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NETT LAKE, MINNESOTA - OCTOBER 2007 VOL. 23 NO. 1
Dear Reader, Ground breaking
Without turning a page you’ve probably noticed a
different look to the Bois Forte News.
In response to suggestions from Elder and Tribal
kicks off school year
Leaders we’ve made some changes we hope you’ll like:
• Shorter stories and more photos.
• The addition of permanent new sections featuring
information on our Elders, culture, youth, education,
business news from the Bois Forte Development
Corporation and Small Business Program, and a fun
section featuring Band member responses to a
question of the month.
• We’re also printing the news on better quality paper
and utilizing a different, Native owned and managed,
company for our print and mail services: Randy
Blackmore’s Chippewa Graphics.
Perhaps the biggest change is a behind the
scenes personnel shift. Louise Isham has turned over
her duties as newspaper editor to me and is now
working as our new Webmaster.
The students and parents get a lift watching the new school groundbreaking ceremony.
Louise will still be collaborating closely with
the newspaper as she assumes responsibility for
keeping our website updated and expanding the The Nett Lake school year began additional 18,950 feet will be used to convinced legislators and the Governor
information it provides to Band members and guests. with signs of promise, watching bright build a Health Clinic. Health programs to pass the appropriation.
We thank Louise for her service to the Band the past balloons disappear into the blue sky will address diabetes, nutrition,
four years as editor of the Bois Forte News. We look The $11 million project is being
and breaking ground on a new building chemical dependency, cardiac care,
forward to continuing to enjoy her obvious graphic funded with a $10.7 million bond sale
that will house educational and health- elderly care and maternal care. Dental
design talents as she works to make our website a that was approved by the school
stronger and more effective communication tool. care programs and services. care will be available. district in November 2006 and by the
If you’ve submitted stories, photos or The September 4 ceremony “This will be a true education 2007 State Legislature. The Minnesota
announcements in the past and they weren’t included included a traditional Ojibwe center for people of all ages and Tribal Government Foundation also
in the paper, please send them to me at ceremony, lunch and a children’s backgrounds,” said School awarded Bois Forte $100,000 for the
email@example.com and I’ll try and get them into carnival. More than 100 people project.
Superintendent Teresa Strong.
a future issue. Feel free to e-mail or call me and let
me know what you think of the redesign of the attended, including honored dignitaries
District I Representative Ray Band Chairman Kevin Leecy told
newspaper. like Senator Tom Baak and former
Toutloff was acknowledged for his the audience this was the largest
Senator Doug Johnson.
Your comments and suggestions are always leadership in moving the project infrastructure project ever undertaken
welcome on both the newspaper and the website as The 15,000 square-foot expansion forward. Toutloff described the process in the Village of Nett Lake. Leecy went
we continue to work to improve communications will create new classrooms for K-6 on to say, “Because so many people
and mentioned the many people from
with one another.
students and remodel 34,111 square fellow Tribal Leaders and State have put their heart and soul into Nett
feet of the existing school for more Legislators to the School Lake School; Nett Lake School will be
community meeting spaces for college Administration and Students for the heart and soul of our community.”
courses and cultural classes. An making a compelling case that
Ricing opens September 8
Tracy and Carl Dagen were already parching rice with their Mom,
Mary Strong, on September 9, the day after ricing opened on Nett
Mary said, “Ricing was good, but a lot of the patches were still
green.” The Ricing Committee closed the Lake for two days to allow
more rice to become ripe. Then a storm with high winds delayed
ricers for another day.
Dozens of Band members went back out to rice on September 12.
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National and State News
Indian Tribe becomes force in west’s energy boom
By SUSAN MORAN
IGNACIO, Colo. — Many American As a modern tribal leader, Mr. Frost “A big factor was the Southern Ute After cutting deals with the Bureau of
Indian tribes count on money-losing wears many hats. One morning, he tribe’s tremendous amount of reserves Indian Affairs, energy companies began
casino gamblers to generate most of the attended a retreat to make decisions about relative to the amount of need,” said Karl drilling in the 1950s for natural gas. The
income for their members. The Southern investing millions more of the tribe’s Jacob, an analyst at Standard & Poor’s tribe had little say, and received only
Ute tribe, whose 700,000-acre reservation funds in new ventures aimed at preserving who covers Native American tribes. “In a paltry royalties. By the late 1980s, the
here in the San Juan Basin sits on one of wealth for future generations long after normal world, if you have reserves of 50 energy boom was in full swing. As late as
the world’s richest deposits of methane the last well is pumped dry. As evening percent of operations you’re looking 1990 the Southern Ute tribe was still dirt
found in coal seams, is a lot luckier. approached, he delivered the welcoming pretty strong. The tribe’s reserves in its poor, even though 63 oil and gas
talk at a powwow. The next day he general fund in 2006 were 21.6 times companies operated on its land.
After many years of struggling to branded calves and bulls on his 158-acre expenditures.”
gain control of its natural resources from A major turning point came in 1991,
big energy companies, the Southern Utes Wealth did not come suddenly to the when under the leadership of then-
now control the distribution of roughly From his office window he used to Southern Utes, nor without struggle. chairman, Leonard Burch, the tribe
one percent of the nation’s natural gas look at double-wide trailers. Now he sees Originally they were one of seven bands started buying back drilling rights and
supply. Thanks to high gas prices in recent a plush $9.4 million recreation and of the Ute tribe, which occupied nearly hiring its own oilmen to run the wells. The
years and lucrative investments in and community center built in 2000; a new one-third of Colorado. In the 1870s the Band’s business company called “Red
beyond the energy sectors, this once- elementary school; and a three-story, state’s governor, Frederick Pitkin, in his Willow” became the vehicle to manage
impoverished tribe is now worth about $4 curved-glass building erected in 2005 that drive to open up the Rocky Mountain’s energy production.
billion. houses the tribe’s business umbrella. Just western slope to non-Indian settlers,
“What tribes have been all about in
up the road is a large construction site ripped apart a major treaty.
“You’ll hear some people say they modern history is taking back their
where a 150-room casino and conference
liked the tribe better when it was poor,” What became the Southern Ute tribe reservations,” said Charles Wilkinson, a
center is going up to replace the existing
said a local resident who declined to be ended up with a fraction of the original law professor at the University of
35-room gambling hall.
identified for fear of jeopardizing land, and the reservation became a Colorado specializing in Native American
relations between the tribe and the county. If some neighbors have been checkerboard of Southern Utes and non- law. “When the Southern Utes put a hold
reluctant to accept the Southern Utes’ Indians. Some 9,500 non-Indians live on on oil and gas leasing, that was as
Clement Frost, the Southern Ute newfound financial prowess, Wall Street the reservation today, far outnumbering powerful a statement as any tribe had
chairman, hears that kind of talk often. “I has not. In 2001, Standard & Poor’s and the 1,000 Southern Utes (another 400 made. It has been a signature of economic
don’t think people outside can accept how Fitch Ratings issued the tribe its first bond members live off the reservation) and 433 development for successful tribes, and
quickly the tribe has progressed to where rating: a triple-A. Earlier this year both Native Americans of other tribes. this tribe has been as successful as they
we’ve become a political and economic firms reaffirmed their ratings. come.”
force,” he said.
