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Chairman Richard "Rick" Peterson
& Red Cliff Tribal Council
April 26, 2018
Above: Ice in the Straits of Mackinac. Photo credit: mlive.com
Underwater Transmission Cables Leak Coolant Oil into Straits of Mackinac

A coolant oil leak in the Straits of Mackinac on April 1 st , 2018 has prompted more concern of potential future spills in the ecologically sensitive area of the Great Lakes. The leak came from two transmission lines that travel underwater beneath the straits. The transmission lines, operated by American Transmission Co., carry electricity between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. The hazardous contaminant, a liquid dielectric fluid, was contained in reservoirs surrounding the transmission cables. After the company was alerted to the leak by a decrease in pressure in two of the six total transmission cables, those two lines were eventually shut down and will remain out of operation. It is estimated that about 550 gallons of this coolant oil leaked, from a total of 4,280 gallons contained in the reservoirs surrounding all six transmission cables. 

The leak occurred on the evening of Sunday, April 1 st but was not reported to the Coast Guard’s National Response Center until the evening of Monday, April 2 nd . A spokeswoman for American Transmission Co. explained that the fluid – a mineral-based synthetic oil used for insulation – can be harmful to the environment. It is categorized as potentially fatal for humans and “very toxic to aquatic life.”

The water in the straits is partially open, allowing access for a response team, but the ice along the shoreline and ice remaining in the water hindered the response crews and the investigation of the damage. The fluid that leaked out has likely already dissipated and is therefore not likely to be recovered. To prevent further spillage from the two lines, remediation crews on land used vacuum trucks to remove the remaining coolant oil from the cables. At this time, the Coast Guard is investigating marine vessel activity as a potential cause for the leak.

This leak has prompted renewed concern over multiple other pipelines running beneath the straits, including two natural gas pipelines operated by company TransCanada as well as Enbridge’s Line 5 which carries crude oil. Currently, an independent risk analysis is underway to understand the liability and impact of a worst-case spill scenario of Enbridge’s Line 5. The study is being led by Dr. Guy Meadows of the Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan.

*Article synopsis by Treaty Natural Resources
Boys & Girls Club of Gichigami receives donation
Pictured from L-R are Red Cliff Vice Chair Nathan Gordon, Red Cliff Chair Rick Peterson, Tribal Treasurer Johanna Wilson and Jim Pete.
The Red Cliff Boys & Girls Club of Gitchigami were the proud recipients of a $300 donation from tribal member Jim Pete. In addition to the Boys & Girls Club donation, Jim also donated $300 to the LCO Boys and Girls Club. Jim’s daughter-in-law Heather Peterson is the Executive Director for the LCO Boys and Girls Club, where three of his grandchildren are active participants. His granddaughter Rokell Peterson is an active member of the Boys & Girls Club in Red Cliff.
In his presentation, Jim shared how different it was growing up in Red Cliff in the late 1950’s and 1960’s, whereby most people did not have running water, indoor toilets, and had to use outhouses and slop pails.

"Many burned wood for their heating. It was very natural for all members of the family to help with these essential chores," said Jim.
Jim also indicated how people of all ages were encouraged to help others, including Elders. When playing “down Red Cliff, by the corner”, many times he and others would check on Old Lady DePerry (as a note, referring to an individual as an Old Lady or Old Man in the Anishinaabe culture is a sign of respect) or Big Maggie Buffalo, to see if they needed water hauled or had other chores. Jim said, “sometimes, they would give you a nickel or quarter, and off we’d run to George and Carmen Gurnoe’s to buy candy! If they didn’t, you helped them anyway."
Recently, through Mary Meirotto, Jim was asked to share some cultural beliefs with representatives of the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. When offered compensation, Jim explained how he doesn’t accept payments because of the many people who taught him while growing up. "They just shared their knowledge because that was the normal way it was done, and they were not compensated," said Jim. When JIm does receive compensation, he donates or shares the proceeds with others.
Jim shared one of the most important teachings he learned was about giving. 

