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Welcome to Lac Courte Oreilles

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.

LCO Agencies Warn of Spring Runoff

A notice from the Emergengy Management, Housing Authority and Dept. of Public Works. Due to the deep frost and large amount of snow accumulation we can expect some seasonal spring runoff and potential for seasonal flooding this year. We have not had many warm days this winter to melt some of the accumulation of snow and frost levels are below 8 feet in some areas so the water will be forced to travel along the surface. In order to prevent damage to property our offices would like to remind the public about some steps they can take to reduce the amount of damage to personal property.

Make sure your Sump pump is plugged in and operating properly. To test the sump pump just fill it with water until it turns on or manually trigger the float. If your sump pump is not working contact a local plumber or your landlord.

If you have a lot of snow near your home or on your roof you should try removing it to a location that it will drain away from the home. Check the ditches and culverts near your home to make sure the spring runoff will flow away. Contact the tribal roads (634-0784), housing (634-2147) or public works (634-0345) if you think there is a concern or problem that should be addressed.

Remove your property off the basement floor to reduce potential for water damage. Spring runoff will happen fast and if your home is near a water body you will need to keep an eye on it to address the situation. Sandbagging and other support methods may need to be used if the danger of flooding is there. Sawyer County Emergency Management office is available to help us with any assessments and deployment of resources if needed. We can't help if we are not aware of a potential flooding situation.

Deanna Baker Voted 2014 Honor the Earth Anishinaabekwe

The 41st Lac Courte Oreilles Honor The Earth Homecoming Celebration and Powwow is very honored to announce the 2014 Anishinaabekwe who will be recognized on poster, during the powwow and in our memories. Nearly 30 names were nominated and two rounds of voting occurred. The outcome is Deanna Baker of New Post. We welcome and encourage all family members and community members both far and wide to come and join us in celebrating this special recognition. Howah! Congratulations to Deanna Baker of New Post.

'CHS' Changes Name to 'Purchased and Referred Care'
by Kristina Kuykendall, PRC Staff Member

Lac Courte Oreilles Health Center Purchase & Referral Care (PRC) has service offices on both levels of the LCO Heath Center. In the lower level, Neomi Corbine works mainly with incoming medical claims and billing. She can assist patients with questions and concerns about any medical billing that they may receive. In the upper level, located next to the dental office, is Kristina Kuykendall. She is the first point of contact for a medical referral. The LCO Health Center has made this division within the PRC office to better serve patients. Kristina's new location in the clinic provides a closer interaction with the medical staff and patients alike.


LCO Tribal Members Shatter Records in County Elections
by Rick St. Germaine

Five LCO Ojibwe Indians garnered 1,181 votes in the Sawyer County and Hayward School Board election held recently on April 1st.

The Sawyer County Record declared in their headline story a victory for two of the tribal candidates as it was the first time in history of the 130 year old county in which multiple Ojibwe Indians had run for county office positions. Successful in their bids for county government were Brian Bisonette and Joel Valentin, who ran against non-Indian incumbents in the Town of Bass Lake. Bisonette defeated his foe by a 90 vote margin for a District 9 seat on the County Board while Valentin easy distanced two non-Indians for Town of Bass Lake supervisor.

Trina Starr gathered 614 votes in her second bid for a Hayward School Board membership, falling just 61 votes short in her campaign. Ojibwe Indians are a small demographic minority in the school district population and success would require a political cross-over in future elections.

Karen Breit fell just 34 votes short in her bid to unseat her opponent Ron Kinsley for a position on the County Board for District 13 (Hunter Township) and Valerie Barber lost by only twenty votes in her contest for County Board in Hayward District 5 as she ran as a “write in” candidate.


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LCO Newsletter

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.

Mining: Special Section

This special section contains information about the proposed Penokee Hills Mine and about the LCO Harvest camp which has been established in the area. Also provided are maps and overview PDF documents for download outlining more information about the mine.

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LCO Tribal Board of Commissioners
One vacancy on the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Board of Commissioners. Interested applicants for appointment must satisfy the following minimum requirements: Be at least eighteen (18) years of age, be a Member of the Lac Courte Oreille Tribe…