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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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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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Lac du Flambeau celebrated the tribe’s purchase of the historic Strawberry Island Thursday.  The land was privately held for over a hundred years.

About a hundred people gathered on Sand Beach across from the island that gets its name from its strawberry-like shape.  It’s the site of an important battle between the Ojibwe and the Sioux peoples.  Lac du Flambeau Chairman Tom Maulson says it’s also spiritually important. 

An arts and cultural center planned for Lac du Flambeau is getting a financial boost. 

The USDA has awarded the project $88,000 towards job training for the Living Arts and Cultural Center. 

The center is being planned to replace the Indian Bowl, a venue that’s currently in disrepair. 

Georgine Brown is chair of the project’s board of directors.  She says the grant will lay the groundwork for staffing once the center is built.

Lac du Flambeau is helping offer college courses to inmates in Vilas County Jail. 

Lac du Flambeau Education and Workforce Development Director Joni Theobald says the program will be open to tribal and nontribal inmates.

She says it’s an effort to help inmates, who may lack higher education or workforce skills, to move forward.

“We see those correlations, of lack of college or even a lack of high school completion.  How can we help them make productive use, or start introducing that reintegration process? 

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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Culture, in my own personal definition is ‘life as we know it,’ but it is also life as it once was long ago before you or I or even our parents walked the earth.  Although I am not of Native American descent, I have spent the last 18 months as a Tribal AmeriCorps Program member serving the Lac du Flambeau grade school. Part of my service there involves working closely with the Envision program. I think it would be best if Ariana, a seventh-grader in the program described it for you in her own words.

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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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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.  

Lac du Flambeau’s plan for an off-reservation casino in southern Wisconsin is moving forward.  

The tribe and the city of Shullsburg have reached an agreement on the terms of the 20-acre casino resort complex.

Lac du Flambeau’s Project consultant Joseph Hunt says the agreement indicates the tribe and the city are on the same page.  But he says it’s one step in a long process.  

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