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Chairman's Notes

10/22/2018 | Douglas Cox - October 22 2018 Chairmans Notes
Posoh Nec Omaeqnomenewak,

The Tribe has been awarded large grants that will provide for bringing services we have long strived for. One of those areas is the Public Defender Office for the Tribe. Staff from many tribal departments worked diligently to develop a Strategic Plan for Tribal Justice Systems over the past two years and used that plan to develop a successful application to establish a Tribal Public Defender office.

In other grant wins, the Tribe was awarded two grants from the US Department of Justice to assist in combating the opioid crisis on the Reservation. Nearly $1.3 million in grants for Opioid issues will allow us to hire and partner social workers with our tribal police officers, hire treatment staff and build a collaborative framework between law enforcement, tribal social services, and our treatment center to reach families impacted by opioids and other drugs and provide treatment to those afflicted with addiction.

In all areas of government, the Tribe had… (Read More)
12/02/2015 | Gary Besaw - December 2 2015 Chairmans Notes
Posoh Nec-Omaeqnomenewak,

In this update, my intention is to provide you with information concerning other activities that Tribe and Legislature has engaged in outside the Hemp issue. The fall season is ending and winter is knocking at the door. Hope you have you firewood cut. In the past month, my office and the Legislature have held numerous meetings and intergovernmental consultations and below is a summary of some of the main events that have taken place:

• September, October and November, 2015 – Attended Great Lakes Intertribal Council (GLITC) meetings. While lots of grant discussions and meetings with state and federal agencies happen at these meetings, there was one item new to the meetings. The tribes have created, with the WI Department of Justice (DOJ), an “Intertribal Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee,” which will review and recommend solutions to tribal law enforcement, incarceration, and court system issues. Some recommendations will go to the State Legislature… (Read More)
11/09/2015 | Gary Besaw - November 9 2015 Chairmans Notes
Posoh Netaenewemahkenak.

On May 7, 2015, the Tribal Legislature, through the open, multi-step Tribal Ordinance process, distinguished and separated Industrial Hemp from marijuana and made it legal to grow Industrial Hemp on the Reservation, so long as it was done in accordance with these Tribal regulations. Industrial Hemp was defined as any strain of cannabis that has less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”). Remember, Industrial Hemp does not have THC in an amount where it can be smoked to produce a “high.” In distinguishing Industrial Hemp from other forms of cannabis or marijuana and making it legal on the Reservation, the Tribe was acting in the same manner as 26 states currently do.

The Tribe made this distinction between marijuana and Industrial Hemp for a number of reasons, including:

1) There is no reasonable basis to make Industrial Hemp illegal as it has no psychoactive effect (it can’t be smoked to get high) and brings with it none of the stigma associated with… (Read More)