Healing to Wellness Court Receives Funding from Attorney General
"The Lac du Flambeau Tribe wants to get illegal drugs off its reservation. That's why the Tribe declared a State of Emergency last April. Now the attorney general's office wants to help. It awarded the tribe $130,000 to help fund its Healing To Wellness Court."
February 18 through February 20, 2014 Lake of the Torches Convention Center Lac du Flambeau, WI
The event will bring together business and Tribal Leaders from around the country to discuss the latest in business and economic development.
This year's event is the second annual hosted by the Tribe and will feature speakers from around the nation to discuss a wide array of topics from business law to cutting edge technologies being implemented in Indian Country.
The Lac du Flambeau Public School and Lac du Flambeau Tribal Offices will be closed tomorrow (1/7/2014) due to the frigid temperatures. This includes the Peter Christensen Health Care Center.
The Lake of the Torches Resort Casino and the Peter Christensen Dental Campus (PCDC) will be open on January 7, 2014. The PCDC will open at 7:00 am.
The Tribe continues to offer two warming centers - the Lake of the Torches Resort Casino will be open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and the Tribal Natural Resources Building will serve as a warming center on from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Eric Chapman: Office - (715) 588-4171 or Cell - (715) 614-8288
Cold Weather Advisory and Tribal Offices Closing
Cold Weather Advisory and Tribal Offices Closing
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory and Warning for many Northern Wisconsin communities from 6:00 pm on Saturday, January 4, through Noon on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
This means that wind chill values of 20 to 35 degrees BELOW zero are expected Saturday night; on Sunday through Tuesday morning, wind chill values may reach 40 to 55 degrees BELOW zero.
The Lac du Flambeau Public School and the William Wildcat, Sr. Community Center will be closed on Monday, January 6, 2014. No decision has been made yet if the school and Tribal offices will be closed on Tuesday.
The Ojibwe Market and Gas Station will be open from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Monday. The Smoke Shop and Lake of the Torches Resort Casino will also be open.
The Tribe is issuing a special public health advisory to remind everyone of the dangers of severe cold.
"With low temperatures and even moderate wind, common outdoor activities can quickly become life threatening, even for those dressed appropriately," said Daryl Poupart, Tribal Emergency Management Coordinator. The severe temperatures are very dangerous, and exposed skin can freeze within 5 to 10 minutes. The combination of bitterly cold temperatures and wind can rapidly lead to frostbite and life-threatening hypothermia, especially if a person is wet or damp.
Hypothermia is a condition of abnormally low body temperature, and occurs when the body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Shivering is the first symptom. Low body temperature affects the brain, and as hypothermia progresses, other symptoms include lack of coordination, slurred speech, confusion and drowsiness. Symptoms of frostbite include a slightly painful, prickly or itching sensation; red, white, pale or grayish-yellow skin; hard or waxy-looking skin; a cold or burning feeling; numbness; clumsiness due to joint and muscle stiffness; and blistering, in severe cases. If you are outside and notice a person with any of these symptoms, immediately get them out of the elements and call for help.
Please keep children and pets indoors. Keep in contact with family, friends, the elderly, neighbors and people with special needs.
The Tribe will be offering two warming centers. The Lake of the Torches Resort Casino will serve as a warming center on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Tribal Natural Resources Building will serve as a warming center on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Additional sites may be opened on Monday. More information will be forwarded when available.
Cold weather safety tips include:
* Conserve energy at your residence - seal leaks, replace furnace filters, check heating ducts and covers, wear a sweater or use a blanket, trickle water to prevent pipes from freezing, use ceiling fans, close unused spaces.
* If you are going outside, let someone know where you are headed and when you expect to return.
* Make a car survival kit that includes blankets, sleeping bags, extra clothes and high-energy foods.
* Be sure your vehicle's fuel tank is at least half-full and the battery is charged.
* Do not touch metal surfaces with uncovered hands. Flesh will freeze immediately to the surface.
* Do not drink alcohol before participating in an outdoor activity. It can reduce your brain's ability to recognize your body's warning when you become too cold.
