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A weekly publication of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

We welcome our readers back to the Miisaniinawind! We are excited to reconnect with our community members and friends after a brief absence. Our weekly newsletter has a new look, which we hope you like! There are some changes to the format that we think you'll like.

The Miisaniinawind will continue to bring you important news, announcements and updates designed specifically for the Red Cliff community. But that's not all. The weekly eNewsletter will also provide news about neighboring tribes, communities and issues that matter to you.

If you have photos, news or information you'd like to share, please email submissions to communications@redcliff-nsn.gov.

We hope you enjoy and look forward to seeing you soon!


Chairman Richard "Rick" Peterson
& Red Cliff Tribal Council
April 5, 2018
RCCHA Rehab 2 Tax Credit Project
The Red Cliff Chippewa Housing Authority (RCCHA) is making great progress through a snowy winter, as it continues construction in northern Wisconsin for its Red Cliff Rehab #2 development.

Reflecting on the development process, RCCHA Executive Director Cheryl Cloud said: “There are a lot of tools, resources and partners available for tribal housing directors to utilize for housing rehab and development,” she said. “I would say the best ‘tool’ that I have available to me is our project/staff team. We have an amazing combination of seasoned and ‘new blood;’ experience and open minds paired with ‘can-do’ attitudes. It inspires me every single day that any challenge we face, in this project or any other, we will solve together.”

As the architect who visits monthly, I see their teamwork in action and am impressed with how RCCHA and its staff, contractors, construction crews and residents are navigating the weather to keep the development on schedule and sometimes even ahead!

The team has completed more than 20 homes out of the 38 homes slated for renovation. Residents are moving in and enjoying the new cabinets, kitchen appliances, doors and windows, new insulation and repairs, and new roofs. Residents are staying nice and cozy with new boiler systems and extra warm clothes straight out of new, in-unit dryers (and washers).

Funded primarily through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program and an Affordable Housing Program grant, the development is also substantially renovating a community services building (see link to photos below) that houses the RCCHA offices. RCCHA is adding approximately 1,300 square feet to the building to include more community space for residents and to reorganize the space to make it more effective.

With construction crews already mobilized, RCCHA decided to provide an exterior facelift to its Elder’s Center that will be connected by a new covered walkway. It will receive new siding, soffits, windows and doors. The Elder’s Center portion of the construction project is not funded with LIHTC funds, but the cost savings and efficiencies make it a smart investment.

Demolition is underway on the community building, and it will be complete in fall 2018. Once completed, an expanded parking lot shared by RCCHA and the Elder’s Center will offer visitors and staff many more parking options. They can enter the community building through the covered, beautified drop-off area and can pick up meals from the commercial kitchen, once finished.

Summarizing the development process, Cheryl said: “Although a lot of planning, design and hard work goes into the physical development aspect of a tax credit rehab project, probably the most challenging aspect, and where a bulk of our effort is focused to achieve a truly holistic successful project, is in the area of occupancy. Over the lifetime of the project, juggling the balls of project requirements in conjunction what seem to be ever-changing needs of tenants, really demands we be at the top of our ‘game’ as housing professionals.”

We know they are up to the challenge! We’re proud to partner with Cheryl and the RCCHA team and look forward to more progress on the homes, buildings and landscaping and seeing residents enjoy the changes! 

Red Cliff welcomes new employees
Red Cliff Early Childhood Center Welcomes New Home-based Teacher Patrice Fontecchio


My name is Patrice Fontecchio and I am the new Home-Based Teacher at Red Cliff Early Childhood Center. I graduated from WITC in the spring of 2017, where I obtained my Associates of Applied Sciences in Early Childhood Education.  
I began my training on my new job at the ECC on March 19, 2018. My telephone number is: 715-779-5030, Ext. 2537. Jamie Goodlet-King and I are in the process of contacting my families for an introductory visit. As a part of my training, I will be going with my co-worker on her home visits (Haley Hyde) for a couple of weeks. I am so excited to start making home visits with the ECC children and families. 
One of my goals is to continue my education in Early Childhood Education in the next few years and to get my Bachelor’s degree. I am looking forward to working with the families of Red Cliff and learning more about the Ojibwe culture. My philosophy of education is that, children learn best through exploration and discovery based on the interests of the children, through a self-guided curriculum. Children are unique individuals who have their own needs, ideas, cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles.

