Boozhoo! Hope everyone is enjoying the weather out there, I am thankful for the opportunity to share some feedback on some recent events that took place and upcoming events that I hope you or someone you know would like to take part in. The LCO Sevenwinds Casino hosted the LCO Great Lakes Native American Elders Association meeting on June 5th & 6th, there was an afternoon event sponsored by the UW Madison in regards to Alzheimer’s disease & awareness, as well as a panel of local LCO community caregivers who shared their personal stories and experiences on behalf of their loved ones, Thursday was the GLNAEA meeting which was also well attended. I would like to thank Clara Jalowitz for all her time and dedication with planning and coordinating the LCO GLNAEA Event, also to Shari Diamond, Sevenwinds Conference coordinator for all the hard work she put into it mostly by herself, Thanks again for everyone attending this event and I look forward to attending the next GLNAEA event in Red Cliff, WI, September 4th & 5th.
I have requested to meet with the LCO Elders Advisory Council within the next few months as certain issues or concerns have been brought up regarding the current and upcoming Fiscal year budget, Air Conditioner requests, policy concerns, etc., I am hoping to address these topics for our July LCO Elders Advisory Council meeting on July 6th, and then possibly meeting as a group to revise or update any current policies under the LCO Elder & Disabled Services.
We recently received notification from LCO Conservation & GLIFWC that they requested to provide free fileted fish from our surrounding lakes to the LCO Community elders, it was a well-received event and they would like to make it an annual affair, they do a very good job explaining how the fish was gathered and what they look for in regards to the lakes where they come from and the amount of possible mercury contained in the fish and lakes, Thank you again to Warden Aaron Debrot, Warden Mike Popovich, and Warden Lauren Tuori.
I attended the “going away” ceremony for Norma Ross, LCO Compliance Officer, and would just like to say once again Thank you for all that you have done for our tribe, government, and also myself, over 17 years ago after my discharge from the Marine Corps, I started my first job for the LCO accounting department as the Travel clerk, I have gained so much from my tribal work experiences, and she was/is a huge influence with where I am currently at, Thank you for taking a chance on me all those years ago, Giigo-waabemin Norma!
Also I would like to thank the outgoing Tribal Governing Board members; I very much appreciate your dedication and advocacy on behalf the Elders, Disabled and Veterans programs you entrusted me to carry forward, and Congratulations and good luck to the incoming Tribal Governing Board members!
LCO Tribal Aging Director
LCO Tribal Veterans Service Officer
We have been planning monthly trips for our Elders and Disabled. In May we took a trip to the Highground Veterans Memorial Park in Neillsville, WI. We were privileged with a guided tour for our group to “Remember the Fallen” with a unique memorial display of our Native Americans who have sacrificed everything for our freedom.
On June 17, 2019 we took an almost full bus to Grand Casino Hinckley to enjoy an afternoon of gambling and bingo. Some Elders came home winners and some were content in the experience and enjoyed the trip.
I have scheduled a day of fun and relaxation on 3 pontoons on the beautiful waters of the Chippewa Flowage with a picnic at Loon Lake for our Elders and Disabled. We will be loading the Elder bus at the Tribal Office for the 1st transportation at 8:30 am. If you care to take your own vehicle to The Landing you can, please meet us there approximately 9:30-10:00am. We can accommodate approximately 25 tribal members. Be on the lookout for a sign-up sheet the 1st week in July. The Landing has generously donated 3 pontoons for this outing, Chi-Miigwech for their donation.
This July I will be planning a trip but I need your suggestions. Our Elder and Disabled driver can only put in a limited # of hours during the day so the trips have to be close to the area. Maybe we can go shopping in Rice Lake and hit some garage sales and enjoy a meal at a great restaurant.
If you want to make any suggestions for our trips you can reach me at 715-558-7940. I want to thank the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Government in providing our Elder and Disabled with their meals on these trips.
Elder and Disabled Program Assistant