"In our traditions, we are not suppose to be materialistic, and by sharing, it helps make a person stronger," said Jim.
"During the recent benefit for Leo LaFernier, the young men from the Wigwam Express were asked to help serve food and without a second of hesitation helped," said Jim. "It is comforting to know that the tradition of helping and giving is continuing on to the next generation."
Wisconsin Tribal Judges Association Meets at Legendary Waters

The Wisconsin Tribal Judges Association held its quarterly meeting last Thursday and Friday, April 19 and 20 at Legendary Waters in the event center. The meeting was sponsored by the Red Cliff Tribe.

Numerous Tribal judiciary officials were in attendance, as well as Honorable Chief Judge Boulley and Honorable Associate Judge Topping of the Red Cliff Tribe.

The meeting was co-sponsored by the Red Cliff AODA Reduction Team/Coalition.

Thursday was the general training day. The focus of the day covered multiple topics related to substance abuse issues in tribal communities. An overview of the Red Cliff Wellness Curriculum was presented by elder and curriculum developer Ron DePerry. Mr. DePerry showcased all aspects, K-12, Family & Community units, of the curriculum. Justine Rufus, Director of the Family Violence Prevention Program and Brian Boyd an advocate for the program led an insightful and productive conversation around community and family violence related to substance abuse.

" The goal in my mind for the Red Cliff Tribal Court is to pair a healing to wellness court with the children’s court," said Red Cliff Associate Judge Gwendolyn Topping. "One of the pieces of it that was a huge draw for me was the focus on culture," continued Topping.

Legal implications in tribal communities for pregnant mothers suffering from substance abuse was also another topic of discussion.

Meeting facilitators closed out the day with an action planning exercise with encouraged Tribal judiciary staff to pick one or more topics on which to take action in their capacity within the Tribal court systems.
Above: Red Cliff Color Guard brings in the flags as Wigwam Express Singers render a flag song as part of the WTJA opening ceremony.
Candidate certification
Sharing Circle cancelled until further notice
Narcan training
Meet the Membership Committe
Managing your credit and debt
Notice - Special Council Meeting: Quarterly Reports

1.      Roll Call

2.     Opening Ceremony

3.     Approval of Agenda

4.     Quarterly Reports



c.        PLANNER




g.       COURTS

h.       LEGAL

5.     Approve Authorization for Chairman to Permit Right-of-Way Application Century Link-Wade

6.     Other

7.     Adjourn
ECC "It's A Play Date!
Honor Flight Northland Fundraiser May 19, 2018
Proposed changes to Red Cliff Children's Code




Due to the vast amount of amendments and additions, community members are encouraged to pick up a copy of the proposed Chapter 26 at the Red Cliff Legal Department or the Red Cliff Administration Office (you may also download a copy by clicking the link at the bottom of the article).


DATED: April 18, 2018

Community Spring clean up
Red Cliff Tree Day
Sovereignty, Trust & Resilience June 11- 14, 2018
The Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE), a national non-profit dedicated to the advancement of American Indian government employees across all levels of government, is holding its 15th annual training program in Green Bay in June and we hope you will join us.
SAIGE's training program provides opportunities for knowledge sharing and updates from experts throughout Indian Country, professional development, and relationship-building for Native government employees (federal, tribal, and state governments). 
In addition, SAIGE offers a Native youth leadership program. The youth program is free of charge to selected youth. For requirements and applications to the youth program, please visit www.saige.org . Applications are due soon, so please encourage youth to take advantage of this opportunity. 
Ojibwe Language Table, Thursday, April 26
Men's Traditional Regalia Making Classes
"Volunteers in Mission" June 17th
Learning From The Land
Red Cliff Tribal Census
GLIFWC & USFS Onji-Akiing (From the Earth)
2018 Summer Youth Camp
40th Annual Red Cliff Traditional Pow-wow
Department News
CBAC : $1000 College Arts Scholarship

Applications due by April 30

The Chequamegon Bay Arts Council is pleased to announce the availability of college scholarships. The purpose of these scholarships is to acknowledge the past accomplishment and future promise of high school graduates who will enter a field of study leading to a career in the arts.

