Entries from News Archive 2008 tagged with 'wisconsin'

Off-reservation casino killed in final days of Bush era

After waiting more than seven years for an answer, two Wisconsin tribes whose off-reservation casino has strong local support were rejected by the Bush administration on Tuesday. The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and the St. Croix...

Wisconsin tribe vows fight for off-reservation casino

A Wisconsin tribe's worst fear became reality on Wednesday with the Bush administration's rejection of a proposed off-reservation casino. The 11th-hour decision, less than two weeks before the inauguration of president-elect Barack Obama, was not a surprise. The Menominee Nation,...

Oneida Nation veterans to march in inaugural

Veterans from the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will march in the inaugural parade on January 20, 2009. The Oneida Tribe of Indians Veterans Marching Unit was selected by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. "We're really excited about this. It's a historic...

Wisconsin tribe fears last-minute rejection of casino

The clock is ticking on the Bush administration and one Wisconsin tribe is still worried its off-reservation casino proposal will be rejected by outgoing Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne. The Menominee Nation, whose reservation was recently rated the least healthy place...

Wisconsin university won't allow smudging in dorm

Indian students at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point are upset they can't smudge in their dorm rooms. The school says state fire laws prevent burning inside dormitories. So students can only smudge outside, though they can bring eagle...

Wisconsin tribes work to keep languages alive

Wisconsin tribes are working to preserve their languages in hopes of keeping them alive for future generations. Fewer than 20 fluent Menominee speakers live on the Menominee Nation. So the tribe started classes for older tribal members and helped...

Menominee Nation most unhealthy in Wisconsin

The county that is home to the Menominee Nation was once again rated the most least healthiest place in Wisconsin.. Chairwoman Lisa Waukau wasn't surprised by the results of the annual University of Wisconsin-Madison study. She said most people on...

Oneida Nation to buy golf course at lower price

The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin plans to buy a golf course for a slightly lower price to account for restrictions on the property. The tribe originally agreed to pay up to $12 million for the Thornberry Creek Golf Course....

Paper highlights DUI death of Ho-Chunk man

As part of its Wasted in Wisconsin series, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is profiling victims of alcohol-related accidents. Bruce Mosher, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, was killed on July 13, 2003, when a driver whose blood alcohol level was...

Oneida Nation donated $4600 to Sen. Obama

The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin donated $4,600 to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) but was unable to donate to Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona). The tribe has supported candidates of both parties. This year, however, McCain is refusing all donations from tribes....

Oneida Nation seeks to increase voter turnout

The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin is working to register more tribal members to vote and turn out to the polls. About 5,000 members who live within reservation boundaries are registered. Tana Aguirre, the tribe's legislative assistant, hopes that figure will...

Blog: Menominee man wins with contracting

"Every entrepreneur has an inspiration they draw on to make a business journey -- whether that journey is geographical, psychological, or both. Jonathan Wilber is the CEO of Master Key Consulting and his journey brought him from the Menominee...

Eleven indicted in St. Croix crack cocaine ring

Eleven people have been indicted in a crack cocaine ring on the St. Croix Chippewa Reservation in Wisconsin. Seven people are from the same family. They include a husband and wife and their five children. The case was investigated by...

Wisconsin AG says tribal police records not public

The office of Wisconsin attorney general J.B. Van Hollen says tribal police records aren't public. The Lakeland Times asked whether citizens can request police and incident records from tribal police. The AG said tribes aren't covered by the state's open...

New Lac du Flambeau president rejects audit

The newly elected president of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa said he won't agree to a special audit of the Wisconsin tribe's finances. Carl Edwards defeated incumbent Victoria Doud, who also rejected calls for an audit,...

Artman joins Indian law practice at firm

Correction: Carl Artman will be based in Milwaukee, not Madison. Carl Artman, the former head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is joining the Godfrey & Kahn law firm. Artman, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, will be...

Lac Du Flambeau Band ousts incumbent president

Members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa of Wisconsin elected a new president on Tuesday. Carl W. Edwards defeated incumbent Victoria Doud, who came in third behind a write-in candidate, the Associated Press reported. Vice President...

Lac du Flambeau election marked by controversy

Members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa of Wisconsin go to the polls today to choose their leaders. President Victoria Doud and her allies on the tribal council are seeking re-election. Opponents say Doud and her...