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux break
ground on renewable energy project world's largest producer of malt and source. There will be very little remaining
brewing supplies.” solid waste in the form of non-toxic ash to
Clean, efficient energy source subject of new SMSC Project be used as a soil amendment or for
The basis of design for the system is inclusion in other projects.
the clean and efficient conversion of
barley malting waste and oat hulls into The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux
Koda Energy, a joint partnership of economic sense. The use of biomass fuels usable forms of energy. Growing the Community and Rahr Malting formed
the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux produces low emission levels when plants uses carbon from the atmosphere; Koda Energy, a Limited Liability
Community and Rahr Malting, broke compared to fossil fuels and is considered burning them releases it. Purpose-grown Company, in 2006 to build and operate the
ground for its renewable energy project on to be CO2 neutral. Energy crops can energy crops can sequester carbon in their facility. Tribal Officials at the September
September 13. This innovative venture is a actually reduce atmospheric carbon. root system thus lowering overall 13 groundbreaking predicted construction
combined heat and power plant which will Biomass fuels are one of the largest atmospheric carbon. There is no net gain would be complete by December 2008.
generate electricity and heat utilizing sources of renewable energy. The fuel for of carbon dioxide (the major greenhouse
agricultural byproducts and grown energy this project is a composite of several types The boiler and auxiliary equipment
gas) to the environment. Unlike coal will be capable of generating 250,000
crops. The project gets its name from the of biomass wastes, primarily oat hulls burning generators, no mercury will be
word "Koda" which means "friend" in the mixed with barley malting waste. pounds per hour steam flow at 600 psig,
released into the environment. 700 degrees F when firing the specified
According to Shakopee spokeswoman The facility will be very efficient. fuel. McBurney Stoker and Equipment
Growing awareness of the Tessa Lehto, “This environmentally Fuel materials which are by-products of Company of Norcoss, Georgia, will
environment has made the recycling and friendly project uses waste from malting food processing would normally be taken provide engineering and consulting
reduction of the world's waste streams and food processing to generate electricity. to a landfill or used as soil amendments or services to the project. McBurney,
more important than ever. Many industrial Considerably cleaner than a coal plant, this animal feed. With this new project, founded in 1911 as a manufacturer of coal
processes produce solid wastes and by- biomass energy generation project will instead they will be used to generate heat burning equipment, is a leader in biomass
products with sufficient heating value to some day be able to provide energy for and electricity, resulting in the near- fired steam and power plant facilities for
be considered for energy use. In many most SMSC needs. The project will complete use of the original crop. It first wood products, pulp, and paper, and
cases, the use of these low-cost waste provide 100% of the energy and heat serves as a food or fiber source, then an independent power industries.
streams makes both environmental and needed by Rahr in its work as one of the electric power source, and finally as a heat
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Bois Forte News • October 2007 • Page 3
Editors note: house is not stable enough for moving, she services to the Otto Bremer N Resolution #7-2008, grant contract
would like it demolished. Public Works Foundation for a credit management with the State of Minnesota to
In an effort to provide more space in
Commissioner Marty Connor will program to assist potential home evaluate the technical and economic
the paper for coverage of timely stories,
research options and obtain costs. buyers with improvement on their feasibility of using locally available
the RTC minutes have been edited for
credit scores. and renewable sources of cellulose
brevity. A complete version of the minutes Marge Holmes inquires about the Elders’ to create biofuels.
is available online at www.boisforte.com trip. B. Brodeen directs Terri Hill to come N Posting a public notice to fulfill
or by calling the Communication Director to the meeting and provide an update. public notification requirement of N Resolution #8-2008, residential
at the RTC. the USDA grant Donald Chose is lease in Nett Lake for Deanna Drift.
New staff introduced:
submitting for equipment for the
N Resolution #9-2008, lease
RTC Minutes of July 18, 2007, meeting N Dave Larson introduces Lance Vermilion Clinic, the Boys’ and Girls’
cancellation for Dale and Gail
at Nett Lake Kingbird as new Forestry Technician, Club, and the Wellness Center.
and Chester Graue and Rocky King
N Table discussion of the bylaws for
All RTC members present as seasonal Forestry Fire Aides. N Resolution #10-2008, recreational
the Bois Forte Culture Committee
lease at Lake Vermilion for Travis
Agenda approved with edits. M. Drift N Jeneal Goggleye introduces Kathy until the language is reviewed by
and Theresa Morrison.
votes no, housing issue from previous Strong as new Family Caregiver the Elders committee.
meeting not on the agenda. B. Brodeen Aide, and Linda Tibbetts-Barto, N Appointment of Pamela Hughes and
explains issue is being addressed through Shane Drift requests an RTC resolution in
who is the new Clinic Manager. Corinna Wettlin to the Boys & Girls
Tribal Attorney and Leasing Office. support of the Victim Services Program-
Club – Lake Vermilion Unit
Chairman Leecy informs group that a N Barb Brodeen introduces Marty Family Violence Prevention Grant. Shane
special RTC mtg. will be called when Connor, new Commissioner of Drift and K. Greiner are directed to work
paperwork is completed. Public Works. with Band’s Attorney to draft resolution N Authorizing Rose Berens to sign for
for action later in the meeting. Chairman Leecy at the Bois Forte
Minutes of a special meeting held June 20, Jon Olson submitted information on Cultural Resources Agreement
2007 at the Lake Vermilion Sector purchasing a used fire truck for $130,000. The Council grants unanimous Signing Ceremony to be held
unanimously approved. Two payment options: payment in full or a approval to the following: August 15, 2007 at the Minnesota
down payment of $25,000 with the balance
Elders Committee report from Marge N Resolution #2-2008, approving the Tribal Conservation Advisory
due in thirty days. A new fire truck takes Council Tribal Outreach and
Holmes. Drinking issues have come up at discretionary employer contribution
up to 18 months for delivery. RTC votes Training Conference.
both the Nett Lake and Vermilion Assisted for the 401(k) Retirement Plan at
unanimously to purchase the used fire
5% and ratifying the employer’s
Living Centers. Housing Commissioner truck for $130,000. N Approve travel for Teri Morrison to
Carol Burr explains her Department’s discretionary contributions for
attend the I H S National Biennial
response - letters sent to tenants when a Esther Connor describes challenges that calendar years 2004 - 2006.
Professional Nutrition Seminar to
arose in her effort to submit the 2007
complaint is received, also when a Police N Resolution # 3-2008, providing be held August 21-23, 2007 in
report is filed. This usually stops the Vocational Rehabilitation grant. She Albuquerque, New Mexico.
forest resource data to the Bois
problem. The individual primarily requests the right to submit the 2008
Forte Development Corporation to
responsible is moving out. Housing has an Vocational Rehabilitation grant as part of N Approve travel for Lisa Anderson to
seek funding for the development of
alcohol policy for the Senior Assisted her master’s certification. Mark Drift, Sr. attend the Native Women’s Health
biomass fuels production within the
Living Center (ALC) but not for the other said there was a resolution passed for the and Maternal Child Health
territory of the Band.
units. RTC directs Burr to: meet with grant which is still in effect, he would like Conference to be held August 15-
Elders Council; draft a no drinking policy to meet with Esther to move this forward. N Resolution #5-2008, approval of 17, 2007 in Albuquerque, New
in all units; send the language to Band the Cooperative Wildfire Agreement Mexico.
