September 12, 2019

Minogizhebaawagad (Good Morning),

Full Moon Over Gichi Gami by Gary Blake
Our youth have returned to school, the Packers are playing, we're beginning to see signs of the leaves changing color, temperatures are cooling, and we're harvesting Manoomin.

Dagwaagin (Autumn) is arriving, and when  we have clear skies, we can see the September full moon, Waatebagaa-Giizis (Leaves Changing Color). Waatebagaa means brightly colored leaves.

Non-Natives frequently refer to the  Waatebagaa-Giizis as the Harvest Moon, as it's the moon that appears closest to the Fall Equinox, which will be on Monday, September 23rd.

Scroll down to see the good news and many activities happening in the Mashkiiziibiing community.
Elders Birthdays
Mino-dibishkaan (Happy Birthday) to Our Elders

September 1
Gordon Miller

September 2
Theresa Hagstrom
Dana Jackson

September 3
George Bigboy

September 4
Lois Kolodziejski
Burton Guibord
Bill Burns

September 7
Flavia Neveaux
Sharon Shannaquet

September 10
Theresa Couture
Carol Butler
Helen Couture
September 14
Ed Leoso
Evelyn Stone
Don Corbine
Ken Couture
September 15
Sandra Livingston
Fran Wylie
Lawrence Stone
September 16
Devonna DeVoy
September 17
Rick Wilmer
September 18
Mary Lou Salawater
September 19
Ginger Carrington
Rick Wolfe
September 20
Roland Lemieux
September 21
Carol Wilmer
Bernard Lemieux
September 23
Don Blanchard
September 24
Mitch Crowe

Treaty Day Commemoration - September 29th & 30th

The Treaty of 1854

Photo Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society
Chief Buffalo, "Kechewaishke", guided his nation with several Treaties with the U.S. government, including those signed in 1825, 1826, 1837, 1842, 1847 and 1854.

He was instrumental in resisting the efforts of the United States to remove the Ojibwe from their homes, and worked tirelessly to secure permanent land for his people and retain Tribal sovereignty.
In the spring of 1852, Chief Buffalo, traveled from Mooningwanekaaing, also known as Madeline Island, to Washington, D.C., by canoe.

Chief Buffalo's Peace Pipe - image courtesy of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
According to the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians' July-December 2017 Visitor Guide, "At age 93, Great Buffalo and several band chiefs were delegated to begin the several months-long journey to Washington, D.C., to meet with President Millard Fillmore. When they finally met, along with the words of the Grand Councils, they carried a Pa-wa-gon or great pipe which was smoked with the President. Following the meeting, the chiefs returned home with that pipe, now known as the "Buffalo Peace Pipe" which became a symbol of our nation's agreement, and today it is preserved and protected by the Red Cliff Tribe."

Following the meeting, President Fillmore rescinded a removal order, returned annuity payments, and enacted the Treaty of 1854.  On September 30, 1854, Chief Buffalo signed what would become known as the Treaty of 1854, also known as the Treaty of La Pointe.
With the Treaty of 1854, the Tribes retained their hunting, fishing and gathering rights, and the Bad River, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Lac Courte Oreilles, Lac du Flambeau, L'Anse with Lac Vieux Desert, Ontonagon and Red Cliff reservations were established.
The Mole Lake and St. Croix Tribes lost their federal recognition due to being excluded from the Treaty, and finally regained their federal recognition 80 years later under the Indian Reorganization of 1934. The St. Croix's western population in Minnesota was not independently recognized, and Tribal Members are now considered part of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
Also included in the Treaty of 1854, a small tract of land was set aside for Chief Buffalo and his family on the mainland at Miskwaabikong (red rocks or red cliffs), now known as the Red Cliff reservation.
Bad River, then known as the La Pointe Band, received the current reservation lands and approximately 195 acres on Mooningwanekaaing, which the Tribe still owns today. We'll share that story in the next e-newsletter.
On Monday, September 30, 2019, Ojibwe Tribes will convene Mooningwanekaaing to celebrate the efforts of Chief Buffalo and other Tribal leaders 174 years ago to retain historic lands including Mooningwanekaaing Minis (island of the yellow-shafted flicker), and hunting, fishing and gathering rights.
Ceremonies will be held on the island at the Madeline Island Historical Museum. More information for Tribal Members will be available shortly, and will be shared on the Tribe's Facebook page.
Back to School Burger Bash
By Hayley Nye 

The Back to School Burger Bash had an amazing turn out! We had about 200 attendees! 

Attendees included Bad River Community members, Bad River Tribal departments, Ashland School District employees, teachers, students, and the Ashland School District Superintendent Erik Olson, who also participated in the burger contest.

