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Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Dan Tyrolt
715-634-0102 ext 124
Fax: 715-865-3516

Louis Taylor, Chairman
13394 West Trepania Road
Hayward, WI 54843

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The Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indian Reservation located in the upper Chippewa River Basin of Sawyer County in Northwestern Wisconsin is one of six Chippewa Indian Reservations in Wisconsin. The communities of Reserve, New Post, Signor, K-Town, Drytown, Skunawong and Northwoods Beach are within the reservation. The City of Hayward and the towns of Couderay and Stone Lake are within a few miles of the reservation. The tribal population consists of approximately 3,362 adult members and there are approximately 542 U.S. Housing and Urban Development residences on the Reservation.

The LCO Reservation encompasses approximately 76,465 acres, including on-Indian owned fee land within the exterior boundaries of the Reservation. Approximately 15,000 acres of the land base are occupied by lakes and over 4,000 acres consists of wetlands. The Reservation also has over 44 miles of streams and rivers running through it. The damming of one of these rivers on the reservation, the Chippewa River, created the Chippewa Flowage and is now one of the largest and most scenic water resources in the state.

The LCO Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians -- organized under the Treaty of 1854 -- is governed by the LCO Tribal Governing Board, which includes the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary-Treasurer, and four board members. The LCO Conservation Department has a liaison on the Tribal Council who assists the Conservation Department in conveying the Department's needs and concerns to the full Council.

The LCO Conservation Department consists of two wardens, two fish hatchery managers, an environmental engineer, two environmental technicians, and a secretary/dispatcher. The Conservation Department is responsible for managing all environmental concerns of the Reservation. These include surface and groundwater quality, solid waste and recycling, wetlands protection, air quality and environmental code development. The tribal wardens are also responsible for emergency response and enforcement of tribal/state/federal environmental regulations on the reservation.


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