Esther’s leasing issue is placed on the
Attorney for review; bring the new policy which is an agreement between the
Executive Session agenda. The Council votes 3-0-1 to approve
language back to the RTC meeting agenda. Bois Forte Band, the Bureau of
The Council grants unanimous Indian Affairs, and the State of
Mark Drift, Sr. inquires if ramp built for Viola approval to the following: Minnesota to assist one another in N Travel for Corey Strong to attend
Villebrun. Burr reports Henry Goodsky is the suppression of wildfires on the biomass meeting to be held
scheduled to work on this request. N Spirit of Eagles program grant July 26-27, 2007 in Denver,
lands owned by the Band and on
application for community cancer Colorado. Mark Drift, Sr. silent
Marybelle Isham requests assistance in lands owned by the State within or
education and awareness program. because there is no information in
moving her grandfather’s house to her son near the territory of the Band.
N Contract agreement with Lori the packet on this request.
Ed’s property. The house is 100 years old N Resolution #6-2008, 2008 Timber
and may be a historical building. If the Pemberton for grant writing
Planning Meeting for Nett Lake School Conference Room
RTC October Project, 2 p.m. @ NL School
Construction Meeting for Nett Lake
Calendar of Meetings Thurs., October 4 2007 National Preservation Honor Award
Ceremony for Tribal History Preservation
C-Store, 11 a.m. – noon @ Public Works
Wed., October 17 Special RTC Meeting, 9 a.m. @
Mon., October 1 Native American Finance and Economic Office @ Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul
Development Conference Mon., October 8 Elders Meeting @ Nett Lake
Planning Meeting for Nett Lake
Tues., October 2 Native American Finance and Economic Tues., October 9 2007 Minnesota Tribes & Transportation School Project, 2 p.m. @ NL School
Development Conference Conference @ Mystic Lake
Thurs., October 18 Indian Legal Assistance, 10-11:30 @
Commissioner Meeting, 1 p.m. @ RTC Wed., October 10 2007 Minnesota Tribes & Transportation Nett Lake & 12:45-2 @ Vermilion
Conference Room Conference @ Mystic Lake
Wed., October 24 Bois Forte Developmen Corporation
Construction Meeting for Nett Lake C- Tribal Court Management Meeting, 9 a.m. @
Store, 11 a.m. – noon @ Public Works Fortune Bay
Thurs., October 11 Indigenous Peoples Task Force 20th
Wed., October 3 Native American Finance and Economic Anniversary Tribal Court
Fri., October 12 HOLIDAY – offices closed Tues., October 30 Construction Meeting for Nett Lake
Regular RTC Meeting, 9 a.m. @ Nett C-Store, 11 a.m. – noon @ Public
Lake – to be rescheduled Tues., October 16 Commissioner Meeting, 1 p.m. @ RTC Works
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A Community meeting was held in Nett Lake on David Morrison encouraged Band
August 28 to learn more about the 2007 Legislative members to talk with one another
Session and a study the Band is conducting on the and ask questions about the Biofuels
feasibility of building a biofuels demonstration
project in Nett Lake. study. He announced the presentation
explaining the project would be
available on the Band’s website and
Highlights of the Meeting included: in the newspaper and future
= A report from Band Lobbyist Robert Johnson community meetings would provide
on legislation passed during the 2007 updates on any new developments.
= A slide show presented by Bois Forte
Development Corporation CEO, Andy Datko
detailing why the Band is studying a
renewable energy initiative.
The slide show is available on www.boisforte.com
= Presentation by Mark Broses, a Senior Band members listened attentively to
Environmental Engineer with Short, Elliott
the presentations and then raised
Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH) the company retained
by Bois Forte to help conduct the feasibility study. several questions that prompted a
= Observations by Corey Strong, DNR
Commissioner who has traveled to other
alternative energy facilities to collect more
information for the study.
= A brief update from Darin Steen of Bois
Forte’s EPA Office on the Band’s efforts to
collect data on wind energy as another
alternative energy source.
= Open discussion and questions from the
audience such as:
Q How much land does Bois Forte own?
From where would the wood come for
the facility to create the alternative fuel?
Q Has Bois Forte ever considered peat moss
as a fuel since we have so much of it
where we live?
Q How many other plants are in Minnesota
Q What water resources would be needed for
Q Where might the facility be located?
NETT LAKE FOOD SHELF
= Comments by Secretary/Treasurer David
Morrison on the importance of Band members
Mushkowaysee Equay Located in the Food Distribution Building in
understanding of the project and the RTC’s
commitment to making the information
“Strong Women” Nett Lake, across from the Community Center
available for review and discussion. Gathering Hours of Operation:
= Remarks by District I Representative Mark Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday 8-4 pm,
Drift on his support for the project because it Closed from 12-1 for lunch.
will generate more jobs for Band members
Every Tuesday at the
and his belief that biofuels are good for the Nett Lake Community Center Available Monday and Friday by appointment.
environment and strengthen our national
security by making us more independent of oil
at 6 p.m.
For further information or to make a donation,
from unfriendly countries in the Middle East.
please contact Theresa Drift,
More info: 218-757-0111 Bois Forte Community Nutrition Educator,
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District I Representative Mark Drift thanked Bob In addition to the power point presentation created for the Community Meeting, staff
Johnson, Andy Datko, Corey Strong and Mark at the Bois Forte Development Corporation, along with scientists from SEH, created
Broses for the hard work put in on informing Band large charts for Band members to gather more information about the production of
members about the project. He encouraged Band Biofuels and the steps involved in the study.
members to contact the RTC if they have questions
or comments about the feasibility study.
Band lobbyist Bob Johnson reports on Bois Forte’s Mark Broses is an Environmental Whatever your reason for supporting
efforts at the 2007 Legislature including: protection Engineer the Band has retained to alternative energy – independence from
of wild rice; funding for a State Native Veteran conduct the feasibility study. Mr. foreign oil, environmental responsibility,
Service Office; Head Start and K-12 education Broses reviewed the types of reducing greenhouse gases causing climate
funding; protection of voter rights; the relocation of technology that are being researched change, or creating new jobs – everyone
the Indian Higher Education Office from the Twin and the six steps involved in agrees the most important goal is to
Cities to it’s original location in Bemidji; funding for completing the study be early next year. protect the lives of future generations.
Indian housing in urban areas as well as on
New Nett Lake
MSC Check cashing policy
NOTICE MSC CUSTOMERS -- NEW CHECK POLICY to open in
• All checks, including mailed checks, need a driver's
• All checks are processed electronically
• Checks may be written up to $20.00 over the total
• Our new store will include an ATM
OCTOBER 2007 BOIS FORTE NEWS
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The 3rd Annual Boys & Girls Club –
Lake Vermilion Unit Golf Outing held
in August was once again a success!
