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

Manistique Health Center: July 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 18, 25, and 27
Munising Health Center: July 6, 11, 13, 17, 19, 24, 26, and 28
Escanaba Penn Star: July 20
Marquette Community Tribal Center: July 31

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

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan is holding two focus groups on June 29 to test its new mobile app, “Expanding Gigiigoo’inaan – Our Fish App.” The app is designed to help tribal community members make informed and healthy decisions about eating fish.

The focus groups are scheduled for June 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m., at the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan Offices, 2956 Ashmun Street, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Native adults (18 and older) are eligible to participate in 1-hour long focus groups. Participants will be compensated for their time with a $25 gift card.

Please contact Robin Clark at 906-632-6896, ext. 121, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to sign-up.

ITCM LOCAL Recruiting Flyer 2017

Benefit Dinner for Chris Shann and his family June 26 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bruce Township Hall.

Homemade Sloppy Joes, chips, pasta salad for $5. Selection of desserts by donation with a raffle.

Chris had been battling lymphoma for the last two years. He has been having many ups and downs and needs lots of prayers. He is a 26-year-old young man who has a heart of gold, great sense of humor and for the most part a positive attitude even during the tough days. He is a tribal member. He and his family have been having more tough days than good and spending most of their time in Lansing getting treatment. His cancer has now returned on his eye nerves and brain — not only has this cancer paralyzed him but now he is blind in the left eye. At this time, we are asking for everyone’s help to support this family in need.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors will be held at the Quality Inn in Escanaba, starting at 6 p.m. on June 20. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 5 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: under Budget, DeMawating Development, EDC Sign Board, and Home Improvement; Acceptance of 2016 Government Audit; 2017-18 Head Start Early Head Start COLA; ANA Language Grant; EDC Acquisition; Authorization to Purchase Property; Authorization to Purchase Property – Fairport; and Re-Establishing Conservation Committee.

Under new business, the board will consider Committee Requests, Property and Board Concerns.

June 20 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.
— Anishinaabe Cultural Committee - Three vacancies - men, (four-year term)
— Child Welfare Committee - Five vacancies (four-year term)
— Election Committee - Seven vacancies (four-year term)
— Great Lakes Conservation Committee - Three vacancies - large vessel (four-year term)
— Higher Education Committee - Two vacancies (four-year term)
— Health Board - Two vacancies (four-year term)
— Housing Committee - One vacancy Unit V (four-year term)
— Special Needs/Enrollment Committee - Eight vacancies (two-year term)
— Elder Advisory Committee - Three regular vacancies- one - Sault Unit I (four-year term), one Marquette Unit V (four-year term), one Naubinway Unit II (four-year term), two alternate vacancies, one Sault Unit I (four-year term), one Hessel Unit II (four-year term)
— Unit I Sault Elders Subcommittee - One alternate (four-year term)
— Unit II Hessel Elders Subcommittee - Four regular seat vacancies (four-year term), two alternates (four-year term)
— Unit IV Escanaba Elders Subcommittee - One regular vacancy (four-year term)
— Unit V Munising Elders Subcommittee - Two alternate vacancies (four - year term)
— Unit V Marquette Elders Subcommittee – Two regular vacancies (four-year term)

The first Sober Indianz Indigenous Sobriety Conference and All Traders Festival, “Walking the Red Road,” is set for June 16-18 at the Kewadin Casino and Convention Center in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The conference features nationally acclaimed speakers and artists, traditional medicine and comedy as part of an action-packed agenda.