* Layer clothing. Use hats or ski masks to cover nose and ears.
Please be aware of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Do not use kerosene stoves, grills or fuel oil stoves in homes, garages or apartments.
Daryl Poupart: Office - (715) 588-4175 or Cell - (715) 892-0083 Eric Chapman: Office - (715) 588-4171 or Cell - (715) 614-8288
Message From Tribal Council on LUHS Photo Incident
Dear Community Member,
The Lac du Flambeau Tribal Council would like to address the situation regarding a recent photo circulating on social media throughout the internet. Tribal Council Members and other community members became aware of a photo taken of a Lakeland Union High School student, posing with a hand-written sign that read, “Spear an Indian, save a walleye.” The photo of the student appeared to have been taken inside of a LUHS Tech Ed Classroom. As the photo began to spread across the internet, so did rumors and speculation surrounding the photo.
In support of Tribal students, Tribal Council Members met with LUHS Principal Jim Bouche and Superintendent Todd Kleinhans on Friday morning to discuss their concerns about the photo. Mr. Bouche explained the situation began as part of a Native American History Class project that allowed students to choose the subject matter. Students decided to study the history of Chippewa Treaty Rights in Northern Wisconsin. The class chose to focus on spring spearing and the hostile protests that Tribal Members encountered while exercising those rights. During the research phase of the project, students discovered newspaper articles and images that depicted anti-Treaty protests of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. As part of the activity, students decided to reenact a boat landing protest scene, complete with props to add to the authenticity of the project.
On Thursday, December, 19th, during the making of the props, a student decided to take a photo of another student holding a sign that read “Spear an Indian, save a walleye.” Through the use of social media, the picture was posted and quickly made its way around the internet. The photo was initially posted without a caption, which allowed individuals to speculate as to the motive. The image stirred the emotions of many in our Community and caused a flurry of activity on social media, and throughout the High School. Mr. Bouche went on to explain that due to the heightened emotions and concern for safety, the student depicted in the photo was sent home from school today. This was an administrative action and not a suspension. Mr. Bouche also indicated that the class instructor was interviewed about the photo, and was subsequently suspended over the incident. Tribal Council Members expressed concern that the incident may open wounds that have not entirely healed. Mr. Bouche shared that the majority of students in the Native American History class are themselves Native American. After hearing a first-hand accounting of the events, Council Members recommended school officials meet with students to put to rest any misconceptions and explain what had happened.
Shortly after lunch, an all student assembly was called by school officials to address the situation. Mr. Bouche expressed his disappointment over the incident and spoke to students about the responsibility that comes with the use of technology and the internet. He also highlighted the courage of those students who chose to tackle a tough topic. “I am proud they selected this issue, due to the many great things that have come to us as a result of Treaty Rights. We now have Act 31 in the state, which requires our schools to accurately teach about traditional and contemporary Native American life,” said Mr. Bouche. He then apologized and said he will be directing school staff to carefully examine the possible impact of future projects and how they may affect the community.
The Tribal Council advises our Community to remain calm in dealing with this issue. They suggest speaking with our students about historical trauma and encourage families to share first-hand, personal accounts of the Tribe’s struggle to maintain our Treaty Rights.
Brandon Thoms, Director, Public Relations Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians 715.588.4492 Office
Article VIII Amendment Frequently Asked Questions
Article VIII Amendment Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Article VIII Amendment that I keep hearing about and what does it do? A: Article VIII defines the requirements for amending the Tribe’s constitution. The proposed Article VIII amendment removes the federal government’s process to amend the Tribe’s Constitution, and replaces it with a 100% Tribal process. This new amendment process will grant greater protections to the People, ensuring that the People are involved in every future amendment to the Tribe’s Constitution.
Q: Why is there a federal process for our Constitution? A: The Tribe’s Constitution is one of many tribal constitutions that were written during the Indian Reorganization Act era, when the federal government used the same template for many tribes’ constitutions. All of these constitutions included federal oversight with the amendment process.
