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"The Hub of the Ojibwe Nation"
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.

Th 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
March 22, 2018
ID for Voting
Wisconsin Department of Transportation New

Office of Public Affairs, PO Box 7910, Madison, WI 53707-7910,
(608) 266-3581, FAX (608) 266-7186

March 20, 2018
For more information, contact:
Office of Public Affairs
Opa.exec@dot.wi.gov  (608) 266-3581
Spring and elections are here. If you need an ID to vote, start the process for free ID to vote now 

The Wisconsin 2018 spring election is weeks away and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) wants to be sure people know how to obtain identification, free of charge, that is valid for voting.

Most persons already have valid identification for voting purposes (driver license, identification card, military or student ID card, etc.). There is no separate “voter ID.” Anyone unsure if their identification meets the requirements should visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission  website  to check.

For persons who need identification to show at the polls for voting, DMV offers free Wisconsin IDs and has a process, called Voter ID Petition Process, if the required documents needed for an ID are not readily available. This process, available free of charge, can be used to quickly obtain a receipt valid to take to the polls for voting while the remaining documents or verifications are obtained. A list of the required documents, such as a birth certificate, are available at  wisconsindmv.gov .

Anyone with questions related to obtaining an ID to vote should call DMV’s Voter ID hotline at (844) 588-1069. However, DMV does not have information regarding voter eligibility, poll locations, voter registration information or other election information. The Wisconsin Elections Commission has details at  elections.wi.gov .
Start now at  wisconsindmv.gov  or at a local DMV Customer Service Center. To find a DMV, check hours, services and wait times, visit  wisconsindmv.gov\centers .

2018 Indian Wills Caravan
Relay for Life Bake Sale March 23rd!
BIA Student Trainee Forestry Positions
Ojibwe Language Table, Thursday, March 29th
Wisconn Valley Resource Fair March 29th
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
"Volunteers in Mission" June 17th
NATOW is an inter-tribal consortium that was launched as a state wide initiative in 1994 by GLITC (Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council). The mission of NATOW is to promote tourism featuring Native American heritage and culture. Tourism provides an excellent tactic for Tribes to diversify their economies, while telling the true story concerning their history and culture. Tourism is also one of the ways that Tribes can be self-sufficient and boost their economies. NATOW is comprised of representatives from each Tribe, who converge bi-monthly to discuss its strategic tourism plan. NATOW has grown significantly over the last few years, becoming a recognized force in Wisconsin at gatherings, festivals, and events. All efforts are coordinated by their own Director, Chairperson, and the executive board members who report directly to the GLITC Board of Directors. Native American Tourism Of Wisconsin is made up of 11 sovereign Tribal nations: Bad River Ojibwe, Forest County Potawatomi, Ho Chunk, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Menominee Nation, Mole Lake Sokaogan Chippewa, Oneida Nation, Red Cliff Band of Ojibwe, St. Croix Band of Ojibwe, Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans. Each Tribe is a sovereign nation that abides by its own Constitution. 
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 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. 
If you are interested in serving on this committee, please pick up an application at the front desk of the administration building. Please return your application to the receptionist at the administration building. The deadline is March 29, 2018 at noon.
Red Cliff Current Openings
DEADLINE: March 22, 2018 at 4:00pm

DEADLINE: March 23, 2018 at 4:00pm

DEADLINE: March 29, 2018 at 4:00pm

DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

DEADLINE: Applications Accepted Year Round
Ashley Poch
Human Resources Director
715-779-3700 ext. 4268
88455 Pike Road
Bayfield WI 54814
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!