Special Message from the Tribal Council



Wednesday, January 16, 2019

9:00 AM:  Nett Lake RTG in the Eagle Room

2:00 PM:  Vermilion Government Center

Government Shutdown Update 1/11/2019

We are anticipating this shutdown to be possibly a long, drawn out process so we are planning to ensure the least impact to the band members and the community.

It was decided by the Tribal Council that after Phase 2, there will be another meeting held on February 4, 2019, to discuss Phase 3.  There will be no additional lay-offs until it is fully discussed at the next meeting on February 4, 2019.

Below you will find a list of departments/services that will be affected by lay-offs/reduction of hours.

  • BOIS FORTE TRIBAL COUNCIL – Reduction of hours, 32 hours per week each member
  • ACCOUNTING – 1 position laid off on 1/7/19, Courier run being coordinated with Big Woods Transit for one site drop off in Vermilion at Fortune Bay – Programs will go to Fortune Bay for pick-up and to send items. Starting date and site will be designated asap and get out to programs.  W-2’s and programs we are able to draw down on also are a priority at this time, along with accounting backlog
  • HOUSING – Is fully funded at this time, not affected
  • IT -  1  IT worker laid off on 1/7/19
  • PUBLIC WORKS –2 positions – Reduction of hours to 32 hours per week effective 1/14/2019
  • JUDICIAL – 1 position to 20 hours per week effective 1/7/2019, one laid off effective 1/11/2019
  • HEADSTART – Funded at this time, not affected
  • KBFT – Not affected
  • VERMILION OPERATIONS – 1 position  laid off on 1/14/19
  • TERO – One position laid off, One position full time due to grant requirements
  • PLANNING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT  - One position delayed lay-off,  one position laid off on 1/14/2019, two position reduction of hours
  • NETT LAKE MAINTENANCE – BLDGS – 1 position laid off effective 1/14/2019
  • REGISTRAR/EAP/CSBG – Remain Full time
  • TRANSIT – 2 positions voluntary lay off effective 1/7/14, 1 position resigned, One position reduced hours a week beginning 1/14/2019, two reduced positions will stagger days so one is in office each day.  Contract Routes continue – Fortune Bay and Cook Hospital – already paid for.  Dial a ride will be reduced to  2 days per week
  • DNR – One position 32 hours weekly, others remain as is
  • HUMAN RESOURCES – 2 positions to 32 hours
  • EDUCATION – 1 position to 32 hours weekly
  • HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES – 11 positions to  32 hours weekly, 4 staff laid off
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTION – 1 position to 32 hours per week
  • FITNESS CENTERS – Closed – All staff laid off on 1-7/19
  • HERITAGE CENTER – Closed – All staff laid off on 1/7/19

We will be having Community meetings in Nett Lake, Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. at the Tribal Government Bldg. and that same day at Vermilion at the Vermilion Community Center at 2:00 p.m.  This is to inform the community of what program/services will be affected and also to answer questions.

The mid-Winter Pow Wow will coincide with the Winter Immersion Camp; ceremonies will be performed at that time. 

Until the Government shutdown ends, all future RTC meetings will be held in Nett Lake only, not Fortune Bay.

The Tribal Council will be developing an action plan in the event of any future government shutdown and also will be aggressively pursuing on building a reserve fund for the future.


Government Shut Down Update

On Monday, January 07, 2019, the Tribal Council and Senior Management met to re-evaluate the effects of the government shutdown on Bois Forte. As stated by Tribal Chairwoman Cathy Chaver’s in her video that was posted online Friday, January 4, 2019, they would meet weekly and provide updates for Tribal members and employees. Again, due to the uncertainty of how long this shutdown will last, it was agreed upon to move forward into Phase II of our plan to continue providing services to our Tribal members.

The primary aspects of Phase II are as follows; further reduce spending and travel, reduce staff hours, and at last resort implement further layoffs.  The Tribal government will remain open five days a week during regular business hours.

On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, we will be having an all staff meeting to update the employees on the status and stages of the plan.

The Tribal Council and Senior Management will be meeting again on Monday, January 14, 2019, to re-evaluate the impacts of the government shutdown.

We are encouraging staff along with Tribal members to contact their congressional representatives and senators, urging them to end the government shutdown.


Shutdown Leaves Food, Medicine and Pay in Doubt in Indian Country

... "For many Americans who are not federal workers or contractors, a shutdown is a minor inconvenience. A trip to a national park may be canceled. A call to a government office may go unanswered. But for Native American tribes, which rely heavily on federal money to operate, a shutdown can cripple their most basic functions." .... Read More Here.





The January 18, 19, 20, 2019, KBFT Immersion Camp has been postponed.

The January 26, 2019, State of the Band has been postponed.


Please watch for a new dates for these events..



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