Q: What went into creating this proposed amendment? A: The Constitution Committee, comprised of Gilbert Chapman, Phillup (Bub) Chapman, Betty Jack, Richard Jack (Chair), John LaBarge, Flo Ninham and William (Billy) Schuman, developed the proposed amendment over the course of a year. Part of the drafting process included six community meetings, where Tribal Members provided valuable input. Many of the ideas shared at the meetings were used to refine the amendment and to add increased protections for the People.
Q: Will the Article VIII amendment give the Tribal Council more power over Tribal Members? A: No. Article VIII actually grants more protections to Tribal Members. These protections include – allowing the People to petition for constitutional amendments, requiring a public mailing be sent to all eligible voters, requiring at least three community meetings before an election, and requiring more Tribal Members (51%) to participate in the amendment election.
Q: Does Article VIII allow Exclusion (Banishment)? A: No. Article VIII does not address exclusion or banishment. Article VIII only pertains to constitutional amendments by defining the amendment process.
Q: What will happen if the amendment passes? A: All future amendments will use the new procedures found within the proposed language, including 100% Tribal process and increased protections for Tribal Members.
Q: What happens to the Tribe’s current Election Code? A: The Election Code will be revised to include the 100% Tribal process. The current process used to elect Tribal officials will largely remain the same.
However, there are plans to amend the Tribal Election Code to - more fully define the roles and responsibilities of the Election Board, allow for off-reservation absentee voting, allow for judicial review of Election Board decisions, a right of action in Tribal Court to dispute elections, and to restrict further amendments to the Election Code by requiring a referendum vote of the Tribal Members.
Q: What will happen if the amendment does not pass? A: All future amendments will use the same process that currently exists, including requiring final approval by the federal government.
Q: When is the election for the Article VIII amendment? A: Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Voting will be held at the William Wildcat, Sr. Community Center.
Q: Who can I talk to if I have more questions? Contact Richard Jack – at the William Wildcat, Sr. Community Center at (715) 588-3303, or on his cell phone at (715) 892-8728.
Lake of the Torches Donates More Than 1,000 Winter Clothing Items to Help Local School Children Stay Warm Lac du Flambeau
Lake of the Torches Resort Casino recently presented the Lac du Flambeau Public School with more than 1,000 winter wear items to ensure that local school children will stay warm during the upcoming winter season.
The donated hats, gloves and coats were collected by the casino as part of its Warm Up To Winning promotion held on Sundays, November 10, 17 and 24. During the promotion, the casino’s Club Advantage members were encouraged to bring in a new pair of gloves or a new hat to either Club Advantage or Guest Services. The casino also accepted gently used children’s winter coats. For their generous donation, Club Advantage members received $10 Free Play on each Sunday that they donated.
School officials and teachers are distributing the clothing items to students at the Lac du Flambeau Public School on an as-needed basis. Often children misplace clothing items or are in need of a hat or gloves on a particularly cold winter day.
“We thank all of our Club Advantage members who donated as part of our Warm Up To Winning promotion. Their generosity will ensure that local schoolchildren stay warm during the upcoming cold winter months,” said Lake of the Torches’ Director of Marketing Leana Schlecht.
Lake of the Torches’ Director of Marketing Leana Schlecht and Lac du Flambeau Public School Principal Ron Grams give two thumbs up for the generous donation of the winter clothing items.
On Thursday, October 17th, the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Council voted unanimously to ratify the Tribal Internet Gaming Alliance (TIGA) treaty.
"The idea for TIGA started about two years ago here in northern Wisconsin with Lac du Flambeau and several other Midwest tribes. I have been truly honored to help make their vision a reality," said Jeffrey Nelson, Counsel, Kanji & Katzen, PLLC, and author of the Treaty.
Progressive sovereign nations recognize the value of working together, and Lac du Flambeau is taking the lead by being the first Tribe in Wisconsin to ratify the TIGA treaty. "We asked our Gaming Commission to do the homework on this, and they and our attorney found minimal risk in our moving forward. We want to be at the forefront of online gaming, and this is another step to advance that," said Tribal President Tom Maulson.