Lynn was busy on the grill the whole night grilling up hot dogs, brats and burgers for everyone. 

Our burger contest was a huge hit with some amazing burgers! We had three judges for the contest: Fred Pero, Wesley Andrews and Lori Lemieux.

First place went to Team Savage - Peter Halfaday, Duane Soulier and Jackie Rose - for their Brew Burger.

Second place went to Good Burger - Faye Maday, Marcene Jennings and Doug Jennings - for their Quesadilla Burger.

Third place went to Grill Boy - Jace Johnson - for his Potato River Pizza Burger.

Burgers were judged on taste and presentation and none of the teams disappointed. 

We had 7 teams in total:
  • Team Savage - Peter Halfaday, Duane Soulier, Jackie Rose
  • Oredocker Strong - Chris Graff, Erik Olson, Angie Parduhn
  • Grilling Girls - Cherie Pero and Marie Nevala
  • Grill Boy - Jace Johnson
  • Rockin It Up - Jake Levings, Mark Getz, Danny Mikula, Brian Trettin, Mike Weaver
  • Good Burger - Faye Maday, Marcene Jennings, Doug Jennings
  • Team Headstart - Dan Powless and Jack Corbine

There was a tie for third place between Team Grill Boy and Team Headstart which was ultimately won by Team Grill Boy after a head-to-head Best One Bite tiebreaker.

Our Arena Director for the mini powwow was Nate Ante, and our Emcee was Zach Hartlev. Attendees participated in the Potato Dance and the Feather Dance.

Joy Schelbe led a game of Baaga'odwewin with the kids including the entire Ashland High School boys soccer team. 

We raffled off prizes including folding chairs with footrests, space heaters, a food dehydrator, coin sorter, blankets and other items. There were also numerous fun and informational booths from Bad River departments as well as Ashland School employees.

The Bad River Youth Services Department would like to thank everyone who attended and helped make this event a huge success! Special thanks to the Bad River Maintenance Department, Moccasin Trail IGA and Fred Pero for going above and beyond!
Ground Blessings and Groundbreakings

Last Thursday, two ground blessings and groundbreakings were held in the Mashkiiziibing Community.

Greenfire Management Services is beginning construction on the new Head Start building. Greenfire is a wholly owned company of the Potawatomi Business Development Corporation, the investment arm of the Forest County Potawatomi Community.

Tribal Council Members, Head Start staff and community members were on hand as Chairman Wiggins shared, "It's a beautiful day to come together and celebrate the start of a new part of our journey as we strive to start our little people off in a good way on their educational path."

Rendering of the New Head Start Building

"With Ojibwemowin and our language immersion effort, we're still building the system so to speak, but eventually the system will start with our babies, catch kids in first and second grades, and then onto middle and high school. Bad River is going to produce Ojibwe language speakers," Chairman Wiggins continued.

The new Head Start facility is expected to be completed in mid-February of next year.
Following the Head Start ground blessing and groundbreaking, Tribal Leaders and community members moved to the Chippewa Fresh Start YouthBuild ground blessing and groundbreaking.

The Bad River Housing Authority and the Red Cliff Chippewa Housing have partnered with the Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program (NWCEP), the Western Dairyland Economic Opportunities Council and the Workforce Resource Chippewa County Job Center to participate in the Chippewa Fresh Start YouthBuild program.

The Chippewa Fresh Start YouthBuild program provides education, employment skills and career direction for awesome young adults by involving them in the construction of a new house. When completed, the house is sold to an income-eligible family in the community.

During the course of the program, the young adults will gain valuable skills, perform community service, and prepare for post-secondary education and careers. The most important goals of the project are to build self-esteem and help young adults become self-sufficient.

Participants will be paid by NWCEP through the AmeriCorps program. Upon successful completion of a the 900-hour AmeriCorps term, each participant will receive a Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate from the Home Builders Institute (HBI), and an AmeriCorps educational award.

The Bad River and Red Cliff communities will each have a new, two-bedroom home built. The first is being built in Bad River, and the second home is planned for Red Cliff next summer. When completed, the homes will be sold at an affordable price to Tribal Members who meet the financial criteria.
Support Our YouthBuild Participants

Caucus and Upcoming Election

The 2019 Council Cause was held last week.  Here are the results:

The General Election will be held November 5, 2019.
Free Preventative Dental Services by Smiles on Wheels 

2019 Adoption List

Community Information
LLC Code Public Notice - Comments Due Before Monday

Survey for the Food Sovereignty Program

Image by Arizona State University
The Bad River Food Sovereignty Program is seeking input from community members.