Wisconsin legal opinion excludes tribal police

A legal opinion from Wisconsin attorney general J.B. Van Hollen said tribal law enforcement agencies are not covered by the state's "mutual assistance" law. The law allows a law enforcement agency to request the aid of another agency. The responder...

Off-reservation gaming policy survives lawsuit

The Bush administration's controversial off-reservation gaming policy survived a legal challenge this week with the dismissal of a Wisconsin tribe's lawsuit. The St. Croix Band of Lake Superior Chippewa sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs in December 2007, anticipating changes...

Wisconsin Law Journal: Menominee attorney

"The director of legal services for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin usually keeps an eye on cases involving the tribe he represents, or Seventh Circuit cases involving other Native American groups. However, earlier this summer, he was also...

Ruling affects Oneida Nation's purchase of golf course

A federal judge threw a wrinkle in the planned purchase of a golf course by the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. The tribe is willing to pay up to $12 million for the Thornberry Creek Golf Course. But the judge ruled...

Ho-Chunk Nation seeks to develop Indian teachers

The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin is working with a local public school district to increase the number of Indian teachers. Forest Funmaker, the tribe's education director, hopes the program will increase the number of Ho-Chunk language teachers. A proposal...

Murder-suicide reported on Menominee Reservation

A brother and sister are dead in what the FBI is calling a murder-suicide on the Menominee Nation in Wisconsin. A friend identified the dead as Roland Sackatook, 33, and Jodi Sackatook, 32. The friend said they lost their parents...

IHS cuts contract to urban Indian health center

Urban Indians in Wisconsin will no longer have access to off-reservation services with the closing of the Native American Services center in Green Bay. The center was informed that the Indian Health Service was ending its $276,000 annual contract. "They...

Oneida Hymn Singers receive highest arts honor

The Oneida Hymn Singers are the recipients of a 2008 National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor for folk and traditional artists. The singers, who are members of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, carry on a tradition that began in...

Column: Brothertown Indians deserve recognition

"The recent controversy about our community’s diversity initiative puts an interesting spin on a story that’s unfolding in Fond du Lac County. It involves the Brothertown Indians, who, you may be surprised to learn, were the first permanent settlers in...

Wisconsin tribes win case over tax assessments

Two Wisconsin tribes won a lawsuit over tax assessments in the town of Lincoln. The Forest County Potawatomi Community and the Sokaogon Chippewa Community own two 40-acre parcels in the town that were part of a controversial mine development. The...

Wisconsin tribes seek green friendly housing

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is working with three tribes to develop environmentally-friendly housing. The St. Croix Chippewa, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Superior Ojibwa and the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa want affordable, green and family-friendly homes. Most tribal...

Rita Keshena, Menominee chief justice, dies at 87

Rita Keshena, the chief justice of the Menominee Nation court, died on Sunday. She was 87. Keshena was a tribal member. She entered the law field at age 57 to help her tribe. "She was a strong voice for the...

Lac du Flambeau teens return from Indigenous Games

Teens from the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians set records and brought home medals from the 2008 North American Indigenous Games. The 10 students competed in basketball and baseball as part of Team Wisconsin. The...

Red Cliff Band dedicates housing development

The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa dedicated a new housing development last week. The 24-home complex is the first tribal-state project in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority provided $4.1 million in affordable housing tax credits...

Editorial: Familiar faces for Oneida Nation

"The new Oneida Business Committee that is sworn in today will have a familiar look: With the exception of the tribal chairman, it's the same group as the previous committee. And the chairman will be Rick Hill, who served on...

Lac du Flambeau Band weighs use of former plant site

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is weighing development of a former plant site in Elgin, Illinois. The tribe bought the six-acre site in 1985. It was home to an electric supply company that has since...

Lac du Flambeau Band shares road funds with county

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is sharing Indian Reservation Road (IRR) funds with Vilas County. The tribe already added some of the roads in the county to its IRR inventory. The county is working on a...

Wisconsin county weighs land-into-trust challenge

Supervisors in Sauk County, Wisconsin, are meeting to discuss their land-into-trust lawsuit. The county sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs for acquiring 5 acres in trust for the Ho-Chunk Nation. The county said it wasn't allowed to challenge the BIA's...

Menominee Nation sends most people into military

The Wisconsin county that is home to the Menominee Nation sends more people per capita into the military than any other in the United States, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Based on a review of Department of Defense records,...

Oneida Nation reports record turnout for election

Members of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin returned Rick Hill to the chairman's post in an election on Saturday. Hill, who served as chairman for three terms in the early 1990s, defeated six other candidates for the job. Turnout...

