Lac du Flambeau

Lac du Flambeau Supporting Kenosha Casino

Nov 3, 2013

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. 

Lac du Flambeau Nets Federal Dollars for Policing

Sep 30, 2013

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.

Sparse Season For Lac du Flambeau Wild Rice

Sep 9, 2013
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.”

Wild Rice Season Set to Open

Aug 28, 2013
Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

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.

Lac du Flambeau Tribe Forms Broadband Start-Up

Aug 8, 2013

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.”

Lac du Flambeau Chamber of Commerce

The 31st Annual Bear River Pow-Wow is set for this weekend in Lac du Flambeau.

Tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the Pow-Wow is a gathering of tribal people and visitors that includes singing, dancing and food.....

"'s basically a social gathering where storytelling and reuniting with friends or family that live outside of the area. It's almost like a homecoming..."

Thoms says this type of gathering has long historic ties, but has been known as a Pow-Wow since the 20th century...

Swisher to Leave School District

Jun 4, 2013

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.” 

The next group of leaders is being recruited in Vilas County.

Vilas Vision was born in 2003 to find and train new leaders. More than 100 people have gone through the program.The program is in cooperation with the Lac du Flambeau tribe.

UW-Extension Community Resource Development agent Chris Stark says the program is an investment in people to improve their leadership skills. He says business people and volunteers are two key groups who could be involved.

The Vilas County board of supervisors has turned back another attempt to establish an ATV route on a county highway.

Earlier this year, supervisors rejected a proposal for an ATV route in the town of Phelps.

Tuesday night, supervisors said no to an All-Terrain Vehicle ordinance that would have permitted an ATV route, on county highway D in Lac du Flambeau.