This year we registered 108 golfers Men’s Longest Drive: David Brouillette
and raised over $9,000 for the youth Women’s Longest Drive: Amy Berglund
programs being offered at the Club.
These numbers exceeded last year’s Longest Putt: Bruce Bromen
numbers all around. The highlights for Closest to the Pin: Todd Sieger
this event were Tom (Toot) Anderson’s Our major sponsors included:
Hole-In-One as well as a silent auction for
autographed sports memorabilia. Our on- • WMS Gaming
the-course games included: Splash for • Cook Zup’s
Cash, Beat the Pro, Skins, Longest Putt, • The Landing
Longest Drive (Men & Women), and
Closest to the Pin. • Short Elliot Hendrickson
Our other sponsors were: Robbie Goggleye drives Natalie Goodsky watches as Jud Hill, from
1st Place: John Hyduke, Todd Sieger, one long and straight. The Landing, attempts the “Splash for Cash”.
Laura Sieger, and Andy Reierson. • IGT
2nd Place: Steve Lasky, Brian Lasky, • Damberg Scott Gerzina and Wagner • Frontier Special thanks also to everyone who
Jack Fairchild, and Bill Higgins. • Infinity Wireless played in the tournament as well as the
• Krech-Ojard & Associates
businesses that sponsored the event or
3rd Place: Leonard Thompson, Bob • Wilkie Communications
I would like to thank Natalie donated items that were used in the raffle!
Howard, Tom Burr, and Nathan • Morgan Stanley Goodsky, Jodi Millerbernd, Talicia
Messier. I look forward to organizing this event
• Range Office Supply Lerfald, Corrina Wettlin, and the Youth
again next year!
4th Place: Ed Villebrun, Ed Chavers, Representation from the Boys & Girls
• K & K Insurance
Corey Strong, and Dave Villebrun. Club for helping me out on the day of the Respectfully submitted by:
• Reinhart Foods event. Without them assisting me that
Splash for Cash: Tom Anderson, Tom • Wilderness Outfitters day, the tournament may not have been
Burr, and Todd Johnson. such a fun event!
• 1st National Bank of Buhl
Skins: The McDonnell Team, Johnson
Team, and Debeltz Team. • Key Bank
Fitness Center hours -
Monday - Thursday
6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vermilion Community Manager Corrina Wettlin proudly displays a check for $30,000
from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Office.
The check was the result of a grant written by Donald Chosa to purchase equipment
for the Vermilion Health Clinic, Wellness Center and Community Center.
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To all Vermilion community members:
Some of you may know that I am leaving my position as CHR here in
Vermilion. I am looking to further my education and this means that I need to
attend school full-time. Until a new Vermilion CHR is hired the following plan
will be in place:
On Mondays and Fridays, a Nett Lake CHR will come to Vermilion. They will
bring medications, transport clients and do home visits for those that need
them. Due to these circumstances, patients must be sure to abide by the
transportation policy and give the CHR’s at least three days notice if a ride to
an appointment is needed. The Nett Lake CHR’s are Darla Flett and Roxanne
On Tuesdays, Kathy Strong, Family Caregiver Aide, will come to Vermilion.
She will deliver medications on this day. Teri Morrison, CHN, is the supervisor
of the above employees; any questions can be directed to her. She can be
reached at the Nett Lake Health Office at 1-800-223-1041 or 1-218-757-3295.
It has been a pleasure working in the community these past years. I have
grown a lot professionally and personally in this position and I will miss
working with Bois Forte Health Services.
Take care of each other.
When September began, the Lake Vermilion area was in a severe drought. Diabetes Coordinator Doris Isham provides a tour of the
Precipitation levels were more than twelve inches below average for the year. Vermilion Clinic to (left to right) Pete Makowski from
Strict burning bans were in force. Congressman Jim Oberstar’s Office, Mike Monson, Area
Director of the USDA Rural Development Office, and
Then Mother Nature delivered up to a foot of rain in some areas over a 72 hour Doug Altrichter, assistant to the State USDA RDO
period. Lake Vermilion went up 1 to 3 inches and the Dam on Highway 77, Director.
which had been just a trickle for much of the summer, was roaring once again.
OCTOBER 2007 BOIS FORTE NEWS
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All aboard who’s going aboard…
To Nashville or bust
The Bois Forte Elders are headed to area pointing out homes of the stars. And no trip
Nashville, Tennessee for an exciting trip this to Nashville would be complete without a visit to
autumn. Leaving from Fortune Bay, Thursday, the world-famous Grand Ole Opry.
October 18th, the bus returns on Wednesday,
Even the dinner locations are packed with
October 24th. The week promises to be a fun and
fabulous sites and sounds as Elders dine
alongside colorful, tropical fish at a large
Nashville was chosen for this year’s aquarium; watch the sunset over the water,
excursion over several options including the during a three-hour dinner cruise on the
Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the Black Hills- Cumberland River aboard the General Jackson
Badlands, Vegas, and Branson, Missouri. Showboat while listening to a musical
production show; and for those who prefer their
The Elders reviewed a presentation on what
vittles on dry land, a Nashville Nightlife Dinner
each destination offered and discussed the pros
& Show which includes a buffet and
and cons of each site at one of their meetings
performance called “The Best of Country Show”
earlier in the summer. Then they received a
will be available.
written summary in the mail and were asked to
vote on which destination they preferred. The trip designed to honor Bois Forte Elders
is being paid for by the RTC. Spouses or
“More Elders voted for Nashville, Tennessee
significant others, who are not enrolled at Bois
than the combined total of all five of the other
Forte, are welcome to come, but they must pay
locations,” said Terri Hill, Communications
$565 to cover their own expenses.
Director and coordinator of the Elders Trip.
Some of the reasons the Elders gave for choosing EMT/First Responders will accompany the
Nashville were the wide variety of activities and travelers for the entire trip to assist if medical
area attractions as well as the many sightseeing needs arise. The Elders will overnight in
opportunities along the way to Tennessee. Bloomington, Illinois one evening each direction
Plans include a free day to enjoy the
and be in Nashville for a four-night stay. Bois Forte
Tennessee State PowWow, a trip to the Ryman Terri Hill summed it up in a letter to Elders Elders
Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame when she wrote, “We have a great schedule of
and Museum, visits to historical homes, a guided activities planned… this is going to be a fun trip
city tour which highlights downtown Nashville, and a great opportunity to experience the sights
the famous Music Row, Bi-Centennial Mall, a and sounds of Nashville, as well as enjoy one
drive-by Nashville’s Parthenon, and a residential another’s company on the round trip journey.”