The Treaty is an inter-governmental agreement between Tribes that want to work together to develop a single platform internet gaming business. The model is based on Tribal sovereignty and building liquidity upon each Tribe's existing resources.
With the launch of online free play, Lac du Flambeau is moving forward and embracing new technologies to not only diversify their present customer's gaming experience, but as a way of cultivating new clientele. As online gaming legislation progresses throughout the United States, the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Council recognizes the need the stay in the forefront of the potential opportunities.
"This is certainly a historic day in Indian gaming. It is 25 years to the day after Congress enacted IGRA (Indian Gaming Regulatory Act); how fitting that it should also be the day of the first TIGA Treaty ratification. With ratification from two more tribes, TIGA will officially take flight," said Nelson.
The treaty does not bind Lac du Flambeau to any Tribe or business venture. Rather it creates an opportunity for Tribal Nations to cooperatively address potential legislative or regulatory issues. There is no financial investment at this time, and the Tribe may opt out of the treaty at any time.
"We look forward to working with other Tribes to advance internet gaming, and creating additional opportunities for our Tribal Members," said Maulson.
Lake of the Torches Resort Casino raised $16,110 for area charities during a spectacular day of sportsmanship and goodwill as part of the Carry the Torch Charity Fundraiser on Thursday, September 19th, at the historic Gateway Gun Club and Lodge in Land O' Lakes.
The event marked the fourth year in which Carry the Torch participants competed in trap and sporting clay competitions at the Gateway Gun Club. The Lakeland Pantry, the Northcentral Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Northwoods United Way and the Lac du Flambeau Youth Center will each receive more than $4,000 from the event. Click here to view the full press release.
Lac du Flambeau Tribe and Nicolet College Form Accredited Tribal-Technical College Dental Hygiene Program
The Lac du Flambeau Tribe is proud to announce the formation of the accredited Tribal-Technical College Dental Hygiene program. This premiere collaboration is the first of its kind partnership between an Indian Tribe and a technical college in the nation. Nicolet College, in association with Peter Christensen Dental Campus, has developed the accredited tribal-technical Dental Hygiene program.
Nicolet College recently received its initial accreditation approval from the national Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The partnership allows students a hands-on educational experience in a state-of-the-art dental facility. "This is great news, especially for the students currently in, or looking at entering the Dental Hygiene program," said Dr. Lenore Mangles, Dean of Health Occupations at Nicolet College. "In order for students to take their licensure exam to work in the Dental Hygiene field, they must graduate from an accredited program. We are thrilled students in the Northwoods will now have that opportunity."
The rigorous accreditation process started nearly a year ago, and included a comprehensive review of numerous aspects of Nicolet's program. The process included evaluations of course content, what skills students would learn, and a plan for students that ensured clinical training on patients of all ages. To meet the requirements the college worked extensively with Dental Director Paco Fralick and other staff at the Peter Christensen Dental Campus to develop a curriculum that would meet the CODA requirements and provide accessible career opportunities for Tribal Members and students throughout the Northwoods region.
This past spring, five of the 10 students that enrolled in the dental assisting program were Native American. For the fall session, the program currently has 11 individuals enrolled in the program and five in the dental hygiene program. There are two full-time instructors and three part-time instructors for both programs.
Nicolet College received grant funding for the initial start-up and operation of the programs. Health Director of the Peter Christensen Dental Clinic Paco Fralick is optimistic that the programs will increase the number of Native Americans entering into the field of dentistry. "I'm very proud of the work our staff and Nicolet College did to make this happen," said Fralick. Historically, Native Americans have been overwhelmingly under-represented in the field, with Dr. Fralick being only one of 150 Native American dentists in the nation. Fralick added, "Now students looking for a career in dental hygiene or dental assisting can have the latest and most technologically advanced learning experience close to home."
For more information about Nicolet's dental education programs, visit Nicolet's website, or call the college at (715) 365-4451 or (800) 544-3039, extension 4451.
