- Category: Cultural News
Mary Murray Culture Camp Sugar Bush Open House Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to spend a day watching and learning the art of making maple syrup at the Mary Murray Culture Camp on Sugar Island.
- Category: Education News
Applications are now being accepted for the National Congress of American Indians Native Graduate Health Fellowship! This fellowship aims to bring Native students to Washington, D.C. to learn about policies and practices that meet the unique needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. During the fellowship, students will meet with a wide variety of health policy professionals and engage in experiences that educate them about how to address the stark disparities in Native health.
To apply students must be:
— American Indian or Alaska Native
— New or continuing full-time student pursing a graduate or professional degree in health during the Fall of 2017
You can find more information about the fellowship on NCAI’s website by visiting www.ncai.org/get-involved/internships-fellowships/native-graduate-health-fellowship.
- Category: News
Dear Tribal Members & Friends,
Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet) is Michigan’s District 1 Congressional Representative, where the Sault Tribe’s seven county service area resides.
Bergman told Interlochen Public News Radio in a recent interview he supports the GOP health care bill that repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act.
During a House Budget Committee meeting last week, Bergman voted “YES” to send the bill to the full House. The measure passed 19-17, with three Republicans voting against it.
The legislation will come up for a vote on the floor of the U.S. House this Thursday (March 23).
Sault Tribe is asking tribal members and friends to call Bergman today and ask him to vote “NO,” at least for now.
The new bill would take away our tribal health system’s ability to generate $6 million in third-party revenue. Those extra millions still leave us underfunded, and losing the income would really hurt our health care system. Further, any new health care bill must include the permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.
Calling Bergman’s Washington DC office, and all the Michigan Congressional delegation would really help. It would let all Michigan’s representatives to Congress that we don’t support the GOP bill in its current form.
It is equally important that our tribal members and friends in Michigan who live outside the service area also call. If you are not sure who congressional representative is, type in your zip code here to find out: www.house.gov/representatives/find.
Call Rep. Bergman at his Washington DC phone: 202-225-4735
Rep. Debbie Dingell: 202-225-4071
Rep. Fred Upton: 202-225-3761
Rep John Conyers Jr.: 202-225-5126
John Moolenaar: 202-225-3561
Justin Amash: 202-225-3831
Mike Bishop: 202-225-4872
Paul Mitchell: 202-225-2106
Sandy Levin: 888-810-3880
Tim Walberg: 202-225-6276
Bill Huizenga: 202-225-4401
Brenda Lawrence: 202-225-5802
Dan Kildee: 202-225-3611
David Trott: 202-225-6276
Here are some taking points you can use on the phone:
• As Representative Bergman’s constituent, I am asking him to vote “NO” on the upcoming health care bill vote and work to ensure the benefits of the exchange to Michigan are maintained and the permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act is assured.
• Eight federally recognized tribes reside in the first Congressional District of Michigan. As currently enacted, the Affordable Care Act has been important in bringing health insurance to nearly one-half million American Indians.
• The federal government, through IHS, funds only 56 percent of our identified health needs in my tribe’s service area — Chippewa, Luce, Mackinac, Alger, Marquette, Schoolcraft and Delta counties. The ACA has enabled my tribe to add $6 million in third-party revenue to our $19.5 million budget, bringing our funding up to 73 percent of our health needs, which helps us tremendously.
• The State of Michigan is in a similar situation with having agreed to expand Medicaid in exchange for a subsidy in doing so. Reneging on this is not in the best interests of your constituents.
• I consider treaty rights and trust responsibility an important part of Congressman Bergman’s duty. The 1836 Treaty my people signed with the U.S. government is still in force. It obligates the federal government to provide us with health, education and social welfare now and into the future. This is not an entitlement or even reparations — it is a pre-paid treaty right where we gave over millions of acres of land so Michigan could become a state.
Remember, the vote is on Thursday, March 23, so please make your calls today and tomorrow.
Thanks very much, everyone, for your help today. Hopefully Rep. Bergman will reconsider his “NO” vote on Thursday.
- Category: Cultural News
Escanaba’s “Caring for Our Elders” Traditional Powwow will be held Saturday, March 25, at the Escanaba High School Gymnasium, 500 S Lincoln Rd. in Escanaba.
Host drum is Medicine Bear; co-host drum, Niiwin Nimkii; invited drum, Munising Bay Singers; Emcee, Joe Medicine; Head Veteran, Glen Bressette Sr.; Arena Director, Glen Bressette Jr.; Head Male Dancer, Shawn Paul; Head Female Dancer, Shaynee Showano.
Grand entry is at 12 p.m., the potluck feast, 5 p.m., and retiring of the flags, 7 p.m.
Free admission, all drums welcome, limited vendor space.
For more information, call Jennifer at 906-241-9733.
- Category: Education News
Rudyard Lions Club is seeking nominations for the 2017 community service award for a graduating Rudyard senior.
While sitting in a restaurant or meeting in a local store, conversations overheard are many and varied. Often, the benefits of living in a small town come up for discussion. One point of constant agreement is that if someone needs help in a community, a volunteer steps forward and despite other pending commitments, help is given freely.
To honor that unselfish spirit, the Rudyard Lions Club gives an annual Russell LaPonsie Community Service Award. This is given to a graduating senior from Rudyard High School who has shown a commitment to community service over the course of their high school career. This is not an award that can be applied for; nominations are gathered from community members of Rudyard, Kinross, Trout Lake and Dafter from individuals who have worked with and witnessed these students and are aware of them as volunteers. Examples of the types of activities include blood drives, scouting activities, cleaning up and raking leaves, checking on neighbors, visiting in hospitals, leading Sunday school outings, assisting local service groups and/or doing the things that usually remain unnoticed but add to the quality of life for individuals or the community.