Lac du Flambeau

On and Off Reservation
4:47 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

LDF Seeks Foster Families For Respite Homes

Lac du Flambeau is recruiting foster families on the reservation and other parts of Vilas County.

Family Services Manager Kristin Allen supervises the tribe’s foster care licensing program.

She says the program is especially in need of families to provide short-term respite homes. 

 “And respite homes are families that are willing to provide a weekend or evening for some of our foster homes – so that if they want a night out or a weekend for a family getaway, things like that – that they would be allowed that time alone.”

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Appellate Court Puts Burden of Proof On State
3:19 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Tribes Celebrate Night Hunting Rule Reversal

Many perceive deer hunting at night to be unsafe, but the tribes say it's been done responsibly for decades.
Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

Wisconsin’s Chippewa say they’re confident that an appeals court ruling last week will open the door to safe and responsible night hunting in ceded territory. 

The Wisconsin DNR hasn’t allowed deer hunting at night outside of reservation boundaries, and a federal judge has twice upheld the restriction out of concern for public safety.  But last week an appeals court in Chicago ruled the opposite and sent the case back to U.S. District Court, saying the state hasn’t provided proof that night hunting is dangerous. 

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General Election Day
4:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Voters Head to the Polls

Lac du Flambeau will elect a new tribal President Tuesday. 

The two candidates for the position that got the most votes in the primary are Joseph G. Wildcat, Sr. and Henry “Butch” St. Germaine, Sr. 

Current President Tom Maulson did not make it past the primary. 

Candidates for vice president that will appear on the ballot are Mike Allen, Sr. and Melissa Christensen. 

There are also several council member seats open, and eight candidates who will appear on the ballot. 

Arts & Life
6:39 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

LDF Renovates Boys Dormitory For Community And Cultural Use

Credit Natalie Jablonski

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.   

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Coping with Addiction
3:59 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

LDF To Build Substance Abuse Treatment Center

Lac du Flambeau held a ceremony and ground breaking for its new residential treatment facility.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Lac du Flambeau broke ground on a new treatment center for substance abuse and mental illness today.  The tribe will be the first in Wisconsin to build this kind of facility. 

Community members, state officials and tribal leaders braved the day’s chill for a ground breaking ceremony on the shores of Lake Pokegama. 

“We’re celebrating the ground-breaking of a new treatment center, with the expectations that it will be build sometime between now and spring.  This will allow 20 beds, with potential expansion of 20 additional beds at some point in time.” 

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Cultural Significance of Wild Rice
2:32 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Wild Rice Festival Celebrates Harvest

Wild rice harvesting in Minnesota - 1915.
Credit Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

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.

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Mining and Other Great Lakes Issues
3:29 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Tribes Feel Positive Takeaway from EPA Meetings

At least one tribal leader is optimistic after the recent meetings between Midwest tribes and the EPA this week.

Lac du Flambeau Spokesperson Brandon Thoms says according to tribal President Maulson, the discussions were positive. 

“It showed that there’s definitely a willingness between the EPA to work with the tribes, and President Maulson indicated that the tribes are understood that they have a vested interest.” 

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Government
5:23 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Can Access Federal Dollars for Foster Care

Lac du Flambeau chairman Tom Maulson shook hands with Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson Tuesday.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Lac du Flambeau hopes to provide more support for families and kids in its foster care system.  The state of Wisconsin has signed an agreement allowing the tribe to access a new stream of federal funding. 

The Title IV-E program is the federal government’s foster care program. 

Until recently, funds from that program have gone to the state of Wisconsin and its counties, but have never been funneled to the tribes.  That’s changing, now that officials have signed an agreement allowing that money to flow directly to the tribe’s foster care administration. 

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Surprising Trends Among Casino-Goers
12:53 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Survey Finds Casino Patrons Would Prefer Smoke-Free Environment

Credit Pixabay

A study shows most patrons of Lac du Flambeau’s casino don’t smoke, and would visit more often if the casino was nonsmoking.  Lake of the Torches Casino partnered with the Great Lakes Intertribal Council to survey almost a thousand gamblers.

Great Lakes Intertribal Council Epidemiologist Isaiah Brokenleg says it’s the first time a casino has cooperated with a public health entity to do a study on smoking preferences.  He explains that partnership gave researchers access to the patron database. 

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Funded by NEA
4:31 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

New Mural Underway in Lac du Flambeau

Lac du Flambeau youth are working on a mural for the side of the Ojibwe Cultural Museum.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Kids in Lac du Flambeau are working on a mural project this summer. The public art will be displayed on the side of the George W. Brown Ojibwe Cultural Museum.

About twenty five kids have spent the past month helping out on the mural project, which won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Greg Johnson is one of the project leaders.  He says he worked with the kids to design the mural. 

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