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Community Assessment Survey Set to Begin Soon

The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is conducting a Community Assessment of randomly selected households on the Lac Courte Oreilles Indian Reservation and LCO member households in Sawyer County. This important project will provide up-to-date, accurate information about the characteristics, needs, and priorities of the LCO community. Tribal leadership will use this data to inform strategic planning and prioritize community needs and concerns in the development and delivery of programs and services.

The Community Assessment questionnaire will be administered on the reservation by local field staff through in-person household visits beginning at the end of March. Sampled households will also have the opportunity to schedule a visit to their home or complete the survey form online. LCO members living off-reservation in Sawyer County can complete the survey form online or mail back a paper version of the form. Data collection is anticipated to be completed by early June.

If your household is selected as part of the random sample, you will be representing your community and its needs. All information collected will be strictly confidential and will never be used against you or your household. Your honest answers will enable the Tribe to more effectively help community members and their families and strengthen applications for grants and program funding.

As noted above, survey forms will be delivered using the following methods:

In-person: Residents of the Lac Courte Oreilles Indian Reservation are being hired to administer the Community Assessment survey form to randomly selected households on the reservation through household visits. If you are not home when your house is visited, a staff member will return for a follow-up visit at another time and leave information about how to schedule a convenient time that works for you, as well as instructions for completing the survey form online.

Online: If your household is part of the randomly selected sample, you will be able to access the survey online using the code provided to your household by the Community Assessment staff member. This code ensures that no one else can complete the survey form for you and it lets us know when your household has completed the form. Off-reservation LCO members will receive a survey code and instructions for completing the online form through the mail.

Mail (off-reservation only): If you are an LCO member and live off-reservation in Sawyer County, you will be sent a survey form and a survey code through the mail at the address on file with the Enrollment Office. Please update your Enrollment information so we can reach you! You can return the completed paper form using the included self-addressed stamped envelope. You will also have the option to complete the form online.

Why should you complete this survey?

It will help the Tribe assess the needs of reservation residents and LCO members living off-reservation in Sawyer County

It will inform Tribal leaders as they decide how to use resources and plan for the future

It will strengthen applications for new tribal funding

It will support the Band's’ sovereignty

Participating households will be eligible for raffle prizes and other incentive to be announced soon

What topic areas will the survey include?

Household size and demographic information

Housing and utilities




Child and elder care

Health and wellness

Culture and language

Your priorities for the Band

If you are interested in applying for a field staff position, contact LCO Human Resources at 715-634-8934. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the project manager, Curtis DeCora.

Thank you for your interest in the Lac Courte Oreilles Community Assessment. We appreciate your help in making this project a success!


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