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Attention Tribal Members!

Sault Tribe Enrollment Department Temporary Hours updated

Temporary Office Hours for the Enrollment Department are Wednesday, open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

We will still be in the office all week 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. but temporary office hours to the public are reduced in order to prepare for the COVID-19 Rescue Act Membership Assistance Program.

Due to the increased number of calls to the Enrollment Office, staff are unable to return phone messages and apologize for this inconvenience. There are alternative ways to conduct enrollment business.

To change your mailing address, please email the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (you can also send by mail or fax):
Full name
Date of Birth
Current mailing address
Phone number

To renew your card via email please send the following info to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:
Full Name
Date of Birth
Current Mailing Address
Phone number
Credit Card Number and Expiration Date (the fee is $5 per tribal ID card). We accept Visa, Mastercard or Discover.

If you are unable to email or are not comfortable doing so, you can send a money order to Sault Tribe Enrollment, PO Box 1628, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783. (Sorry, no personal checks.)

To enroll your minor child(ren) please download the application at: saulttribe.com/images/Application_to_enroll_children.pdf. The tribal parent must fill out the application and will need to submit it with the child’s courthouse birth certificate. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing as we are extremely busy enrolling children. You may fax or mail the application and documents or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Fax Number: 906‑632‑1648)

Enrollment Application

 

About Us

The Enrollment Department was established in the early 1950s. It was the tribe’s first membership service program. The department was formed to document membership so the tribe could petition the United States government for federal recognition. Since then, the tribe has grown to nearly 40,000 members across the world.

The Enrollment Department, which oversees the tribal member enrollment and maintains its database, offers tribal member services: tribal membership cards, tuition waiver certifications, blood quantum certifications, relinquishment requests, enrollment of children, update address changes, assist in the process of obtaining a treaty fishing license, family genealogy, eagle feather permits and form BIA-4432 (indian preference forms).

In February 1998, the membership rolls for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe closed to all adults.

The biological minor children of full bonifide members are still being enrolled. To enroll a minor child, at least one biological parent must be enrolled with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe as a full bonifide member. The enrolled tribal parent must fill out an enrollment application and submit a copy of the child’s courthouse birth certificate (or state copy). Enrollment does not accept hospital birth records. The information can then be mailed, e-mailed, faxed or brought to the Enrollment Department. Please allow one to two weeks for the child’s tribal card to arrive in the mail. There is no fee to enroll the minor children under the age of 18.

In 2011, the Tribal Membership Ordinance was amended to include applications for persons who were unable to trace ancestry due to sealed child custody records, unrecognized paternity, or out-of-home placements. These applicants must still be able to trace their ancestry pursuant to Section 11.106 of the Membership Ordinance. These applications are subject to a $25 non-refundable application fee.

On November 4, 2014, the Tribal Membership Ordinance was amended to allow biological children of full bona fide members under the age of 21 to apply for membership. Applicants that are over 18 and under the age of 21 must fill out the enrollment applicationThese applicants are subject to the $25 non refundable application fee. Applicants in this category will be required to furnish the documentation proving their Native Ancestry. An enrolled relative can sign a release form to allow the applicant access to the documentation in their file to complete the applicant's application. Please contact the Enrollment Department for more information or to have an application mailed to you.

Fee

  • Card Renewal for Expired Card: $5
  • Replacement of Unexpired Card: $20
  • Tuition Waiver Certification: $15
  • Blood Quantum Certification: $15
  • Copy of File Documentation: $5

Forms of payment

  • Money orders (made out to Sault Tribe Enrollment), Credit/Debit card (Discover, Master Card, VISA) or cash. Sorry, no personal checks.

Contact Us

The Enrollment Building is located on the Sault Ste. Marie Reservation, just south of the Kewadin Casino and Hotel Convention Center.

 


Sault Tribe Enrollment Department

PO Box 1628
2428 Shunk Rd
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783

Phone: 800‑251‑6597
            906‑632‑8552
            906‑635‑3396
FAX:      906‑632‑1648

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