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Treaty Day 2022
Tribal leaders from St. Croix, Red Cliff, Bad River, Lac Courte Oreilles, Lac du Flambeau, and Sokaogan meet with Governor Tony Evers at the La Pointe school.
Treaty Day was on Friday, September 30th, 2022 on Mooningwanekaaning (Madeline Island). The morning began at 9am with a Buffalo Pipe Tobacco Offering with Waawaakeyaash Keller Paap and Hereditary Chief Robert Buffalo at Memorial Park on Madeline Island. Following the ceremony, lunch was served at the La Pointe School. After lunch, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers arrived at the island school and met with Tribal leaders in one of the upstairs classrooms. Tribal leaders were able to discuss many important topics with the Governor, while also informing him about the current, pressing issues within their Tribal lands and communities. Following these discussions, Governor Evers walked with Tribal leadership to a secondary location to speak with event attendees who arrived on the island for the 1854 Treaty Commemoration.
Thank you, Annie Merrill, for sewing a beautiful vest for Governor Evers! Thank you to all who were involved in the preparatory work that allowed Treaty Day to be celebrated. Tribal Council encourages all to join in on this memorable event next year!
Photo Above: Representative Georgia Cobenais, Chairman William Reynolds, Governor Tony Evers, Vice-Chairman Thomas Fowler, St. Croix Tribal Member Annie Merrill, and St. Croix Intergovernmental Affairs Director Michael Decorah pose for a photo after the presentation of the vest crafted by Annie Merrill and given to Governor Evers.
Photo Above: Teana and Joe Merrill with their children and Governor Evers. Daughter, Teah Lightfeather (left of Governor Evers), participated in the 48th Annual Wild Rice Pow Wow August 12th-August 14th in Danbury, WI. At this event, Teah was selected as Wild Rice Royalty, Miss St. Croix.
Red Cross Blood Drive
The St. Croix Tribe is hosting a Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, October 19th, 2022 in the Tribal Center gymnasium. The drive runs from 9am to 3pm and there are still spots available.
Please visit the below website to sign up. Donating blood saves lives!
Make sure to select the drive “St. Croix Tribal Center”. There are still many open spots. Donating blood saves lives!
Domestic Violence Walk - 10/05/2022
National Domestic Violence Awareness month is recognized each October through education, events, community gatherings, and support groups. The purpose is to remind everyone that ending Domestic Violence starts with just one small action, whether that is seeking help or sharing resources.
Thank you to Monica M. and Human Services for hosting the Domestic Violence Walk on October 5th, 2022, and thank you Tribal Council for allowing staff time to participate!
ELDER FOOD BOXES *Thursday, October 13th*
Tribal Government Job Openings
Full job descriptions are available by clicking on the job titles. Please contact Tiffany Iorns, [email protected] or ext. 5196, for additional information.
Please spread the word to your friends and family members about our open positions!
Grant Awarded - $750,000
On Thursday, September 29th, the St. Croix Tribe was given notice of a grant awarded in the amount of $750,000. The grant was awarded from the United States Department of Justice to benefit the St. Croix Tribal Offender Reintegration Program. The award length is three years. This grant award is a second, separate award from the week prior’s Healing to Wellness Court Planning grant which was $150,000.
The St. Croix Tribal Reintegration Program operates on the belief that Ojibwe culture is the medicine and the foundation from which to build a new lifestyle that is free from negative influences and incarceration. This program assists Tribal community members who have been incarcerated in either jail or prison systems in developing s self-sufficient life in their Tribal community after their release. Through this 2nd Chance Act Opportunity the St. Croix Tribal Offender Reintegration Program will achieve the goals of expanding and defining their program to meet the needs of clients, reconfirming partnerships with local correctional and service agencies, enhancing program operations and continuing to offer three-phase reentry services to offenders, and engaging the services of an independent outside evaluator to review program successes.
This program uses the traditions and teachings of Native American Culture and Tribal values to address recidivism and connects offenders to a community that supports their journey to wellness.
Thank you to the Grants Department, Tribal Reintegration Department, and Community Partnerships for your work and support on the grant application!