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At this month's Families Against Narcotics chapter meeting come hear Pat McKelvie and Rob McRorie speak about different avenues to recovery. Meeting at Huntington Bank in Sault Ste. Marie at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18.
 
FAN—your connection for information, resources, and support. FAN’s mission is saving lives by empowering individuals and communities to prevent and eradicate addiction. We envision a nation free of narcotic addiction and our purpose is to raise awareness of the dangers of prescription narcotics, support those affected by narcotic addiction and erase the stigma of addiction.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/fanchipp.

The community is invited to attend a healing ceremony for Julie Brown and her family for the loss of her son, Blake VanSnepson, 27, who died Dec. 22. The ceremony will help Julie, her daughter, Blake’s twin, Brittany, and Blake’s son, Gabriel, 5, heal from his death. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. on Jan. 16 at the Niigaanagiizhik Building in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Anyone who is able to stop by is encouraged to attend.

Those who would like to donate to Blake’s funeral expenses can do so here: Funeral fund for Blake VanSnepson, via GoFundMe. Miigwech.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at Kewadin Casino starting at 5 p.m. on Jan. 16. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 5 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are, under Budgets: Health Center-Road to Wellness, Health Center-Traditional Practitioner and Northern Hospitality; Rural Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence/Stalking; Legal Assistant for Victims; Federal Highway Safety Grant; DOT Federal Highway AID Grant Proposal; 2018-2022 Transportation Plan (TIP)/Inventory; Long Range Transportation/Capital Improvement; and Purchase of Property.

Under New Business, the board will consider Relinquishments-Special Needs/Enrollment, Committee Request-Various Committees, Board Concerns-Director Causley and a Feb. 20, 2018, Meeting Change.

January 16 Meeting Resolutions

Hello, fellow Sault Tribe business owners! We would like to make you aware of an effort to work together with other Sault Tribe member-owned businesses to support, educate and advocate for each other. We are in the early stages of forming a Sault Tribe member-owned business association and would love to have your business join us.

Some of our first goals:
 • Name our organization and appoint leadership.
 • Create a list of every Sault Tribe member-owned business we can identify.
 • Create a description of the products or services each business offers.
 • Classify each business by what industry they serve.
 • Explore ways to publish/promote the list as part of a Buy Sault Tribe campaign.

Future goals include:
 • Educational opportunities for member businesses.
 • Networking events fostering peer to peer learning.
 • Celebratory event recognizing successful Sault Tribe businesses.
 • Advocacy for Sault Tribe businesses at the local, state and national level.

Please reach out to any of the founding members listed below, or feel free to contact my office directly.
 Thank you,
 Joel Schultz, Sault Tribe EDC, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Linda Grow, JETA Corporation, Neenah, Wis., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Noah Leask and Earl Bowers, ISHPI, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Richard Schmidt, Tipping Point Solutions, Centennial, Colo., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Alan Barr, Creative Change Associates Inc, Manistique, Mich., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Ted Moore, Moore Trosper Construction Co., Holt, Mich., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Mitch Irwin, Irwin Hospitality, LLC, Lansing, Mich., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Wendy James, Better World Group, Sacramento, Calif., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Ron Maleport, Sault Printing, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Free documentary screening of Chasing the Dragon: the Life of an Opiate Addict
Tuesday, Jan. 23
7 p.m. showing, 7:45 p.m. panel discussion
LSSU Arts Center, Sault Ste. Marie

Chasing the Dragon follows first-person accounts of individuals who have abused opioids and their family members. The documentary was produced by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration to educate communities on the risks and harms related to drug addiction. 

Following the film there will be a panel discussion featuring members of the local medical and law enforcement communities. 

Presented by the Chippewa County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Families Against Narcotics of Chippewa County.

Thursday, Jan. 18 from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
Burger and Fries $7!

Please join us for a mouthwatering meal! Dine in or pick up at the Elks on Portage Ave.

The JKL Bahweting 8th grade Class of 2018 appreciates you support in helping reach their fundraising goal to experience Washington, D.C. this spring.

If you have any questions please call 906-635-5055, ext. 102.

The family of Harlan Downwind is holding a one year memorial feast on the anniversary of his death Sunday, Feb. 4, at the Niigaanagiizhik Ceremonial Building starting at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

A one year memorial potluck feast for Harlan sponsored by the Traditional Medicine Program is also being held at the Sault Tribal Health Center auditorium Tuesday, Jan. 30, from noon to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For information on the potluck contact Peggy Holappa at 906-632-0220 or Keith Smith at 906-632-1351.

HT Awareness week poster lssuHuman trafficking community awareness is coming across the Upper Peninsula this month with special presentations. The recently re-established Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force (UPHTTF) teamed with the Department of Justice, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, several Upper Peninsula law enforcement agencies and other local experts in the field to bring human trafficking community awareness to the U.P. during Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Beginning Monday, Jan. 22, the group will be making presentations across the U.P. at local colleges and universities. Featured speakers talk about signs to look for in both victims and traffickers, who can be a target of human trafficking, federal and state laws regarding human trafficking and previous local and national cases.

The presentations begin in Sault Ste. Marie on Monday:
Jan. 22, 10-11:30 a.m., LSSU Arts Center Theater Room, Sault Ste. Marie
Jan. 22, 2:30-4 p.m., Bay Mills Casino Horizon Conference Center
Jan. 23, 10-11:30 a.m., Bay West, Iron Mountain, Rm 231
Jan. 23, 7-8 p.m., Besse Theater, Escanaba
Jan. 24, 2018 10:00-11:30 a.m., Lindquist Student and Conference Center-Upper Level Conference Room, Ironwood
Jan. 24, 6:30-8p.m., Jutila Center Rm 323, 200 Michigan St., Hancock
Jan. 25, 10-11:30 a.m., Memorial Union Building, Ballroom B, Houghton
Jan. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College Wabanung, Campus L’Anse, Rm 400

Featured speakers include Leslie A. Hagen from the Department of Justice and Special Agent Todd Wilton, assigned to Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations (ICE/HSI). Hagen is the DOJ’s first national Indian Country training coordinator. In this position, Hagen is responsible for planning, developing and coordinating training in a broad range of matters relating to the administration of justice in Indian Country. Hagen authored a recent national publication on combatting trafficking in tribal communities and in 2016 created a video training project focused on sex trafficking of Alaska Natives.

There will be time for questions and answers after each presentation and a brief invitation to any participants to join the Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force by the current task force group leader/administrator, Marlene Mottes, victim advocate from the Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Michigan, Marquette Office and other task force members.

For more detailed event information please contact Mottes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Unit IV and V Membership Liaison Mary Jenerou will be available for issues and concerns on these dates and locations for the month of January.

Munising Health Center: Jan. 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 31
Manistique Health Center: Jan. 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
Escanaba Penn Star: Jan. 15
Marquette Community Tribal Center: Jan. 29

Phone Contacts:
Manistique Health Center: 906-341-8469
Munising Health Center: 906-387-4721
Escanaba Penn Starr: 906-786-2636
Marquette Community Tribal Center: 906-225-1616
Cell: 906-450-7011

A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at Kewadin Casino starting at 5 p.m. on Jan. 2. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 5 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are Am. Res. 2016-215-Trust Land Status, Trust Land Status, Bonacci Parcel H and Support for CORA-P.L. 93-638.

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

January 2 Resolutions

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