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Sault Tribe’s services, facilities and postponed events during COVID-19 closure

Untitled 1Due to the continuing rise in COVID-19 cases across the tribe’s seven-county service area, Sault Tribe is implementing operational plans for tribal programs and service area counties that are posted in the information bar below. These plans will help safeguard the health of tribal members and team members while still providing services to the membership. Please take care, wear masks in public spaces, practice social distancing and wash your hands often. Miigwech.

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Northern Shores Community Development, Inc. is excited to announce we are accepting applications for $2,500 Grants to support emerging and/or established Native American Farmers, Ranchers, and Agricultural/aquaculture/aquafarming entrepreneurs. Tribal citizens and descendants of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa, Grand Travers Band of Ottawa & Chippewa, Little River Band of Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribe, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, and the Bay Mills Indian Community are encouraged to apply. Treaty Fishing is included in our description of Agriculture/aquaculture as well as harvesting, gathering and processing natural resources to produce a product.

Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2021.

For more information, feel free to email or call Sandra Witherspoon at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 231‑347‑6753.

FARM Program announcement

FARM Grant Application 2021

OPEN-MSU is HIRING for six AmeriCorps VISTA positions across Michigan! Position descriptions and program information can be found at vistaopen.msu.edu. See flyer for more information.


SAULT STE. MARIE, Michigan—On June 15, 2021, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors voted to establish the COVID-19 Rescue Act Membership Assistance Program to protect the health and welfare of the Tribal membership and ensure reasonable resources are available to respond to negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The Tribe’s COVID-19 Rescue Act Membership Assistance Program is established as a new program specifically designed to address the opportunity to distribute COVID-19 relief funds received by the Tribe under the American Rescue Plan Act, a separate act of federal legislation.

Following legal guidance and the Department of Treasury’s published guidance to date, the COVID-19 Rescue Act Membership Assistance Program establishes assistance grants in the amount of $2,000 for Tribal members who can demonstrate they have been impacted by COVID-19.

Assistance grants made under the Program are to be exclusively used to meet reasonable or necessary expenses which are incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible expenses shall include, but are not limited to, medical, housing, health related goods or services, food, transportation for medical appointments, funeral costs, and similar expenses.

A COVID-19 Rescue Act Membership Assistance Program application form must be completed by each Tribal member in order to be eligible to receive potential assistance through the Program. The forms are tentatively slated to be mailed out within the upcoming weeks and shall also be available electronically.


24th Annual Sugar Island Powwow and Gathering, July 17‑18, 2021
July 17:
1 p.m. Grand entry
5 p.m. Feast
7 p.m. Grand entry
July 18: 1 p.m. Grand entry
**Hand Drum Contest**

Head veteran: Henry Boulley Jr.
Arena director: Nick VanAlstine
MCs: Josh Homminga and Shannon Martin
Head female dancer: Jackie Minton
Head male dancer: Abe Bouschor
Host drum: Medicine Bear
Co-host drum: Bahweting Singers
Spiritual advisor: Mick Frechette

All public health protocols and social distancing in place.

3 Mile Road, Sugar Island
Follow signs from ferry
Vendors on first come, first served basis

Free and open to the public
No drugs, alcohol, politics, pets

Please message us on Facebook for more information at www.facebook.com/sugarislandpowwow2/.

2021 Sugar Island Powwow Flyer

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