Public Scoping Meeting to be Held in Shullsburg on Thursday, August 15, 2013
The Department of Interior has published a notice in the Federal Register this week announcing that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is formally beginning the process of gathering information for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Lac du Flambeau Tribe's fee-to-trust transfer and casino project in Shullsburg, Wisconsin.
The notice includes the announcement that a public scoping meeting on the issue will be held at the Shullsburg High School (444 North Judgement Street, Shullsburg, WI) at 6:00 pm on August 15th.
The Tribe submitted a fee-to-trust land application for gaming on property it owns in Shullsburg in March of this year. In April, the Tribe hosted a public information meeting in Shullsburg and shared its plans for the facility. The project includes the development of a gaming facility, hotel, restaurant and retail facilities, entertainment and convention space, a recreational vehicle park, sportsman's club, maintenance facilities and surface parking.
"I'm pleased that the process is moving along. Things are going well, but we still have a ways to go," said Tribal Chairman Tom Maulson. "This is a good opportunity for the public to speak their mind, and we will be addressing all of their ideas," he added. "We greatly appreciate the support from the people of Shullsburg, and hope to see you on the 15th."
Project Manager Duane Chapman explained the importance of the EIS. "The EIS is a careful study of what impact the project will have on the environment - the soil, geology, water, air quality, traffic, safety, noise and socioeconomic issues, to name a few. We have hired the firm of Atkins Global to aid us in the process. The Tribe and the governments involved want to make sure that the project will not be detrimental to the surrounding community," said Chapman. "Before any decision can be made on our application, the EIS must be completed," he added.
For those who cannot attend the public scoping meeting, written comments on the scope of the EIS or implementation of the proposal may be sent directly to the BIA. You may mail, hand deliver, or telefax written comments to Diane Rosen, Regional Director, Midwest Regional Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 5600 West American Boulevard, Suite 500, Bloomington, MN 55437. Telefax (612) 713-4401. Written comments must arrive by August 30, 2013.
Additional background information on the Shullsburg project may be found on the Tribal website at ldftribe.com, click on the Shullsburg link.
Tribe Votes to Move Forward with a Shullsburg Casino Project
In a special referendum on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians voted decisively to move forward with the trust land application for an off-reservation gaming facility in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. The official ballot question was: Do you approve of putting the Shullsburg land into trust for gaming?
The vote was 217 in support of the question and 141 opposed. Turnout was termed as "average" by election officials. The inclement weather may have played a factor.
A Shullsburg casino application had previously been submitted by the Tribe in 2003 and subsequently denied. A formal working group has been studying the feasibility of a new application because of changes in the approval process at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. There remains continued support for a project by the citizens of Shullsburg.
Chairman Tom Maulson thanked the voters and renewed the Council's pledge for open government. "We are committed to transparency and will follow the mandate of the people, " he explained, "and the people have told us to move forward." "I want to thank all of you for coming out to vote today. Now we have work to do."
Project Work Group Lead Duane Chapman commented that he was glad to be moving forward. "One thing that we learned while preparing for the referendum was just how big a challenge this will be." "I am glad that we can get moving," said Chapman. "The next steps in the process will be re-commissioning the work on the Environmental Impact Study and redoing the application." " We've also got to get together with Mayor Lethlean and Shullsburg," he added.
The Work Group will immediately resume their weekly meetings on Friday . Periodic project updates will appear on the Tribal website at ldftribe.com, click on the Shullsburg link.
Shullsburg Fee to Trust Land Acquisition Application Referendum
LDF tribal members will go to the polls on Wednesday, September 19 to cast their ballots in a special referendum on whether or not to move forward with the Shullsburg trust land off reservation casino question. The polls open starting at 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM at the Tribal Center. Cast your vote on Wednesday, September 19. Click here for more information
Shullsburg Fee to Trust Land Acquisition Application
The purpose of the Shullsburg Gaming Work Group is to prepare detailed information regarding the opportunity for an off reservation facility in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. The findings of the Work Group will be presented to the Tribe and a decision as to whether or not to proceed will be answered via a Tribal Referendum.
