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The Band has inhabited the Lac du Flambeau area since 1745 when Chief Keeshkemun led the Band to the area. The Band acquired the name Lac du Flambeau from its gathering practice of harvesting fish at night by torchlight. The name Lac du Flambeau, or Lake of the Torches, refers to this practice and was given to the Band by the French traders and trappers who visited the area.

The Lac du Flambeau Reservation was officially established by treaties in 1837 and 1842. The area was continually logged in the following years and became a tourist destination for families from southern Wisconsin and Illinois around the turn of the century. Read More....

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November 2014

November 2014
Tribal Council Special Election on Nov 12th

A special election will be held on November 12th to fill the vacant/unexpired term of one Tribal Council Member seat.  

Candidates on the ballot will include:
•    Racquel Zortman-Bell
•    Jerome "Brooks" Big John
•    Carl Edwards
•    Melinda Young

Tribal Council Special Election on Nov 12th
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Reverse Ruling On Proposed Night Hunt

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is pleased with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision to reverse the previous ruling by the U.S. District Court Western District that rejected the six Chippewa Tribes’ proposal to hunt deer at night. 

Lac du Flambeau Tribal President Tom Maulson, who also serves as Chairman of the Voigt Inter-Tribal Task Force (which develops and recommends policy to the Great lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission), is confident the Tribes can implement a safe and environmentally sound night hunting season within the Ceded Territory of northern Wisconsin.  “This is a tremendous victory for Lac du Flambeau and all of the Chippewa Tribes in Wisconsin,” said President Maulson.  “It has been clearly demonstrated in states such as Minnesota and Michigan, and even here in Wisconsin, that night hunting can be done safely and without threat of harm to the natural resources,” added President Maulson. 

The case stems from years of litigation and a 1991 federal court ruling that affirmed Chippewa Treaty Rights, yet prohibited Tribal Members from hunting deer at night.  The three judge panel remanded the case back to Judge Barbara Crabb for further proceedings consistent with their ruling. 

The decision is currently being reviewed by the Chippewa Tribes and their legal counsel.  Although this latest ruling is a victory for the Tribes and furthers individual Tribal Members’ ability to meet the needs of their families, there will be no immediate night hunt.   The Lac du Flambeau Band looks forward to working with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the citizens of our great state to ensure a safe and productive night hunt.

Click here to view the Ruling

Carry the Torch Raises More Than $18,000 For Northwoods Charities

Lake of the Torches Resort Casino raised a total of $18,293 for four Northwoods charities during an extraordinary day of sportsmanship and good will as part of the annual Carry the Torch Fundraiser held Thursday, Sept. 18, at the historic Gateway Gun Club and Lodge in Land O’Lakes, Wis.

The event was the fifth Carry The Torch Fundraiser hosted by Lake of the Torches. As part of the event, participants competed in trap and sporting clay competitions at the Gateway Gun Club, which is known as one of the premier shooting facilities in the Midwest. The Lakeland Pantry, the Northern Tier of the American Red Cross, the Northwoods United Way and the Lac du Flambeau Youth Center will each receive $4,573 from the proceeds of the event.

Carry the Torch Raises More Than $18,000 For Northwoods Charities
Tribe Receives COPS Grant Award

Lac du Flambeau Tribe Receives COPS Grant Award

The Lac du Flambeau Tribe was recently awarded $390,949 from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), in partnership with the Department of Justice.

The three year grant award, through the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), will be used to assist the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police Department in its efforts to improve community-oriented policing and to reduce the level of criminal activity on the Lac du Flambeau Reservation.

"Without this grant our department wouldn't be able to operate efficiently and at the high level that we do," said Lac du Flambeau Police Chief Bob Brandenburg.  "The U.S. Attorney General's Office and the Department of Justice have been incredibly supportive of Tribal law enforcement efforts, and this award exemplifies their commitment," added Chief Brandenburg.

Funds will support the purchase of much needed law enforcement equipment, technology and vehicles to enhance the department's ability in reaching the goals of reducing crime in Lac du Flambeau.

This grant award was made possible through a strong collaboration between the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police Department, the Lac du Flambeau Planning Department and the Lac du Flambeau UW-Extension office.

Click here to view the media release.

Tribe Receives Two-Year OJJDP Grant Award From the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

The Lac du Flambeau Tribe has been awarded a grant in the amount of $380,189 from the Department of Justice-Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (DOJ-OJJDP) to aide in the development and implementation of initiatives to address underage drinking and juvenile arrests in Vilas County.   Click here to read the full media release.

General Election Results

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians held their General Election today.  Polls were open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Click here to view the results.

Election Board's Recommended Revisions to Election Code

Election Board's Recommended Revisions to Election Code
Boy Dorm Grand Opening and Open House on Thursday, September 25, 2014

Boy Dorm Grand Opening and Open House

Join the Tribal Historic Preservation Office as we celebrate the Legacy of Survival:  Boys Dormitory Restoration.

Thursday, September 25th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

We have come full circle!  We welcome your presence in celebrating the restoration of the Boys Dormitory, a remnant of the Government Board School that attempted, and nearly succeeded, in eradicating our culture and language.  This building is now the home of the programs which are working tirelessly to restore our heritage.

A Legacy of Survival is more than an effort to educate.  It is a movement towards healing and declaring that our people are survivors of the Boarding School era.

The ceremony will begin at 10:00 am and will include a special dedication of the Research Room.  Refreshments will be provided.  The Open House will be held until 3:00 pm.  Tour the facility, meet the staff, and celebrate the renovations to this historic property.  Click here for a sneak peak at the renovations.


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