Click here to take the online survey.

Click here to view and print a hard copy of the survey for you, a family member or friend. If you do not have access to a printer, you may pick a hard copy up at the Grants Office or at the Food Sovereignty building.

The Food Sovereignty Program is feeling the need to expand its services and increase community interest. Many community members have participated in Food Sovereignty events; we would like to serve more members. And, the Food Sovereignty Program would like grow more food and make more food available to community members - WITH YOUR FULL PARTICIPATION.

Thank you,

The Food Sovereignty Program
Infant Sleepers Recalled

Recently, several inclined infant sleepers have been recalled due to being linked with infant deaths or as a precautionary measure because they are similar to the products that are linked to infant deaths.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group conducted a survey of child care programs and found that 1 in 10 programs that were surveyed are still using recalled sleepers. DCF licensing and certification rules require that the indoor and outdoor premises shall be free of hazards, including any recalled products.

The inclined sleepers that have been recalled include, but may not be limited to:
  • Disney Baby Doze and Dream Bassinet
  • Eddie Bauer Slumber and Soothe Rock Bassinet
  • Fisher Price Rock 'n Play Sleepers
  • Fisher Price Inclined Sleeper Accessory for Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yards
  • Kids II Rocking Sleepers
Please keep the children you care for safe by removing recalled products from your child care program. For more information, or to see future recall notices, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website and sign up for their email alerts.

Thank you,
Your Department of Children and Families Child Care Team
Legislation Affecting Motor Vehicle Registrations

Wisconsin's 2019-2021 biennial budget includes a provision to increase motor vehicle title and registration fees and implements a hybrid electric vehicle surcharge. These fees are effective October 1, 2019.

For vehicles that currently are registered, the new registration fees and the hybrid electric vehicle surcharge will be assessed on vehicles with an expiration date of September 30, 2019, or later, even if renewal payment is submitted before October 1, 2019.

Effective October 1, 2019, the vehicle title fee increases from $69.50 to $164.50. The title fee for a surviving spouse/surviving domestic partner or for a low-speed
vehicle (LSV) increases from $62 to $157.

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Ceremonial Elk Hunt 2019 - Drawing September 18th

Birch Harvest Public Notice

Youth Leadership & Resilience Initiative Fall Meetings

Northern WI Outdoor Experiential Education Scholarship

The fall 2019 round of applications for the Northern Wisconsin Outdoor Experiential Education Scholarship is now open.

This scholarship is designed to help youth (and adults!) of the Chequamegon Bay area participate in outdoor educational programs through programs like Outward Bound, Wilderness Inquiry or Northland College.

The deadline to apply is October 1, 2019.
Scarecrow Contest - Voting Begins October 20th

Deadline for BIA-HIP Grants is November 29th

Al-Anon Family Groups - Every Monday

Language Table - 2nd and 4th Wednesday Each Month

Math Tutoring - Every Thursday

Social and Family Services Events

Alzheimer's Family Caregiver Support Program

Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs

Community Events
September Events
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2nd Annual Summer/Harvest Time
Dine and Learn Event

Bawa'am Manoomin
September 13th and 16th

Small Business Academy
September 17th

Global Climate Strike
September 20th

Adrian Reede Memorial Tourny Begins September 21st
Deadline to Register is September 18th

Giiwaase Zwenidig Teachings
(We Hunt Together)
September 24th

Elderly One Stop
September 25th

October Events
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Wisconsin Hunter Education Classes
Begin October 1st

Giiwaase Zwenidig Teachings
(We Hunt Together)
Begin October 1st

Employment Opportunities
Visit these sites for current employment opportunities:

The Census is Hiring
The Census Impacts Our Community

Request For Proposals (RFPs)
Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians
Chief Blackbird Center, P.O. Box 39, Odanah, WI 54861


Due Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Noon.

The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians is seeking proposals through solicitation for planning, organizing, and facilitating monthly Fatherhood Activities September 2019 through February 2020. Each activity will be approximately 2-4 hours. The cost of supplies for activities, including meals will be covered by and coordinated with the Head Start/Early Head Start. Contractor must be able to pass a caregiver background check.
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Share your good news and upcoming activities with the community!

The e-newsletter is sent every other Wednesday, and many items are shared on the Tribe's Facebook page.

The deadline for submitting information is Monday morning.

Email us  your information and story ideas. Please include your contact information so that we can follow up with you, and a photo if possible.

Chi Miigwech!

Kim Swisher,  Tribal Communications
Cell:  715-437-0465
Office:  715-437-0090

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