Need A Job? stop in at the new TERO office in the Tribal Center
The Lac du Flambeau Tribe has initiated the Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) to enforce tribally enacted Indian preference laws and ensure that Indian people gain their rightful share to employment, training, contracting, and business opportunities.
A TERO Ordinance will be enacted:
-To address the deplorable rate of poverty, unemployment, and under-employment that exists among Native people living on the reservation
-To eliminate discriminatory and other historical barriers that Tribal members face while seeking unemployment and business opportunities,
-To ensure that Tribal members receive their rightful entitlements as intended and required under the Tribal and Federal Indian Preference Employment Law.
To be included in the JOB SKILLS BANK, Tribal members and descendants are encouraged to stop by the new TERO office and submit your contact information, resume, and references.
Contact J. Brooks Big John at the Tribal Employment Rights Office in the William Wildcat Community Center. Phone- (715) 588-3303 ext. 4303 or (715) 439-3947.
George W. Brown Jr. Museum and Cultural Center Receives $48,000 Grant
The George W. Brown Jr. Museum and Cultural Center has been awarded an $48,000 grant from the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Award (Institute of Museum and Library Services) to provide museum enhancement and insure the security of objects and artifacts housed in the museum.
The grant will bring the museum to a standard of security and technology to meet the museum's needs.
Museum Director Teresa Mitchell will be administering the grant. "Funding will help us enhance the security of the building so that we may be able to bring in items of loan from other environments that had once belonged in Lac du Flambeau," she said, "It will also help us update our database and website." Additionally, the grant will allow for increased shelving and storage space, and climate control of the museum collection.
Mitchell will be working with Northwoods NiiJii Enterprise Community, Inc. over the fiscal year to develop planning and evaluation systems for the administration of the grant.
Owned by the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and located in downtown Lac du Flambeau, the museum is one of the top tourist attractions in the Midwest.
It houses hundreds of historical photographs, artwork, and objects.
The museum commemorates Ojibwe culture and the history of Lac du Flambeau with a four seasons diorama, artifacts from the reservation including a 24 ft Ojibwe dugout canoe, smaller birch-bark canoes, antiquities from the French fur trade and logging eras, locally made (authentic) Ojibwe arts and crafts, traditional clothing, and a world-record speared sturgeon taken from nearby Pokegama Lake. The museum offers programs and classes, community feasts, as well as other special events.
The museum was completed in 1989 after the Lac du Flambeau Historical and Cultural Society was created "for the purpose of the collection and preservation of records and physical objects relating to the history and culture of the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa" Lac du Flambeau was designated as a Preserve America Community in 2009.
Museum hours are: (March-Mid November) Monday - Friday 10 am-4pm.; (Mid November thru March) Tuesday - Thursday 10am-4pm; and during the Summer months, some select Saturdays.
For more information you may call at 715-588-3333 or email: email@example.com
Tribal Youth Featured in DOJ public service announcement
Youth from Lac du Flambeau are featured in this video "That's My People"- a public service announcement (PSA) developed at the 2011 National Intertribal Youth Summit (NIYS). The PSA represents many voices and vocalizes issues that tribal youth across all regions identified as important to address in their communities. It was filmed on site during the NIYS at the Santa Fe Indian School. http://www.justice.gov/tribal/videos.html
Attention Anyone Affected by the Cobell vs. Salazar Settlement
If you were recently notified by the BIA that you were affected by the Cobell Settlement, please go to this website:
It will answer your questions and inform you what to do next.
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Be part of our Veteran's Memorial Monument Permanent Memorial Wall plaques now available
ALL VETERANS WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE
Plaques are 12 in. x 12 in., each will contain the veteran’s name, service branch, and will specify which period/war/peacetime
COST: Tribal members FREE with honorable discharge
Non-Tribal members: $10
Contact Stan Haling at (715) 588-3695,or Ernestine Rodriguez at (715) 588-3303
Plaques will be placed immediately pending at least 10 orders, order yours now!
Lac du Flambeau Tribe
P.O. Box 67
Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538