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.
The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa held a primary election yesterday for contested positions for Secretary, Treasurer and tribal council. The winners include:
For Secretary...Jamie Armstrong and Victoria A. Doud.
For Treasurer...Barry LeSieur and Mary Peterson.
Candidates who will be on the October ballot for tribal council include....Terry "Fred" Allen, Eric Chapman, Sr.,Betty Jo Graveen,Alice K. Soulier,Henry "Butch" St. Germaine, Sr.,Joseph G. Wildcat, Sr.,Vivian "Luci" Wolfe, and Racquel Zortman-Bell.
Following a state of emergency declared in April about the growing use and distribution of illegal drugs on the reservation, the Lac du Flambeau Police Department began serving banishment notices from the Tribal Government to 55 non-tribal members known to be involved in illegal activities.
Tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says in declaring the state of emergency, law enforcement began a crackdown in June called "Operation Pandora" where a number of arrests were made....
The Lac du Flambeau tribe is moving forward with a plan to bring high speed internet access to the Lakeland area. The tribe has formed Ogema Communications, a company it hopes will deliver broadband access not only to tribal lands, but other parts of the Northwoods. Tribal spokesman Brandon Thoms says access to high-speed internet would stimulate job and business growth.
“There’s a huge need for reliable service throughout the Northwoods. And the tribe is looking to fill that need, or fill that void through the creation of Ogema Communications.”
After little action for a long time, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is beginning gathering information for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Lac du Flambeau Tribe's fee-to-trust transfer and casino project in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. Shullsburg is located near the Illinois border near Platteville.
The tribe would like to operate a gaming facility at Shullsburg, along with it's operation in Lac du Flambeau.
The Lac du Flambeau Chief of Police says more arrests are coming. Last week, "Operation Pandora" was launched by several law enforcement agencies on the reservation to stem the tide of synthetic and pharmaceutical drugs being sold.
Dozens of people were arrested as warrants were served.
Police Chief Bob Brandenburg says they achieved some objectives, but not others...