We, the Anishinabeg, the people of Odaawaa-Zaaga'iganiing, the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe, will sustain our heritage, preserving our past, strengthening our present, and embracing our future.
We will defend our inherent sovereign rights and safeguard Mother Earth. We will provide for the educational, health, social welfare, and economic stability of the present and future generations.
Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Aging Unit Director Mary Wolf was named a 2014 recipient of the ElderAce Award, presented by the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources (GWAAR) Sept. 12th.
Wolf received the Organizational Excellence Award after being nominated by Sarah Quale. According to her nomination, Wolf is recognized for her “drive and tenacity in creating an organization that aligns its services with the needs of her community” and shows “remarkable demonstration of creativity and excellence in organizational management.”
During an acceptance speech, Wolf thanked “the Tribal Governing Board, LCO Aging Commission and Staff for working hard and supporting the vision; Wendell Holt & Sarah Quale of GLITC Technical Assistance, Sunshine LeMieux of WI Judicare for encouragement and guidance; and Denise Pommer for being a great mentor and leader in Elder Services.”
The LCO Health Board is most pleased to learn that the LCO Health Center received the Director's Award for Outstanding Group Performance by the Bemidji Area Office (Indian Health Service). We offer the Commendation to you and the LCO Health Center staff.
This Award says so much about the efforts of all employees of our Health Center to make major improvements in the delivery of primary and preventative health and medical services to our families and individuals. It's clear that this Award recognizes the efforts of our patient-centered team of providers, nurses, clinicians and a support staff who offer a continuous source of high quality, comprehensive medical care to thousands of our tribal members. An Outstanding Group Performance — this award is about how everyone pulled together to strive for a better health center, to provide better services in sound and thoughtful ways to ensure survival of our clinic.
A report by Rick St. Germaine and Roy Jonjak charts a new direction for the LCO Ojibwe School beginning this school year. Curriculum will be reorganized around four major themes: “high performance” academics, the Bill Sutton Model for Ojibwe language and culture, “Makizin Pathways” career readiness and advancement training for students and staff, and active student engagement in athletics and the co-curriculum.
At the August 11th General Membership Meeting, Jonjak provided an overview of how these initiatives can be accomplished despite funding cuts of approximately $500,000. “Even with a projected $5.99 million budget, LCO students will still benefit from expenditures of $26,388 per pupil, which is $10,000 higher than public schools around this region. This allows us to expand our programs in new and innovative ways while incorporating higher standards for success.”
The LCO Newsletter is published and distributed monthly and can be picked up at the Tribal Office or one of many businesses and locations around the reservation. Each month it is also published in digital format online for download.
Visit the LCO Elders News page and read monthly updates from around the Lac Courte Oreilles community. Download a full PDF version of the Elders Newsletter for even more upcoming events and news that affects the elders of LCO.
The Lac Courte Oreilles Forester functions as a forester for the management of the forest resources located on fee lands owned by the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation. The total area of responsibility encompasses all fee lands owned by the Tribe within the exterior boundaries of the Reservation.