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LAC DU FLAMBEAU, WISCONSIN The Lac du Flambeau Tribe is pleased to announce the hiring of Ryan Champagne as our new State of Emergency Facilitator.
In this position, Champagne will focus on maximizing the Tribe's Human Services resources, performing a strengths and needs assessment, and ultimately developing a strategic plan to deal with substance abuse and other social issues on the reservation.
“This Tribe is leading and innovative in many areas. The leadership realizes that some Members are suffering from drugs and alcohol, and by declaring a State of Emergency, has taken on the issues that are plaguing the community,”
This past April, the Tribe declared a "State of Emergency" in response to rash of deaths linked to prescription and new wave designer drugs. More specifically, the proliferation of prescription drug and synthetic marijuana abuse has been an area of great concern within the Tribe.
Champagne has been working with at-risk children and families for over 10 years. He has extensive knowledge of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems and their interaction with indigenous peoples.
In Minnesota, Champagne was the Director for the Department of Family Services for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, where he helped to develop a nationally acclaimed "Tribal Wrap Around" program. He has previously worked for various social service agencies and Tribal Nations, and served his own people as Appellate Justice for six years. Mr. Champagne is best known for developing tribal programs that meet the unique needs of that particular community, while being self-sustaining and having measurable outcomes. Mr. Champagne previously served on the board of Ombudsperson for American Indian Families and currently works with Red Road Leadership Consulting by providing training and consultation services to Tribes.
Champagne is member of Grand River Band Anishinaabeg Community and a 2002 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He holds degrees in Social Sciences, Sociology and Anthropology, and is currently attending Michigan State University in pursuit of a Master's Degree in Social Work.
Before arriving in his new role with the Tribe, Ryan worked as a case manager for the Zaagiibagaa Healing to Wellness Court in Lac du Flambeau. The Court is a community-based alternative to incarceration for individuals convicted of non-violent, drug or alcohol related offenses, and is another tool in the Tribe's continued effort to reinvigorate the community.
Tribal Council Member Brooks Big John is confident that the addition of Champagne will strengthen the Tribe's approach in combating drug and alcohol abuse in the community.
“Ryan was highly recommended and we are excited to have him on our team,”
said Big John.
“I know he will be a great fit and an asset to the progress of our Tribe,”
Champagne has a lifelong connection to the Northwoods, where he resides with his fiancée and their four children.
“I am looking forward to serving the Tribe and helping to build a strong foundation for the Tribe's future generations,”
posted October 9, 2013 8:20 am edt