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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 6 p.m. on Aug. 1. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Contracts for Grant Marais Dock Projects, Approving Lease-JKL School, Rescinding 2016-264-Health Assessment, Code of Conduct, Amending Ch. 10: Election Ordinance, and Secretarial Election-Establishing Term Limits.

Under new business, the board will consider Committee Requests, Publish HR Audit, Status of Big Bear Plan, and Board Concerns.

August 1 Meeting Resolutions

‘We have no intention of giving up,’ Tribal Chairperson says

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
July 26, 2017
Contact: Roger Martin,
517-485-6600
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This statement is from Aaron Payment, chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. It is in response to a letter received Wednesday by the Sault Tribe from the U.S. Department of the Interior denying the Tribe’s trust land applications involving property in Lansing and Wayne County’s Huron Township, Michigan. (A full copy of the letter is available on request.)

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — “We are deeply disappointed in the U.S. DOI’s decision to deny our mandatory trust land petitions for Lansing and Romulus, largely because it is based on a flawed legal analysis and because our Land Claims Settlement Act approved by the Congress of the United States in 1997 clearly requires that the applications be approved. We have no intention of giving up, and we will soon determine which option — legal, administrative or legislative — we will pursue to continue our fight for our legal rights. The law is clear: the Secretary is required to accept these parcels in trust. It is a clear, plain-language legal argument. Our Tribe is within federal law and our legal rights to pursue these opportunities to create thousands of new jobs and generate millions of dollars in new revenues that will enhance our tribal land base and benefit our members, the people of Lansing, public school students in Lansing, the people of Huron Township, and the entire state.”

Background Information:
For reporters unfamiliar with this issue, here is some background information: In June 2014 the Sault Tribe filed submissions with the U.S. Department of the Interior to take land into trust in downtown Lansing and in southeast Michigan’s Huron Township. The land in Lansing will become the location of a new gaming resort first proposed by the Tribe and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero in January 2012. The land includes two parcels totaling about 2.7 acres at Michigan Avenue and North Cedar Street adjacent to and near the Lansing Center, the city’s convention and events facility. The Tribe anticipates the land in Huron Township, totaling 71 acres at 36181 Sibley Road and I-275 southwest of Metro Airport, will also serve as a gaming location. The scope of the gaming project in Huron Township will be determined by an economic impact study. At least three federal court developments cleared the way for the Tribe to file the applications:
— On Dec. 18, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that the Sault Tribe could seek Department of Interior approval of its Lansing casino.
— On May 27, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a somewhat similar case that the State of Michigan could not block the Bay Mills Tribe from opening a casino on land not part of its gaming compact with the state.
— Also in 2014, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette withdrew from the U.S. Supreme Court a lawsuit that effectively blocked the filing of the applications.
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Denial Letter from Interior Dept.

On Aug. 10, the Feeding America Community Mobile Pantry will be at the Consolidated Community School Services at 4900 W. Davis Court in Kincheloe from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Registration begins at 4:30. No early distribution; the distribution will be outdoors. Contact Kristin Corbiere, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with any questions.

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

Manistique Health Center: Aug. 1, 3, 8, 10, 16, 21, 25 and 29
Munising Health Center: Aug. 2, 4, 7, 9, 15, 18, 22, 24 and 30
Escanaba Penn Star: Aug. 17
Marquette Community Tribal Center: Aug. 28

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 is scheduled at the Manistique Tribal Center starting at 6 p.m. on July 25. Meeting preceded by a hearing of matters raised by members from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda under budget: Health Center Medical Nursing – TAP, and Indirect Costs and Indirect Membership Services – TAP. 

Under new business, the board considers committee requests and board concerns.

July 25 Meeting Resolutions

The Sault Tribe Board of Directors has created a new Sault Tribe Conservation Committee, under Resolution 2017-135: Re-Establishing the Conservation Committee and Establishing Rules of Procedure. 

The membership of this new Conservation Committee will be a committee of 13; six commercial fishers; six non-commercial fishers and one chair. Commercial fishers are defined as a licensed captain, co-captain, permit holder, or helper aboard a commercial fishing vessel.

For the initial appointment, six members shall serve a term of two years, six members shall serve a term of four years and the chair of the committee shall serve an initial term of two years.

For this newly created conservation committee, the board of directors is waiving the 60-day publishing of vacant seats to ensure this committee is up and running.

For interested tribal members, please send a letter of intent, along with three letters of recommendation from other tribal members, to Linda Grossett, 523 Ashmun St., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783.

Please remember, all letters must have an original signature and must be all turned in at the same time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joanne Carr or Linda Grossett at the Administration Office, 906-635-6050 or 800-793-0660.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors meeting scheduled for July 18 is changed, meeting now scheduled for July 25 at the Manistique Health Center.

Visit one of the oldest historic sites in Michigan and the U.S. Midwest. Experience living history and travel back in time at the St. Ignace Heritage Days July 14-July 16 at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture and Fort de Buade Museum.

St. Ignace is the third oldest continuously occupied settlement in the United States. The location of the Museum of Ojibwa Culture is recognized as one of the oldest historical sites in Michigan and the Midwest.

Join us as we pay special tribute to our rich history. Experience life as it was in the 1760s. Learn the traditional methods of making birch bark baskets and the art of hand drum making. Enjoy special presentations, live music, traditional foods and a variety of other exciting events.
All activities take place at either Fort de Buade or the Museum of Ojibwa Culture.

For more information call the Fort de Buade Museum at 906-643-6627 or Museum of Ojibwa Culture at 906-643-6191.

This event is brought to you by the Michilimackinac Historical Society, Museum of Ojibwa Culture, St. Ignace Public Library, St. Ignace Events Committee, St. Ignace Area Community Foundation, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and the many volunteers who so generously give of their time.

See attached flyer for more information.

Heritage Days Poster

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 6 p.m. on July 11. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Under Budget:  IHS Special Diabetes, Transportation – IRR Roads, Health Center Pharmacy and EDC Mini Storage; Partial Waivers (2); Delegation of Auth. Utility Services; Re-Establishing Conservation Committee; Clarifying Management of Kewadin Casinos; Am. Ch. 71: Tattooing, Body Piercings, etc; Trust Land Status (10); and Authority of Chairperson.

Under New Business, the board will consider Special Needs/Enrollment, Committee Requests, July 18, 2017 Mtg. and Board Concerns.

July 11 Meeting Resolutions

Community Mobile Food Pantry July 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at JKL Bahweting School, 1301 Marquette Ave. in Sault Ste. Marie.

Fruits, vegetables, dairy and baked goods for people in need. Please bring your own boxes and bags.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.

No early distribution. Parking lots are not available until 4:15 p.m.

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