August 8, 2012
Tribal Chairman, Michael S. Wiggins Jr.,
Under the provisions of the Bad River Constitution; Article V, Section 3, [the Tribal Council may by an affirmative
vote of four (4) members expel any member for neglect of duty or gross misconduct provided that the
accused member shall be given full and fair opportunity to reply to any and all charges at a designated
Council meeting. It is further stipulated that any such member shall be given a written statement of the
charges against him at least five (5) days before the meeting at which he is to appear.]
In accordance with the Bad River Tribal Constitution & Bylaws, please regard this correspondence as official notice of
your opportunity to answer the charges brought forth at our scheduled Tribal Council meeting, to be held August
15th, 2012 at 6 p.m., in the Bad River Casino Convention Center. Please be advised this will be your only
opportunity to answer the charges issued against you. Be it further advised failure to show will result in forfeiture of
your rights provided under Article V, Sec. 3.
In accordance with the Bad River Tribal Constitution Article V, Section 3 – Removal, a written statement
of the charges against you are listed below and attached hereto:
NEGLECT of DUTY:
1. Frequently misses work and fails to properly notify the Vice-Chair. For example, on 8-6-12
Chairman was out of the office and his whereabouts were unknown to Vice-Chair.
2. Keeps irregular work hours and is unavailable to Membership, Council, and Employees
For example, Chairman was tardy for a scheduled meeting with St. Croix, which may have
negatively affected negotiations.
II. NEGLECT OF ADMINISTRATIVE OVERSIGHT
1. Cannot ensure the tending of day to day business operations due to frequent absenteeism.
2. Fails to ensure staff completes and submits monthly reports to Council. This is in violation of tribal
policy, TGI07.01. The official record shows on 4-4-12 at a duly called meeting, Secretary raised issue
with late and missing reports. Council by motion directed Chairman/Executive director to direct
staff to give oral reports at the next meeting.
3. Fails to maintain a proper chain of command within the administrative structure. Chairman failed
to include all appropriate information and notification to personnel involved regarding the AODA
administrative restructure. This caused undue confusion within the organizational structure.
III. FISCAL MISMANAGEMENT OF TRIBAL FINANCES
1. Does not ensure financial reports are completed and presented to Council in a timely manner.
The official record reflects for the regular monthly meeting on 7-9-12 the wrong financial report
2. Fails to ensure gaming financials are presented to the Gaming Commission, per the Gaming
Compact. The official record reflects the casino enterprise financial report was incomplete for the
meeting held on 7-19-12. This directly violates our tribal MICs, under Section 505.6 and tribal court
code Section 505.6 Class III Gaming Finances and Accounting, section (a).
3. Chairman fails to present casino accounts receivable to Council. This violates our tribal MICs,
Under Section 505.6 (a)(2), (b)(1).
4. Chairman allowed his staff to put our gaming operations in peril as they are non-compliant with
our tribal court codes, 505.5 Class III Gaming – Records and Audits, (a)(1), and 505.6 Class
III Gaming – Finances and Accounting; Sections (a) (I-IV), and (b) (I) and also in breach of our tribal
MICs, Section 505.6 (a)(b)(c), as our gaming revenue Is co-mingled with other funding sources in
the general account.
5. The Chairman did not appropriately handle the process regarding the “dummy corporation” which
was created to receive the New Market Tax Credits for clinic construction. The appropriate
procedures were not accomplished, per the Corporate Charter.
6. For the past two (2) years the Chairman has accepted the “Tobacco Grant” on behalf of the Band
In the amount of $5,000 for each year, $10,000 total and issued this money to a non-tribal entity
without directive or approval of Tribal Council.
IV. LACK OF COMMUNICATION TO COUNCIL
1. Fails to provide proposed meeting agendas until hours before scheduled meetings. The
Correspondence will reflect the Tribal Secretary requested on numerous occasions for the
meeting agendas. The time and date stamp of the agendas will also corroborate the late
Issuance of said agendas.