Eligibility: Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

Be a high school senior graduating in spring 2018.

Reside and attend high school in Ashland or Bayfield County.

Plan to enroll in a higher education course of study leading to a career in visual, literary, or performing arts.  

Submit all materials described in the application form.

For more info, please visit: http://www.cbayarts.org/scholarships.html
Housing Board meeting Rescheduled
2018 Annual Red Cliff Spring Home Fair
Thursday, May 24 3:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Legendary Waters Resort Casino

Bay Bank 
Chippewa Valley Bank
CDFI - WI Native Loan Fund
Woodland Bank
Indian Health Services
Red Cliff Tribal Departments
Realtors/Insurance Agents
And many more!

Vendor tables available!

To sign up, vendor must provide the following:
Registration form 
Table information pertinent to homes
Donate a door/raffle prize that matches the event theme

Contact Cheryl Cloud
April Boys and Girls Club Calendar
May Boys and Girls Club of Gitchigami Calendar
April 2018
Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Establishing Paternity (Legal Fatherhood),
Establishment of Child Support Obligations,
Enforcement of Child Support Obligations,
Modification and/or Review of Child Support Orders, Location of Parents and Case Management Services.
Contact: Alana Babineau, Child Support Director, Family/Human Services Division
Red Cliff Child Support Services Agency

National Tribal Child Support Association (NTCSA) Scholarships For Tribal Children
NTCSA Scholarship Award was created by the NTCSA Board of Directors for the purpose of awarding financial assistance to children who have benefited from the efforts of our partner tribal child support agencies.

The NTCSA Scholarship Award is a competitive scholarship which shall be presented annually upon application to students who meet the criteria as set forth by the NTCSA Board of Directors. Upon award, the scholarship may be used for educational purposes during the first year of college or attendance at a vocational training facility.
The theme for the 2018 Scholarship Essay is "The Impact of My Tribe's History on Me."
The deadline for submissions is May 4, 2018.

For questions about our Scholarship Award program, contact Marsha Harlan at indiancountryconsultants@yahoo.com or contact the Red Cliff Child Support Services Agency at 715-779-3769.
Request for bid
Cultural Services pertaining to Anishinaabe Cultural Lifeways

The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is seeking a cultural consultant that has assisted with children and families who have experienced trauma. The consultant would have knowledge and skills on how to assist children and families from a traditional perspective.
·        Communicate at least one time per month with the Program Director about the progress of services and deliverables.
·        Submit monthly reports and invoices on schedule, to be determined; to the Program Director for review and submission for payment for contractual services rendered.
·        A minimum of bi-weekly in-person visits with the Red Cliff Indian Child Welfare staff at the Indian Child Welfare Office. Contractor should utilize web based applications to provide training sessions with program staff in addition to the in-person trainings as negotiated with the Program Director.
·        Notify the Program Director if a service cannot be performed or delivery of a product may be delayed or is not possible.
·        Work with the Program Director to reassess, correct and/or modify any inconsistences in services or deliverables.
·        Make available all work products or a description of services in writing for future program use.
·        Adhere to all components of the contractual agreement.
·         Term of Contract:
Start Date:                  May 1, 2018

End Date:                    May 1, 2019

Requirements for Proposal Preparation
In addition to a detailed proposal, prospective contractors are required to submit the following:
  • A letter of personal recommendation which contains examples of knowledge of the prospective contractor’s experience with Ojibwa cultural.
  • Membership in any cultural societies, and firsthand accounts of the contractor’s involvement.
  • 1 cultural references to include:
  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Mailing Address
  • Email Address
  • One sample of work
  • One sample of any professional written reports, guides, educational materials, agendas etc.

Please submit all proposals and supporting material to:

Indian Child Welfare:
                                     Attn: Gretchen Morris
                                     88385 Pike Rd Hwy 13
                                     Bayfield, WI 54814

                                     Email:  Gretchen.morris@redcliff-nsn.gov
                                     Phone: 715-779-3747
                                     Fax:       715-779-3783                

Proposal Deadline:

April 26, 2018 at 4:00pm

The target population served will be the child first, non-offending parent, and the caregivers and extended family.   


