LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Some members of the Lac du Flambeau tribe believe they should amend an article of the tribes constitution.
The tribe is its own sovereign nation.
But an amendment in the tribes constitution says the US government needs to be a part of the process to amend their Constitution.
Members of the tribe voted the measure down 40 to 72.
A total of 231 Tribal Members completed and returned the Secretarial Election Notice Packets. Of the 231 eligible voters, 112 voted in Tuesday's election.
That means the constitution will go unchanged.
According to a press release, The purpose of the election was to determine if Tribal Members wanted to amend Article VIII of the Tribe's constitution. The proposed Article VIII amendment would have removed the federal government's process to amend the Tribe's Constitution, and replaces it with a 100% Tribal process.
The Constitution Committee says they'll continue their work to educate the Membership, and to insure that the Tribe's constitution meets the needs of the Members.
PRESQUE ISLE - The art of violin making dates back hundreds of years, and Brian Derber is carrying on the tradition. He wanted to go into furniture making, but fell into instrument design after taking a class in college. In 1999, he opened his own school. It's the only violin making school in Wisconsin.
"The program itself is modeled after a German school of violin making," said New World School of Violin Making Owner Brian Derber. "Students have to fulfill a certain requirement before they can apply to graduate. So the minimum time they are with me is three years."
Students start out by making the body of a violin in their first year. As they progress, they add the scroll and varnish, which can take months for students to finish. Nearing the end of their stay, they can even try to make a cello.
"In the time that I have with students in the school here, I can only give them so much, and then it's time for them to go someplace else and get more knowledge," said Derber.
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