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2019 SSM Powwow FlyerThe 38th annual Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Summer Gathering and Powwow is on July 4‑7, 2019. Going back to the July 4th weekend by popular demand! This event is free and open to the public!

Dates and times:
Thursday, July 4
- Spiritual gathering
Friday, July 5
- Kids’ carnival and karaoke night starting at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 6
- Drum and dancer registration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.;
- Grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
- Traditional feast at 5 p.m. (Free and open to the public)
Sunday, July 7
- Grand entry at noon.
- Traditional giveaway at 3 p.m.
- Dance and drum contest winners announced at 4 p.m.
- Powwow closing at 5 p.m.

- Singing and dancing contests.
- Traditional community feast.
- Authentic food and craft vendors.
- Drug, alcohol and political free event.

Full event flyer to be released at a later date.

Sault Summer Gathering and Powwow Flyer

White Out the Violence Hockey Night at LSSU Jan. 25. Puck Drops at 7 p.m. We encourage everyone to wear white. Free tee-shirt giveaway for the first 1,000 attendants. For ticket information call 632-6841 or the Diane Peppler Resource Center at 906‑635‑0566.

White Out the Violence Hockey Night Flyer

Land saleKINCHELOE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians recently acquired Shunk Rental Properties, located in Kincheloe, Mich., adding 87 rental properties to Sault Tribe’s property management company, DeMawating Development.

DeMawating Development paid the $1.9 million purchase price for the rentals, which will in turn generate new revenue.

“I want to thank our economic development director and express my appreciation for the Board of Directors’ vote to continue down the path to diversify our economic development,” Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment said. 

Payment added, “These rentals will complement our existing DeMawating rentals and increase our overall profitability in the long term.”

DeMawating is organized as an economic enterprise under the Sault Tribe’s EDC and has a long history of providing market driven affordable rental housing options to the local and surrounding communities. 

“The acquisition of the Shunk properties was approved by the Sault Tribe Board of Directors and facilitates the expansion and growth of the Tribes economic endeavors,” Economic Development Director Joel Schultz said. 

DeMawating Development and Shunk Properties have worked side by side in this acquisition to assure the acquired properties and tenants will integrate into DeMawating seamlessly. DeMawating Development looks forward to providing the existing Shunk tenants with the same level of customer service they are accustomed to from the Shunks. 

“We would to thank Mr. Spence Shunk and the Shunk Family for the opportunity to acquire the properties and for their work toward making the transition of ownership as smooth as possible,” Sault Tribe Real Estate Manager Brenda Jeffreys said. 

For information on available units and housing option, please contact DeMawating Development, 42 Wood Lake, Kincheloe, 906‑495‑2800.

Photo: Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment shakes hands with Spencer Shunk upon the purchase of Shunk Rental Properties (L-R) with Sault Tribe Unit II Director Keith Massaway looking on.

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 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 5 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are EPA Water Quality, DeMawating Development, five Tribal Liquor License Casino resolutions, two Tribal Liquor License Midjim resolutions, three Trust Land Status resolutions, 2019 BIA GLRI Lake Whitefish Recruitment Bottleneck, 2019 BIA GLRI Lake Whitefish Experimental Rearing, 2019 BIA Hatchery Maintenance and Rehab, 2019 BIA Endangered Species Bizhiw (Canada Lynx), 2019 BIA Invasive Species Program, 2019 GLRI Invasive Species Management, 2019 GLRI Adaptive Fire Management Plan, 2019 BIA Circle of Flight-Manoomin Restoration, Tamarack Business Center, Srinergy Solar Project-Kewadin Sault, Srinergy Solar Project-Chi Mukwa, Srinergy Solar Project-Kewadin Shores, Appointment of Appellate Judge Feleppa, Appointment of Reserve Appellate Judge Finch, Appointment of Reserve Elder Appellate Judge Causley and Supporting Uniting Three Fires Against Violence.

Under New Business, the board will consider Trust Land Escanaba, Committee Request and Board Concerns.

January 22 Meeting Resolutions

Federal workers, tribal members, anyone affected by the federal government shutdown: the ALGER COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY is here for you and ready to help. Please pass this message along to your neighbors and friends.

We are located in Munising next to the Forest Service building and across the street from the Neenah Paper Company on H-58. If you need assistance, we are open Tuesday and Thursday, 12 to 4:30 p.m. or call Kim at 906‑387‑4795, Ruth Ann 906‑387‑3814.

Feeding America of West Michigan brings fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy and baked goods to distribute to people in need on Jan. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the JKL Bahweting School, 1301 Marquette Avenue in Sault Ste. Marie.

Please bring boxes and bags to receive food.

Registration begins at 5 p.m. No early distribution. Please note that parking lots are not available until 4:15 p.m.

Please contact Kristen Corbiere at 906‑635‑5055, extension 122 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions.

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