Social & Family Services

take care of each other


Mission Statement:



“We, the Bad River Domestic Abuse Program are committed to assisting the families of the Bad River Tribe to heal from intergenerational violence and abuse against women, children and elders. We will confront the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual damage that has been done to the families in the community. We acknowledge that incest, rape, domestic violence, child abuse and substance abuse harm our whole tribe. We understand the importance of our culture and our spirituality as we proceed in our healing process of our community.”



The Bad River Domestic Abuse Program serves/supports victims and survivors [and their dependants] of domestic violence; family violence; sexual assault/abuse; dating violence; stalking and strangulation; to include child victims.





Information on Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence

  • Domestic Violence is a pattern of coercive and abusive behavior used by one person to gain and maintain power over another with whom they have a familiar, intimate, or other ongoing relationship where there is an expectation of trust; forms include (but are not limited to) physical, sexual, psychological, and economic abuse and violence.
  • Every nine seconds in the United States a woman is assaulted or beaten.
  • Sexual Violence is an act of violence where sex is used as a weapon in unwanted sexual activity; forms of sexual violence include: rape, date/acquaintance rape, stalking, human trafficking, pornography, exploitation, incest, child sexual assault, ritual abuse, marital or partner rape, sexual harassment, and exposure or voyeurism.
  • Native women are three times more likely to be a victim of sexual assault than women of other races. (Bureau of Justice Statistics. American Indians and Crime. U.S. Dept. of Justice, 1999.)


LINKS An Abuse, Resource, and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection American Indians Against Abuse Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Bad River Domestic Abuse Program Shelter
Our Domestic Abuse Program Shelter is now open, and available to serve up to four families at a time. Please call us at (715) 682-8379 for safety, safety planning, advocacy, legal advocacy, support groups, cultural healing, ceremonies, and children’s advocacy. If you need immediate assistance after business hours, please call Ashland County Dispatch at (715) 682-7023 and inform them that you need to get in touch with the Bad River Shelter. They will take down your number and call us. We will then meet you at the shelter. You do not have to report to law enforcement if you do not want to.



Who We Serve and Service Area

  • The Domestic Abuse program serves victims/survivors and their dependants who reside within the boundaries of the Bad River Reservation; yet will provide services or referrals for victims/survivors who do not reside on the reservation yet are seeking supportive services.
  • There are no eligibility requirements
  • There are no fees or costs to receive services
  • The referral sources used by the Domestic Abuse Program include but are not limited to those programs and projects within the Bad River Tribe; additional programs/projects/agencies within the State of Wisconsin, Ashland County, the City of Ashland and other Tribe’s throughout Wisconsin and Tribe’s/Nations across the country.




The Bad River Domestic Abuse Program provides the following supportive services:

Ÿ Emergency Shelter

Ÿ Crisis Intervention

Ÿ Legal Advocacy

Ÿ Restraining Order Assistance


Ÿ Information & Referral

Ÿ Follow-up Planning & Support

Ÿ Emergency Transportation

Ÿ Individual Peer Counseling

Ÿ Support Groups

Ÿ Circle of Sisterhood Gathering

Ÿ Cultural/Traditional Healing

Ÿ Cultural/Traditional Ceremonies/Events

Ÿ Community Education

Ÿ 24 Hour Crisis Line

Ÿ Domestic Violence Advocacy

Ÿ Sexual Abuse/Assault Advocacy

Ÿ Child Advocacy

Ÿ Elder Abuse Supportive Services



There are no specific issue/service/resource the Bad River Domestic Abuse Program can provide to other collaborative organizations; yet the program/staff WILL collaborate with any individual, program/project/agency/organization who so seeks assistance, referral, etc…




Bad River Community

P. O. Box 55,

Odanah, WI. 54861



Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



(715) 682 - 8379



(715) 682 - 7883



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1 - 800 - 236 - 7660



Bad River Department of Social & Family Services

Family Resource

The FRM Program goals enables community members in, or close to being in, difficult financial situation to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to better manage their monies and resources to maintain self-sufficiency.  The FRM Program has helped clients avoid housing evictions, establish long and short term goals, opened checking/savings accounts, establish good credit practices, help clear negative credit history

and/or help build good credit history.


This program also works with request regarding supervised IIM accounts which includes doing both an assessment and evaluation of the need for disbursements and helps to set up distribution plans if requests are approved.



            Budget counseling

            Protective - Payee Services

            Debt Management Assistance

            Utility Mediation Services

            Help in setting & establishing goals, both long term and short

            Money Management skills, reconciling bank statement, writing checks






            BAD RIVER


            How to apply:  Please call the Family Resource Management Program at 715-682-7127,

            Ext. 1410 to make an appointment to come to complete an application process and get more

            information on the programs policy and procedures.


            For more information please contact:

            Family Resource Management Program

            (715) 682-7127 Ext 1410

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All programs are subject to funding availability





Bad River Department of Social & Family Services

Energy Assistance

The Wisconsin Division of Energy Services provides services to Wisconsin qualified residential households with energy assistance and weatherization needs.  Click HERE for more information




Welcome to ACCESS - Access to Eligibility Support Services for Health, Nutrition, Child Care and W-2 Cash Assistance. This website is a quick and easy way for people who live in Wisconsin to find out if they might be able to get:




Help with buying food

Low- or no-cost health care
Help with buying prescription drugs
Help with paying for child care
W-2 cash assistance and help finding a job
Home energy assistance
Special tax credits
Low cost life insurance

This website will take you about 15 minutes to use. We'll ask you to tell us about the people in your home, the money you get from a job or other places, your housing costs and a few other bills. What you tell us will stay private and secure.
When you're finished, we'll tell you if you might be able to get help through programs like FoodShare, BadgerCare Plus, Medicaid, SeniorCare, Medicare Part D, Child Care, Wisconsin Works (W-2), WIC, The Emergency Food Assistance Program, Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program, and the State Life Insurance Fund. If there are children in your home, we'll also look to see if they may be able to get meals at school or during the summer. And we'll look to see if you might be able to get tax credits for people with lower incomes.

