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Michelle Beaudin – 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.

  • Representing, Advocating, and Fighting for LCO and our members at the local, state, regional, and national levels to bring more resources and equality to our Tribe. 
  • Advocating & Supporting— For more Education funding, Employment, Small Businesses, Employee rights, Housing, Health, and more services for our people, putting more tribal members in executive positions, increase the recruitment, years of service, & retirement benefits for our employees, and increasing scholarships. 
  • Services for our Tribal members & Communities—Initiatives to address the finances of the Tribe, and applied for & received more funding. I motioned & voted to put money in the hands of all our people multiple times over the past few years, and helped get utility assistance for our members. We put more money in the hands of our people than any other Council. I supported a new Daycare, Fire Department, Emergency Operations Office, New Elderly Center, Health Center, Fitness Center, starting of the homeless shelters, help people get to treatment. I also supported improvements & renovations to our Pow Wow Grounds, ball fields, store, Grindstone Casino, Golf Course, purchase of land for more hunting & gathering as well as residential. I fought against harvesting our forests and I also motioned and voted to increase the Death Benefit to help our people in their time of grief. 
  • Housing—purchase of homes for COVID & Emergency housing, building of new 40-unit Apartment building, Home repair program, Rental Assistance Program, planning on a new community, supportive housing, sober living facility. We need to continue to address our housing shortage. 
  • What’s next—I want to continue to advocate and assist in getting internet (broadband) to our communities, more housing for our people, store/gas station for southern part of reservation, fitness center, revitalizing our community centers open again with staff and more resources. I would like to work on alternative energy and have been advocating for renewable energy initiatives such as: a solar farm, solar panels on homes, wind generators. Continue to find more education funding, and business opportunities. I, also want to continue to change policies to make them more fair for our employees, fight to take back our roads and our jurisdiction on our lands, and co-management & co-stewardship of all lands in our ceded territory. 
  • In summary, I have been hard working, reliable, accountable, and a fierce advocate for my people and would like to continue to represent all of you!