Request for Bid

The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s Indian Child Welfare Department is requesting a quotation/bid on the item(s)/service(s) detailed below. The Red Cliff Tribal Council has the right to reject any and all bids.

The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is seeking a wiindisooyan to provide children and families with the spirit names. 

Terms :

Selected bidder must agree to:

·        Communicate with the Program Director about the dates of service and deliverables. 
·        Submit a report and invoice on schedule, to be determined: To the Program Director for review and submission for payment for contractual services rendered.  
·        Notify the Program Director if a service cannot be performed or delivery of the services may be delayed. 
·        Work with the Program Director to reassess, correct and/or modify any inconsistences in services or deliverables.
·        Adhere to all components of the contractual agreement

Requirements for Proposal Preparation
In addition to a detailed proposal, prospective contractors are required to submit the following:

•         A letter of personal recommendation which contains examples of knowledge of the prospective contractor’s experience with Ojibwa cultural.
•         Membership in any cultural societies, and firsthand accounts of the contractor’s involvement.
•         1 cultural references to include:
o         Name
o         Phone Number
o         Mailing Address
o         Email Address
o         One sample of any professional written reports, guides, educational materials, agendas etc.

Submission :
Please submit all proposals and supporting material to:

Indian Child Welfare :
           Attn: Gretchen Morris
           88385 Pike Rd Hwy 13
           Bayfield, WI 54814

           Email:  Gretchen.morris@redcliff-nsn.gov
           Phone: 715-779-3747
           Fax:       715-779-3783                       

Proposal Deadline :
Bids must be received by April 26, 2018
Employment and Career Opportunities
The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the Federal Health Program for First Nations people. IHS offers three scholarships in the hopes of helping produce qualified and well-trained individuals for Indian health programs. One scholarship is the Preparatory Scholarship which helps individuals who are enrolled in preparatory courses or prerequisite courses leading to enrollment in an eligible health professions degree program. Eligible programs for the Preparatory Scholarship include Pre-Clinical Psychology, Pre-Nursing, and Pre-Social Work. The second scholarship is the Pre-Graduate Scholarship for individuals who are enrolled in courses leading to a bachelor's degree in the health field such as pre-medicine or pre-dentistry. The third scholarship is the Health Professions Scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students in the health field. Students who apply for this scholarship also agree to fulfill a service commitment in full-time clinical practice upon completion of their academic program.

Financial aid from IHS goes directly to the school and covers tuition and required fees for the academic year. But what makes the IHS scholarships unique is that scholarship recipients receive a monthly stipend of $1,500 or more to help with living expenses. Also IHS can provide an additional payment in the first stipend that will help cover the costs of books, lab expenses, equipment, tutorial services, travel, and post office box rental.

The selection process for scholarships is multifaceted and uses a point system. Up to 40 points are awarded based on academic performance.Up to 30 points are given based on employer evaluations. Up to 30 points is given for essays written by the applicant. The application is available online at  https://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/applynow/  and is due March 28th 2018.

If you would like help with your application you can contact the Red Cliff Education Department at (715) 779-3759 or at  education@redcliff-nsn.gov  and set up an appointment. Normal office hours are from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. 
Current Openings for the Red Cliff Tribe
DEADLINE: May 7 , 2018 @ 4:00 pm

DEADLINE: May 8 , 2018 @ 4:00 pm

DEADLINE: May 8 , 2018 @ 4:00 pm

DEADLINE: Open Until Filled
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled
DEADLINE: Applications Accepted Year Round
* * * Current Openings for Legendary Waters Resort & Casino

* * * Current Openings for Red Cliff Housing Authority
Ashley Poch
Human Resources Director
715-779-3700 ext. 4268
88455 Pike Road
Bayfield WI 54814
Ashley.poch@redc liff-nsn.gov