SECRETARIAL ELECTION CHALLENGE ORDER
Childrens' Trust Fund
House of Wellness
- 45 Day Comment
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
To t he Ho-Chunk People:
From NCAI in Tulsa, OK to the Badger Honor flight to Washington D.C., there’s been a lot of movement among the Nation’s officials and this year, I was fortunate enough to join both events. There’s much going on at the national level such as the implementation of VAWA, Baby Veronica, and measures to place a Congressional “fix” on a Supreme Court decision that went awry in Carcieri.
On the home front, we’ve been directed by our districts to “hold the line” to prevent the incursion of other tribes with intent to game in our markets and our traditional homelands. The Governor has set a requirement in his criteria that ALL tribes must consent but the Nation will NOT concur. If the Governor holds to his own criteria, his rejection is all but announced since consensus was not garnered by October 22, 2013, the firm deadline he set for the Menominee/Seminole to meet this requirement.
On other important matters, our Legislature has taken positions on matters currently in the state’s legislature. The first was AB 297/SB 317, a bill to overwrite/repeal Act 250. Act 250 allows for citizens of school districts with Indian mascots to file a complaint and the burden of proof to rest upon the district through a hearing conducted by the DPI to prove there are no racial or discriminatory elements deriving from the district’s mascot. The Legislature directed I speak against these bills. Amendments to those bills are currently being offered and we anticipate action on them in November.
Hitting close to home is the rampant frac mining industry which has increased over the last couple of years due to advancements made in the fracking industry. The quest is for the unique granules spread out through the southwestern portion of the state. The volume of sand extracted is immeasurable as well as the adverse effects to our environment, roadways, health, and aesthetics. Numbers of Ho-Chunk officials and tribal members visited the Capitol to testify against SB 317, a bill that strips the control from local governments from placing standards to protect their residents.
As you may recall, the Ho-Chunk Nation flag was placed along the Penokee Range in northern Wisconsin where an iron ore mine site is slated to commence. Our Nation stands opposed to the further destruction of Grandmother Earth and has joined the fight against the mining operations by joining alliances with the Bad River Tribe. Recently, the Nation took part of a grassroots fundraiser and donated food, supplies, service, and were excited to hand-deliver a $10,000.00 check to the tribe to assist in the legal fund established to fight the mine.
With so much going on, having time for home and family has become even more highly appreciated. I want to thank those individuals who’ve spent so much time away from your families in hearings, in meetings, and in workshops to better your government, your communities, and your families. It’s been said often but once again, the service we offer is an honored privilege and everything we do is driven by our hearts and hopes of progress for the Ho-Chunk People.
In Good Health,