Tribe holds trick-or-treat event after incident

Baggy of meth found in child’s treat bag
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By Leader Staff


Contributed photo A Ziplock baggy of methamphetamine was found in a child’s candy bag after trick-or-treating in Keshena Sunday.

Community organizations on the Menominee Indian Reservation will host a safe trick-or-treat event Tuesday in the wake of meth being found in a child’s trick-or-treat bag Sunday.

The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. on the Keshena campus of the College of Menominee Nation.

It is being sponsored by the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, College of Menominee Nation, Menominee Tribal Enterprise and Menominee Casino Resort “in order to restore the fun-filled innocence of Halloween for our community children and families,” said Melissa Cook, intergovernmental affairs manager for the tribe.

Tribal police received a complaint Monday of a suspicious package located in a child’s Halloween candy.

A small yellow Ziploc type baggy containing crystalline powder was located. The crystalline powder tested positive for methamphetamine.

The parent reported the children trick-or-treated in the Keshena area on the Menominee Indian Reservation.

Police have since asked parents to check their children’s Halloween candy thoroughly and contact authorities if anything suspicious is located.

Police also encouraged parents to dispose of the Halloween candy once it has been checked.

“Our community is dismayed by this senseless act that thankfully did not end in tragedy,” said Menominee Tribal Chairman Gary Besaw. “This is not the face of Menominee. We take care in protecting our children, our elders and our families. These lessons have been passed down from generation to generation. I commend our tribal departments and chartered organizations for their collaborative effort to come together to restore the sense of innocence and safety for our children.”

While no other incidents have been reported, Emergency Management Coordinator Benjamin Warrington has asked all parents and caregivers to remain vigilant and err on the side of caution.

Candy discard stations have been established at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Keshena and the Neopit Fire Station in Neopit.

Menominee Tribal Conservation representatives will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday for all community members to dispose of collected candy and bags.

Parking for Tuesday’s trick-or-treat event will be in the Menominee Nation Casino RV Parking lot. Tribal police will provide traffic control on State Highway 47-55 for all pedestrian crossings.

Candy will be distributed in campus buildings and along the walking trail on the CMN property.

Staff members of tribal departments will be situated along the walking trail to greet the children and families.