One of my main goals is to support children and their families in the pursuit of a better future by providing high-quality early education. A little more about me - in my free time I enjoy year-round fishing, camping, giving violin lessons, and hanging out with my family. My favorite thing in the world is the television show StarTrek , and I am a proud Aunty to my one-year-old nephew Lance.


Red Cliff Welcomes New Medical Billing Specialist Eric Basina

My name is Eric Basina. I was hired as the position of Medical Billing Specialist. I am very excited to be working with the clinic and to be an employee of the tribe.

I have always had an interest in the medical field so this is a great way to be a part of that and be a part of the Tribe.

I look forward to working with everyone and am very thankful for this opportunity.
Red Cliff Welcomes New Native Connections Project Assistant Mark Gokee

Boozhoo everyone!

I am fortunate and excited to begin working with the Native Connections Project. It is my hope that through this position I will be able to return some of the help and support I have received from the community since I was a youngster. 

I look forward to seeing everyone as we begin several healthy and positive activities for the community. 

Miigwetch for this wonderful and exciting opportunity.   

Red Cliff Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer Kenneth Nemec

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the members of the Red Cliff Tribe and fellow employees within the Tribal organization.

On April 3rd, I started in the position of Chief Financial Officer {CFO} for the Red Cliff Bad of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Although my background in Accounting is diverse, and extensive, my primary experience has been in the governmental aspect of the accounting field. I started in the governmental, and non-profit, field of Accounting immediately after my graduation from Northland College in 1989. My very first assignment brought me directly into the working with Tribal governments when I audited the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians [Bad River] in 1989, where I became familiar with the unique perspective of finances through from the viewpoint Tribal governmental operations. After completing the fieldwork, the CPA firm and issuing the audits for Bad River, the position of Accounting Specialist, was posted at Bad River in 1991. Applying for the position, I was hired and held the position until 1994. Being the top financial position for the governmental operations, enterprise operations (including on-hand start-up of the Tribal Gaming Industry for Bad River), I also managed the Cashiers at the Casino Complex, started and managed the Tribal Smoke Shoppe, oversaw the Casino construction, negotiated and participated in all financial decisions on behalf of the Bad River Tribe. I brought the organization into the digital age, where I converted all the financials from handwritten ledger form into the computerized Accounting system. I quickly became entrusted with many other managerial and administrative responsibilities during my employment as it became obviously apparent that in each financial decision made, I strongly held the core belief that they were always made in the best interest of the Tribal membership for which I was there to serve.

From 1994 to 2010, my primary Accounting focus was on the audit of cities, townships, non-profits, schools and other governmental focused entities. It was during this period that i gained experience in the operations of other governmental as well as private entities, diversifying my knowledge in several other aspects of the Accounting field. During this time, I also gained the prospective from other Tribal-focus agencies were I periodically participated as a field auditor; including agencies such as the Great Lake Inter-Tribal-Council [GLITC] and Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission [GLIFWC].

In 2010 was applied for the position of Accounting Manager for Bad River was hired for the position. During my employment, I held the top financial position for the governmental operations, enterprise operations, and for a period, the Housing Authority. During this time, I made numerous improvements and advancements within the Accounting Department and transformed the organization so it achieved a strong financial structure. I placed a strong priority on ensuring the complete transparency of all the financial transactions to the Tribal membership. Since this was my second time I held this top financial position, many of the Tribal members, now Tribal elders, knew my strongly held the core belief, and knew they could depend on, and rely on, the accuracy and completeness of financial information prepared and released from the Accounting Department. I held the position until March 28th, 2018.

Applying for the Chief Financial Officer position advertised by the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians in earlier in March, I was selected for the position and resigned from my position at Bad River.

I thank the Red Cliff Tribal Council for granting me this opportunity and the honor to serve as the Chief Financial Officer for the members of Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians. I look forward to the unique opportunities that this position will bring in the future and will always strive to ensure each decision I make is made so complies with my strongly imbedded the core belief - in best interest of the Tribal membership for which I was there to serve.

