Lac du Flambeau held a dedication ceremony for a remodeled historic building today…that remains part of a tragic legacy of federally-run boarding schools. The Boys Dormitory will now house historic and cultural preservation offices.
The Boys Dormitory building dates back to the boarding school era around the early 1900s, when the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs forced Native American children to go to schools far away from their families. They weren’t allowed to speak their native language, maintain their cultural identity or even keep their given names.
It’s turning into a beautiful fall in the Northwoods. In much of the state, leaves on deciduous trees started to change color a little later than usual. Bill McNee, DNR Forest Health Specialist in Sheboygan says that’s thanks to recent wet weather.
“We had a lot of soil moisture and the trees are less stressed. Which means the trees aren’t in a hurry, as they would be in a year when there’s not enough moisture.”
A scholarship fundraiser Saturday remembers a Northwoods deputy who died while on duty.
Nicolet College Foundation is sponsoring the Run To Remember and Family Fun Day at the Rhinelander campus. The event honors Kory Dahlvig, a Rhinelander High School and Nicolet College graduate who worked with the Lac du Flambeau and Eagle River Police Departments before joining the Vilas County Sheriff's Department in 2007. He was killed in a traffic crash in 2010 while responding to a mutual aid request from another department.
A family will be getting a new house next year as Habitat for Humanity Northwoods broke ground on it's 19th house Sunday(9/14) afternoon.
Greg and Jennifer Bohn and their two children will have a home on Rhinelander's west side. But this home has a twist. Routinely the homes are constructed by Habitat volunteers. But a collaboration with the Rhinelander School District means Building Trades students will build the house for Habitat.
Lac du Flambeau is scheduled to start demolishing its historic Indian Bowl Monday.
The building dates back to the 1950s. As Lac du Flambeau tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms explains, for years it drew tourists with its traditional dance performances and cultural events.
“There’s a lot of history that goes with the Indian Bowl," he said. "President Eisenhower was adopted into the band at the Indian Bowl in front of a large crowd…and it just has a real significance in the community.”
Lac du Flambeau is holding a festival celebrating wild rice…and the historic Indian Bowl.
The Wild Rice Festival is held every year during the rice harvesting season, which usually spans late August to early September.
As Lac du Flambeau spokesperson Brandon Thoms explains, wild rice has been an important part of Ojibwe culture since the tribes first migrated to the area. A prophecy had foretold that the people should settle in a place where the food grows on the water.