MOLE LAKE - Some members of Wisconsin's Tribes rely on their land for survival. They farm, fish and gather to put food on the table. But it can be difficult for tribes to find funding for large food projects.
That's why the US Department of Agriculture met with Wisconsin tribes Wednesday. Both sides hope to use it to plan programs and address tribal needs.
Oneida Nation of Wisconsin Vice Chair Greg Matson says tribes have some catch up to do with the USDA.
Matson says the USDA programs help them improve their agricultural infrastructure. Funding can be the biggest challenge.
Leslie Wheelock,USDA Office of Tribal Relations Director, says access to funding is the biggest issues for tribes.
"It will always be access to capital," Wheelock said. "Unlike states and counties, tribes don't tax their people they have a tendency to not tax their businesses because the states come in and tax the businesses and if you tax a business too much the business won't come."
The USDA formed a special advisory board in 2011 to ensure Native Americans participate in and benefit their programs.
"It's to get our tribal people up to speed to the point where they know who to go to in the USDA," Wheelock said. "The USDA has to be builder in that relationship because we know what we have to offer."
Some Wisconsin tribal farmers have benefited from programs like USDA start up loans, but some farming isn't considered a practice by the agency.
For example, the tribal wild rice harvest isn't recognized as conventional farming practice. Some Tribe members are working to change that.
RHINELANDER - Our nervous system controls the whole show when it comes to our bodies, especially how they feel.
Chiropractic care is one method people use to keep that system moving.
Hometown Chiropractic is new to Rhinelander, but it's no stranger to the Northwoods; its main location is in Tomahawk. People might think traumas like slipping on ice or car accidents are the only reasons to see a chiropractor.
Dr. Grace Zuiker Nash says you don't need to be injured to come in.
"We want to get those misalignments checked. Sometimes they don't show up as a major pain symptom.
They show up as something smaller and less obvious," says Dr. Grace.
Dr. Grace says she sees babies as soon as one day old.
That's because nervous system issues should be treated sooner rather than later.
"We as adults know that they don't feel good. We want the best for our kids and we don't want to see them go through that," says Dr. Grace.
Hometown Chiropractic always accepts new patients.
EAGLE RIVER - Last year, Lakeland Union High School told us there should be more solar panel projects like Lakeland's across the country. Now, that school will soon have a neighboring district with a similar solar array.
Northland Pines plans to start installing a major solar project next month. Pines first started exploring a solar plan years ago.
EAGLE RIVER - A 40,000 square-foot addition designed to last 100 years opens up in less than two weeks. A number of Vilas County offices are set to move into the courthouse expansion in Eagle River on August 24th and 25th.
Construction on the building started in August 2016. The $11 million project stayed on budget and had just one week's worth of delays. That was due to getting a proper air handling unit shipped and installed.
"There was a lot of common sense and practicality that went into the design, but we've also designed for the future," county clerk Dave Alleman said. "We all certainly hope that there needs to be no more additions like this for Vilas County government."
MILWAUKEE - Relatives of man who died of dehydration at the Milwaukee County jail last year have filed another federal lawsuit for his death.
The lawsuit filed Monday on the behalf of the estate of 38-year-old Terrill Thomas says he lost 34 pounds during the week he was left in his cell without water in April 2016. It's the second lawsuit his family has filed against Sheriff David Clarke, members of his staff, and the county.
MERRILL - In July, 24-year-old Cody Jenson told his ex-fiancee he planned to slit another man's throat, according to text messages read by police.
Later on, prosecutors believe Jenson stabbed that man 11 times near Tomahawk, sending the victim to the hospital.
On Monday, we heard from one of the officers investigating the case. Lincoln County Sheriff's Lt. Chad Collinsworth said Jenson went to the victim's Tomahawk-area home in a dispute over a woman, Jenson's ex-fiancee. Jenson sent text messages to his ex-fiancee that gave clues about what he might do.
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