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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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LumeStore opening follows historic partnership with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lume Cannabis Co. will begin offering its high-quality cannabis products for adult-use customers in Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding communities Friday, Jan. 15, beginning at 1 p.m. The store, located at 246 3 Mile Rd in Sault Ste. Marie, is Lume’s 14th store in Michigan.

“At Lume, we pride ourselves on offering an unmatched variety of safe and high-quality THC and CBD products and we are excited to introduce our brand and show cannabis in a new light to adult-use consumers in Sault Ste. Marie and the eastern Upper Peninsula,” Doug Hellyar, president and COO of Lume, said. “We thank the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians for welcoming us with open arms and look forward to joining this vibrant community and serving the cannabis needs of the entire Sault Ste. Marie community and beyond.”

The store will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. All first-time customers will receive a 10 percent discount and a free 0.7g pre-roll.

“We partnered with Lume Cannabis Company because they have the expertise, passion, values and philosophy to expand economic development on tribal land and bring a safe, high-quality product to our community,” Joel Schultz, Sault Tribe Economic Development executive director, said. “The opening of the Sault Ste. Marie store is just the first of many exciting announcements that come with this historic partnership.”

Over the summer, the company is planning to open five additional stores on tribal land this year and next year, Lume and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe announced.

Lume offers more than 20 strains of high-quality Lume flower, lines of effects-based Lume Cartridges and Lume Gummies, a line of Lume-branded CBD infused tinctures, balms, body butters and more.

All Lume flower is grown and cultivated in a state-of-the-art facility in Evart, Mich., by a team of highly trained and experienced growers, which ensures all Lume products have consistent aromas, appearances and effects.

All Lume products are produced without harmful chemicals and go through the most rigorous testing in the industry to ensure they meet the highest standards for quality and safety.

For a full listing of products available in Sault Ste. Marie, visit www.lume.com/sault-ste-marie

Lume Cannabis Company is a privately held, vertically integrated cannabis company with deep Michigan roots, committed to producing high-quality cannabis products for medical patients and recreational consumers to enjoy.

Lume also operates stores in Adrian, Big Rapids, Evart, Honor, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lowell, Mackinaw City, Negaunee, Owosso, Petoskey, Petersburg and Walled Lake, and will have 100 stores open across the state by the end of 2024.

To learn more, visit www.lume.com or follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/lumecann


Due to technical issue in the building Tribal Health Center in Munising will be closed today. Please, accept our sincere apologies for inconvenience. Normal operation of Tribal Health Center in Munising will resume at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. at the Sault Kewadin Casino. Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the meetings are not open to the public.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Budget modifications: Cultural – Anishnaabemowin Theater Project, ACFS – Tribal Governments, Natural Resources – Manoomin, Natural Resources – Invasive Species Surveillance, Natural Resources – Wintering Complexes, Dental Clinics – Sault, St. Ignace, Manistique, 3rd Party; Limited Waiver – Internet Gaming, Limited Waiver –Sports Betting, Online Gaming, Sports Betting, Limited Waiver; Contract – Patterson, Earnhart, Real Bird & Wilson, Contract – Morisset, Schlosser, Jozwiak, & Somerville, Contract – Foster Garvey, Contract – Butzel Long, Contract – Alexis Lambros, Contract – Sonosky Chambers and Contract – Ogitchiida Qwe.

Under New Business is an Interim Appointment, Key Employee and Board Concerns.

January 19 Meeting Resolutions

Sharing the Seeds – Future Community Seed Library in the Works at Ojibwe Learning Center and Library

A community seed library is a public collection of seeds available for community members to “borrow” or grow out. Community seed libraries provide access to seeds for gardeners of all levels and the opportunity for community members to learn about growing plants and seed keeping.

Multiple Sault Tribe departments and community partners are currently in the process of establishing a community seed library at the Ojibwe Learning Center and Library in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Departments involved include Sault Tribe’s Language and Culture and Community Health Departments as well as community partners such as Michigan State University’s Federally-Recognized Tribes Extension Program and individual community members. The group is inviting interested community members to join in the creation of this seed library! Gardeners, growers, and seed keepers of all levels of experience are welcome.

If you are interested in being involved in the creation of this community seed library or would just like to receive general updates, please visit Bit.ly/ShareTheSeeds to share your contact information. You can also reach out to Marie Richards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or for more information.

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 - six vacancies – three males (4-year term), three female (4-year term)
Child Welfare Committee - three vacancies (4-year term)
Conservation Committee - one vacancy – Fisheries (term expiring: 3/3/2023)
Election Committee - three vacancies (4-year term)
Higher Education Committee - Two vacancies (4-year term)
Health Board - five vacancies (4-year term)
Housing Commission - one vacancy-open to all units (4-year term)
Special Needs/Enrollment Committee - five vacancies (2-year term)

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