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Chairman Richard "Rick" Peterson
& Red Cliff Tribal Council
May 10, 2018
The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians held their annual primary elections on Friday, May 4, 2018. The following are the official election results:

Vice Chairman
Steven L. Boyd 50
Nathan Gordon 115
Joseph Montano Sr. 100
Johanna M. Hillert-Wilson 24
Chris Hicks 30
Grace A. Livingston 8
Anthony(Antone)Basina 46
Mercie Gordon 145
Laura J. Gordon 124
Jeff Benton 54 
Gretchen Morris  50

A total of 376 people voted in the primary election. Polls were open from 8 am until 8 pm at the Legendary Waters Event Center in Red Cliff, WI.

The above candidates bolded and in red were the top vote getters in the primary election and will appear on the general election ballot. The tribe's general election will be held on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, with polls open from 8 am until 8 pm at Legendary Waters Event Center.

Congratulations to all candidates for participating in this year's election process.
Environmental Department Purchases Greenhous
It’s been an exciting spring at the Environmental Department with the delivery of a greenhouse! The Water Resources Program purchased the greenhouse for the growth of native plants that will be planted throughout the community through annual plant giveaways and also in restoration projects. These native plants grow extensive root systems that help infiltrate storm water runoff into the ground and filter out pollutants, and they also provide food and habitat for pollinators and other wildlife, and are maintenance free as well as beautiful!

As an added bonus, this year Environmental staff are also growing some vegetable plants that will be provided along with a raised garden bed giveaway in June, watch for additional details soon!

Red Cliff Chippewa Housing Authority May update

Maintenance & Modernization

·         Meth Testing – RCCHA has a standard protocol for testing units for meth; currently being used at unit turnover, but set to done with the annual inspection on every single unit. The full policy will go before the Housing Board for approval at their monthly Board meeting on May 23, 2018.

·         It’s BEAR SEASON ! If you need to use a dumpster, please use a bear proof dumpster!  Protect your family, the bears and the community!

·         Spring Clean-Up is the week of May 21-25, 2018. Clean out that garage, storage, closets, etc. Reminder – if you put out the following your tenant account will be charged accordingly – tires ($2 each), electronics ($10 each) or appliances with Freon ($20 each).

·         Inoperable Vehicles – non-licensed, inoperable vehicles must be removed . Work with us to get these cleaned up in the community! They are health and safety hazards.

·         Recreational Vehicles - Storage of recreational off-road and recreational vehicles (motorcyles, mini-bikes, ATV/UTV, boats, snowmobiles, campers, etc.) on RCCHA premises must be pre-approved by RCCHA.

·         Other Structures – If you want a fence, shed or any other structure on RCCHA premises there are specific requirements and a request/approval process.

·         Seasonal prevention reminders :

o  Clean out the dryer lint trap regularly.

o  Inspect and immediately report water leakages, toilets/faucets running.

o  Check and replace smoke alarm batteries; and make sure alarms are in place and working.

o   If you suspect or have evidence of rodents and/or insects; be proactive!  Contact maintenance asap so proper pest control can be addressed to avoid harm to your family and the unit. 

o  Burn barrels are not allowed on RCCHA premises.

Occupancy & Residency

·         Recertifications are a compliance element of participation in the Housing program. Get your annual recertification done as soon as you receive your paperwork.

·         Mandatory Transfers - LIHTC projects have their own unique eligibility and compliance elements. In addition, HUD requires us to use our housing stock to its maximum capacity. These two elements may necessitate a ‘mandatory transfer’.  Under policy, ‘RCCHA may direct a tenant to a smaller or larger unit, based on such conditions as mismatched family size to house size.’ We may also transfer one tenant to another project in order to be able to provide housing to another tenant who may not re-qualify for a LIHTC project unit.

·         Rent Payments - If you are behind on rent, you must execute a payback agreement and be maintaining that agreement to be considered ‘current’.

·         Seasonal policy reminders :
o  Noise/Parties – Now that the weather has finally turned nice, it’s so much easier to socialize outdoors with our friend and neighbors. Just remember to be a good neighbor and keep the noise down. Tenants cited for 2 or more times for loud parties/noise are subject to lease termination.

o  Pets – Each housing project has conditions, limits and costs for having pet(s) within RCCHA units. Please make sure your information is correct with the Occupancy Dept. The information will be checked for compliance at Annual Inspection time.  Livestock of any kind is not allowed in a RCCHA unit or on the premises. Nor are venomous snakes, lizards, etc.

o  If you’re going to ‘hitting the road’ or your relatives are coming for a summer visit – please contact RCCHA Occupancy and advise them. There are policies and procedures for both temporary absences and temporary boarders to assure security.

o  Protect your personal belongings with Renter’s Insurance. RCCHA carries insurance on only the housing units themselves.
Housing Development

·  2018 Spring Home Fair is Thursday, May 24 th from 3:00-6:30 p.m. at Legendary Waters Resort & Casino.  What you’ll find there:

o  Lenders, vendors, house plans. You’ll even be able to pull a free credit score! And see how much home you can afford!

o  Information on keeping your home healthy & safe, insurance, home mortgage and other financial products/programs to help make home ownership a reality.

o  Spectacular prizes, food and fun!

·         Home Ownership – We are in the midst of working up a schedule with mortgage lenders to have set on-site appointment times. We anticipate being able to offer this sometime in June. Please complete the home ownership interest survey to schedule your appointment. 

