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.
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.”
This past week LCO hosted DWD Asst. Deputy Director, Dave Anderson along with the Area Directors from Vocational Rehabilitation, Tom Draghi, and Job Service, Chuck Gottschall concluded this event with a round table discussion of our labor force issues which included Russ Barber, Sandy Carley, Bob Sharlow, Danielle Carley, Utina Malnoire, Stony Larson, Mark Montano, Dr. Rick St Germaine and Dr. Roy Jonjak. There was a healthy exchange of issues and ideas which concluded with a promise to return with a range of ideas on how they can possible assist our training programs and educational institutions especially with how best to utilize State apprenticeships opportunities to our benefit.
The Sawyer County/ Lac Courte Oreilles Drug Endangered Program (DEC) is a collaborative group working through the Sawyer County/LCO Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Team. Formed in 2013 and 2014, local agencies involved are: LCO Indian Child Welfare, LCO PD, LCO Health Center, LCO Legal Department, Sawyer County Health and Human Services, Sawyer County Sheriff's Office, Sawyer County District Attorney, and City of Hayward Police Department. The DEC protocols have been finalized, approved by with Wisconsin Department of Justice and the LCO Tribal Governing Board and are currently being circulated to agency directors for signatures.
The DEC program and protocols will increase information sharing between agencies and over all improve investigations where drug-endangered are involved. Coordination and training for this program has been made possible by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Children's Justice Act grant funding through LCO.
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.