Veterans – Know Your Rights! BOIS FORTE RESERVATION
PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION POLICY
A Tribal Veteran Service Officer is now available to EFFECTIVE DATE: JULY 1, 2007
assist all Vets and their families with any questions
This policy is regarding the use of generic prescriptions for both the Bois
or any paperwork you may have. Feel free to call or
Forte Medical Clinic Pharmacy and the Bois Forte Contract Health program.
stop in and see:
All prescription medications paid for through the Bois Forte Health Services
Pharmacy and Contract Health program will be dispensed with generic
Ernest Steel medication. Exceptions to the above are:
218-757-0111 or 800-747-1218 1) Medication not available in generic form
Fax: 218-757-0109 | Cell: 218-290-1472 2) Physician documented allergy to the generic form
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 3) Physician’s prescription is written as DAW (dispense as written)
Brand name prescription medication will be dispensed to individuals upon
request, with a valid prescription but these individuals assume the responsibility
Ernie’s office is at Bois Forte Human Services, of payment for these medications. The Bois Forte Health Services Pharmacy and
13090 Westley Drive, Suite B the Contract Health program will not authorize payment for these encounters.
Nett Lake, MN 55771
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Bois Forte to be featured
in upcoming Native Report
Producer Juli Kelner, and cameraman School topic, other Native Report shows will
Ted Pellman, from Native Report, the include Native American Veterans; the
popular television show which airs Thursday Bands Lake Island Survey program
evenings at 8:30 p.m., were in Nett Lake and conducted with the Bureau of Land
Vermilion on September 4 to tape new Management and Powerain Manufacturing,
programs for the 2008 season. Inc.
The crew joined in the festivities on the The schedule for the 2008 Native
Nett Lake School groundbreaking and Report Series is still being developed.
interviewed teachers, students, parents and Producer Juli Kelner said she plans to run at
Tribal Leaders. They also conducted least one of the Bois Forte shows during the
interviews with Band members for other first month of the new season. The Bois
shows they plan to come back and tape in Forte News will print the 2008 Native
late October. In addition to the Nett Lake Report schedule in a future issue.
Cameraman Ted Pullman connects a microphone for Bois Forte’s
Duane Columbus, who was seated for an interview about Native
American Veterans, a topic that will be discussed during the 2008
season of PBS Channel 8 Television’s Native Report series.
New audiences and acclaim
for Bois Forte artists
The works of Carl Gawboy and Joe Traditional Indian life has also been
Geschick are reaching new audiences here the focus of Carl Gawboy, an award-
in Minnesota and across the country, winning artist, whose scenes of everyday
exposing thousands more people to the Indian existence – ricing, hunting,
talents of these two acclaimed Bois Forte fishing and more – document what he
artists. has called “the history of people’s lives.”
One of Geschick’s images, “The Gawboy was selected by the
Calling” graced the September cover of National Park Service to paint a huge
Indian Gaming magazine, a national mural at the new Grand Portage National
journal for the Indian casino industry. Monument in northern Minnesota. The
Showcasing the work of Indian artists monument site was once a center of fur
“makes the magazine even more special trading, so Gawboy chose to paint the
for our readers,” said Publisher Steve rendezvous between the American
Burke. Indians who supplied the furs and the
French voyageurs who traded for them.
Geschick, who trained at the “We wanted something emblematic of
prestigious Art Students League in New what the park represents, the aboriginal
York, initially painted conventional topics people and the newcomers,” Super-
such as landscapes, portraits and still lifes. intendent Tim Cochrane told the Duluth
But after moving to Canada in the 1970s News-Tribune.
to teach art, he was introduced to
traditional Indian ceremonies, and his Joe Geschick’s “The Calling” is the featured native art
work since then has explored these work on the September, 2007 issue of Indian Gaming
Want to see A brief bio and images of To view more
some of Carl’s many works of Joe Geschick’s artwork,
more of Carl and can be found at: visit
Joe’s artwork? www.kantele.com/nwfwebsite/artgalleries/gawboy.html http://www.sundancefinearts.com/
OCTOBER 2007 BOIS FORTE NEWS
Page 10 • Bois Forte News • October 2007
conference Felicia Mason is all smiles as she and
friends from the National Young Leaders
Even though contact with families was rare
during the leadership conference, Corey
Conference visit one of the monuments in Strong Jr. was able to connect with his
American leadership was cast in a historical perspective
Washington DC. brother Jay and visit the Lincoln Memorial
for three Nett Lake students who attended a prestigious youth
conference in Washington, DC, in August and September. on the Washington Mall.
Fifth-graders Felicia Mason and Corey A. Strong
represented Minnesota at the Junior National Young Leaders
Conference (JrNYLC). Sixth-grader Charmaine Jourdain,
was scheduled to go to the September session as this issue of
the newspaper was going to print. Ms. Theresa Clevenstine of
Nett Lake Elementary School nominated the three students
for their academic excellence and leadership potential.
The six-day programs are packed with speeches,
introductions and tours. Participants reflected on key
leadership qualities: character, communication, goal setting,
problem solving, respect and teamwork. Corey and Felicia
listened to key-note speakers and broke into small groups
with others students from around the country for discussion.
The students traveled to Philadelphia’s historic district
where they discussed the constitution. Next they traveled to
Harpers Ferry, W. Va., the site of a Civil War rebellion. Then
they toured the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.
All three young leaders learned how Capitol Hill
operates, and met with elected officials and key congressional
staff members on Capitol Hill.
When an Elder speaks, the youth listen. Gene Goodsky teaches an Annishinabe class every
The conference culminated with a sleepover on the final morning during first hour at Orr High School. Students from L-R: Mike Connor, Coty
night at the interactive Maryland Science Center, a place that
LaRoque, Alanna Drift, Donald Chosa III, Shawn Jensen, Gene, Dalene Chosa, Racheal
sparked students’ imagination but did not breed much R.E.M.
Howe, BraeAnne Porter, Krystal Laroque and Indian Education Coordinator Wendy Drift.
The conference, now in its 22nd year, provided
intellectual and social stimulation. The students discussed
weighty issues such as social activism, threats to liberty and
the First Amendment, while making friends with their peers
from across the country.
“We couldn’t be prouder to have these three young
leaders represent Nett Lake on a national level,” said School
Superintendent Teresa Strong.
Vermilion Boys & Girls club members ages 8 to 12 years created
a beautiful picture by drawing 35 individual squares of charcoal
and pencil art and combining their work to create an image of an
Eagle. The exercise led by Boys & Girls Club Branch Director
Talicia Lerfald was about more than the kids improving art
skills; they also learned an important lesson about team work
and working together toward a common goal.
Talicia entered the Eagle in the National Boys &Girls Club Fine
Arts Competition and the young Vermilion Artists won the
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Schools and Education
Nett Lake School celebrates beginning of year
with groundbreaking and carnival
OCTOBER 2007 BOIS FORTE NEWS
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Tribal Government Reports and News
October is domestic abuse awareness month. Victim Services will be holding two domestic
abuse awareness booths and also two candle light vigils in the month of October. If you
have any questions or suggestions please call victim services at 218-757-0111.
There is no excuse for abusing someone you love - none.