Kenneth Nemec
Red Cliff Chief Financial Officer
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. 
Honor Flight Northland Fundraiser May 19, 2018
Ojibwe Language Table, Thursday's
Benefit for Leo Lafernier
April 6, 2018
 Indian Taco Sale & Raffles

Legendary Waters Casino Convention Center 4:00 to 7:00 pm

Donations of Food, Raffles, and Volunteers will be greatly appreciated!
Feel Free to Contact: Jim Pete at 715-779-5782 or Guyaushk2002@yahoo.com
LCO College
Men's Traditional Regalia Making Classes
"Volunteers in Mission" June 17th
Red Cliff Tribal Census
GLIFWC & USFS Onji-Akiing (From the Earth)
2018 Summer Youth Camp
Red Cliff 2018 Pow-wow Button Design Contest
Department News
Maintenance & Modernization  
Annual Inspections - Unit Inspections are required to be conducted  at least  once a year to ensure the unit is being properly used and maintained. It documents the condition of the home and provides a basis for counseling on a number of things -  home use, maintenance, socioeconomic support, transfer/potential for home ownership, etc. The Housing Authority has housekeeping standards for each type of room inside the unit and also for yards/grounds outside the unit. 
Red Cliff Chippewa Housing Authority will be conducting a minimum of 2 in-home unit inspections per unit, in the 2018 operating year.    
Occupancy & Residency
Re-certifications – Re-certifications are utilized for purposes of determining monthly rent payments; and are a required element of participation in the Housing program. RCCHA requires Annual and Interim re-certifications.  

Annual recert dates typically coincide with the family’s occupancy date, every year.   
Interim recerts are required when there are any changes in the tenant’s household composition (number of people living in the unit) or any changes in household income. 
Notice: The seasonal moratorium on physical eviction from a unit due to non-compliance lifts as of April 1, 2018.  
Planning & Development  
If you’re interested in owning your own home ,  
Please complete the Home Ownership Interest Survey and turn in it. 
Plan to attend our 2018 Spring Home Fair . You’ll get great information, meet people who can help you realize your dream of owning your own home and have a chance to win some fantastic prizes! 
Get pre-qualified for a home loan!  We’re beginning the match-making with buyers, locations and lender for our scattered site housing development project.  We (Housing) has acquired some lease sites to utilize and if you have your own lease site and would like to build a home, we can connect you with a potential lender! (Please also complete the home ownership interest survey) 
Operations & Administration  
RCCHA provides volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) as a community service. There are still a few openings to get assistance in preparing and filing your income taxes. Contact Tanya Wachsmuth.  
Housing Authority Offices are now located on Water Tower Road (Tenant Services at 37250 and Administration at 37240). Maintenance is still in their same location. 
Upcoming Events  
March 21st - Monthly Housing Board Meeting – Legendary Waters Resort & Casino. 
March 27-28 – Meth Decontamination & Mold Remediation Training 
May 24th – Spring Home Fair – Legendary Waters Resort & Casino. 
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 availalbe!

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
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.
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

Case Investigator/Case Worker
DEADLINE: April 6, 2018 at 4:00pm
DEADLINE: April 18, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
DEADLINE: April 18, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
DEADLINE: April 18, 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
DEADLINE: April 10, 2018

Ashley Poch
Human Resources Director
715-779-3700 ext. 4268
88455 Pike Road
Bayfield WI 54814
Ashley.poch@redc liff-nsn.gov
Wisconsin Indian Education Association
Wisconsin Indian Education Association Annual Conference: "Revitalizing Tribal Nations Through Community Engagement"

The Wisconsin Indian Education Association invites you to attend the 2018 "Revitalizing Tribal Nations Through Community Engagement", April 19-21, 2018, in beautiful Keshena, WI. This year's conference includes a special pre-conference workshop titled, "Trauma Informed Care". You can view the tentative schedule of workshops and presentations by clicking here for the conference schedule .

This pre-conference workshop is free however, you must register separately from the conference. The conference will bring the best minds in Indian Education together for three days of workshops, presentations, as well as a Youth Day track, Conference Pow-wow and Annual Awards Banquet.

The Conference Planning Committee has extended both the Early Bird Registration rates and Awards Nomination Deadlines until Tuesday, March 27th!

Make sure you mark your calendar for this important event and take advantage of the Early Bird Rates by registering before next Tuesday!

You can register now for the conference by clicking here .

You can nominate an individual for the Annual Awards by clicking here or click here for the Awards Criteria.

Don't miss out on the biggest Indian Education event of the year in Wisconsin!