Lac du Flambeau

Tribe Celebrates Return of Strawberry Island

Jul 17, 2014
Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

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. 

Lac du Flambeau Arts and Cultural Center Lands Sizable Grant

Jun 24, 2014

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.

Tribe Funds College Course At County Jail

Jun 7, 2014

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? 

Lac du Flambeau Votes to Stop Funding Shullsburg Proposal

May 1, 2014

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. 

Building a Canoe to Preserve Culture

Apr 17, 2014
Jessica Samuelson / WXPR News

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.

LDF Considers ATV Trail

Apr 6, 2014
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.” 

Tribes Reserve More Walleye for Spearing

Mar 20, 2014
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.  

Lac du Flambeau Reaches Agreement with City of Shullsburg

Mar 18, 2014

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.  

Ruby's Pantry Heading to Lac du Flambeau

Feb 24, 2014
Kevin Marsh

Ruby’s Pantry will deliver to another distribution site in the Northwoods.  Lac du Flambeau will host the once-a-month food distribution on second Tuesdays at the Bingo Hall.    

Gloria Cobb is a case worker with the Lac du Flambeau economic support department.  She says many families in the area are feeling the financial strain.

Lac du Flambeau Hosts Economic Development Summit

Feb 17, 2014

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.” 

Brandon Thoms

The Lac du Flambeau tribe has been given $130,000 for a drug court designed to keep offenders from jail.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's office announced the award this week from the Treatment Alternative and Diversion Program. The program addresses non-violent offenders at higher risk of re-offending.

Tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the tribe applied for the grant last November...

Tribes Begin to React to Night Hunting Ruling

Dec 16, 2013
Oregon Department of Transportation

One of Wisconsin’s tribal leaders is expressing disappointment at last week’s federal ruling against night hunting.  

Six Chippewa tribes had filed suit, arguing that night hunting in ceded territory is a federally protected treaty right.  But Judge Barbara Crabb ruled against the practice Friday, citing a risk to the public.

Lac du Flambeau Chairman Tom Maulson says it’s a traditional practice that hasn’t resulted in any incidents.

Native American Heritage Day: "We Are An Enduring People"

Nov 29, 2013

It’s Native American Heritage Day.  One Lac du Flambeau tribal member says it’s an opportunity to reflect on the tribe’s history and future. 

WXPR's Natalie Jablonski spoke with Richard Jack, a member of Lac du Flambeau Constitution Committee, involved in tribal governance and planning.  

Jack says Native people’s contribution to broader society has not been returned equally. 

“We always have to fight for everything that we get.  But to be grateful for the challenge.  We are still here.  We are an enduring people.” 

Lac du Flambeau Launches Public Transit Service

Nov 27, 2013
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.

Mascot Bill Could Strain State-Tribal Relations

Nov 6, 2013

The Lac du Flambeau tribe of Ojibwe is urging Governor Scott Walker not to sign a bill making it harder to change race-based school mascots.  The Republican-backed legislation has passed the Assembly and the Senate.  The new rules would require a petition of signatures and proof of discrimination before a school mascot can be changed.  

Current law has it the other way around – a school must prove its mascot isn’t discriminatory. 

Lac du Flambeau spokesman Brandon Thoms says the proposed rule changes encourage destructive stereotypes of Native people.

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