Tribal News


The Bad River Child Care Program announces the

Child Care and Development

Fund Public Hearing

Friday, June 24, 2016

At the Child Care Room in the Food Sovereignity Building (old LCO College)

June is Ode' imini-giizis, the Strawberry Moon. Join us for bowls of fresh strawberries with whipped cream.

We will have our draft 2016-2019 Plan available to give the community an opportunity to comment on our delivery of child care services through the plan.

5:30 pm till 6:30pm

Please call the Child Care Coordinator, Sandy Kolodziejski with any questions at 715 682-7127 x1401

Our Kids need YOU!

Have you ever thought about doing foster care or child care in your home?

Have questions or not sure how to start an application?

This night is for you! Join us in a conversation about the process to begin your journey as Child Care Provider or Foster Care Parent. During this

orientation we will discuss paperwork, background checks, reimbursement rates and the benefits of caring for children.

Pre-registration not required but encouraged.  To make sure we have enough materials.


Melissa Bums or

Sandy Kolodziejski

Please call 715 682-7127x 1401

or X1438 to register.

Location : Bad River Community Center Contact : Sandy Kolodziejski or Melissa Burns @ 715-682-7127

Informational Meeting

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

6pm – 8pm

Bad River Convention Center


Water, Wastewater, and You: Learn the who, what, and how of water and wastewater systems installation and maintenance on your property


            Eugene Bigboy, Jr – POWTS Manager

            Naomi Tillison –     Water Resource Specialist

            Edith Leoso –           Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

            Dan Peerenboom –   Engineer, Indian Health Service

            Kyle Jacobson –       Engineer, Indian Health Service


  1. Introductions (5-10 min)
  2. Background on the Indian Health Service (IHS) (15-20 min)
    1. Our Programs and Conditions of Service
    2. Water Service
    3. Wastewater Service
    4. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  3. Maintenance of Water System (15-20 min)
    1. Handouts and FAQ
  4. Maintenance of Wastewater System (15-20 min)
    1. Handouts and FAQ
  5. Bad River Process of Application (20-30 min)
    1. New deed/ new site
    2. Existing home
    3. Wetlands/WQ Permits, THPO requirements
  6. Questions (remaining time)

February 28, 2013

For Immediate Release

Contact: Cullen Werwie, 608-267-7303

Governor Walker Seeks Applicants for Judicial Vacancy

Madison – Governor Scott Walker announced today that he is seeking applicants for appointment to the Eau Claire County Circuit Court.

The new appointee will replace outgoing Eau Claire County Circuit Court Judge Lisa K. Stark, whose resignation is effective April 22, 2013.  Judge Stark has been appointed to the District III Court of Appeals beginning April 23, 2013.   The new appointee, should he or she choose to run, would be up for election in April 2014.

To apply, please submit the following:

Cover Letter

Resume (not exceeding two pages)

References (list of 3-4)

Two Writing Samples

Judicial Application: found on Governor Walker’s website:

(Select the Judicial Application button, after clicking “Apply to Serve” at the top of the page)

Complete application materials should be submitted via email to the following: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All application materials for this judicial appointment must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, March 14, 2013.  Following submission, you will receive an email confirming that we have received your application, and describing the general process for the appointment.

Potential applicants with questions about the process should email their questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you need to speak with someone immediately, you may contact Brian Hagedorn at 608-266-1212.


The Bad River Healthy Lifestyles & Youth Wrestling team is pleased to announce, six teammates were able to attend the 2015 Wisconsin State Qualifiers Championship on March 28th & 29th, in Madison, WI. All six youth wrestled very hard throughout the weekend to represent the Bad River Tribe. Brennan Corbine (11 yrs Wrestling for the Bad River) took 6th place and Brayden Connors (3 yrs Wrestling for Bad River) took 2nd place.


Congratulations!!! The Bad River Community is proud of you.

Bad River Wrestling State Pic

Back row: Brennan Corbine, Jace Wiggins, Daniel Pineiro-Bigboy

Front row: Brayden Connors, Wyatt Nelis, Chase Thompson

Photo by Ben Connors Sr.


April 5, 2012

Contact: Mike Wiggins, Jr., 715-682-7111, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





Over 10,000 Acres of Lake Superior Habitat Internationally Recognized



The Kakagon and Bad River Sloughs was recently recognized as a Wetland of International Importance, or a Ramsar site! Often called the Everglades of the North, the Sloughs mark the first Ramsar site to be owned by a tribe.


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Wild rice growing in the Sloughs.  Photo courtesy of the Bad River Natural Resources Department.


The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance is a treaty initiated in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971 that provides for international cooperation among 160 countries for the conservation and wise use of wetlands. The Kakagon and Bad River Sloughs complex was one of the exceptional wetlands recently designated as a Ramsar site, bringing the total to 2,000 Ramsar sites worldwide! To learn more about Ramsar sites, visit:


When asked about the importance of the Sloughs and reaching this milestone, Tribal Chairman, Mike Wiggins, Jr., commented:

“The Kakagon and Bad River Sloughs wetland complex represent everything our Tribal People hold dear and sacred on many different levels. Spiritually, the ‘place’ and everything it has, the clean water, the winged, the seasons, the rice and fish, connects us with our ancestors and the Creator. The Sloughs sustain the physical well-being of our community with foods such as wild rice, fish, cranberries, waterfowl, venison, and medicines. From an Anishinabe (Chippewa) world-view perspective, the wetlands ecosystem is a tangible representation of our values of caring for the environment. The international Ramsar recognition is an honor for the Bad River Band and maybe even more importantly, the recognition sends a message about the importance and critical need for biologically productive and water rich areas such as the Kakagon and Bad River Sloughs wetland complex. There is water purification, ecological harmony, and people who are interwoven into this ‘place’ where the Bad River Reservation dovetails with Lake Superior.”