2. Fails to ensure his staff provides all necessary documentation to Council before meetings. The
official record will reflect on meeting 4-4-12, monthly reports were not submitted. This is just one
example of this habitual practice. This is in direct violation of tribal policy, TGI07.0
3. Does not provide schedule information to Council, thus making his whereabouts unknown. For
Example, on 8-6-12 Chairman was not in his office. Tribal Member wanted to speak with the
Chairman. The Tribal Secretary or Vice-Chair did not know where the Chairman was or what his
4. Does not check with Council before making statements to the media. On or about the week of
4-24-12, Sherriff Brennan contacted Sgt. Campy to check with the Bad River Tribal Council
regarding a political sign. Chairman had the sign in question removed without concurring with
Tribal Council as to the appropriateness of the matter. Chairman also made statements to media
without concurring with Tribal Council. His action violates tribal policy, TGI05.01.
1. The official minutes for Council meeting 7-9-12 reflect the Chairman neglected to follow Council
directive to post the Housing Board information.
2. The official minutes for Council meeting 7-2-12 reflect the Chairman defiantly refused to follow
Council directive to publicly post the Sub-Grant Writer position. Chairman stated, “I’m not going to
3. Minutes for Council meeting 5-14-12 reflect the Council passed by motion the Grant Writers
positions. Chairman disregarded this decision and continued to supervise the Sub Grant Writer
position on his own accord. This led to administrative confusion and resulted in the employee
not receiving his pay for three weeks.
4. The official record of minutes reflect the Council meeting held on 5-9-12 had to be ended by
Council motion due to the Chairman’s inappropriate behavior and verbal abuse of Tribal
Membership, Elders, Staff, and Tribal Council. Chairman was warned several times to refrain
from his abusive behavior, however Council requests were disregarded.
5. The official record will reflect on 5-9-12 the Chairman did not follow Council directive to hear
oral reports, which was directed at the previous Council meeting. Council passed request by
due to non-compliance of tribal policy
II. FRATERNIZATION WITH STAFF
1. Chairman directly violated Tribal Policies and Procedures by participating in a relationship
with the tribal Grants Writer, H.M. this put the tribe in a position of losing funding opportunities
by functioning without a grants writer on staff. Furthermore, this fraternization created a hostile
work place resulting in a lockdown of our administration building. This is in violation of tribal
III. CIRCUMVENTING INFORMATION TO TRIBAL COUNCIL
1. On or about the week of 7-29-12 the Chairman withheld pertinent personnel information from
Tribal Council. This circumvented the employee’s grievance process.
2. The recorded minutes shall reflect for the meeting held on 7-2-12 the Chairman stated he
contacted Shakopee to come inspect our casino. There was no directive or discussion prior to
3. On or about 6-21-12, the Chairman withheld the Internal Auditor’s report from Council.
Information involved pressing financial concerns in need of Council consideration.
IV. ABUSE OF TRIBAL VEHICLE POLICY
1. The official minutes for meeting 5-24-12 reflect that the Chairman directly violated the tribal
Vehicle policy and allowed a subordinate employee, D.D. to take a tribal vehicle to his personal
residence. At which time the subordinate employee used it for personal recreational use. This
action directly violates Tribal policy, TGI03.50.
2. On or about 5-15-12 the Chairman was ineligible under tribal insurance. Furthermore he
cannot be compensated for mileage. This has resulted in the Chairman being unable to
represent the Tribe while on travel, in any capacity. The Chairman is in violation of tribal policy
V. ABUSE of TRIBAL MEMBERSHIP, ELDERS, and TRIBAL COUNCIL
1. The record will reflect on 5-9-12 Council ended the meeting due to the Chairman’s erratic
and abusive behavior towards Membership, Elders, and Tribal Council. In violation of Tribal
2. The record will reflect that after the meeting on 5-9-12, the Chairman verbally assaulted the
Tribal Secretary in the casino and in the east parking lot of the vicinity. This was done in the
presence of customers and other Tribal Members. These actions are in violation of tribal policy,
TGI00.44 and our tribal MICs, under Section, 506.1 (h). Section 506.2(c), provides the violator
Shall be subject to [discipline or discharge from Tribal employment.]
3. The Chairman made inappropriate suggestive statements towards Treasurer Burns. Treasurer
Burns made a formal written complaint on file regarding these abusive remarks.
VI. USURPING COUNCIL POWERS
1. Chairman appointed an Economic Development Committee which directly violates the Bad
River Constitution, Article VI – Powers; Section (u) [tribal council retains the power to delegate
to subordinate boards or tribal officials or to cooperative associations that are open to all
members of the tribe.]
