky Star Map Constellation Guide, An Introduction to Ojibwe Star Knowledge by Annette S. Lee, William Wilson, Jeffrey Tibbetts, and Carl Gawboy)

More information about Biboonikeonini may be found here.
An Invitation for Nominations - 
Culture-Keeper/Elder-in-Residence Program

Nominations are being accepted for the Culture-Keeper/Elder-in-Residence Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The new initiative seeks to improve the experience of American Indian and Alaskan Native students by hosting Native Elders on campus for extended visits (five day) and educational exchanges.


2019 dates:

Spring: April 1st thru April 5th


UW-Madison's American Indian Student Organization, Wunk Sheek, will host the 50th On Wisconsin Annual Spring Powwow (OWASP) on April 6th and April 7th.

Fall: November 11th thru November 15th (Tentative)

Participation will include:

  • Brief orientation on UW-Madison
  • Meals with faculty and students in the American Indian Student and Cultural Center
  • Support of cultural events on campus
  • Serve as guest lecturer
  • Hold office hours to visit with students, faculty, and staff
  • Meet with faculty who work with Native students and Nations
  • Other activities based on nominee's interests

Compensation: Housing, meals, transportation support, and a monetary stipend.

You are invited to nominate yourself or someone else. A background check will be conducted for each nominee.

Nomination deadline: February 8, 2019

Nominations will be reviewed and individuals notified in late February. To submit a nomination, choose one of the options below.

Start Your Construction Career with TrANS

The next session starts February 11th!

Applications and interviews will be held onsite during the open house for participants to attend this WisDOT funded Transportation Alliance for New Solutions (TrANS) road construction training program.

More information on the program can be found on the website, including a video showcasing TrANS graduates.

To be eligible for the program participants must: be 18 years old with a GED, HSED or high school diploma, pass a 6th grade math/reading exam, have a valid driver's license, pass a urine drug screen, and be in good physical condition

The program is 160 hours or 12 academic credits - there is NO cost to the student. Components of the program include: construction math, certifications in flagging, OSHA 30, CPR and First Aid, personal success, tool id and safety, and more!

The course starts February 11th and continues through the end of April. Most courses will be onsite at the LCO College Outreach Site in the Chief Blackbird Center.

Please contact me for more information. Please feel free to forward and share with anyone who may be interested. 


Amber Marlow
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
715-634-4790, extension 156
Upcoming Pow Wows
Here are upcoming Pow Wows in our neighboring communities.  Click on the image to view a larger version of the flyer.

LCO - February 8th

FCPC - March 23rd and March 24th

Request For Proposals
Mashki Ziibii Biboon Camp and Round Dance Cook
Due February 1st at 4:30 pm

Community Information
Food Shelf Needs Donations

All donations may be dropped off at Social Services.
If delivery isn't possible, call 715-682-7127 and we will schedule a pickup.  Thank you!
Natural Resources Department Seeking Recycled Items

The Natural Resources Department is seeking the following recycled items:
  • 2-liter re-purposed 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

Enbridge Line 5 Tribal Member Meeting - February 13th
Public Notice - Northern Natural Gas Digs
Comment Deadline is February 13, 2019

WIEA Call for Artists - Deadline February 15th

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

Reach Out and Read!

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

LCO College Updates
LCO College Move Approved

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Change Panel 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

"The process to reach HLC approval, to return to the Tribes, stretched more than seven months. Credit for this move and immediate increase in student enrollment is shared by the leadership and communities of Bad River and Red Cliff." said Dr. Swagger, President of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College.

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College has been accepting students at both sites for the spring semester that began January 22, 2019. Programs and certificates offered at these sites include:

Associate Degrees:
* Accounting
* Liberal Arts
* Native American Studies
* Native American Studies - Language Emphasis
* Small Business Administration

* Native American Tribal Management
* Nursing Assistant
* Office Support Specialist
* Ojibwe Language
* Personal Care Worker
* Tribal Court Lay Advocate - New

The combined student enrollment at these sites has increased by more than 80%. Learn more at at the College's website.
Community Events
Lacrosse - Every Monday

Beading Circle - Every Wednesday

Bad River Wrestling - Every Wednesday and Friday

Youth Basketball Camp Fundraiser - February 1st

UW-Extension Online Parenting Class - February 5th

Free Photo Shoot - February 8th

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.

Valentine's Craft Party - February 11th

Ages and Stages Questionnaires Training - February 11th

Bringing Protective Factors - March 2nd & March 9th

Save the Date
Natural Resources Department Open House - March 27th

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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