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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.

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


Chairman Richard "Rick" Peterson
& Red Cliff Tribal Council
March 29, 2018
Council members attend Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes annual Impact Week
Members of the Red Cliff Tribal Council traveled to Washington, DC, earlier this week to attend the annual Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes (MAST) annual Impact Week. Chairman Richard "Rick" Peterson was joined by Vice Chairman Nathan Gordon, Secretary Mercie Gordon, Councilman Dan Duffy and Councilwoman Carolyn Gougè on the trek to DC.

"This is an opportunity for us as tribal leaders to make inroads with decision makers and others who develop the policies and hold the purse-strings to federal programs," said Chairman Richard Peterson. "It's also a chance for us to network with tribal leaders and government officials, while being brought up to speed on changes within federal programs," continued Peterson.

The group departed for the conference March 25th and returned to Red Cliff March 28th.

"We made quite a few connections and heard many updates from agency heads and government officials," said Vice Chairman Nathan Gordon. "It's always good to know what's happening at the federal level when it comes to legal issues and other matters affecting tribes," added Gordon.

MAST's annual Impact Week coordinates important public policy issues and initiatives at the state, regional and federal levels and promotes unity and cooperation among member tribes and advocates for member tribes.

The Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes (MAST) represents the 35 sovereign tribal nations of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan. Altogether, MAST represents nearly 134,000 American Indian people across four states. MAST's mission is to advance, protect, preserve, and enhance the mutual interests, treaty rights, sovereignty, and cultural way of life of the sovereign nations of the Midwest.

Significant snowfall expected
Red Cliff Tribal Facilities Maintenance Department 88455 Pike Road, Bayfield WI, 54814
Robert Powless Public Works Administrator
Ph. # 715-779-9788 Fax # 715-779-9789

March 29, 2018

MEMO: To: Red Cliff Community and Red Cliff Elder Plow Participants

From: Shelly Gordon Facilities Maintenance Assistant Director

RE: Snow Storm

The Weather stations are predicting a significant snow fall for late Friday 3/30/18 into Saturday 3/31/18, we are looking at anywhere from 3 inches to a foot of snow.

With the current conditions of driveways and gravel roads, making everything soft and muddy, plowing after this storm will be limited. Chances are depending on depth of snow, you will not see the plow in your driveway. This is to prevent damage to your driveway and yard. Driveways will be plowed on a case by case basis. I also took the time and spoke with the Red Cliff Roads crew they also may have to limit the amount of gravel road plowing they can do. This is so that they don’t make the roads worse as they wait for them to dry out. Be careful out there, and remember THINK SPRING!

If you have questions and/or concerns please call 715-779-5053 or 715-779-9788


Shelly Gordon
RC PW/FM Departments Assistant Director
The entire FM Department Staff
Red Cliff welcomes new employees 

I am Rebecca Marquard, LPN, and I am the new Laboratory Medical Assistant here at the Red Cliff Community Health Center. I have three years of experience working in the laboratory clinic setting. I have my Associates Degree in Science from LCO Community College and a Massage Therapy Degree, as well as a Practical Nursing Degree from WITC.

I have worked for 15 years in health care and am looking forward to sharing some knowledge and gaining even more in my employment here with the Health Center.
Rebecca Marquard
Licensed Practical Nurse,
Laboratory Department
Are we becoming a "Lug-less" society?
A cultural preservation feature
by Guyaushk James E. Pete, DBA
For most people the word Lug or Lug-a-Laid is probably foreign.  Within the Red Cliff Community, many of us know Lug as a baked bread our parents and grandparents would make on a regular basis. For me, it is comfort food, because of the memories it brings back.

A few months ago, a young Tribal member was asked if she wanted a piece of Lug and didn’t know what it was. To me, this was disturbing. It made me think of the “transition” in our Community, by losing parts of our Red Cliff Community Indian culture, as older people pass away and the younger people are becoming the next generation.

First let me give you my definition of Lug. It comes from having it, as a normal part of growing up, in Red Cliff. Lug is a baked bread. The ingredients I was taught by my mother, Elma, are flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, dry milk, eggs, bacon grease, and water. As you stir the ingredients together, you mix into a dough and form a ball to knead for a few minutes, and bake in the oven.