2. Chairman appointed a non-member to the Economic Development Team thus violating
Article VI – Powers; Section (u) [open to all members of the tribe]
3. Chairman directly or indirectly prohibited Council Member from the financial records of
the Band. This directly violates the Bad River Tribal Constitution under Article I – Duties of
Officers; Section 4 [the records of the Treasurer shall be open to inspection by Members of
the Tribal Council and its Officers].
4. The official minutes reflect at the Council meeting held on 6-13-12 Chairman appointed
Councilors Corbine and Pero in charge of correspondence with St. Croix without Council
action. This usurped the Secretary’s duties per the Constitution, Article I – Duties of Officers,
5. On 5-24-12 Council discussed the Amnicon Bay lease. There was discussion, however
There was no decision made. Chairman released statement to media stating there will be
no renewal. Council did not decide on this issue. This put the Band at risk because of the
huge amount of monies at stake. Tribal Policy TGI05.01 was broken.
6. The Chairman excluded the Secretary in business correspondence with Kraft
Enterprises at the Council working session on July 27, 2012. Chairman appointed himself
and the Treasurer without Council motion. This usurped the Secretary’s duties per the
Constitution, Article I - Duties of Officers, Section 3.
7. The Chairman either directly or indirectly prevented the Tribal Secretary allowance
to the Beloit Casino information and correspondence. This directly impeded the
Secretary’s Constitutional right and duties under the Constitution, Article I – Duties of
Officers. The corroborating correspondence is on record.
8. The record will reflect Tribal Council passed the choice of the CTG Coordinator by
by majority vote at a duly called meeting on 6-13-12. The Chairman directed staff to
repost this position, against Council directive. Collaborating correspondence is on record.
9. Tribal Chairman is providing issuance of vouchers without following the proper protocols.
10. The record reflects the Chairman misused the GSA car and utilized tribal property as if it
was his own private vehicle, thus making the vehicle unavailable to other employees.
11. The financial records will reflect the Chairman has failed to reconcile his travel. His
expenses owed are approximately one-thousand ($1,000) dollars.
Bad River Tribal Chairman Michaels S. Wiggins Jr., in accordance with Article 5, Section 3, of the Bad
River Tribal Constitution and Bylaws, you are provided with the specific charges listed in pages 1-8.
Think long & hard before you cast your vote for Tribal Chairperson this year... If you live off-res & are out of the loop back home
please do your people a favor and get yourself informed. If you do not have the time to make a valid attempt at getting informed &
educated about what is really happening back home, then just don't vote. Please do not make such an important decision based on
things you read on the chairman's Facebook page & by all means, don't take what you read here as the be all, end all in your
decision. Please go out on your own & educate yourself. If you cannot do that then please, I implore you, do not vote. Your brothers
& Sisters here at home beg this of you; because we will be the ones that suffer from the choices of the uninformed & misinformed.
I know the proposed Penokee Hills Mining Project is on everyone's mind this year. I think it’s safe to say all of our hearts are in
unison when it comes to this fight. Please do not base your vote on what you think the current chairman has done regarding this.
The truth is once you get past his same old song & dance act; he has done very little other than spread unnecessary fear & blow a
lot of hot air at ears that will listen. Chairman Wiggins has built his own political platform on this issue & has self-promoted himself
very well at the cost of a lot of people's time & money. Do not feed into his “freer of slaves” routine. He is not going to single
handedly save us from the big bad multi-billion dollar mining corporation. His long winded stump speeches aren't going to scare
them away and glitter & unicorns aren't going to fall from the sky. The truth is our treaties and a good long drawn out fight in federal
court is what will factor into our equation for victory. The biggest driving force is US. Our solidarity is the biggest ingredient to this
formula. Please do not think it is the almighty powerful “chief of chiefs”, Mike Wiggins Jr. that is the driving force in the anti-mining
movement; it is you.
