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2022 Election Results

The results of the 2022 Tribal Election are in! The election for Chair, Treasurer, and Peacemaker were held on May 19th. The election for the Council seat was held on June 17th after a revised ballot was sent out following a printing error. Thank you to ALL candidates for running to serve the Tribe!

Chairperson:

Phyllis Tousey: 211

Richard Schadewald: 175

Treasurer:

Michelle Wood: 345

Councilmember (one seat):

Austin Hammond: 145

Hector Marroquin: 83

Peacemaker:

Greg Wilson: 351

Phyllis Tousey is sworn in as Chairperson by outgoing Chairman Robert Fowler.

Great news on the Brothertown Collection!

Wonderful news for the Brothertown Indian Nation Membership. The Oneida Nation Business Committee approved the transfer of ownership for the Brothertown Collection.

Left to right front row is Oneida Councilman Kirby Metoxen, Oneida Chairman Tehassi Hill, Brothertown Indian Nation Chairman Bob Fowler, Oneida Treasurer Cristina Danforth, Brothertown Indian Nation Tribal Historical Preservation officer Courtney Cottrell Gerzetich, Vice Chairman Brandon Yellowbird-Stevens. In the back from left to right Oneida Councilwoman Marie Summers, Oneida Secretary Lisa Liggins, and Oneida Councilman David Jordan

I was honored to be on the Council when the collection became known to the Tribe. There are so many gratitude’s needed here are just a few:

  • Loretta Metoxen, rest her soul, brought the collection to our attention. She also made the request for the Oneida Nation to purchase the collection.
  • Caroline Andler who spent countless time with Loretta verifying the collection.
  • Richard Hill, former Oneida Chairperson, who graciously reached out to me when Loretta made a request to purchase the collection on behalf of the Brothertown Nation.
  • Courtney Cottrell-Gerzetich, Brothertown Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, who worked hard with the personnel of Oneida Culture Department on the Collection. Dr. Cottrell also began the process of the Oneida Nation returning ownership to the Brothertown. She created the tribe to tribe document for access to the collection and was instrumental in the transfer document that was approved.
  • Oneida Nation Business Committee for all they have done for the Collection.
  • Brothertown Chairperson Bob Fowler, Vice Chairperson Jessica Ryan and the Council for steadfast support throughout the Collections journey back to us.

I know I missed too many people so forgive my oversight. A deep personal thank you to my Oneida relatives and friends.

*Post provided by Craig Cottrell

Honoring a Brothertown Indian – June 12th 10 am

On Sunday, June 12 at 10am, there will be a memorial bench dedication at Brothertown’s Union Cemetery in honor of Mark Alan Baldwin.  Mark was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin but later relocated to California’s Bay Area where he passed away suddenly, at his home, on April 25, 2021.

For over four decades, Mark worked in service of the Brothertown Indians. He began a contemporary tribal newsletter in the 1980s, spearheaded numerous grants, served on Tribal Council, and volunteered for countless projects and committees. A few years ago, Mark helped to establish, and served as president for, Calumet and Cross Heritage Society; a nonprofit that works to preserve and share the history of the Brothertown Indians. 

One of Mark’s final projects with Calumet and Cross was to begin work on a series of historical markers for culturally important sites in and around Brothertown, Wisconsin. Union Cemetery is one of these sites and is the final resting place for many Brothertown Indians; including some of Mark’s relatives. The new bench will sit under the trees near the entrance; ready to offer assistance, as Mark always was, to anyone in need.

“Shape Note” Playlist Added to BIN Channel

Announcing new videos on the Brothertown Indian YouTube channel. Many tribal members people traveled to Connecticut in 2018 to our ancestral home for Shape Note Singing Trip.

Seth Wenger did production and editing and kindly allowed us to publish it to our channel.. There are an additional 6 videos added in the Shape Note Playlist, Including an event in California with Seth Wenger and Mark Baldwin.

The new playlist can be found here…

Brothertown Shape Note Singing playlist honoring Thomas Commuck’s “Indian Melodies” is now live – New videos being added to the channel – Subscribe and be notified of new videos.

New “Shape Note Singing” Playlist added to BIN Channel

Announcing new videos on the Brothertown Indian YouTube channel. Many tribal members people traveled to Connecticut in 2018 to our ancestral home for Shape Note Singing Trip.

Seth Wenger did production and editing and kindly allowed us to publish it to our channel.. There are an additional 6 videos added in the Shape Note Playlist, Including an event in California with Seth Wenger and Mark Baldwin.

The new playlist can be found here….

New Shape Note Videos on the Brothertown YouTube channel
New Shape Note Videos on the Brothertown YouTube channel

Colonialism and Its Impact on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples

“Colonialism and Its Impact on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples”

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Elisha D. Smith Public Library in Menasha, Wisconsin.

This discussion is appropriate for young adults and adults

Dr. Renee Gralewicz – Brothertown Elder, Peacemaker, and member of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force will be giving a presentation on “Colonialism and Its Impact on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples”

Abstract:

“While not all indigenous history is US history, all US history is indigenous history.  For too long indigenous peoples and nations have been defined and described by others. We are placed in the past, as defeated people.  Even when depicted in contemporary times, we’re placed in regalia, again reflecting, and projecting our past, seldom in the present.  This colonial representation affords most US Americans to ignore our present successes and the continued violence enacted upon us. We have become invisible.  This presentation is meant to inform you about some of the tragic effects of colonialism.”

Tribal Election May 21, 2022 request: “Meet the Candidate Video”

With the Brothertown Indian Nation’s 2022 elections in under a moth. We wanted to remind everyone that on April 3, 2022, a “meet the candidates” event was held. Candidates answered questions, explained their platforms, and goals should they be elected or reelected for the coming term.


Members of the Brothertown tribe may request a link to view this recording by contacting BrothertownForward@gmail.com.


Additionally, you can download the 2022 voters’ guide here…