CRITERIA FOR REQUESTING SPECIAL
From the Bois Forte Conservation Code
SP.01 Permits. Special (hunting/rice/gathering) permits SP.03.2 No more than ten (10) Special Permits may be
may be issued by the Bois Forte Tribal Council as follows issued for a given activity in any calendar year. When
in order of priority: there are more than ten applications for an activity in a
given year, unsuccessful applicants who apply in the
First: Resident members of federally-recognized tribes
following year will be given preference within their
(other than the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe)* and resident
members of Canadian First Nations with a historical tie to
the Bois Forte Band. SP.03.3 Holders of Special Permits are deemed to have
lawful authority or permission to go upon lands owned or
Second: Non-resident members of a federally-
controlled by the Band for the purpose specified in the
recognized tribes and Canadian First Nations who have a
special tie to the Bois Forte Band through membership of
a spouse, parent, child or family member. SP.03.4 No Special Permit may be issued for hunting
moose or for shining deer.
SP.02 Applications. Applications for Special Permits
must be submitted to the Bois Forte Tribal Council or its SP.03.5 Persons holding Special Permits shall consent
designee on a schedule established by the Bois Forte to the jurisdiction of the Band as a condition of receiving
DNR. Permits will be issued on the priorities in SP.01, the permit.
*Resident members of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
SP.03 Limitations (but enrolled with a Band other than Bois Forte) will be
issued regular permits, subject only to applicable
SP.03.1 Persons holding Special Permits must be
residency requirements (5 years) and the waiting period
accompanied by a Bois Forte Band member whenever
for wild rice harvesting. Consult with Bois Forte DNR
engaging in the permitted activity. Mrs. Jim Drift scraping hair off a hide.
Photo: MN Historical Society
Band members and Tribal leaders, a
representative from Congressman Jim
Oberstar’s Office and representatives of
the US Department of Agriculture’s
Rural Development Office pose after the
presentation of a $987,000 check
designated for a waste water treatment
system on Indian Point. The grant was
awarded to Bois Forte through the efforts
of EPA Director Darin Steen.
Pictured left to right Barb Brodeen,
Assistant State Director Doug Altrichter,
Kevin Leecy, Donald Chosa, Roger
Clapp, Terri Hill, Carol Burr, unknown
man, Hank Goodsky, Darin Steen, Marty
Connor, Bill Slininger, and Pete
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Bois Forte News • October 2007 • Page 13
Attention Band members
Please update your address changes with the
enrollment office to receive important
information mailings such as: Town meetings,
announcements etc. Any questions please feel
free to contact the enrollment office.
Bois Forte Enrollment -
(218) 757-3261 ext. 121
JOIN THE EMT TEAM Healthier kids
The Bois Forte Diabetes and Obesity Prevention Committee are gearing up for
another school year. We are working to improve the health and well-being of our
students and their families through physical exercise and good nutrition. We hope
you are able to come to one or all of the following events.
On October 16, we are having a Pumpkin Run - Join us for a 1-mile walk/run
around the Village or in the gym if the weather is bad. Each child, age 0-6th grade
that participates will receive a pumpkin. There will also be pumpkin foods to try as
well as a light supper.
On October 25, the Super Apple Man! Mr. Don Blake, the author of a series of
children's books called "Nature's Candy," has lost over 100 pounds through healthy
eating and he wants to share his enthusiasm with you and your family.
Through out the year, children at the Nett Lake School will be able to
participate in the Mileage Club. Children will be rewarded for how often they walk,
as well as how far they walk.
In Headstart and Learning Readiness, the children will be participating in
SPARK Activities to encourage them to be more physical.
We will have more activities later in the year, including the popular Family
If you’re interested in serving the Everyone should know basic CPR. Call Fitness Night. Please watch for announcements.
community and helping those facing an Jon Olson at 218-757-3347 to learn
emergency medical situation, consider about class schedules for CPR initial For more information you can call any of the committee members: Teresa
signing up for EMT training. training or a refresher course. Strong, NLS Superintendent 218/757-3102, Doris Isham, Special Diabetes
Educator, 218/757-3295, Teri Morrison, Community Health Nurse, 218/757-3295,
EMT Registration begins at 4:00 on Pam Badar, second from left back row, is no
longer an with Bois Forte. Jon Olson is the new Christine Bloom, Head Start Nurse 218/757-3265, Theresa Drift, Community
October 8 at the Public Safety Building. Emergency Operations Manager. Nutrition Educator 218/757-3504. Bernie Kantola, ECFE Teacher NLS 218/757-
No time or interest in EMT training? 3102, Jennifer Larson NLS PE/Science Teacher 218/757-3102.
Andy Datko describes
proposed housing development
areas in Vermilion and the
need for a federal grant to
provide water and sanitation
hookups to representatives of
the USDA Rural Development
Office. They met with Tribal
Government staff and RTC
members over lunch at the
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BFDC and Small Business
Restaurant dream served up American Sidewalk Café
Phil Wickner’s dream was slowly He added a deeper touch, too: a
baking during three decades of beautiful painting by Indian artist
restaurant experience, in Utah and Sanchez, a gift from his late sister Lois
North Carolina, from Perkins to Red to his son Josh.
Working side-by-side, he and Josh
One of Lottie O’Leary’s eight scrubbed and painted the walls, tiled the
children, the Bemidji native longed to floor and installed new appliances. “We
own and operate a restaurant of his own. took the whole place apart and put it
back together,” Phil said.
Then his sister spotted an article in
the Bois Forte News about the Small “American Sidewalk Café” opened
Business Development Program and June 21, serving salads, sandwiches,
Phil’s dream came out of the oven. gourmet burgers, pizza, potato and
pasta salads and Bridgeman’s ice cream.
He contacted the article’s author,
It seats 72 people. Customers come up
Steve Peterson, and discussed his
to a decorated “street corner” counter to
business plan. He applied for the Indian
order their food, or they can serve
Business Loan Fund in St. Paul. And he
set to work.
Phil said his restaurant has been
Phil’s mental vision found a
successful thanks to hard work,
physical home last April when he
attention to details and perseverance.
discovered a vacant storefront,
“I’ve always told Josh that success is
previously occupied by a Chinese
ninety percent perspiration and ten
restaurant, in a Coon Rapids strip mall.
Finally, he had a place to unleash
The two Wickner men have worked hard
his food concepts and the wall hangings
to create a welcoming environment with
he had been collecting for years – Twins
great food. Next time you’re traveling
memorabilia, old photographs of
south, stop in and visit them at 3373
Minneapolis, a Texas license plate, an
Coon Rapids Boulevard in Coon
Elvis poster, a Marilyn Monroe picture,
Rapids. Phil will be there to welcome
you and work hard to make you a return
“It’s a snapshot of things that, to me, are customer. As he says, “If it was easy,
good about America,” Phil said. everyone would do it,” he said. “Stick to
“Everything from baseball to apple pie.” it, do you best, and you’ll build a good A temporary sign on the boulevard invites customers to stop in and taste
customer base.” the treats at Phillip Wickner’s new American Sidewalk Café at 3373
Coon Rapids Boulevard in Coon Rapids.
What is the Small Business Wickner (see story on this page)
Development Program were already far enough along in the
planning process to receive loans.
