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Oneida Nation discusses impact of Saturday shooting

Oneida Nation discusses shooting impact
Posted at 10:43 PM, May 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-02 23:43:32-04

ONEIDA, Wis. (NBC26) — The Oneida Nation is focusing on recovery following Saturday's shooting at the Duck Creek Bar & Grill, found inside the Radisson Hotel at the Oneida Casino Complex.

Police said three people, including the gunman, were killed and another person was seriously injured during the incident. Police haven't released the names of the victims or suspect.

Members of the Oneida Nation held a press conference Sunday night at the Norbert Hill Center to discuss how they can help the community move forward.

"We treat our community like family, and as this happens on our reservation, we treat the situation like family, like it happened to us," said Brandon Stevens, vice chairman.

Tehassi Hill, chairman, said they plan to dedicate resources to recovery and long-term impact of the shooting. That includes Employee Assistance Program Services, which will last as long as needed.

Other resources include:

  • Brown County Crisis Center: 920-436-8888
  • Outagamie County Crisis Center: 920-832-4646
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

"We want to make sure we have a balanced approach to recovery from this situation, making sure we're taking care of physical health and safety, making sure mental health is taken care of and also spiritual health," Hill said.

Stevens detailed a future preparedness analysis to evaluate overall response to the incident, looking at current security protocols and how they can be improved.

"There's no way we can prevent some of these things that just happened. We want to make sure that we have ample support and response times," Steven said. "It's continuing to do more in light of any possibility of this happening again."

The Oneida Nation plans to hold a spiritual ceremony in the next few days to honor the victims and help the community through this challenging time.

"This is a horrible event during an already difficult year of the pandemic," said Louise Cornelius, gaming general manager. "We appreciate the support of law enforcement and the community, and we will get through this together."

Cornelius said Main-Airport and IMAC locations will remain closed until further notice.

The Wisconsin Crime Lab is working with the Department of Criminal Investigation and Brown County investigators to process the scene.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office will hold a press conference to update the public at 10 a.m. Monday.