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Sault Tribe Offices and Heath Centers will be closed Dec. 25 and 26, in observation of Christmas Eve and Christmas, and Jan. 1, 2018, in observation of New Year’s Day. 

Mino Niibaanamaan miinwaa mino nimkodaading! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Please join us for our election of officers and pot luck at the Families Against Narcotics chapter meeting at Huntington Bank in Sault Ste. Marie at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 21.

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 2018 tribal newspaper deadline schedule and print dates are now available. Please download and save.

2018 Sault Tribe Newspaper Calendar

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors meeting schedule for 2018:

Per the Constitution and Bylaws, Article 1 – Meetings of the Board of Directors, Section 1:
…..provided that at least one meeting per year shall be held in each of the five election units established pursuant to Article V, Section 1 of the tribal constitution.

General meetings of the Board of Directors are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
All general meetings start at 5 p.m. All Sault meetings will be held at the Kewadin Casino and Convention Center, other locations to be announced. Meetings with ** are changed to accommodate the Chair/Board attendance at MAST, NCAI, United Tribes, various Wash. D.C. meetings or holidays.

All special meetings will be announced.

For further information please call Joanne Carr (ext. 26337) or Linda Grossett (ext. 26338) at the Administration Office, 800-793-0660, 906-635-6050.

 2018 Board of Directors Calendar

Tribal Transportation Department invites the public to comment on Long Range Transportation Plan update.

Notice of comment period for the Draft 2018-2022 Long Range Transportation and Capital Improvement Plan (LRTP).

Notice is hereby given that the public comment period will begin on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, for the LRTP update for the tribal seven-county service area, which covers Alger, Chippewa, Mackinac, Luce, Delta, Schoolcraft and Marquette counties.

Comments will be received until the end of business day on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. 

Copies of the Plan will be available at the following Health and Community Centers: Sault Ste. Marie, Hessel, St. Ignace, Munising, Manistique and Newberry with fillable forms to share comments or suggestions.

In addition, comments can be sent to Wendy Hoffman, Transportation Department, 523 Ashmun St., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 or sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For questions about the LRTP, contact Wendy Hoffman at 906-635-6050.

Special accommodations: Accommodations can be made for persons with disabilities. Please call Wendy Hoffman at 906-635-6050 for further information.

LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

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

Munising Health Center: Dec. 2, 5, 7, 12, 14, 18, 20
Manistique Health Center: Dec. 4, 6, 8, 13, 15, 21
Escanaba Penn Star: Dec. 19

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

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 Casino in Sault Ste. Marie starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are United Way Mini Grant, Auth. Fund Balance Policy, Auth. Property Acquisition Policy, Am. Ch. 36: Juvenile Code, Continuing Funding –Gov’t Schedule C, Honoring Elder Subcommittees, Delegation to the Chairperson

Under New Business the board will consider Committee Request, 2018 Board Calendar, Elders Subcommittees, Key Employee, External Review – Key Employee Appeal Process and Board Concerns.

December 4 Meeting Resolutions

The following committees have vacant seats. Sault Tribe members interested in filling these vacancies should submit one letter of intent and three letters of recommendation from other members to Joanne Carr or Linda Grossett, 523 Ashmun St., Sault Ste. Marie MI 49783. Call 906-635-6050 with any questions.

Conservation Committee - Thirteen vacancies - Six commercial fishers, six tribal members and one that can be either a commercial or noncommercial fisher. The deadline for this committee is Jan. 22, 2018.
Anishinaabe Cultural Committee - Four vacancies - males (4-year term)
Child Welfare Committee - Five vacancies (4-year term)
Election Committee - Eight vacancies (4-year term)
Higher Education Committee - Three vacancies (4-year term)
Health Board - Two vacancies (4-year term)
Special Needs/Enrollment Committee - Eight vacancies (2-year term)

Elder Advisory Committee
Unit II - Hessel (4-year term), one regular vacancy, one alternate vacancy
Unit III - St. Ignace (4-year term), one alternate vacancy
Unit V - Munising (4-year term), one alternate vacancy
Unit V - Marquette (4-year term, one regular vacancy

Elder Subcommittee
Unit ll - Hessel (4-year terms), four regular seat vacancies, two alternate seat vacancies
Unit II - Naubinway (4-year term), one regular seat vacancy
Unit V - Munising (4-year term), two regular vacancies, two alternate vacancies
Unit V - Marquette (4-year term), one regular seat vacancy, two alternate seat vacancy

The Sault Tribe Board of Directors meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Sault Ste. Marie, has been changed to Monday, Dec. 4. The meeting agenda will be sent out on Nov. 29. For further information, please call Joanne or Linda at the administration office, 906-635-6050 or 800-793-0660, ext. 26337 or 26338.

WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior announced today it is taking the final steps in its efforts to identify the whereabouts of approximately 17,000 Native Americans to provide compensation as part of the Cobell settlement. The settlement of the Cobell lawsuit has reached an important deadline and the Department needs Class Members, or the heirs of Class Members, to provide documentation of their status to the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) and/or the Garden City Group (GCG), the Cobell claims administrator, by November 27, 2017, which is a court-imposed deadline for claiming settlement compensation so that payment may be made.

In 1996, Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe, and four other Native American representatives filed a class-action lawsuit against two departments of the United States government: the Department of the Interior and the Department of the Treasury. The plaintiffs claimed that the government had incorrectly accounted for income derived from Indian trust assets, which are legally owned by the U.S. government but held in trust for individual Native Americans (the beneficial owners).

In 2009, the parties to the suit negotiated a settlement in the case, and in 2010 Congress passed implementing legislation designating $3.4 billion for the settlement: $1.4 billion was allocated to be paid to the plaintiffs and $1.9 billion was allocated for a Land Buy-Back Program and a newly created educational scholarship fund for American Indian and Alaska Native students.

The settlement payment process is being handled by the GCG with the cooperation of the Interior Department. Class members all over the country have received detailed information about their legal rights and options via the United States Postal Service. Information was also provided through an extensive media campaign which included Native America print media, social media, television and radio ads, and online advertising.

The bulk of the settlement monies have already been paid to individual Indians. Despite extensive efforts to contact all potential claimants, there still remain several thousand Individual Indian Money (IIM) account holders who are classified as “whereabouts unknown" (WAU).

These WAU accounts total millions of dollars in potential settlement payments. The Department has been making extensive efforts to reach these WAU account holders so that they or their heirs can submit their documentation before the November 27 deadline expires.

Class Members or the heirs of Class Members should provide documentation immediately to the GCG by calling 1-800-961-6109, by emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by U.S. mail to Indian Trust Settlement, P.O. Box 9577, Dublin, OH 43017-4877. Class members can also search OST’s Whereabouts Unknown database. If you have any questions about the OST Whereabouts Unknown Cobell list, please call the Indian Trust Beneficiary Call Center at 1-888-678-6836.

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