Mashkiiziibii Natural Resources Department


Mission Statement

To uphold the tribal constitution and to implement the policies and regulations duly adopted and enacted by the Bad River Tribe as they relate to management and protection of the tribal natural resources;

To provide technical assistance to the Bad River Tribe in the protection, conservation, development and management of the natural resources throughout the Bad River Reservation and its treaty fishing waters in Lake Superior, thereby insuring access to traditional pursuits by present and future members of the Tribe;

To facilitate the development of institutions of tribal self-governance to insure the continued sovereignty of the Bad River Tribe in the regulation and management of its natural resources;

To extend the mission to maintain ecosystem integrity, recognizing that all forms of life cannot be sustained long-term in an environment that has been degraded; To use the best available science and affordable technology in efforts to protect the ecosystem and the broader environment;

To infuse traditional tribal values into the daily activities of the Department and manage the natural resources with the respect traditionally given them.

Department Directory

ProgramNameTitleEmailWork CellDesk ExtensionOffice Location
Natural Resources Dept.Naomi TillisonDirectornrdirector@badriver-nsn.gov715-292-
1561Admin – NRD Department
Natural Resources Dept.VACANTDeputy Directornrdeputy@badriver-nsn.gov715-292-
1630Cultural Education Center
Natural Resources Dept.Malita SmartAdministrative AssistantDNRrecept@badriver-nsn.gov715-979-
1550Admin – NRD Department
Natural Resources Dept.Berthea OlbyOutreach CoordinatorNRDOutreach@badriver-nsn.gov1589Admin – NRD Department
BrownfieldAndrew SpychallaBrownfield Specialistbrownfields@badriver-nsn.gov715-685-
1587Admin – NRD Department
EnvironmentalJessica StrandEnvironmental Specialistenvironmental@badriver-nsn.gov715-685-
1551Admin – NRD Department
Environmental – Air QualityNathan KilgerAir Quality Specialistairquality@badriver-nsn.gov1555Admin – NRD Department
Environmental – Air QualityDaniel Wiggins Jr.Air Quality Tech / Renewable Energyair1@badriver-nsn.gov715-979-
1553Admin – NRD Department
Environmental – Climate ChangeJillian LojasClimate Change Specialistclimate@badriver-nsn.gov1617Cultural Education Center
Environmental – GISSuzi SmithGeographic Information System (GIS) Specialistgspec@badriver-nsn.govAdmin – NRD Department
FisheriesJacob RodmakerFisheries Specialistfisheryspecialist@badriver-nsn.gov1552Admin – NRD Department
Fisheries Ed LeosoHatchery Foreman/ Fisheries Technicianfishtech@badriver-nsn.gov715-292-
FisheriesElise KehleCommercial Fisheries Observercommfish@badriver-nsn.gov314-302-
FisheriesHatchery Building715-682-
ForestryGena AbramsonForestry Specialistforester@badriver-nsn.gov715-685-
1563Admin – NRD Department
Planning Dept. – Conservation Enforcement Brad BigboyChief Conservation Wardenchiefwarden@badriver-nsn-gov715-292-
1560Birch Hill Station
Planning Dept. – Conservation Enforcement Patrick ConnorsConservation Warden BRNRwarden@badriver-nsn.gov715-979-
1572Birch Hill Station
Planning Dept. – Conservation EnforcementPierce MadayConservation Wardenwarden@badriver-nsn.gov715-292-
1572Birch Hill Station
Planning Dept. – Conservation EnforcementVACANTConservation Wardenmnrdwarden@badriver-nsn.gov715-292-
1572Birch Hill Station
Conservation EnforcementVACANTMNRD Registration
ManoominDan PowlessManoomin Oshkaabewismanoomin@badriver-nsn.gov715-292-
1661Cultural Education Center
Planning Dept. – GISMatt EitremGIS Admin – Planning Department
RealtyVACANTLease Specialistlease@badriver-nsn.govAdmin – Nat. Res. Dept.
RealtyCharles Connors, Sr.Land Office ManagerLandManagement@badriver-nsn.gov1588Admin – Nat. Res. Dept.
RealtyAurora ConleyLand Records In-Take Specialistlandrecords@badriver-nsn.gov1587Admin – Nat. Res. Dept.
Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) VACANTTribal Historical Preservation Officerthpo@badriver-nsn.gov715-292-
1662Cultural Education Center
Tribal Historic Preservation OfficeLarry “Moose” PlucinskiDeputy THPOdeputythpo@badriver-nsn.gov1618Cultural Education Center
Tribal Historic Preservation OfficeVACANTTHPO Assistantthpocc@badriver-nsn.gov715-292-
1618Cultural Education Center
Tribal Historic Preservation OfficePaula MadayMuseum Coordinatorp.maday@badriver-nsn.gov1620Cultural Education Center
Water ResourcesChris McNerneyWater Resources Program Managerwqs@badriver-nsn.gov715-292-
1566Admin – Nat. Res. Dept.
Water Resources Zakkary ZanderWetlands Specialistwetlands@badriver-nsn.gov715-292-
1602Admin – Nat. Res. Dept.
Water ResourcesVACANTWater Regulatory Specialistwaterreg@badriver-nsn.gov715-979-
1548Admin – Nat. Res. Dept.
Water Resources Nick BlanchardWater Resources Technician/ Lab Coordinatorwrtech@badriver-nsn.gov715-979-
1549Admin – Nat. Res. Dept.
Water Resources Mark ArbuckleWater Resources Technicianwatertech@badriver-nsn.gov715-292-
1565Admin – Nat. Res. Dept.
WildlifeTaylor Parker-GreeneWildlife Specialistwildlife@badriver-nsn.gov715-292-
1554Cultural Education Center
Wildlife Kris ArbuckleWildlife Technicianwildlifetech@badriver-nsn.gov715-979-
1510Cultural Education Center
WildlifeLouis LozinskiOrnithology 715-292-
1567Admin – Nat. Res. Dept.
Bakaaningoji Gaa-ondaadayJacob SlatteryNon-local Beings Program 715-979-
1558Cultural Education Center
Bakaaningoji Gaa-ondaadayNoah ArbuckleNon-Local Beings 715-685-
1537Cultural Education Center
Education Dept.Nathanael SecorIndigenous Arts & Sciences CoordinatorIAS@badriver-nsn.gov1535Cultural Education Center
Legal Dept/NRD (THPO)VACANTPolicy AnalystStaffAttny@badriver-nsn.gov1547Admin – Legal Department
Water Lab1557Admin – Nat. Res. Dept.
Conference Room C1507Admin

Reflecting the mission statement, the Department strives for resource management which both conserves the natural resources for the future generations and provide for the needs of the present. The departments existence reflects the importance the Bad River Tribe places on its right and ability to exercise sovereignty, self-determination and self-regulation in the area of natural resource management.


Contact – Natural Resources Department

Mailing Address:PO Box 39, Odanah, WI 54861
Physical Address:72682 Maple Street, Odanah, WI 54861
Building Name:Chief Blackbird Center
Department Phone Number:715-682-7123
Department Fax Number: 715-682-7118