Tribal Leader Asks State To Back Tribal Action Plans On Drugs

Feb 14, 2018

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Following the recent arrests of five men in the death of 25-year-old Wayne Valliere, Jr. of Lac du Flambeau, the Lac du Flambeau Band Of Lake Superior Chippewa tribal council has issued a call to strengthen efforts to stop drug abuse. The council is calling for a tri-county effort.

The Lac du Flambeau Tribe hosted a meeting January 19 with key players from Oneida, Vilas, and Iron counties in hopes of building a collaborative effort to conquer drug issues within our region. After the meeting, the Tribal Council passed a resolution supporting the expansion of the Tribal Action Plan “TAP” to include a Tri-County effort to combat drugs.

Tuesday in Madison was the annual "State of the Tribes" address to the full legislature. The eleven tribes in Wisconsin were represented by former Menominee Tribal Chair Gary Besaw(bee-saw) who asked the legislature to support the "Tribal Action Plans" across the state... 

"....many of the tribes have 'Tribal Action Plans' to fight the growing drug epidemic and the fight other substance abuse issues in our communities. The action plans are community-wide strategies using all available tribal programs,tribal agencies, tribal funding, and are centered on prevention and intervention, including culturally relevant programming..."

Besaw called on the legislature to support the tribal efforts and help get the programming into the counties to broaden the effort to fight drug use. Besaw comments courtesy Wisconsin Eye.