Many years ago, Delores Bainbridge was reading a book (the name I don’t remember), that had various pieces of history of the Red Cliff area. In the book , which was a collection of accounts from fur-traders in our area in the 1800’s, mentions a bread called “Lug” which had become a regular part of our diet. The ingredients were probably items used to trade between the local Anishinabe and traders.

In other Tribes, there appears to be versions of Lug, called Bannock, Cowboy Bread, Naa-nah-poon, and Sand Bread. There are other tales of the Lug dough being wrapped around a branch, place up against a campfire, and baked.
By these accounts, Lug has been a part of our lives for at least 200 years!

At a gathering in Red Cliff a few years ago, there was a feast. Lots of good food and some one brought Lug to the feast. A young Tribal member came into the feast and was so excited about the Lug! As I watched her, she was “mouthing” to her mother, who was across the room, the word LUG…LUG…LUG…I guess the mother couldn’t lip-read the message, but it was loud and clear! I enjoyed watching this little interaction between the two and again, thought of the importance of a tradition in our Community.

For the second year in a row, I hosted a Lug Luncheon for a couple of relatives from Odanah. Each time we gathered, to have Lug, Salt Pork, white Rice, potatoes with the jackets on, and pork grease. For many, this was kind of a normal part of our eating at home. It was from a time when resources were scarce, our parents and grand parents had to make every thing go as far as it would go, and yet very inexpensive.

I laughed to myself, as we were sitting in the dining room, with matching dishes, cups, saucers, knives, forks, and spoons, and our grand parents would have had this same meal sitting at the kitchen table, next to the old wood stove, the slop pail in the corner, and someone just went and filled up a pail of water at the local pump. What a difference a generation or two makes….this gathering has become very important for me, because it helps me remember my parents, grandparents, other relatives. It helps to remember the closeness of our families and community……in the old days. A nice warm and comforting memory of our recent past.

Other recollections I have about Lug is the different manner in which families fix it. In our family, it was made “plain.” In other families, the top would have bacon or salt pork placed on top while it baked in the oven. My “Ol’ Ant Sue” (Susan J. Gordon) would make a big pan of Lug with bacon on top. Her daughter, Mildred Hanson, would do the same. Many people still remember different gatherings in Red Cliff were Millie’s Lug was there…another nice warm and comforting memory of our recent past.

I have memories of my Gramma Angeline Peterson making Lug and then would “pung-i-gay” her piece of lug in her eggs or gravy or grease.

In the 1960’s, my cousin Diane (Goslin-Bear-Defoe) was at the house to pick my sister Mary up, ‘cause they were going out. Mary had just finished her supper, including Lug. Diane was all excited about some Lug that was on the table and asked my Dad (Louis “Uncle” Butts Peterson) if she could take a piece with her. He said, “awwww…… if you meet some boys, you will just throw it out, anyway.” Well, she took some and then when a car with boys stopped to pick them up, Diane threw her Lug-a-laid in the ditch!
Salt Pork (cut in slices, boiled, then fried) is a natural fit with Lug a laid. For the Annual Lug Luncheon, I have invited Marlene DePerry Paap. However, she couldn’t make it yet shared this little story. 

She said many years ago, when Antie Suz-zun (Susan Baker Newago) was eating salt pork, Marlene’s brother Murl DePerry took the piece of salt pork out of Antie Suz-zun’s mouth, and stuck it in his mouth and ate it! What a crazy little story, which probably happened over 60 years ago…..and yet, we can still laugh at the craziness of it….more nice warm and comforting memories of our recent past.

In our Community and in our families, one way to continue a tradition, is to have Lug-A-Laid available at feasts, gatherings, and encourage people to talk about what it means. I think we would be surprised at the depth of lug in our culture and how much it is tied back to good times and yes, bad times. It is a representation of who we are as Red Cliff Anishinabe.

I guess what “we” need to continue to do…is just continue to do! Make lug, not war! A piece of lug in the hand, is better than two in the bush! Let them eat lug! What’s lug got to do with it!
Are we becoming a Lug-Less Society? Only if we let ourselves to be….

This Cultural Preservation Feature is a part of a series of stories, tales and articles directed at the preserving various aspects of life in the Red Cliff Community, from past to the present and for the future.

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 .

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BIA Student Trainee Forestry Positions
Ojibwe Language Table, Thursday, March 29th
Ziigwan Gathering, Friday, March 30th
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
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 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

DEADLINE: April 6, 2018 at 4:00pm

DEADLINE: April 10, 2018

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!