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...
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.
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.
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.
The Lac du Flambeau tribe continues to support more Indian gaming in Wisconsin. Lac du Flambeau president Tom Maulson has sent a letter to Governor Scott Walker in support of the Menominee proposal for an off-reservation casino in Kenosha.
The Menominee plan has gained federal approval but is being held up by opposition from the Forest County Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk Tribes. Joe Hunt is an off reservation gaming consultant for Lac du Flambeau.
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.
Wild rice season is set to begin in Northern Wisconsin. Manoomin, the traditional food of the Ojibwe nations, typically ripens around Labor Day. But harvesters may need extra patience this year.
Only three out of about 50 lakes regulated by state and tribal officials will open for ricing by this weekend. Manoomin biologist for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission Lisa David says Wisconsin’s late spring delayed ripening in some areas.
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.”