The Kakagon and Bad River Sloughs easily fulfilled criteria established to identify Ramsar sites. The diversity of wetland types in the Sloughs complex lends to its unique and rare features, such as vast beds of wild rice (Manomin), spawning habitat for lake sturgeon (Name), and stopover habitat for numerous migratory birds. Comprising a significant portion of the remaining Lake Superior coastal wetlands, the Kakagon and Bad River Sloughs is critical to supporting the biodiversity of Lake Superior fisheries.




Bird’s eye view of the Sloughs. Photo courtesy of Jim Meeker.


The Bad River Tribe worked closely with partners, such as the Wisconsin Wetlands Association (, to assist in designating the Sloughs as a Ramsar site. Almost 3 years after the process was initiated, the Ramsar designation was approved on World Wetlands Day, February 2, 2012.


Located in the downstream portion of the Bad River Watershed, the Kakagon and Bad River Sloughs face a multitude of health and environmental challenges, such as mining and a changing climate. The Ramsar designation and federally-approved water quality standards are two important milestones in the protection and enhancement of the Kakagon and Bad River Sloughs.




Immature bald eagle perched in the Kakagon Sloughs.  Photo courtesy of the Bad River Natural Resources Department.


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CHIEF BLACKBIRD CENTER                            P O BOX 39                                           ODANAH, WI 54861

Solicitation for Bids



The Bad River Social & Family Service (SFS) Department is seeking an Independent Consultant to research and develop the Long Term Care (LTC) plan for Bad River Community.

Bad River is a part of the “Money Follows the Person” – Tribal Initiative funded by the State of Wisconsin, Department of Health Services (DHS). As a part of this initiative the tribe is seeking a consultant that will be expected to:

  • Evaluate what services the community is currently providing; including verification of provider qualifications.
  • Conduct a self-assessment of services the Tribe is currently providing.
  • Provide options for the Tribe to determine on-going and future services.
  • Once the initial assessment is complete the consultant will be expected to develop a Long Term Care plan

The consultant will work in cooperation with the key personnel necessary for efficiently completing the task; the SFS Director, Bad River Health & Wellness Director, and LTC workgroup. A contractor must have the experience and ability of working with the system tools provided by DHS to provide the evaluation and self assessment in accordance with DHS specifications and guidelines. The timeframe to complete this task is within 6 months.

The consultant should have experience in and/or working knowledge of long term care (LTC); experience with research and a strong knowledge of tribal and federal roles & relations. The consultant will be required to provide a written report; therefore seeking someone with excellent communication skills both written and oral. An understanding of Medicaid and Medicaid reimbursement required. The contractor must provide a financial forecast of the LTC services and recommendations on structure of LTC services within the tribal organization.

Accepting bids with resumes until April 30, 2015 at the Bad River Community Center Social & Family Services Department; PO Box 55 Odanah, WI 54861 or email see below.

If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a consultant contact Esie Leoso-Corbine, SFS Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 715-682-7127 ext 1411



The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued the 2012 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction Activity (CGP).

In accordance with Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians has examined the application of the 2012 NPDES CGP and determined that the there is reasonable assurance—with conditions attached —that the activities associated with this General Permit will be consistent with relevant water quality considerations. Additional information is provided in the attached document (Exhibit A).

The Tribe seeks comments on its proposed CWA Section 401 Certification associated with the 2012 NPDES CGP. Written comments can be sent via email or post office to:

Naomi Tillison

Bad River Tribe’s Natural Resources Department

P.O. Box 39

Odanah, WI 54861

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

Comment deadline is March 29, 2012.

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Resolution No. _________________

 Changes to Chapter 340 – Sloughs Protection Ordinance

 WHEREAS:  the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians is a federally recognized Indian tribe with a Constitution enacted pursuant to the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, 25 U.S.C. Section 476; and

 WHEREAS:  Article VI, Section 1(n) of the Constitution directs the Tribal Council to encourage and foster the arts, crafts, traditions, culture, wildlife, and natural resources of the Band; and

 NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Bad River Tribal Council hereby approves the following changes to Chapter 340 – Sloughs Protection Ordinance:

 Changes on Exhibit “A” titled A resolution to amend Chapter 340 of the tribal court code; relating to: sloughs protection restrictions on trespass and penalties attached hereto and presented at this Meeting.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution is effective beginning on this date and continuing until the Resolution is rescinded.




I, the undersigned, as Secretary of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians, an Indian Tribe organized under Section 16 of the Indian Reorganization Act, hereby certify that the Tribal Council is composed of seven members, of whom ____ members, constituting a quorum, were present at a meeting hereof duly called, noticed, convened, and held on the ____ day of __________, 2013; that the foregoing resolution was duly adopted at said meeting by an affirmative vote of _____ members; _____ against and _____ abstaining, and that said resolution has not been rescinded or amended.


Rae Ann Maday, Secretary

Bad River Tribal Council

The draft document of the 2012 Tribal Energy Plan is available to review. Also available for review is the 2012 Woody Biomass Technologies Assessment for Heat and/or Power.

You may access the documents for review directly on the Bad River Renewable Energy Program webpage located under the Planning and Development menu: