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Bob Sharlow – lco-nsn

Lac Courte Oreilles

Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe

Candidate Statements

We, the Anishinabeg, the people of Odaawaa-Zaaga'iganiing, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band, will sustain our heritage, preserving our past, strengthening our present, and embracing our future. We will defend our inherent sovereign rights and safeguard Mother Earth. We will provide for the educational, health, social welfare, and economic stability of the present and future generations.

A New Choice:
Running for public office is a new arena for me. I was greatly humbled when I was asked to accept a nomination. If my community and colleagues have the faith in me to represent them on Tribal Council, I am honored to do my best to not let them down.

A New Vision:
As your representative on Tribal Council, I will work toward improvement as opposed to change. Our standards should rise. We have established programs and services that are well intended but can be so much more. By working together, we can improve the way we take on the challenges we face as a community.

A seasoned professional with 35+ years’ experience in construction. The skills and experience needed to run projects of all different sizes and scopes. I bring a proven track record of helping companies streamline processes, improve efficiency and complete projects on time while under budget. This background is what is needed to represent you on the Tribal Council.
  • Lead By Example - Leadership requires accountability and accessibility. By communicating your needs and desires of what you want to see from your tribal government through me, I can be that bridge for you.
  • Practice Fiscal Responsibility - Regulating spending should be the focus of the new administration. For example, a phase out of hotel stay spending by using revenue for programs and services while still addressing homelessness and addiction of our tribal members that are in need. On average, every six weeks of hotel stay spending, a new home could have been built.
  • Continued Support of Our Youth - Engage our youth in more ways than funding needs. Meeting in assemblies with our youth to discuss their issues, concerns or ideas. Inviting their leaders to attend tribal council meetings to give insight on what tribal government is and does. Encourage and praise accomplishments with recognition throughout our community in and out of school.
  • Continued Support of Our Elders - Work together with our Elder’s Committees. They remember what it took to make LCO the Pride of the Ojibwe. Further our funding for more services.
  • Empower Our Workforce - Begin communication with tribal business directors to raise hourly wages. We have our own university, together with individual entities, programs can be offered to employees on the job site. An advanced math or computer class to make the employee more employable for advancement. At no cost, with a paid additional hour or two.
  • Veterans - As Ojibwe, we honor and respect our veterans for their sacrifices for our freedoms and rights. Veterans have many struggles that are unseen and have difficulties in reestablishing a civilian lifestyle, not only upon leaving the military, but lifelong in some cases. Creating accessible resources is a priority.
These are some of the areas I would like to see improvement in. I am asking for your support and vote for the Tribal Governing Board. We have more in common than we have differences. It is time to set aside those differences to move in a positive, new direction. I respectfully ask that if you do not support or vote for me, that you do get out there and vote. The future starts with you.