The truth is it could be anyone but Chairman Wiggins that would be better suited for this fight. Aside from his long-winded stories,
dreary speeches & corny poetry, he hasn't shown any real consistency towards the environmental stewardship he so freely boasts
of. Take a look at his history in these regards. One doesn't have to look far. How many years has our waste water treatment facility
been out of compliance? The facility is going on some eleven plus years & not one day have we been in compliance. Our pristine
waters he speaks so fondly of have been compromised by his lack of oversight. This summer how many times were our beaches
shut down due to "bad tests"? How many times did we have to tell our children they couldn’t enjoy a refreshing swim on a hot
summer day? Beach closed; Waverly, Madigan, all the way to the mouth of Bad River. Maybe you haven't heard our Chairman's
new solution. With every environmental eye on us & the EPA breathing down our backs, he has put yet another unqualified relative
in charge. But this shouldn't surprise anyone, as he is notorious for giving his relatives high paying jobs, qualified or not. This just
goes to show how serious Chairman Wiggins really takes our pristine waters.
During Mike Wiggins’ whole two terms the people of Bad River have been demanding water & soil studies be done in our
communities & begging for answers as to why we are losing our mothers, fathers, brothers, aunties, uncles, grandparents, and
CHILDREN to cancer. Our demands have fallen on deaf ears it would seem. Chairman Wiggins’ answer to this alarming epidemic is
to simply ration out an extra bottle of Culligan Water for everyone & continue his facade of calling our waters pristine for the
Do you know we had almost $200,000 in our mining defense fund for this year? If this was so, why is our Chairman begging for
donation money? Why is there coffee cans for donations at almost every cash register here on the res? What happened to the
money? I'll tell you; it was spent on everything else you could think of except on mining! School buses, administration, council travel,
etc.! It’s all very true. But don't take my word for it; get yourself educated before it’s too late. Next time you may want to think twice
as to which coffee can you make your donation to!
The truth is under Chairman Wiggins' leadership, we have fallen years behind in this eco-war. For that matter, we should already
be litigating in federal court arguing our treaty rights. This just won't happen under this regime. This fight has turned into the Mike
Wiggins show & has been hijacked for his own personal political arena. Unfortunately the longer this man is in power, the bigger &
stronger the mining threat grows. Oh he's having a swell time with all the free food & the banquets & faux white man awards; and
don’t forget the free vacations he gets to take his numerous girlfriends on, all bought & paid for at our expense. Meanwhile here at
home the castle crumbles. Soon there won't be anything left of the castle but a cold dark dungeon & we're going to put ourselves
there if we don't start making some wise choices within the next fifty some days.
Anything you read here, please go out on your own and verify it. Please get yourself educated if you plan on voting. Please don't
base your vote on something you read on Facebook. Get educated, get informed. Our future depends on it. Our lives are at stake.
For three years Chairman Wiggins allowed our housing board to operate without any budget or any financial record. Meanwhile
homelessness has peaked at an all-time high in Bad River. It took council action before Chairman Wiggins was forced to take any
sort of corrective action. Unfortunately in the haze of it all $1 million dollars was transferred & lost in the tribe's general account.
Where did it go? What happened to it? Your guess would be as good as mine because it was around that same time the financial
reports weren't presented to the people or tribal council for some three consecutive months & certain members of council were
barred from viewing the books.
Another magnificent feat Mike Wiggins will boast so freely about is the opening of our wellness center & clinic and paying off old
debts & medical bills. The truth is this was all brought to you by the hard work of many good dedicated people before him & the
debt was paid off by cashing in some old CD's he had no hand in whatsoever. If anything Mike Wiggins has devastated our tribal
health care. For instance the clinic went from having a $3.2 million price tag & inflated to over $13 million! He then staffed it full of
his cronies, all head up by a glorified registered nurse making over $120,000 a year! (The person before her made $38,000!!!).
Remember that outrageous figure the next time you're hounded by a collection agency over an old unpaid medical bill or the next
time you're told IHS will not pay for your medication. Back when I was serving on council, I recall arguing for a tribal elder & veteran
because he was denied life saving medication, which in the end, he never did receive.
