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NCAI WinAaron Payment EdD, chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, was elected first vice president of the National Congress of American Indians Oct. 19, 2017, at the NCAI’s 74th annual convention in Milwaukee, Wis.

NCAI vice president said, “My heart, soul and commitment is to our Native people and families. I am honored to have garnered 14,254 votes (70 percent) for first vice president. I also want to recognize my Tribal Board for voting unanimously to support my continuation of this critical work at the national level advocating for our people in a non partisan way. Chi Miigwech.”

Payment served previously as Midwest area vice president and as secretary for NCAI.  He has testified over 15 times in Congress and has been invited to the White House under both Republican and Democratic Administrations. 

Now in his third term as Sault Tribe chairperson, Payment serves or has served in the following capacities:
National Advisory Council on Indian Education (Presidential Appointment); National Congress of American Indians, Executive Officer ~ Secretary; HHS Secretary Tribal Advisory Council Member; HHS Health Research Advisory Council Co-Chair; National Institutes of Health ~ Tribal Advisory Committee; Tribal Interior Budget Committee; Mid-West Alliance of Sovereign Tribes, Vice President; United Tribes of Michigan, President; Chippewa Ottawa Treaty Resource Authority, Chairperson; Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Vice President; Chippewa-Luce-Mackinac Community Action Agency, Vice Chair; and Michigan Political Leadership Program, Advisory Board and Presenter.

Payment has been awarded numerous honors in his distinguished career, including 2015 National TRiO Achiever, 2013 Sergeant Shriver Achievement Honoree, 1999 NMU Distinguished Young Native American Alumni and 1994 Mid-West TRiO Achiever.

A high school dropout from an impoverished reservation community, Payment has since earned a G.E.D., a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree in Public Administration, Master’s in Education Administration, and, most recently, a doctorate in Education.

Other officers elected were:
President Jefferson Keel, Lt. Governor of the Chickasaw Nation
Treasurer W. Ron Allen, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe in the state of Washington
Secretary Juana Majel Dixon, Pauma Band of Luiseno Indians

Photo: Sault Tribe chairperson and NCAI first VP Aaron Payment thanks NCAI members for their support.

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Come join in the fun at Bruce Township Hall on Oct. 21, noon - 7 p.m., 3156 E 12 Mile Road.

Featuring a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and prizes for kids too!

Adults $ 12, kids 6-14 $7, 5 and under eat free!

Prepared by the Bruce Township Volunteer Fire Department.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at the Kewadin Shores Casino in St. Ignace starting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 24. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are, under Budgets, ACFS – Binogii and Foster Care, ACFS – General Assistance, Self Insurance – Medical, FY 2018 Schedule B, 2018 Budget Doc 004 Enterprises, and 2018 Enterprises Cap Ex; Approving Lease – Marquette Health Center, Amending Key Employee Res. 2005-199, Amending Tribal Code 45-Workers Comp; Authorization to Initiate Litigation Mandatory Trust; US v Michigan Negotiations; Establishing New Wage Grids, and Sale of Vacant Property.   

Under New Business, the board will consider Committee Requests, Key Employee and Board Concerns.

October 24 Meeting Resolutions

The Michigan State Police (MSP) is again partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other law enforcement agencies for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. MSP’s 30 posts will participate in the one-day ‘Take-Back’ effort from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, by serving as drop-off points for Michiganders to discard expired, unused and unwanted pills, which will be destroyed. (No liquids, inhalers, patches, or syringes will be accepted.)

On Saturday, Oct. 28, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., you can drop off unused prescription medications at an MSP Post. In the U.P., MSP has posts in Marquette, Negaunee, Sault Ste. Marie, St. Ignace, Gladstone, Iron Mountain, Wakefield and Calumet. Anyone who is unable to participate on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can anonymously surrender their prescription drugs at any MSP post, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays.

Sault Tribe Law Enforcement has a 24/7 year round box for drop off of unused drugs, made possible in part by FAN of Chippewa County. The Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office has a “Drug POD Drop Box” in the front lobby at the Sheriff’s Office open 24/7 year round. Please bring all pills loose in a baggie for easier disposal.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can pose safety and health hazards.

Would like to invite you to our fundraiser!
Niigaanagiizhik Building
Friday, Oct. 27, 2017
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(Bring your child in costume before downtown trick or treating to get some goodies!)
$8 for full meal (taco, drink, dessert)
$1 each: single frybread or drink or dessert
Delivery is available for four or more orders. (Within city limits)
Order sheets will be available Monday, Oct. 23

50/50 drawing $1 each, 6 for $5
Drawing will be held at 5:45 p.m., need not be present to win!
License # STR-019-17

STJPA is a program started by Sault Tribe Police. Every summer we bring 45 kids age 11-15 to camp for a week to get to know our officers and other emergency response agency personnel and learn about the jobs that they do. It is an amazing opportunity for so many children and it is growing every year! If you would like to make a donation to the Jr. Police Academy you can send that to P.O. Box 925, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783.

Sault Tribe Law Enforcement appreciates the continued support from its communities for this amazing opportunity for Sault Tribe’s youth!

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Photo by Ken Bosma / CC BY