The RTC launched SBDP in late
2005 to assist Band members How can the SBDP help me
seeking to start or expand their own if I already have a small
business, by lending a hand with business?
business plans, start up loans,
Existing small businesses will also
classes, workshops and one-on-one
be offered opportunities for
meetings to help their businesses
introductions to partner
organizations such as the Minnesota
Prior to the SBDP, the Band had Chippewa Tribe, which has training
a small Economic Development and loan funds; the Minnesota
Assistance Fund. The RTC stepped Department of Education and
up its commitment to Band-member Economic Development, which has
owned businesses by launching the an Indian Business Loan Fund; the
SBDP with the help of a $100,000 Center for Economic Development
grant from the Minnesota Tribal Fund. in Duluth; and the Northeast
How the SBDP can help you
Since the SBDP’s inception less
How can I learn more about
than two years ago, Band members
have presented an impressive list of Contact Steve Peterson at
business ideas for consideration. 218-753-7805 or Tribal Leaders Kevin Leecy, Ray Villebrun and Mark Drift present
Every one of those people received email@example.com for
Phillip Wickner with a check for $13,000 from the Bois Forte Small
advice and some type of assistance, specific information and answers to
and several of them, like Phillip your questions. Business Development Fund to help start his new restaurant.
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Bois Forte News • October 2007 • Page 15
reinstated if you don’t have a job to pay the applicant to be a Minnesota resident.
the high fees of reinstatement, sometimes
costing up to $700 in addition to court As of last month, 14 people have
costs and increase in insurance fees. been helped by the program, with two
Often times these people let the loss of more pending approval. All 14 of the
their license become the main reason they people helped are now employed. Mike
remain unemployed. Connor is a good example of how
effective the program can be. A
Bois Forte now has a new program in bricklayer with Harbor City Masonry,
place to assist Band members in Mike learned the hard way that when he
overcoming the hurdle of a suspended lost his wheels, he lost his opportunity to
license so they can get to work and make work. “This program is good and really
a living. The RTC created the program helped me out.” Mike explained. “I was
this summer and TERO Director Dawn laid off when I couldn’t travel back and
Benner is charged with running the forth to my job which was far away. I told
program to make sure the people that my boss, ‘I am staying out of trouble, but
apply are motivated to find employment. it’s really hard to get my license back.’
“First of all, we want those who come Thanks to this program, after four weeks,
to us to know that having their license my license was reinstated and I resumed
suspended is not a matter to take lightly.” working with the union. Now instead of
Benner stated. “We are helping them seasonal work, I have a permanent job
obtain a license so they may have a second working for my Tribe in the Water Quality
chance at obtaining jobs, but this help will lab. It would have been tough to find work
only be available to them once in a with out this program.”
lifetime.” Programs like the one to help Band
The help she is referring to is members get their drivers license
assistance in paying the reinstatement fees reinstated are made possible by TERO
of a suspended license only, not other fees paid by contractors working on Bois
Forte projects. In 2005 the RTC increased
Wheels to Work
court fees or fines due to legal issues. The
guidelines restrict this help to those who TERO fees for contractors working on
are truly in need based on income Band projects in order to generate
guidelines. The applicant is first required additional funds to help pay for Tribal
to apply to the Band’s Work Investment Employment Programs. In 2006, the RTC
Act (WIA). The WIA program will pay increased the percentage of Natives that
Mike Connor used the new Drivers License Reinstatement program contractors must employee on their
administered by the TERO Office to get back to work. up to $400 of the fees if the participant
qualifies. They then must meet further projects to 50%.
income qualifications for TERO to pay These changes and programs like the
Band Members who have had their are not marketable to employers who need
the remaining reinstatement fee. Because license reinstatement program are making
drivers license suspended are often caught them to have reliable transportation to get
the funds are coming from TERO, the a difference in assisting Band members to
in a tough cycle. Without a license they to work. But you can’t get your license
final qualification of the program requires secure new and better jobs.
In addition to loans, like the one Phillip
Wickner received to help start his
American Sidewalk Café, there are a
Looking for Work?
number of other ways the SBDP is helping
Band member entrepreneurs:
To view current job openings with the Bois Forte Reservation
• reviewing business plans
Tribal Government visit www.boisforte.com.
• assisting with licensing issues
• offering tax advice
Click on “Job Openings” to view job announcements, check opening
• providing introductions to bankers the Band
does business with and using that and closing dates, and print an application.
relationship as leverage to help you
• offering marketing and promotion advice
• teaching business courses in Nett Lake and
• brainstorming ideas on how to link small
Vermilion and Nett Lake Propane
businesses with Band-owned business,
such as selling goods or services to the Prices set with Ferrellgas and Como
tribal government or Fortune Bay
At the Special RTC meeting on September 5, Ferrellgas is extending their fixed price of
• connecting Band members with the
2007, the Tribal Government accepted pricing for $1.599, to Bois Forte Band members. Please call
Minnesota Indian Chamber of Commerce
the delivery of propane for the 2007-2008 heating Brian Gandy at 1-800-450-5701 or his cell phone
to network with other Indian-owned
season to residents of Vermilion and Nett Lake. 218-244-3285 to learn more about conditions,
schedule deliveries or set up new account.
Como Oil & Propane proposed a fixed price of
• participating in economic development
$1.529, to “eligible” Band members within a 20 mile Band members wishing to take advantage of
radius of Vermilion. Please call Como Oil & either offer must provide a Tribal identification card
Propane at 218-753-2482 to learn more about their as proof of enrollment.
conditions, schedule deliveries or set up a new
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TUE. OCT. 2 COOK AWAY
THUR. OCT. 4 MIB AWAY
SAT. OCT. 6 BIGFORK TOURNEY 9:00 AWAY
TUES. OCT.09 INDUS HOME
THUR. OCT. 11 B-E AWAY
MON. OCT. 15 LF/BF 5:45/7:00 AWAY
TUE. OCT. 2 B-E AWAY
THU. OCT. 4 MESABI EAST HOME
THU. OCT. 11 ALBROOK HOME The Lady Braves take the court in Orr led by the a strong representation of Bois Forte
MON. OCT. 15 CHERRY HOME Student Athletes including; Alana Drift, Rachel Morrison, Jordaan Wilkerson, Marjore
Villebrun, Allurah Isham, Kateri Day, Krystin Correa, Tiffany Skinaway, Arianna Zapata, and
THU. OCT. 4 BIGFORK AWAY 7
FRI. OCT. 12 SILVER BAY HOME 3:30
WED. OCT. 17 MIB AWAY 7
ORR VARSITY FOOTBALL
FRI. OCT. 5 B-E HOME 7:00
FRI. OCT. 12 ALBROOK AWAY 7:00
WED. OCT. 17 MA HOME 7:00
ORR JUNIOR VARSITY
MON. OCT. 1 B-E AWAY 5:00 2:40
THU . OCT. 11 T-S HOME 5:00
Bois Forte athletes, large and small, are helping the Orr Braves JV Football Team in what Varsity
Coach Jarich describes as “an inexperienced, but hard working and solid team of players.”
