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 Lac Courte Oreilles General Membership meeting will be held Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 9 a.m. to noon at the LCO Casino Bingo Hall. Copies of the agenda will be available at the meeting. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.; please allow elders to eat first.
Lac Courte Oreilles is proud to announce that along with Marcus Morrow being chosen to be a Youth Ambassador to the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference, Niizhoo and Mani Sullivan have been invited to the Conference and will sing at opening ceremonies Dec. 3rd. With assistance from the LCO and Ho-Chunk tribes, they boys will be able to attend with their parents Mike & Krysten Sullivan to represent Wisconsin and all of Indian Country. Adele Morrow is also in Washington, D.C. with her son Marcus. Chairman Michael “Mic” Isham will be representing Odaawaa Zaaga'iganing.
Michael Leahy will be the new director of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School, pending final reference and background checks which are required by the Bureau of Indian Education. He is scheduled to begin Dec. 8, 2014 when Dr. Rick St. Germaine and Dr. Roy Jonjak will step down as Interim Co-Directors.
Extensive interviews were conducted over a two day period which gave tribal elders, parents, students, teachers, administrators, and board members the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings about the future direction of the school.
“Nearly all the feedback about the process and Mr. Leahy's responses to their questions has been extremely positive,” asserted Dr. Jonjak.
Sharon (Sherrie) Paulson-Tainter recently became the new Director of the Lac Courte Oreilles Oakwood Haven Domestic Abuse Shelter.
She is an enrolled LCO tribal member and her parents were Bernard Tainter and Georgianne Corbine. Her surviving siblings are Bernard Tainter III; Patrick Tainter; and Pamela Tainter. Sherrie is the mother of three grown sons who are also LCO tribal members. She is the proud grandmother of thirteen grandchildren.
Most recently Sherrie was working at the Lac du Flambeau Human Resources Department for two years as the Safety and Prevention Coordinator. Before that she was living and working in Santa Fe, New Mexico for two years employed by a developing Elder Care franchise called Comfort Keepers. Sherrie started out as a caregiver but eventually moved into the Office Manager position. Because it was a new franchise she also held the positions of Client Coordinator, HR/Training Specialist, and Outreach Specialist. While in Santa Fe she was also employed as a child care provider for a young three year old girl while her parents worked in their professional field as an Orthopedic Surgeon and Family Practitioner. Personal family issues brought her back to Wisconsin.
My name is William Trepanier and I am the new court administrator for the Lac Courte Oreilles tribal court.
Besides some years spent living in Las Vegas, and Madison, WI I have lived in the Hayward area my whole life. My wife and I have five beautiful children ranging from 20 months to 19 years old.
I have Bachelors of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in project management. I am currently enrolled at the University of Tulsa, College of Law and am finishing my Masters of Jurisprudence in Indian Law degree.
I spent much of my career in Indian gaming, pursuing many facets of the field from IT to regulatory compliance. While I enjoyed Indian gaming, I wanted to pursue new challenges that faced our tribe.
I became fascinated with Indian law after taking the initial courses at Tulsa, and began to pursue interests in the field of Indian law. With the help of my education and experience, I will look to pursue an efficient and accessible court system that is there to help the people of Lac Courte Oreilles.
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.
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
The LCO Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor will provide guidance and counseling to Native Americans with disabilities for services available through the Tribe's Vocational Rehabilitation Program. The counselor will serve a broad range of consumers with physical, mental, and sensory disabilities.