LAC DU FLAMBEAU - The Lac du Flambeau tribe wants drugs OFF their reservation. Drug abuse is not a new issue for the Lac du Flambeau tribe, or elsewhere in the Northwoods, but the tribe is cracking down... Recently they declared a State of Emergency in regard to illegal drugs.
In particular they're seeing more synthetic marijuana, "bath salts", and heroin, and they want them gone.
"No matter what it does, or how they do it, it's illegal on our reservation," said Tribal Chairman Tom Maulson, "We're working with law enforcement, county enforcement, we're working with the town of Lac du Flambeau, we're working with our family resource people, our doctors, our pharmacists, the whole nine yards."
The tribal council is also concerned about prescription drug abuse. The emergency declaration means the tribe is taking a stronger stance against drugs.
"In order to get Indian housing, you're going to have to go through a drug testing process... The drug movers and sellers, there's talk about banishing these people from our reservation in its entirety," said Maulson.
"We just need to play catch up, in order to play catch up and get the young people on the right path, we've got to find out a way to get rid of this stuff."
Last weekend the tribe held a meeting on drug abuse. Next month they'll invite the public and experts back to come up with a plan of attack.
TOMAH (AP) - A veterans affairs hospital in Wisconsin is using nontraditional therapies for pain and mental health as officials continue to address problems with over-prescribing medication at the facility.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Tomah VA Medical Center is one of 18 veterans hospitals across the country launching the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Whole Health program.
Whole Health coaches help VA patients set personal health and wellness goals, address chronic pain, prevent illness or injury and treat mental health needs. The program also uses alternative therapies like tai chi, acupuncture and Healing Touch, which focuses on restoring a person's energy field.
The initiative comes four years after a veteran died at the facility from a mixture of prescribed drugs. Federal investigations found that some staff were over-prescribing drugs.
MADISON (AP) - A former driver for House Speaker Paul Ryan who has been active in Wisconsin Republican politics for years is running to succeed Ryan in Congress.
Bryan Steil is an attorney from Ryan's hometown of Janesville and a member of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. He becomes the likely Republican front-runner after the field of better-known potential candidates cleared for his entry.
Steil entered the race Sunday less than two weeks after Ryan said he would not seek re-election. Ryan said Friday he has no immediate plans to endorse in the primary.
Steil has been a regent since 2016 and also works as general counsel and secretary at a company that makes packaging for food and other consumer products.
Union iron worker Randy Bryce and Janesville teacher Cathy Myers are running as Democrats.
RHINELANDER - A sustainability fair in Rhinelander connects people who want to keep the earth clean and healthy. Organizers celebrated Earth Day by teaching people how they can accomplish that. Abby Meyer came up from Green Bay for her first Sustainability Fair in Rhinelander Sunday. She sells all natural skin care products.
"It's the future of being able to have a planet, such great energy here," said Meyer. Meyer and 42 other exhibitors feel energized to protect the earth. "It's kind of interesting what other people do and the good they're doing for other people," said maple syrup vendor Leroy Schmieder.
Schmieder said being around people with the same mission is encouraging. "It's kind of a community thing, you learn what everybody else is doing," said Schmieder. Fair organizer Ann Eshelman said the fair teaches the community, but also brings people with a message together. "They're providing something that we as a group think is valuable, they're kinda isolated," said Eshelman. When the fair started eight years ago organizers wanted to end that isolation. Bringing vendors together to share their message, make connections, and walk away with new information. "Giving each other jobs and work and supporting each other," said Meyer.
Eshelman believes that support is what the community needs to help move in the right direction. "[It] can enable even ordinary Northwoods residents to do something for the earth," said Eshelman. It can also show them that helping the environment starts at home. "An important part of sustainability is helping out your community," said Meyer.
RHINELANDER - All That Glitters opened for the first time this weekend in Rhinelander. The store gives customers a chance to experience another culture. Melody Majcherek decided to open the store after developing a love for henna and practicing at art fairs. She said it took her two months to transform the store into a unique outlet. "I wanted to create a space where people can walk in and feel like they have traveled to a different place and oasis. I think I accomplished that," said Majcherek. People can buy henna tattoos products and other trinkets. She incorporated cultures from India and Morocco by buying fabrics and products from there. "Very unique with the different cultures. It's interesting, something different in Rhinelander. Something you don't see all the time," said shopper Chris Albrent. The store is open Tuesdays through Sundays and is on Kemp Street.
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