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.”
The state Natural Resources Board has authorized the DNR to take emergency steps to protect Wisconsin’s fish supply. The move comes after Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes declared they’ll reserve a record number of walleye in the spearing season.
Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes plan to spear up to 63,000 walleye this spring - five thousand more than last year. As Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission spokesperson Sue Erickson explains, typically tribal members only take about half of what is declared.
Public transportation is returning to at least one part of the Northwoods, thanks to Lac du Flambeau.
The tribe is partnering with the Menominee Nation to provide transportation between several stops in Lac du Flambeau and the Minocqua-Woodruff area. Lac du Flambeau spokesman Brandon Thoms says it will be the only public transit available in the area.
It’s election day in Lac du Flambeau. Six tribal seats will be decided: including the secretary and treasurer, plus four councilmen. Tribal Spokesman Brandon Thoms says there are twelve total seats on the tribal council.
“A council person has a two year term, and those terms are staggered. So generally every year six of those seats go up for election.”
The Lac du Flambeau tribe says two federal grants will help combat crime in its community. The tribe has been awarded money for community policing totaling more than three quarters of a million dollars. The so-called COPS grants come through a federal program for tribal assistance. The larger grant will fund police equipment like hardware and uniforms. The other will pay for the hiring of at least one new person.
Tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the money will go a long way.
Wild rice season is set to begin in Northern Wisconsin. Manoomin, the traditional food of the Ojibwe nations, typically ripens around Labor Day. But harvesters may need extra patience this year.
Only three out of about 50 lakes regulated by state and tribal officials will open for ricing by this weekend. Manoomin biologist for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission Lisa David says Wisconsin’s late spring delayed ripening in some areas.