Since we're on the topic of money...What is going on with the Nez Perce Settlement monies? Why is it being held hostage? Why
haven't the people been given the opportunity to collect the money due to them or even been given a public platform to ask
questions? There was a couple meetings held about it, but that was only because Chairman Wiggins' hand was forced. There were
some good questions asked at those meetings. A referendum was even called for. Don't forget which council members brought that
settlement money to light & just think if they hadn't it most likely would have been spent on another Wiggins’ pipe dream. Those
same council members that were looking out for the best interest of the people ironically aren't around anymore; the chairman seen
personally to that. He'll tell you it should be spent on many things; Mining defense (yeah cause he managed the last pot of money
real good), purchasing land (actually the tribe has approximately $2 million from the Cobell Settlement for that purpose specifically),
and even a new class II gaming facility at his cousin's old tavern (really?). Chairman Wiggins is real quick to tell you how you should
spend your money, but truth be told; it’s your money, your ancestor's money. Even if it’s called to a referendum, how can your
neighbor tell you how to cut your bread? In the end its individual money, collected on each individual’s behalf & some of it has
already been spent. Don't forget the outgoing council placed a spending moratorium on that money. Remember who was sitting up
there & which council members were looking out for your best interest.
Please check out this information. Please get informed. Don't take anything at face value. If you're going to vote, get educated.
Don't vote blindly. Get the facts & get it right. Its two minutes 'til midnight & you're wearing glass slippers. Unless you want to be
picking glass out of your foot, do the right thing. Seek the truth & let that be your shining light in the catacomb of lies. Our choices
we make now paves the road to our children's futures & please remember; this is your world...shape it or someone else will
As an elected officer of Tribal Council and as a Gaming Commissioner I have some serious concerns that I feel I have to report to my fellow
Councilors and to the people of Bad River. Since I have accepted my elected position as Tribal Secretary I have witnessed many
infractions committed by our Tribal Chairman. Getting any information about our current affairs has been nothing but a fight, even for the
simplest things. Last week was definitely the last straw. Since I first took my oath, I have professed serious concerns about the
presentation of our financial reports. Month after month, it seems to be the general norm that our Council receives these reports five
minutes before we approve them. I feel this practice is asinine and harbors the possibilities of financial mismanagement. I professed my
concerns to our Accounting Manager, Ken Nemec. My feelings were that Tribal Council receives the monthly reports several days before
our duly called meeting, before we are asked to accept them by motion. So why not provide the financial reports in the same fashion. Ken
Nemec said he would look into it. I followed up on my request and spoke with Mr. Nemec in accounting, at which time he informed me that I
was prohibited from seeing our financial reports, per Etta & Mike. I cited to him our Constitution & was told that it was not up to him and that
Mike makes the rules. He then explained to me this was how Council wanted it. I told him this couldn’t be correct, at which time Mr. Nemec
told me he would look into this further. I did some investigating into our records and couldn’t find anything with regards to Council motion
on the prohibition of financial reports to tribal officials. On July 24th, I received an email from Mr. Nemec. The email stated that I did not
have access to the financial and if I wanted the financials, I would have to sign a written request that must be signed and approved by
Tribal Council. Mr. Nemec also sent me an email that was CC’d to our Chairman and Tribal Treasurer. Its going on 10 days since this email
was sent and I have yet to receive a response from either the Treasurer or our Tribal Chairman, therefore it is my belief that Mr. Nemec’s
denial of access was in fact condoned. I did forward this email to our legal department. I have consulted with our Legal Staff and was told
this prohibition directly impedes our Constitution and my appointed duties and responsibilities. I have the email in question available for the
record. Read the Email!
Our Constitution clearly states; under Article VI section (f) to manage all economic affairs and enterprises in accordance with the terms of
the charter. I ask of you, how can I take an honest part in managing our economic affairs if I don’t have access to our financials? Our
Constitution also states under Article I – Duties of Officers; under section 4, the records of the Treasurer shall be open to inspection by
Members of the Tribal Council and its Officers. I ask the people of Bad River and my fellow Councilors, when did the Chairman have the
authority to supersede our Constitution? When are we going to wake up and assert our Constitutional duties? This is just one instance of
our Chairman violating our Constitution. When I first took office, I was briefed on the Beloit Casino Project. I felt it was my duty to review the
business timeline and business transactions. However I was informed that I did not have access to this information, per the Tribal
Chairman. I did speak with our Tribal Legal and it was determined that I did have access to this pertinent information, per the Constitution.
It is my sole belief that it is my elected duty & responsibility to make educated decisions. However, I still have yet to receive this information,
to date. My letter to my fellow Councilors in these regards is on record.
