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Chairman Richard "Rick" Peterson
& Red Cliff Tribal Council
May 3, 2018
Friday, May 4, 2018
Red Cliff Primary Election

Legendary Waters Resort Casino
(Event Center)
Polls open from 8 am until 8 pm

The National Resource Conservation Service along with Red Cliff facilitators at the "Working Effectively with American Indians" training in Red Cliff.
Red Cliff hosts Natural Resource Conservation Service "Working Effectively with American Indians" training

The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service, held a cultural sensitivity training titled "Working Effectively with American Indians", April 23-27, 2018, at Legendary Waters Event Center in Red Cliff, WI.

Thirty-five NRCS staff from around the country attended the week-long training.

"This training was the culmination of nearly six months worth of planning," said Red Cliff Vice Chairman Nathan Gordon. "I suggested we bring this training to Red Cliff at a previous NRCS meeting back in 2013, so the NRCS staff could get the full Native experience," added Vice Chairman Gordon.

The meeting kicked off Monday, April 23 with a grand entry that included Red Cliff tribal royalty, community dancers, Red Cliff VFW and Wigwam Express Singers. Red Cliff Chairman Richard "Rick" Peterson welcomed NRCS participants with a formal introduction and welcome.

Over the course of the week, various community members presented to the NRCS group.

"It is important to take the opportunity to showcase the Red Cliff Nation when we have the chance," said Chairman Peterson. "This was huge on so many levels. Red Cliff not only helped to enhance NRCS tribal relations across the country but also allowed us to strengthen our relationship with the USDA and NRCS."

The NRCS is a division of the United States Department of Agriculture that provides farmers, ranchers and forest managers with free technical assistance or advice for their land. Common technical assistance includes: resource assessment, practice design and resource monitoring. This includes tribes as well.

The goal of the NRCS training was to familiarize staff with American Indians and their history to better serve tribal communities.
Above: Red Cliff Youth Hoop Dancers perform for the NRCS training participants.
Red Cliff VFW brings in the colors as part of the grand entry opening ceremonies.
Chad Abel, Red Cliff Treaty Natural Resources, tours the group at the tribe's fish hatchery.
Red Cliff Welcomes New Planning Administrative Assistant
Boozhoo! My name is Johanna Wilson and I am the new Planning Administrative Assistant. I am from Red Cliff and live here most of my life. I have three wonderful boys ages 2, 5, and 8. I am grateful for the opportunity to raise my children in an area that means so much to me. I graduated from The College of St. Scholastica with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Information Management December 2014; I was fortunate to be able to complete my degree online. I moved back home in 2010 with hopes of working for the Red Cliff Tribe. I started working in 2011 at the Mishomis House. From then on I have been employed in a few different roles; Administrative Assistant/Billing Clerk for AODA, Medical Records Clerk, Office Support Specialist and Case Manager for Child Support Services Agency. I have appreciated every skill and knowledge that I have acquired from each position held, and I continue to put forth my skills and compassion for this community through my work ethic. I am excited for this new venture and appreciate the opportunity to assist the Planning Department.

Red Cliff Welcomes New Legendary Waters General


My name is Kurt Schmidt and I’m the new General Manager of the Legendary Waters Resort & Casino. The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is the 8 th Native American Tribe that I’ve had the honor to serve as either the Chief Financial Officer or CEO/GM of their tribal gaming enterprises. I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Linda, my wife of 32 years, and I have been living in the South (Louisiana/Arizona) over the last several years and we are extremely happy to return to Wisconsin. We have 2 adult children – our son Sam is a dentist in Green Bay and our daughter Abby is a financial analyst currently residing near Kansas City, but hopefully moving to the Milwaukee area this summer. Abby is expecting a baby girl this August and we are super excited to become first-time grandparents.

Legendary Waters is a very beautiful property with tremendous growth potential. I want to develop and promote more summer and winter resort attractions. I believe one of the keys to our marketing efforts is to place a greater emphasis on our resort amenities with projected trickle-down economics to our gaming floor. I have a lot of thoughts on how to improve both our gaming and non-gaming offerings and our team is already in the early planning stages for implementing many of those ideas.
New Legendary Waters General Manager Kurt Schmidt
Red Cliff Water and Sewer Pump House Updates Complete
The Red Cliff Water and Sewer Department had a major water leak in the Pump House last year on November 4, 2017.

Our Department was able to obtain emergency funding from IHS for the repair and replacement of the pipes that run from the two water wells to the main that feeds the holding tank (Tower on top of Bresette Hill). These pipes provide the Red Cliff Community with drinking water.