Please keep in mind that this website is just a test to see if you might be able to get benefits. You'll have to apply for these programs to get a final decision about benefits, but we'll let you know how to do that. If you want to go ahead and apply online for FoodShare, BadgerCare Plus, Family Planning Waiver, Medicaid, or Child Care



Start a new application for FoodShare, Health Care, Family Planning Waiver and/or Child Care.

Keep working on an application that you have started online.

Keep working on an application that you started over the phone 800-291-2002 with Enrollment Services Center.

If you have questions or need help with your application, please call Member Services at 1-800-362-3002.

Bad River Department of Social & Family Services

Indian Child Welfare (ICW)

Under construction

val n sam 2010-2011 062The Bad River Head Start has been established here on the reservation for over 35 years. We work with children between the ages of 3-5 and their families. We currently receive federal funding for 55 children with supplemental funding from the State for 3 children. As a branch in the Education Department, our staff has demonstrated dedication to the children in our community. Collectively we have 175 years of longevity within our program.

Our hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.. We have children on site between the hours of 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Through the USDA and the State of Wisconsin we provide a healthy breakfast and lunch for each child present.

Our Mission statement is: The place to be happy is here, the time to be happy is now. We take our jobs seriously, while enjoying the blessed moments we get to share with our children, our families, and each other.

Our service area is the Bad River reservation and the City of Ashland. We have three buses that transport our children safely to our center. Each bus is equipped with five point harnesses to ensure that our children are secure in transit.

Aside from transportation we provide early childhood educational services meeting the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards as well as Head Start Performance Standards. As part of the daily lesson plans in the classrooms, we incorporate as much Ojibwe language as possible. We also learn and explore seasonal harvesting including: maple syrup and dip netting. We teach the children to respect our earth by celebrating Earth Day every year and doing our part to keep mother earth clean.

Professional development is part of our philosophy and practice here at Head Start. We currently meet the minimum degree requirements as determined by Head Start Authorization Act. The devoted employees are completing long term education goals, and continuing to work towards higher educational degrees and certifications.

When working with young children health concerns are such an integral part of their daily lives. We work with the Bad River Clinic and the The Lakes Clinic to provide health and dental screenings to our children as well as any necessary follow-up care.

There is a strong family component to our program and we are proud to say that we have 100% of our families that participate in our program throughout the year. All parents are welcome to stop in for lunch, breakfast, or just to say hi.

If you are interested in obtaining an application at this time please contact Kristy Gregory, Family Services Partnership Transportation Manager.

Head Start Staff:

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Education/Disabilities Manager - Cheryl Pero This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Family Services Manager - Nona Crowe This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Health Coordinator - Sue Shubat This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Lisa Toman & Rose DePerry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wayne Burns This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tia Burns  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Bad River Head Start

PO Box 39

53751 Elm Street

Odanah, WI 54861

Phone: 715/682-7144
Fax: 715/682-7146



Bad River Department of Social & Family Services

Elderly/Aging Nutrition Program

Under construction




Bad River Department of Social & Family Services

Coordinated Community Response (CCR)

The Bad River CCR Program was recently revived under a grant obtained through the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.  Though in its organizational infancy, the objective of the Program when fully implemented will be two-fold; to protect and effectively help victims of abuse and to hold accountable those who abuse.     


In communities throughout the US (and Europe) it has been shown that an organized coordination of the objectives, resources and responses of localized law enforcement, prosecutorial, judicial, probationary, medical and other service-providing agencies which are involved in domestic violence promotes inter-agency cooperation which, in turn, increases agency effectiveness, improves victim protection and usually results in a decrease in number of domestic violence incidents. 


The Bad River CCR Program will incorporate the practices and procedures of other near-by and national CCR models known to be successful in order to accomplish the Program’s two-fold objective and to work toward the unstated objective of eliminating all forms of interpersonal abuse.


LOCATION:                                            Bad River Community Center 

OFFICE HOURS:                                     Monday – Friday       8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

TELEPHONE:                                          (715) 682 – 7127   Ext. 1404

FAX:                                                         (715) 682 - 7883

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Bad River Department of Social & Family Services

Emergency Food Shelf

We know that most families run into times of crisis. The BRFS is available to anyone with a need of basic non-perishable food items.

Operating days/hours:


8:30-3:30 p.m.

Bad River Department of Social & Family Services

Economic Support

Under construction
Bad River Department of Social & Family Services

General Assistance

The goal of the General Assistance Program is to increase self-sufficiency. Each General Assistance recipient must work with the social services worker to develop and sign and Individual Self-Sufficiency Plan (ISP). The plan must outline the specific steps the individual will take to increase independence by meeting the goal of employment.

Basic Eligibility Requirements (but not limited to):  

  • Applicant must be 18 years of age unless they have been emancipated.
  • Must provide a social security card, tribal ID or statement from enrollment office.
  • Applicant must apply concurrently for other state, tribal, county, local, or other federal resources which they may be eligible for, (unemployment, TANF, W-2, etc.) and provide verification of application or approval/denial letter.
  • Applicant must provide verification of all household income and resources.
  • Applicant must reside within the boundaries of the Bad River Reservation.
  • Applicant must be ready and available to seek and accept employment.



A completed application with all required documents must be on file before a decision can be made.  


If you have any questions or would like an application please contact us at:


Bad River General Assistance Administrator

PO Box 55

Odanah, WI 54861

Phone: 715-682-7127 ext. 1406

Fax: 715-682-7883

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