I also must raise issue with the Chairman’s handpicked team of economic development experts. Any way you look at it, this is a formation of
a committee. Per the Constitution, under Article VI – Powers; section (u) tribal council retains the power to delegate to subordinate boards
or tribal officials or to cooperative associations that are open to all members of the tribe. It is my belief this practice of handpicking a
committee, or subordinate board is a direct violation of the Constitution. Our Chairman has superseded Council authority and has
delegated Council authority under the aforementioned section of Article VI, which I have just stated. It is with great concern I must report
that we have a non-member that has been handpicked and appointed to this committee. It is my belief this also conflicts with our
Constitution, as it clearly states; “Members of the tribe”. Last week I sat with this handpicked team of experts behind locked doors. This
handpicked team sat in on serious business discussions with possible huge ramifications, as if they were elected officials. I was very
uncomfortable during this meeting and my belief is those doors shouldn’t have been locked.
There are also other instances of our Chairman usurping my Constitutional Duties & responsibilities. I believe the Chairman has
disregarded the Constitution by excluding me in our current business correspondences. Currently the Chairman has appointed these
duties to Councilors Corbine and Pero regarding our correspondence with St. Croix, involving the I-90 project. Furthermore, our Chairman
has excluded myself from His current negotiations involving Kraft Enterprises, regarding the possible purchases of estate for a class II
gaming facility.I feel the Chairman has disregarded our Tribal Constitution as it clearly states under Article I – Duties of Officers, section 3;
The Secretary shall be responsible for the prompt and efficient handling of all correspondence pertaining to the Business of the Tribal
Council and the Band.I would like to request of my fellow Councilors that have been appointed to this correspondence to please provide
me with a written report for the official record.
It has come to my attention with regards to the possibility of purchasing these estates; our Chairman has already been up to the BIA
building and in discussions with Kraft Enterprises prior to Council consent. It is also to my understanding our Chairman is looking at
purchasing a home from this same private enterprise, of which he is proposing to place a class II gaming facility. This also brings some
possible ethical questions to concern, regarding the possibilities of our Chairman co-mingling his private business affairs with tribal
business. Furthermore I believe it may conflict with our Gaming Compact under Article XI, Conflicts Of Interest Prohibited.
Not only do I feel that our Chairman has violated our Constitution he has also openly defied Tribal Council directive on numerous
occasions & at times openly & verbally professed his defiance to Council directive during our duly called meetings, which the official record
of the Secretary’s minutes shall reflect. He is also guilty of withholding and censoring Tribal Council’s information, one of which will be
further discussed tonight.
Also withheld was the casino auditor’s report, which went unreported for one whole month longer than necessary. The reports withheld
contained crucial information regarding our Casino’s financials. As a Gaming Commissioner I feel it is necessary to enact on this troubling
information as soon as possible. I have reported this issue to our administration and our Tribal Legal has the evidence I have provided.
Now I believe it is time to report to my people, the shareholders of our enterprises.Currently the common ongoing accounting practice is to
reflect our promotions as revenue. However, in all reality, the promotions must be deducted from the revenue figures, and then the
customer’s winnings must be deducted along with the net win percentage which goes to the state. In all reality this practice does nothing
more than give us a false representation of our casino’s earning and consequently the state sees a bigger net win percentage payment.
This common practice does our people a great disservice and also negatively affects our overall budget.
I do have serious concerns regarding our new promotion “Reward Play for Purchases”. After hearing some Community concerns regarding
this topic, I looked into this matter. What I found was alarming. Our current practice is upon redemption of the receipts, they are discarded.
This directly violates our Casino MICs & our Gaming Compact. Our compact explicitly states the necessity of Dual source documents.
Furthermore I am unconvinced we cannot regulate or ensure that these businesses outside our tribal enterprises, will not exploit these
receipts, especially those located outside our reservation boundaries. I personally went into one of these businesses & was given a
handful of these receipts which I visibly seen had been stockpiled. This incident has confirmed my fears of possible exploitation of this
promotion. I have reported this to our Tribal Legal Department and this matter is currently under investigation. I have been told this matter
will be brought forth at the next Gaming Commission Meeting. However, I feel this matter should be acted on immediately. This promotion
also brings forth other violations with reference to our MICs.
