Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Superior National Forest

Wild rice production looks below average in the Lac du Flambeau reservation area.  

Scott Smith and the other two wild rice chiefs for the Lac du Flambeau reservation check lakes daily to monitor the rice as it ripens.  Smith says the peak of the harvest has probably already passed. 

“Usually 5 to 10 percent ripens per day.  So there are a few lakes left that still have rice – where it’s more dense, they still have rice to harvest.”

Lac du Flambeau Chamber of Commerce

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.

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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 mayor of the city where the Lac du Flambeau tribe would like to build a casino says a clear majority of residents there favor building it.

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.”

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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.

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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...

Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Authorities made more than 20 arrests Wednesday during early morning raids on residences in Lac du Flambeau.

Tribal officials called it "Operation Pandora". More than 40 law enforcement officials from 11 agencies were involved to curtail the use of synthetic and prescription drugs.

Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police Chief Bob Brandenburg said the raids were the first wave of efforts to stop illegal drugs on the reservation.

Tribal Chair Tom Maulson said after a state of emergency was declared in Lac du Flambeau in April they were going to take action.

The Rhinelander School District is looking for a new Community Education Coordinator.  Kim Swisher announced her resignation today.  She’s headed to a brand new communications position with the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.   

“It was just too exciting to pass up.  I have greatly enjoyed my work with the school district and have learned a great deal serving our students and our community.  And this was just something too exciting and too much of an opportunity to walk away from.”