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Hear ye, Hear ye, all lords and ladies of the land! Hospice of the EUP invites thee to the Madrigal dinner celebration at Kewadin Casino's DreamMakers Theater. The hearth will glow as our yule log burns and we welcome in the Christmas season. Join us starting at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 8, and our new Sunday afternoon time of 2 p.m. on Dec. 9, for our wassail reception with entertainers and booths in the hallway. The theater doors open as the herald trumpets blow, bidding you enter for our medieval dinner, which will enrapture and delight all of our guests, young and old. We promise a wonderful night with exciting new acts and returning favorite numbers. All proceeds from the show benefit Hospice of the EUP. Tickets available at the Kewadin Casino Box Office call 1-800-KEWADIN or visit www.kewadin.com. For more information, contact us via our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HospiceoftheEUPMadrigalDinner/. We hope to see you for our celebration! WASSAIL!!!

Sault Tribe Traditional Medicine Program winter in-service with traditional practitioner Keith Smith in a discussion on feasts and giveaways on Dec. 10, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Sault Tribe Health Center auditorium, 2864 Ashmun Street in Sault Ste. Marie. Everyone is welcome!

Sault Tribe governmental offices and health centers closed Nov. 22 and Nov. 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at the Hessel Tribal Center starting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 20. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 6 p.m. 

Resolutions are Budgets: Education-TED Grant, Buildings-Est. 2018 Budget, ACFS Family Violence, and ACFS Funeral Asst., Elder Transportation and Elder Health; DeMawating Development Property Management; Authorization to Purchase Property; Lease Modification; USDA-Rural Development-Odenaang Water; USDA-Rural Development-Odenaang Sewer; Indian Health-Bemar Project Funding; Est. New Wage Grid-Health Division; Am. Res. 2018-185-Adding One Parcel; Appointments and Tribal Transportation-TIP.

Under New Business, the board will consider Committee Request, Interim Employee Appt., EDC Director and Board Concerns.

November 20 Meeting Resolutions

All invited to the EUP annual Giving Thanks Food Distribution on Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., LSSU Norris Center – Bud Cooper Gymnasium, 1000 Meridian in Sault Ste. Marie. This no cost food distribution was developed to help local families in need. Please bring your own boxes or bags to carry out food.

Food Distribution Flyer

Say NO to Line 5 tunnel!

Dear Tribal Members:

Our Sault Tribe Board of Directors has asked me to send this letter to you to help in stopping Michigan Senate Bill 1197 introduced on Thursday, November 8, to grant the Mackinac Bridge Authority, “to acquire a bridge connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan, including causeways, tunnels, roads and all useful related equipment and facilities…” 

While our Ogichidaa Anishinaabe Kwe were holding a water ceremony on the northern shore of the Straits of Mackinac and I was giving public comment opposing a foreign oil company’s continued exploitative practices and the state’s dereliction of our natural resources, legislation was introduced to grant this authority to the Mackinac Bridge Authority, an authority for which it was never intended. Their plan is to enact this legislation during lame duck before January 1 so incoming Michigan Governor-Elect Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General-Elect Dana Nessel have no say in how to handle this impending disaster. 

The recently retired Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) Chair William Gnodtke opposed the proposal at the November 8 meeting, saying, “The MBA is working just fine…It makes no sense to fundamentally alter its mission to try to fix another, completely unrelated problem.” Further, he and seven other retired MBA members attest, “We strongly urge all those in Lansing and elsewhere to protect the Mackinac Bridge and to end attempts to significantly expand the Authority’s role by assigning it responsibilities that have absolutely no relationship to the fundamental mission it has successfully carried for 68 years.” 

Each day, Line 5 carries over nearly 20 million gallons of oil under the Straits. The pipeline was intended to last only 50 years and is 15 years beyond safe operations. Recall the nearly 1 million gallons of oil that Enbridge spilled from Line 6 at the Kalamazoo River in 2010! It will take 100 years to return to the pre-spill ecology and took seven years of litigation to cover just some of the liability. Line 5 is estimated to cause $2 billion in damage and will decimate our tourism and whitefish fishery forever. This is too great a risk to destroy our fishing tradition we have participated in for thousands of years. 

Please join me, our tribal board, fellow Sault Tribe citizens, tribal people and friends all across the state to write to your State Senator and Representative to tell them to oppose any legislation or action other than one to shut down Line 5! Attached is a letter for your state senator and representative.

Find your state representative here: http://house.michigan.gov/mhrpublic/frmFindaRep.aspx.
Find your state senator here: http://www.senate.mi.gov/fysbyaddress.html. 

Then, just sign your name and mail it. If you prefer, you can also call your representatives, using your letter as a script. 

Please contact me at 906‑635‑6050 or email me should you wish to further discuss our request.

Chi Miigwech,
 
Aaron A. Payment

Line 5 tunnel Letters

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