Lastly I would like to point out the lack of respect our Chairman has been displaying to our tribal membership, elders, employee’s, & tribal
council. We had to abruptly end our council meeting because our chairman was out of order. During the meeting he was warned several
times by members of tribal Council that his conduct was grossly inappropriate. After Council voted to end the meeting, I was verbally
attacked in the casino entrance as I was leaving to go home. This attack led outside where I was continued to be verbally threatened and
harassed by our Chairman. His conduct was so inappropriate, our Chairman made comparisons to the size of our reproductive organs.
This was witnessed by several members of the community, customers, & casino employees. Our Chairman continued to stand outside, & I
was harassed to the point of requesting casino security to personally escort me to my vehicle. I feel we have a Constitutional duty as sworn
representatives of the people to uphold our Constitution and guard the best interests of our Nation. Furthermore we are answerable to our
Membership and have a non-negotiable responsibility to report any and all infractions; be it constitutionally, policy, or procedurally back to
the people, or auditors, if you will, of our Nation. I am at a roadblock so to speak, I feel our Chairman has usurped my Constitutional duties
& is continuously attempting to directly prohibit me from doing my duty as Tribal Secretary & Gaming Commissioner effectively.
The wrong decision at the polls could mean the difference for a lot of things. It’s no secret our financials are a mess. The jig is
up & there is finally some answering to do. Without doubt whoever gets the job as Tribal Chairman has a tough job ahead of
them. After four long years of smoke & mirrors we are finally at critical mass. Chairman Wiggins’ fiscal mismanagement & poor
leadership skills has sent our enterprises into a tailspin & he has virtually wiped out all that we have managed to save. And
what do we have to show for it? A good gauge as to where we are as a nation would be to take a look behind our casino. Just
a few good paces from a place where people practically throw money away are sights of impoverished horrors; hiding behind
the overgrown shrubs & trees is Odanah’s very own shanty town. The cardboard structures is home to our disenfranchised,
the forgotten ones. During the day they sit on the benches in front of the casino complex & panhandle for spare change &
forgotten gas receipts. These are the ones our leadership has truly failed.
Under Wiggins’ leadership our casino profits is on a four year plunge. His smoke & mirrors game is to include our casino
promotions as revenue. Now this little magic act on the surface looks good when you hear the numbers read off at our gaming
commission meetings, but when you take a closer look, the outcome is devastating & the results are cardboard shanties. The
promotions cannot be figured this way. First you must deduct the promotions from the revenue stream and then the players
win must be deducted along with the net win percentage payout which goes to the state. When our promotions are counted as
revenue the state gets a misrepresentation of our financial success & they expect a higher payout. Like I said this smoke &
mirrors gig will only work for so long, that is until the bill man comes knocking. Well that time is now & our casino’s revenue
stream is nearly half of what it was the year prior. Don’t believe the illusion of well-being, there have been quite a few raises
these past few months but we are facing an unprecedented amount of budget cuts in our new fiscal year, which is just weeks
away. Some of you will make the cut but many won’t.
Chairman Wiggins’ answer to our cash crisis is the $3.2 million dollars of your ancestral settlement monies. Seeing as he has
already cashed in many of our CD’s already, he is now going to ask you for money that is rightfully yours, money due to you.
We had over $1.4 million dollars saved prior to last year’s election, where did that money go? You better believe some went to
our clinic administrator’s $120,000 dollar a year salary. Just think of all the good that kind of money could have done for our
people & community! Since we’re mentioning the clinic; how can we go from a final construction figure of $3.2 million to over
$13 million dollars?! This kind of money has to come from somewhere; perhaps it’s a little easier if you can spend money you
don’t really have three times over in a single day…
I didn’t realize money was so tight around here that we went into the used mobile home market. Have you noticed the new
trailer court back by the old ball diamonds? These are last year’s FEMA trailers. The new FEMA trailers are being delivered as
I type. It’s interesting because these mobile homes are given free from the government. There is some cost to the tribe for the
transport of these homes. The cost ranges from $2,000 to around $8,000. The cost will vary. Despite the varying range in
price, the tribe charges a flat fee of $8,000. So in other words even if your mobile home costs only $2,000 to transport, you will
still be charged a fee of $8,000. This means the tribe just made a profit on a free FEMA trailer of $6,000! Multiply that by ten &
they just made a hefty $60,000 dollar profit. With all these empty mobile homes sitting out there unused why should any of our
people be sleeping in cardboard shacks?
