Bad River Tribal Scholarships

We provide the following need-based educational services for enrolled Bad River tribal members:

  • Higher Educational Scholarship – awards up to $1800 /yr while attending a four – year university; 10 semesters max.
  • Adult Vocational Training Scholarship – awards up to $ 1800/yr while attending a two-year technical college; 6 semesters max. 
  • Graduate School Scholarship – awards up $3600/year while attending graduate school; AIGC denial required.
  • Other-Adult Education – awards up to $1,000 for a certification/license training; 2x/lifetime max
  • GED/HSED Assistance – exam costs assistance
  • Direct Employment Assistance – for Tribal members in need of work supplies; must be within 30 days of hire; 3x/lifetime max

Contact the Education Administrative Assistant for an application of the program that best suits your needs.


 *Priority deadline is July 15th of each year.  After this date, scholarships are awarded on a first come, first serve basis until funds are depleted. *


The following link is information regarding book information regarding 87 prominent Indian leaders of modern age.

Ojibwemowin Children Books that are written by the Bad River Language Trainee Team. Click on link below to bring you to web page.

25 Ojibwemowin Children Books


Various College Summer Camps for High-Schoolers – the camp dates have passed and aren’t currently available but there may be future possibilities of your interest to keep an eye out for.


College of Menominee Nation – Guaranteed Scholarship for Graduating Students

 Fort Lewis College – Native American Tuition Waiver 

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College – Student Amnesty Program

University of North Dakota – Grand Forks

 Scholarship Downloads:

The following links are additional scholarship opportunities from other resources.  These are not the Bad River scholarships we offer.


Fourth graders can obtain a pass that grants free access to federal lands and waters nationwide for them and their family.

Literacy Link~ FREE reading visiting program for children with a parent in Ashland County Jail

Ojibwe language learners monthly immersion gathering


Bad River Head Start

Head Start

Our Mission statement is: The place to be happy is here, the time to be happy is now.

The Bad River Head Start was established here on the reservation since 1970. Through the Early Head Start and Head Start Programs, we work with children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years old, their families, and parents who are expecting.

As a branch in the Education Department, our staff has demonstrated dedication to the children in our community. Collectively we have over 175 years of longevity within our program.

Our hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.. We have children on site between the hours of 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Through the USDA and the State of Wisconsin we provide a healthy breakfast and lunch for each child present. 

Our service area is the Bad River reservation and the City of Ashland. We have three buses that transport our Head Start children safely to our center. Each bus is equipped with five point harnesses to ensure that our children are secure in transit.

Hours of School Operation: 9:00a-3:00p

Breakfast & Lunch are included

Aside from transportation we provide early childhood educational services meeting the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards as well as Head Start Performance Standards. As part of the daily lesson plans in the classrooms, we incorporate as much Ojibwe language as possible. We also learn and explore seasonal harvesting including: maple syrup and dip netting. We teach the children to respect our earth by celebrating Earth Day every year and doing our part to keep mother earth clean. 

Professional development is part of our philosophy and practice here at Head Start. We currently meet the minimum degree requirements as determined by Head Start Authorization Act. The devoted employees are completing long term education goals, and continuing to work towards higher educational degrees and certifications. 

There is a strong family component to our program and we are proud to say that we have 100% of our families that participate in our program throughout the year. All parents are welcome to stop in for lunch, breakfast, or just to say hi. 

If you would like an application please contact the EHS/HS Administrative Assistant:

Click on the button above to access the begin the initial application to enroll a child into the Early Head Start or Head Start Programs. For question, contact HS/EHS: (715) 682-7144

Department Directory

ProgramTitleContactEmailOffice PhoneDesk ExtensionFax Number
EducationDirectorStephanie 682-71111530(715) 682-7118
EducationAdministrative AssistantMichaela 682-71111533(715) 682-7118
EducationIndigenous Arts & Sciences CoordinatorNathanael 682-71111535(715) 682-7118
EducationLibrary CoordinatorJennifer Maveetylibrarycoordinator@badriver-nsn.gov1518
Head Start/Early Head StartDirectorJerianne 682-71441469 (715) 685-7882
Head Start/Early Head StartAssistant DirectorSamantha 682-71441475 (715) 685-7882
Head Start/Early Head StartEducation & Disabilities ManagerCheryl 682-71441470 (715) 685-7882
Head Start/Early Head StartFamily Services ManagerWilliam 682-71441478 (715) 685-7882
Head StartFamily Service WorkewrRochelle 1477
Head StartAdministrative AssistantMary “Missy” 682-71441460 (715) 685-7882
Head StartTeacherTia 682-71441463 (715) 685-7882
Head 682-71441464 (715) 685-7882
Head StartTeaching CoachLisa 682-71441476 (715) 685-7882
Head StartTeacherRosie 682-71441466 (715) 685-7882
Head Start/Early Head StartCookCecilla 682-71441467 (715) 685-7882
Head StartBus Driver(715) 682-7144 (715) 685-7882
Bus DriverJames Lavasseur
Head StartBus Driver (Sub)Rochelle Bellecourt(715) 682-7144 (715) 685-7882
Head StartHealth Coordinator/Bus DriverSuzanne 682-71441468 (715) 685-7882
Head StartAssistant TeacherLianna Gozales(715) 682-71441465 (715) 685-7882
Assistant TeacherTianah Sayers1463
Head StartBus Monitor/Kitchen AidNoah Conners(715) 682-7144 (715) 685-7882
Head StartAssistant Teacher (715) 682-7144 (715) 685-7882
Early Head StartTeacherSandy Gokee(715) 682-71441472 (715) 685-7882
Early Head StartTeacher(715) 682-7144 (715) 685-7882
Early Head StartTeacher(715) 682-7144 (715) 685-7882
Early Head StartEmersion TeacherRobin 682-71441472 (715) 685-7882

Contact – Education Department

Head Start/Early Head StartEducation
Mailing Address:PO Box 39 Odanah, WI 54861PO Box 39 Odanah, WI 54861
Physical Address:53552 Abinoojiiyag, Ashland, WI 5480672682 Maple St. Ashland, WI 54806
Building Name:Head Start/Early Head StartChief Blackbird Center (Admin)
Department Phone Number:(715) 682-7144(715) 682-7111
Department Fax Number: (715) 685-7882(715) 682-7118