Conference schedule
June 16-18, 2017

Friday:
1-7 p.m. – Check in
4:30 p.m. – Lighting of the fire
5 p.m. – Dinner - Dream Makers Theatre
6 p.m. – Welcome ceremony
6:30 p.m. – Sober Indianz Peace Keepers
7 p.m. – Sweat lodge
9 p.m. – Don Burnstick, comedian
10 p.m. – Karaoke jam session

Saturday:
6 a.m. – Sunrise ceremony at powwow grounds
8 a.m. – Breakfast - Dream Makers Theatre
9 a.m. – Elders panel
Noon – Lunch on your own
1 p.m. – Sober chiefs panel
2 p.m. – Isaac Murdock, water warrior
3:30 p.m. – Nowa Cumig Dennis J Banks
4:30 p.m. – Lighting of the fire
5 p.m. – Dinner - Dream Makers Theatre
6 p.m. – Don Coyhis - intergenerational trauma, four seasons of healing, White Bison Wellbriety movement
7 p.m. – Sweat lodge
7:30 p.m. – Break
7:45 p.m. – Calixto 'Silverfox' Lopez II, NAMA flutist
8:30 p.m. – Star Nayea - Native GRAMMY and NAMA artist, youth music mentor, motivational public figure
9:30 p.m. – Sobriety count
9:45 p.m. – Sobriety dance

Sunday:
7 a.m. – Breakfast - Dream Makers Theatre
9 a.m. – Closing ceremony

The registration fee does not include rooms, but the conference group rate is only $59. Keep up to date with conference and registration information at www.soberindianz.org.

Sault Tribe Community Meeting Notice

The Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians is conducting a series of public meetings to gather membership input on the upcoming negotiation with the state and the federal government of the tribe's Great Lakes commercial, subsistence and recreational treaty fishing activities. The 2000 Consent Decree, which controls the tribe’s treaty fishing activity on the Great Lakes, is set to expire and before negotiations begin the tribe wants to know what is important to you.

All meetings begin at 6 p.m. Other community meetings will be added at a later date.

June 26:  Sault Ste. Marie, Kewadin Casino
June 27:  St. Ignace, Shores Casino
June 28:  Munising, Tribal Center
June 29:  Manistique, Tribal Center
June 30:  Newberry, Tribal Center

Any questions please call Linda Grossett, 906-635-6050.

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 June 6. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are, under Budget: GLRI Tribal Initiative, Epoufette Harbor/Trap Net Consent Decree, ACFS – USDA, ACFS – CCDF – Education –CCC, ACFS – Victim’s Assistance, HC – Medical Nursing, HC – Optical, HC – Pharmacy, HC – Purchased and Referred Care, Transportation – IRR Roads; Establishing Negotiation Committee; Re-Establishing Conservation Committee; and Am. Ch 20 – Co-Captains.

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

June 6 Meeting Resolutions

Tomorrow morning around 9 a.m. in front of Tribal Administration there will be a demonstration of support for the LSSU Upward Bound Program. It is slated to be eliminated and we want to show our support for the program to continue.  There will be signs available at the reception desk for your use. There will be a bus charter carrying our senators, our congressman, and several members Michigan Delegation, and, most importantly, our tribal chairperson riding by the building.

From Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment:

The Lake Superior State University Upward Bound Program has NOT been notified of continued funding under new the U.S. Presidential Administration. Discontinued funding would have a drastic impact and take effect immediately, so the planned summer session slated to begin in just weeks, would be cancelled.

LSSU UB Alumni and families are mobilizing to urge legislators to intervene.

If you have been touched by Upward Bound, please join us for one or two events by:
Emailing Chairperson Aaron Payment (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
—OR—
Visiting the LSSU Upward Bound Alumni Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/UpwardBoundAlumniLSSU

Also, please share with any Upward Bound Alumni or family.

Thursday, 6:30 p.m. – Rally at Brady Hall on the LSSU Campus to show support. Please arrive by 6:00 p.m. at the Brady Hall front steps facing Canada. Alumni will share ideas of what you can do to help save our UB. Save our UB signs will be distributed.

Friday, 8:30 a.m. – Demonstration of Support to Legislators. Two locations to show our visiting Congressional Delegation we care. We will have signs. This is a peaceful demonstration of support with one message—SAVE OUR UB!

If you benefitted from UB like I did—as both a student and 16 summers as a staff member—you'll take the time to help me save our LSSU UB.

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