Maybe you have noticed the donation cans for our legal fund for our mining defense at all the cash registers around town.
Disturbingly we had approximately $200,000 dollars budgeted for our legal defense, but a couple of salaries & a bus later and
it was gone. Now we’re practically begging for spare change, how unfortunate for the homeless panhandling in front of our
businesses around town.
Sitting stagnant for quite sometime, there’s a certain business on Highway 2 that’s being gutted & cleaned quite quickly.
Remember Wiggins’ secret talks about buying a certain abandoned tavern at an inflated price & constructing a class II gaming
facility on location? I believe the price was about three times the value & the facility had fire damage to boot. Just the other day
Mr. Lagoo from Potawatomi Gaming verified this venture during a discussion. Tell me, with virtually zero money & a failing,
mismanaged casino, how does Wiggins plan to accomplish this feat (especially after cashing in pretty much all of our
Take a look around at who the ones are with the high-paying top jobs. Take a look around at who the managers are. Wiggins
sure has gone out of his way to shuffle the staff around to include & ensure his friends, family, & cronies are well taken care of.
Remember the dedicated employee, with years of dedication, in accounting that he shuffled right out of a position just so he
could move his unqualified, inexperienced cousin into? This same cousin happened to be the same one that stole money from
a fundraising effort our children diligently worked so they could attend the indigenous games. Guess who ended up paying for
that one? …we did! Now I ask how someone who steals money from children is trusted to hold the tribal cookie jar. Look at the
waste water treatment plant & all the EPA citations & bad press we have been getting because of the volume of waste in
Denomie Creek. Wiggins answered by putting his cousin in charge to run it, who’s only qualifications are he’s a relative. Now
how are we going to explain this to the media when this one gets out?
The Penokee Mining proposal has worked out really well for Wiggins. It is just the distraction he needs to take the focus away
from his inability to manage our tribe. He has zeroed out our tribal savings, we have tribal members living in cardboard boxes
behind our mismanaged, failing casino, the cronyism at all levels of our tribe, & your Nez Perce money is still held hostage. He
has turned this looming threat into his own political arena. He has led you to believe that he is your only salvation. He has led
you to believe you cannot save yourselves without his picture in the paper. He has led you to believe that blowing hot air back
& forth with the state is going to get us somewhere. The fact is our treaties hold the key to victory in federal court. This isn’t a
big secret; assertion of our treaties at a federal level will be our victory. While Wiggins’ office is empty he runs his chairmanship
through text messages & Facebook, here at home our people are feeling the consequences. Chairman Wiggins boasts of
being a “new age technological chairman” yet he fails to treat our people with the respect & compassion of an “old school
chief” we are so direly starved for How many times have we heard or witnessed Chairman Wiggins act in violence, unbecoming
of a tribal leader. How many times has he threatened our people; tribal elders, fellow tribal council members, employees, &
even his own wife? It is a matter of public record how he stood by & watched one of his girlfriends physically assault his own
wife & mother of his children and beat her so bad she had to be rushed to the hospital. I know I haven’t spoke much up to this
point about his private life yet every four years, when we elect a new president; we look at their family values. Are we not our
own nation? Then what’s the difference?
Ask yourself, Can we really afford two more years of: misrepresentation of our financials, threatening & bullying of our people,
negligence of our constitution & policies, cronyism, playing political chess with our natural resources, fiscal mismanagement,
homelessness, and an out of touch leader too preoccupied with his own personal agendas to ensure every facet of our nation
We have many good, hard-working talented people here in Bad River. We possess untapped wisdom of our Tribal Elders.
There are also a lot of bright young leaders that have emerged in the fight for the Penokees. We have proven we possess the
courage & spirit to stand on our own two feet, we know how to fight for ourselves. We should not think for one second that any
one man is the single defining solution to any of our obstacles or problems as a tribe. Our people have been successfully
surviving & defending our homelands for hundreds of years. Through it all, we have done so as a tribe. As a people, we will
achieve success by working together in unison & by utilizing all of our individual talents & applying them toward our common
goals. Thousands of hands work thoughts of thousands of minds, thousands of feet marching to one powerful heartbeat…We
are Bad River.
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