Brandon Thoms

Plans for New Arts Center
1:00 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Indian Bowl Set for Demolition

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.”

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Two-Vote Margin
3:39 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Votes to Stop Funding Shullsburg Proposal

A failed referendum presents a major stumbling block for Lac du Flambeau’s off-reservation casino planned for southern Wisconsin.

Tribal members have voted not to continue funding the Shullsburg casino application process.

The margin was extremely close, with just two votes deciding the outcome.

Lac du Flambeau spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the next step is for the tribal council to discuss options with the Shullsburg work group. 

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Weighing Environmental Impacts
3:00 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

LDF Considers ATV Trail

ATVs and UTVs are welcomed by some, but others fear the environmental damage they may bring.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Lac du Flambeau officials are wrapping up an environmental assessment of a proposed ATV/UTV trail. The Lakeland ATV Club wants to build a trail that would pass through the reservation. 

Lac du Flambeau spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the proposed trail would be about 23 miles long.

“It runs from the Oneida county border of the reservation – which would be the southwest corner of the reservation – east to the Woodruff Arbor Vitae area.” 

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DNR May Restrict Anglers
2:46 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Tribes Reserve More Walleye for Spearing

Chippewa tribal members spear walleye in springtime, when the fish swim into the shallows to spawn.
Credit Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

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.  

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Business Owners Welcome
5:31 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Hosts Economic Development Summit

An economic development summit in Lac du Flambeau begins Tuesday. 

The tribe’s spokesperson Brandon Thoms says it’s a way for businesses and leaders to share knowledge and build partnerships.                    

“Living here in the Northwoods sometimes we’re behind the times.  And so we’re trying to bring that up-to-speed, real-time information to our business community here in the Northwoods.” 

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Transportation Service Rare in Northwoods
6:00 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Lac du Flambeau Launches Public Transit Service

The new transit service will be up and running on Monday.
Credit Lac du Flambeau

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.

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Tribal Elections
9:37 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Six Seats To Be Decided in Tribal Election

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.”

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Tribe Proactive Against Crime
10:41 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Lac du Flambeau Nets Federal Dollars for Policing

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.

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Nearing Harvest Time
4:22 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Wild Rice Season Set to Open

Wild rice grows at the mouth of the Kakagon River near Lake Superior.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

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.

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