When the new pump house was built in 2014, it was equipped with Schedule 120 PVC. The strong and very thick PVC reducing coupler failed resulting in a leak, leaving the building under many feet of water, and shutting the system down for several days. An emergency repair was performed, by tribal member and plumber Daryll Boyd as an employee of K-B-K Inc., that evening with hopes of restoring the system as quickly as possible. On November 7th, the repair began to leak, and action was taken to reinforce the pipe with Mechanical piping, this repair was then conducted by Stack Bros Mech from Superior, WI. Which again shut the system down for several more hours. Placing the community on a Boil Water Order for 5 days until the water samples could be collected and the lab could run the tests to make sure the water was running clean.

With the emergency funds, we were happy to hire K-B-K Inc out of Ashland WI, to replace all PVC with Ductile Iron. This material will stand not only to the pressure the system produces, but many years of service to the community as it was designed to do.

Pipe replacement finished and system pressurizing at 2:00 pm April 26, 2018.

The Red Cliff Water and Sewer Department would like to Thank K-B-K for all their help over the past months. Along with Dave Simons, from Emergencies and Stack Bros. Mech. Inc. for having the additional materials on hand and to the RC Community members who assisted us back in November.

*From the Water and Sewer Department Staff
Benefit for Rosemary Basina Saturday, May 5th
Ojibwe Language Table, Thursday
Sharing Circle Beginning Monday, May 7th
Mino Bimaadiziiwin Planting Celebration May 19th
Mino Bimaadiziiwin Weekly CSA Produce Share
Honor Flight Northland Fundraiser May 19, 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. 
Men's Traditional Regalia Making Classes
"Volunteers in Mission" June 17th
2nd Annual Wolf Camp June 18th - 22nd
Learning From The Land
Red Cliff Tribal Census
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

GLIFWC & USFS Onji-Akiing (From the Earth)
2018 Summer Youth Camp July 16th & 17th
Calling all Tribal Youth with Disabilities
40th Annual Red Cliff Traditional Pow-wow
Rescheduled - Housing Board Meeting May 4th
Special Board Meeting - Executive Working Session
Rescheduled to Friday, May 4, 2018
1:00 pm - Red Cliff Community Health Center

1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Approval of Agenda
4. Ececutive Session - Budgetary/Financial Work Session
a. Rent Calculation Policy Review - Deductions (Standards & Policy)
b. Utility Payments - SOP and Policy Review
c. Minimum Rent policy discussion
 d. Budget
5. Regular Session
6. Adjourn
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
Home Fair Registration form due by Friday, May 11, 2018.

May Boys and Girls Club of Gitchigami Calendar

Echo Valley Wolf Pack
The Red Cliff Treaty Natural Resource Division has been actively monitoring the areas's wolf population.

Recently, Red Cliff Wildlife Biologist Jeremy St. Arnold provided videos and photos of a wolf den discovered on the Red Cliff Reservation.

St. Arnold provided an overview of the Red Cliff wolf population and advice for helping keep the wolves healthy.

There are at least 11 adults/yearlings as of March 2018, and six pups (in April 2018), for a minimum of 17 known wolves in the Echo Valley Pack, which is quite large for a WI pack. This is the largest recorded number of wolves for this pack.

The pack appears to be very healthy and has been growing along with the deer population.

While wolves' main prey is white tailed deer, they also like to prey on beaver.

Wolves do not pose a danger to people of Red Cliff, but can potentially pose a threat to dogs that come into their territory, particularly during this time period when pups are young. People should not try and bait wolves into their yards or leave out carcasses, as this can lead to conflict with pets/livestock.

Since Red Cliff started tracking this pack in 2014, the Echo Valley Pack has had a den on Reservation in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018.
The alpha female, W813, has a VHF collar from the WDNR, she was collared in June 2014 and is currently estimated at 7 or 8 years old, based on tooth wear.

The Echo Valley Pack is thought to have originated around 2002 with a single pair of wolves.

The Echo Valley Pack has the largest known territory of any pack on the Bayfield Peninsula, at over 100 sq. miles. It is known to visit the Apostle Islands (mainly Sand Island) and as far east as Frog Bay Tribal National Park, the southern boundary of their territory extends from Lost Creek Bog/Cornucopia to ski hill/Ashwabay (Star Route Rd.)
This pack is difficult to track down for viewing purposes because they have such a large territory and typically avoid humans.

People can help wolves by educating themselves and others about wolves and their role in the ecosystem. Education will help eliminate myths about wolves being dangerous to people and about wolves decimating the deer herd. Wolves help keep the deer herd healthy and typically avoid humans.

*Information/photos/videos courtesy of Jeremy st. Arnold
May 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.
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. 
The Probation & Parole Office in Ashland, WI currently has three job openings for Probation & Parole Agents:
  • Starting pay $18.81 
  • Monday-Friday 7:45am-4:30pm
  • State benefits

The job posting can be found here:

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: May 10 , 2018 @ 4:00 pm

DEADLINE: May 15 , 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