Operations & Administration     

·        Housing Authority Offices are still located on Water Tower Road (Tenant Services at 37250 and Administration at 37240). Maintenance is still in their same location. Construction will be on-going through the summer.

Note: Please keep kids clear of construction sites, for their safety!

·         RCCHA Closed - Regular housing operations will be closed all day on Thursday, 5/24/2018 as we set-up for the Housing Fair Event and do Spring Clean-Up. Only emergency work orders will be done that day.

Upcoming Events

·        Annual Inspections – Begin in June!

·        May 24 th – Spring Home Fair – Legendary Waters Resort & Casino.

·        June 25-27, 2018 – HUD-ONAP Admissions & Occupancy Training – on-site at LW

·        Board Meetings – May 23 rd (at Firehall); June 20 th (at LW); July 18 th (at LW)
Red Cliff Elderly Dept will be closed Monday, May 14 th in observance of a Tribal Holiday.
Red Cliff Education & Career Fair
Tribal Discount Days
Ojibwe Language Table, Thursday
Red Cliff Youth Spearing Night
Boozhoo! Parent(s) or Guardian,

Boys & Girls Club of Gitchigami will be bringing kids again this year to Spear Walleye within the Ceded Territory. The date set for this activity is Friday May 11th. The group will meet up at the B&Gs Club by 4:00 pm then go to the Casino at 4:30pm. Weather permitting, an alternate date will be selected. The lakes selected this year for Red Cliff Youth are Lake Namekagon. The B&Gs Cub would like each Youth to bring these items that are listed below to ensure that Youth are warm through-out the night.
Items needed:
 Extra set of clothes
 Sweater and a Jacket
 Gloves and Hat
 Warm socks
 Warm Boots or Water boots– (Something to keep your child’s feet dry and warm)
 Flashlight (Small/Medium)
 Bag for Fish

Food and refreshments provided by the Family Services Dept. Drive time to lake is about 1 hour from Red Cliff. This activity will be going into the night and kids will be arriving home after midnight.

There will be Community Volunteers bringing their boats, Red Cliff and GLIFWC Wardens will be present, Red Cliff Natural Resource staff and community members. Community members are welcome to join us .

If you have any questions contact Boys & Girls Club of Gitchigami– 715-779-3722 (12-8 pm) or

Michael Charette – Activities Coordinator
Sharing Circle Mondays
Mino Bimaadiziiwin Weekly CSA Produce Share
Cancer Survivor's Group - May 17th
Burger Night and More - May 17th
Mino Bimaadiziiwin Planting Celebration May 19th
Honor Flight Northland Fundraiser May 19, 2018
First Annual Washburn School Honoring the Mothers Pow-wow
Community Spring clean up
Fishermen (and women) and Veterans
Go Green Mental Health Walk - May 24th
Red Cliff Tree Day - May 25th
Full Moon Ceremony - May 30th
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
Rabie's Clinic - June 27th
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
Smoked Fish Contest
40th Annual Red Cliff Traditional Pow-wow

Public Notice - Office Closure

The Red Cliff Chippewa Housing Authority Offices will be closed on Monday, May 14th in observance of Indian Day.

The Housing Authority will reopen on Tuesday, May 15th at 8:00 am. 

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
2018 Spring Cleanup FAQ

1. How much are curbside pick-ups for this year’s spring cleanup by the Environmental Office?
Elders (55+ years old) can schedule 1 free pick up. Free pick up includes 1 truck or 1 trailer load. Please call the Environmental Office at 715-779-3650 to get on pick up list. After the first free load for Elders and all other pick-ups (excluding Housing Authority units), pricing will resume as normal (see pricing chart attached).

2. If I am an Elder, do I have the option of bringing in my first free load to the Transfer Station?
Yes, if you are an Elder that wants to bring in their single free load (1 truck or 1 trailer load), then you will still need to call the Environmental Office at 715-779-3650 to get on the list prior to.

3. Where can I pay for a curbside pick-up?
If you are located in one of the Housing Authority units, please coordinate with Housing Authority at 715-779-3744. All others please see the Red Cliff Transfer Station Manager or Red Cliff Finances Department to pay for your pick up in advance. Once you have paid, please call the Environmental Office at 715-779-3650 to get on the pick-up list. All prepaid pickups will be verified.

4. What will be the hours for the Red Cliff Transfer Station for spring cleanup?
The Red Cliff Transfer Station will be open May 21st – 26th, from 8am – 6pm.

5. How can I volunteer for spring cleanup?
Volunteers (non-tribal employees), who donate 2 full days of service will receive one free voucher for 1 truck or 1 trailer load for disposal. Please sign up with the Environmental Office by calling 715-779-3650. Prior to starting, volunteers must meet at the Environmental Office to sign a liability form before signing in for the work day. Tribal employees that are volunteering, please be sure to have your supervisor’s approval and then sign up with the Environmental
Office by calling 715-779-3650.

6. What can I dispose of during spring cleanup?
No hazardous materials will be collected at this time. Appliances (including Freon), electronics, and tires will be charged individually, separate from loads. Please check out the brochures that are available at http://redcliff-nsn.gov/divisions/TNRD/TS.htm

Submitted by Linda Nyguyen, Environmental Department
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: Click here .

Current Openings for the Red Cliff Tribe
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