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.
October 9, 2014 — The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has overruled a Western (Wis.) District Court decision which prohibited night hunting by tribal members in the ceded territory of northern Wisconsin, a right denied to tribal members until this recent decision.
“This decision is a victory for Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) and the Ojibwe tribes. But this decision signifies more than just our ability to hunt deer at night. This case is more about tribal sovereignty and the rights we never gave up, such as the right to hunt, gather and fish free from State of Wisconsin regulation whether it be during the day or at night,” said LCO Chairman Michael “Mic” Isham Jr. “Our rights are something we will never surrender. We are more than pleased with the decision of the appeals court.”
Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Indians has been at the forefront of defending the tribes' sovereign right to hunt, fish and gather in the ceded territory of Wisconsin. In 1991, following years of litigation, a federal court in Madison affirmed these rights, yet prohibited tribal members from deer hunting at night citing safety concerns.
As a result of the 2012 Wisconsin legislative act to expand night hunting to include wolves, LCO petitioned District Court Judge Barbara Crabb to re-open the decision prohibiting nighttime deer hunting in the ceded territory by tribal members. Lac Courte Oreilles and other Ojibwe tribes provided evidence that state regulations allowed for night hunting for state citizens with minimal safety regulations, a practice, the state argued, that dated back to the 1930s.
After additional litigation, the state again cited safety as a concern for tribal night hunting despite the tribes' argument that tribal hunters are some of the safest in the community. The Federal District Court ruled in favor of the state — a decision the tribes fought on appeal. Today's opinion overturns the lower court's decision and directs the District Court to issue an order consistent with the Appellate Court's ruling.
The Wisconsin state general election will be held November 4, 2014 and the Lac Courte Oreilles community is encouraged to get to the polls and exercise its voting rights.
There are many issues facing our tribal communities, and it is important for each and every member to make their voice heard. Support those candidates you feel share your values and will fight to preserve and enhance our tribal nations and the identities of our people.
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 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.