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Lac du Flambeau Band

of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Our Mission

To provide leadership for the betterment of tribal membership and descendants in the areas of health, education, welfare, economic / job development and the protection of natural resources.
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About Us

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 the Treaty of 1854. 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.
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Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Applauds U.S. Amicus Brief Supporting Tribe’s Position On Trespass Issues Involving Trust Roads Within Reservation

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians issued the following statement on Pollard et al v. Johnson et al., case no. 3:23-cv-135 before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

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ACF and SAMHSA Training for Parents, Caregivers, and Families on the Mental Health of Children to be held March 2

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are offering virtual training for parents, caregivers, and families on the mental health needs of children!

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LDF Tribe Statement on Temporary Roads Access

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians offered the following statement on issuing temporary access permits that allow roads with expired easements to re-open as part of a temporary agreement with the Town of Lac du Flambeau.
“The Tribe has agreed to provide temporary access permits to the Town of Lac du Flambeau to open the roads with expired easements to provide a window of opportunity for the Town and the Title Companies to make a viable offer to get this situation resolved,” Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians President John D. Johnson, Sr. said. “The permits are in 30-day increments and the Tribal Council has only authorized three total (90 days) for each road.”

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Tribal Public Statement and Federal Court Ruling
Lac du Flambeau Tribe Statement On Federal Court Decision

Lac du Flambeau Tribe Statement On Federal Court Decision
LAC DU FLAMBEAU—MARCH 10 2023—The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians issued the following statement on the recent federal court order in Pollard v. Johnson related to reservation roads access.
“The federal court’s ruling not only denies the plaintiffs’ request for a temporary restraining order, it also calls into question whether the court has jurisdiction to issue an injunction and how the plaintiffs presented their case,” Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Tribal President John D. Johnson, Sr. said. “We feel for the impacted property owners and hope this ruling encourages all property owners to press for immediate action by the ...

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LDF Tribe Issues Storm Preparation Plans

LAC DU FLAMBEAU—FEBRUARY 21, 2023—The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians issued the following statement on its plans for the upcoming winter storm.
“With the upcoming predicted winter storm, we will continue to work
to ensure the safety and general welfare of people within the exterior boundaries of the Reservation, including those affected by road closures.”

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Public Statement 2/9/23

How much is Tribe asking for? Some think it's $10 million while others think it's $20 million. It’s important people understand what the Tribe offered 10 years ago. It’s equally important people understand easements are a common practice granting permission to use another person’s land. What’s uncommon, yet increasingly expected over the last 10 years of negotiating with the Town of Lac du Flambeau and Title Companies, is their refusal to agree to fairly standard easement arrangements, and what appears to be the Town and Title Companies...

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Public Statement
Governor Evers Meets with Lac Du Flambeau Tribal Leaders

Governor Tony Evers, and members of his administrative team, traveled to Lac du Flambeau on Saturday, February 4th, to meet with the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Council, Tribal Land Management Director, Tribal Administrator, and the Tribe’s legal counsel. The purpose of this meeting was to listen to tribal leaders, as they shared the historical facts behind the events leading to recent road closures on...

Response Letter to Matt Gaulke

Response letter to Matt Gaulke

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Public Information
Right of Way Issues

February 3, 2023

In light of recent events regarding the recent road closures on the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation, due to long-expired right-of-way (ROW) issues, a great deal of misinformation has circulated through a number of public media outlets. In order to correct those inaccuracies, the Tribe recently released a public statement, and we feel that an additional statement is critical to share these facts.

Public Comment - 2022 ICDBG
PUBLIC COMMENTS REQUESTED - 10/7/21 to 10/20/2021

HUD has issued a funding announcement for the FY 2022 Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG). The Tribe is required to seek public input on potential projects for this application. You can send your comments to or by phone to Diane Bridgeforth at 715-588-4254, Brian Gauthier at 715-588-4251 or Christina Rencontre at 715-588-4414. We will continue to take comments, even after the 10/20/2021 comment deadline. For more information about the ICDBG, visit this page on the HUD website

Wisconsin DNR Online Hunter Safety Course Certification
The official Wisconsin Hunter Safety Course is available on-line and the certification is required to purchase a WI Hunting License and/or obtain an Off-Reservation Treaty Hunting permit. The Hunter Safety Course is required for anyone born on or after January 1, 1973. If a person will be hunting under the Hunting Mentorship Program or they have successfully completed and have proof of completing basic training in the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserves or National Guard, they do not need a hunter education certificate to purchase/obtain a hunting license. Click on the link or go to Wisconsin Safety Education Courses: Students are required to obtain a Wisconsin DNR Customer Number (available on the website) Register for a safety class and provide their DNR Customer Number Begin on-line learning and Stay Safe!!

Reinstatement of Mask Requirement beginning 8/20/21
Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribal Council Resolution#325(20) effective 08/20/2021. FOR THE SAFETY OF YOURSELF, EMPLOYEES and Our Community!!! Miigwetch!!! Thank You!

Community Update on Corona Virus (COVID-19)
President Wildcat statements on COVID-19 (Corona Virus) will be posted to our Facebook page and sent to Tribal e-mails, as well as appear on this website page. We realize not everyone is on digital platforms, however. Please help share this information with those in the community who may not be on social media or e-mail.

Human and Health Services
Child Support Agency
The Child Support Agency provides services to parents and children that are affiliated through enrollment to the LDF Tribe, to ensure a better life for children. It is the result of a cooperative agreement between the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, the Wisconsin Bureau of Child Support, and the Lac du Flambeau Tribe.

Online Application for Employment
To apply for the Tribal positions listed below, submit the online application

Natural Resources
Air Quality Program
The Tribal Air Quality Program is a relatively new addition to the Tribal Natural Resources Department. Projects currently underway include the establishment an air quality data stream and a Reservation emissions inventory. These projects will assist the Tribe in identifying and addressing pollution sources that affect the air quality on the Lac du Flambeau Reservation.

Tribal Settles Bond Litigation
Member information regarding Bond Litigation Settlement

Tribal Enterprises
LDF Country Market
The LDF Country Market is a full-service food store located in downtown Lac du Flambeau. It features a complete line of groceries and frozen foods along with a wide selection of meat, produce, bakery, and hot deli items. Tobacco products and other merchandise are also sold at LDF Country Market.

LDF Public Library
Lac du Flambeau Public Library
The mission of the Lac du Flambeau Public Library is to provide informational, cultural, educational, recreational resource and services to all residents of the Lac du Flambeau area, and encompassing the communities in Vilas County. The library is committed to freedom of information to all.


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Lac du Flambeau Tribe
P.O. Box 67
Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538

418 Little Pines Rd
Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538

(715) 588-3303


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