Oneida Nation heads to polls this weekend

Members of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will vote for a new chairman on Saturday. Incumbent Chairman Gerald Danforth is not seeking re-election. Seven people have filed papers to seek his seat. Also up for election are positions on six...

Indian students get help with college applications

More than 70 Indian high school students are attending the College Horizons prep course in Wisconsin this week. The students will get tips on how to complete college applications and take standardized tests. They'll also meet with college recruiters...

Indian leadersip program a finalist for Harvard award

The Intercultural Leadership Initiative of Wisconsin has been named a finalist in the Harvard University Honoring Nations program. The ILI, which promotes cultural tolerance and Indian leadership, was selected among 160 applicants for the award. The Lac du Flambeau Band...

Oneida Nation agrees to purchase golf course

Members of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin agreed to the tribe's purchase of a golf course that is in bankruptcy proceedings. The purchase of the 320-acre, 36-hole Thornberry Creek Golf Course will increase the tribe's holdings in the village of...

Wisconsin Oneidas seek trust land in New York

The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will seek to have its land in New York placed in trust, the tribe's chief of staff said. The tribe owns 350 acres in New York. The properties are located in the two counties where...

Opinion: Alcohol abuse affects Ho-Chunk Nation

"Just after 4 a.m. March 24, 19-year-old Darus E. Pettibone of Black River Falls lost control of his high performance Ford Mustang on Hwy. 12 after the speedometer topped 150 mph, authorities said. Pettibone, who had been drinking, did not...

Editorial: Mediate agreement with Oneida Nation

"When Brown County Judge Marc Hammer declined to issue a temporary injunction Wednesday that would have delayed the service agreement between Brown County and the Oneida Tribe of Indians, he also asked all parties to participate in mediation between now...

First lawsuits filed over Oneida land-into-trust

The first two lawsuits were filed against the Interior Department to challenge the acquisition of 13,000 acres in trust for the Oneida Nation of New York. Upstate Citizens for Equality filed suit in federal court in New York. The group...

Oneida-owned company to manage hotel

A company owned by the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will manage a new hotel, The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports. Oneida Airport Hotel Corp. was selected to run the Guest House Hotel & Suites Green Bay. The 80-room hotel is expected...

Two Lac du Flambeau council members lose seats

Members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa of Wisconsin voted to sustain the removal of two council members who have criticized the tribe's financial situation. Tom Maulson and Jerome "Brooks" Big John were removed late last...

Oneida Nation seeks to purchase golf course

The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin wants to purchase a golf course that is in bankruptcy proceedings. The general council -- consisting of all adult tribal members -- will consider the purchase of the 320-acre, 36-hole Thornberry Creek Golf Course on...

Lac du Flambeau councilors accused of disloyalty

Two council members for the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa of Wisconsin face a special election on June 10 after being accused of disloyalty to the tribal government. Tom Maulson and Jerome "Brooks" Big John have criticized...

Two Lac du Flambeau council members removed

Two council members for the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa of Wisconsin were removed on Friday. Fellow council members ousted Jerome "Brooks" Big John and Tom Maulson at a special meeting. It's not clear why the two...

Oneida Nation set for agreement with county

The Oneida Nation and Brown County, Wisconsin, are close to finalizing a municipal services agreement. The tribe and the county have been negotiating since 2003, when the prior agreement expired. The tribe is expected to pay the county $500,000 a...

Stockbridge-Munsees weigh land-into-trust suit

The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin might sue the Interior Department over the Oneida land-into-trust application. The Stockbridge-Munsee Band was based in New York before being removed to Wisconsin. The tribe has claimed land that is now owned...

Oneida Nation pressed insurer on universal health

As a shareholder in a national health insurance company, the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin pressed UnitedHealth Group to adopt a universal coverage policy. The tribe owns 800 shares in the company, The New York Times reported. But UnitedHealth objected to...

Mole Lake Band dedicates statue of Chief Ackley

The Sokaogon Chippewa Community of Wisconsin, also known as the Mole Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, dedicated a 5,000-pound statue of renowned Chief Williard Leroy Ackley. Ackley starting leading the tribe in the late 1920s. He helped establish the...

Lac du Flambeau protesters plead not guilty

Ten members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa of Wisconsin entered not guilty pleas in connection with a protest against tribal leaders. The protesters occupied tribal headquarters for about 13 hours on March 26. The group,...

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