Miranda Lilya brings golf
championship home to Bois Forte
Submitted by Brandon Benner
Miranda (Villebrun) Lilya comes from a golfing family top Women’s Golfer in the Cook, Orr, and Nett Lake
so its no big surprise that she brought home the Vermilion Area… and your friends from Bois Forte are very proud
Fairways Women’s Championship on August 28 in Cook, of you Miranda!
MN. Miranda’s Father, the late Fox Villebrun, was a crafty
lefthander that ‘compared himself to the great Phil
Mickelson’. Her mother Edith Villebrun, is a champion in
her own right, taking the same title a few years back. Her
brothers Dave Jr. and Johnny Boy are top caliber golfers
with power strokes that make them a threat in any tourney
Miranda, however, got a late start to the world of
golfing- she didn’t start until after high school. Of course,
she credits her family for teaching her the game - the right
way to play golf. Their teachings paid off as Miranda is the
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Bois Forte News • October 2007 • Page 17
Viking Schedule 2007/2008
Day Date Opponent Time (CT) TV
Sunday October 7 BYE
Sunday October 14 @ Chicago Bear Noon FOX
Sunday October 21 @ Dallas Cowboys Noon FOX
Sunday October 28 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES Noon FOX
Sunday November 4 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS Noon CBS
Sunday November 11 @ Green Bay Packers Noon FOX
Sunday November 18 OAKLAND RAIDERS Noon *CBS
Sunday November 25 @ New York Giants Noon *FOX
Sunday December 2 DETROIT LIONS Noon *FOX
Sunday December 9 @ San Francisco 49ers 3:05 p.m. * FOX
Monday December 17 CHICAGO BEARS 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Sunday December 23 WASHINGTON REDSKINS Noon *FOX
Sunday December 30 @ Denver Broncos Noon *FOX
*Game time subject to change/flexible scheduling
Warren: The Life,
Letters, and Times
of an Ojibwe
by Theresa M. Schenck
From the Publisher
This is the first full-length biography of William W.
Warren (1825–53), an Ojibwe interpreter, historian, and
Participants in the 2007 Summer Youth Program enjoyed a day at Valley Fair legislator in the Minnesota Territory. Devoted to the
interests of the Ojibwe at a time of government attempts
at removal, Warren lives on in his influential book
Word History of the Ojibway, still the most widely read and
cited source on the Ojibwe people. The son of a Yankee
Scramble fur trader and an Ojibwe-French mother, Warren grew
up in a frontier community of mixed cultures. Warren's
loyalty to government Indian policies was challenged,
but never his loyalty to the Ojibwe people. In his short
egsg life, the issues with which he was concerned included
land rights, treaties, Indian removal, mixed-blood
gegs politics, and state and federal Indian policy. Theresa M.
esgg Schenck has assembled a remarkable collection of
1 newly discovered documents. Dozens of letters and
other writings illuminate not only Warren’s heart and
mind but also a time of radical change in American
MAN Indian history. These documents, combined with
Schenck’s commentary, provide historical and
BOARD contextual perspective on Warren’s life, on the breadth
2 of his activities, and on the complexity of the man
himself; as such they offer a useful and long-awaited
companion to Warren’s History of the Ojibway.
1. Scrambled Eggs 2. Man Overboard 3. Sand Box
3 Word Scramble answers
OCTOBER 2007 BOIS FORTE NEWS
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Brianne Brodeen, daughter of Barb and Darrel Brodeen and granddaughter of
Gene and Kathryn (RIP) Boshey, married Brad Peterson on Saturday, September
8 in a ceremony at the Wilderness.
Brad works for Ulland Brothers Construction. Brianne is Training Manager at
Fortune Bay. The new Mr. and Mrs. Peterson live in Vermilion.
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CONDUCT A HOME INVENTORY BEFORE A DISASTER
Disaster, be it an act of natural or a result of human • Make a visual or written record of your possessions. If • Make copies of receipts and canceled checks for your
activity, can strike suddenly, anytime and anywhere. Your you don’t own a camera or videotaping equipment, more valuable items.
buy an inventory booklet and fill it out. Your
first priority, of course, must be to protect your family and • Get professional appraisals of jewelry, collectibles,
insurance agent may be able to provide one. Or simply
property. It’s also important to protect against the financial artwork or other items that are difficult to value.
make a list on notebook paper.
Update the appraisals every two to three years.
fallout from a disaster. The key is to take action now. One • Go from room to room, describing each item, when
step you can take to prepare for a disaster is to conduct a • Update your inventory list annually.
you bought it and how much it cost. If you’re
household inventory, making a list of everything you own. photographing or videotaping, have someone open
This will help you prove the value of what you owned, if closet doors and hold up each item. Sound like a lot of work? Computer programs
designed for home inventory can make the task much
those possessions are damaged or destroyed. This in turn • Record model and serial numbers.
will make it more likely you will receive a fast, fair • Include less expensive items, such as clothing, bath
Most important, once you’ve completed your
settlement from your insurance company. It will also towels, pots and pans or household tools. Costs will
inventory, leave a sealed copy with trusted relatives or
provide documentation for tax deductions that you claim add up if you have to replace those basics.
friends, or put it in a safe deposit box. Don’t leave your
for your losses. • Be sure to include the contents of your attic, basement only copy at home, where it might be destroyed.
The American Red Cross has time-tested tips for Finally, do what you can. Even a partial list will be
conducting a thorough home inventory: • Note the quality of building materials, particularly for better than nothing, should disaster strike. You’ll have the
such features as solid wood doors or expensive peace of mind that comes from taking action, rather than
• Record the location of the originals of all important plumbing fixtures. waiting to be a victim.
financial and family documents, such as birth and
marriage certificates, wills, deeds, tax returns, • Photograph the exterior of your home, including the
insurance policies and stock and bond certificates. landscaping. Make special note of any improvements,
Keep the originals in a safe place and store copies such as a patio, fencing or out-buildings.
elsewhere. You’ll need accessible records for tax and
• Photograph cars, boats and recreational vehicles.
Years Fortune Bay has
pounds of green rice the RTC
been in operation plans to buy from Band members
Number of Bois Forte acres of land owned by the Bois
Band members enrolled Forte Band of Chippewa
as students at Orr High
School. The total school
enrollment is 121
Young people who
gallons of alternative
fuel President Bush and
Congress want produced
in the US by 2017. Perhaps
belong to Vermilion some could be from a Cellulosic
Boys and Girls Club Biomass Plant at Nett Lake.
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What do you like best about ricing?
Louis Drift Mary Strong Ed Villebrun Marybelle Isham and
“It’s a time for family. Ricing season “Ricing is something I’ve never “Parching. I like the evenings granddaughter Christine
brings everyone together to share.” done without. It’s an important part around the fire when the family is “I enjoy being on the water and
of our culture. I wouldn’t know what together parching the rice.” knocking the rice into the canoe.”
it’s like not to gather wild rice and
eat it throughout the year.”
“The cultural experience and spending
time with my family is what I like best
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