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Buffalo, Excilda Jean: Walks On

Red Cliff, Wisconsin

Funeral services were held for EXCILDA JEAN BUFFALO, 51, on June 19, at the Red Cliff Youth Center. Jean was born November 24, 1959, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She passed away June 15, 2011, at her home with family by her side.
   
A strong and energetic advocate for native people, Jean’s leadership and dedication led her down many purposeful roads during her life. She served as the Red Cliff tribal chairperson and council member. In her capacity as tribal chairperson, she also served on Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife’s (GLIFWC) Board of Commissioners in 2000 and 2001. She was a former Bayfield School Board president. She served on Wisconsin Tribal Judges Association. She served in the capacity of associate, chief, and appellate judge and was on the Tribal Law and Policy Institute Advisory Board. She was president of the Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council. She was on the Family Forum Policy Making Council and assisted with grant writing. She served many years on the First American Prevention Center Board of Directors. She was a member and past vice chairperson of the Red Cliff Housing Board of Directors for 11 years and currently serving as chairwoman. She served on the Wisconsin Women’s Council. She was a strong advocate for the environment and Lake Superior. (Mazina’igan, Fall 2011)
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