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Sault Tribe governmental offices and health centers will be closed on Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.

The annual Native American Festival is on May 25‑26, 2019, at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture, 500 N. State Street in St. Ignace, Mich.

It is a day to recognize and celebrate the rich culture and contributions of the Anishinaabek people from the area. At its idyllic location close to the shores of Lake Huron, the festival shines with amazing energy, pride and excitement in the drummers, dancers, workshop presenters, visitors and supporters who attend the festival each year.

The festival is committed to focusing on the creative and traditional spirit of the Anishinaabek people and helping to preserve and revitalize their arts and culture, while inspiring them to take pride in their heritage and community.

Hear the sounds of drums, see the expressive dances and taste the traditions that were literally hundreds of years in the making – all at this one incredible event. The smell of sacred medicines and the feel of birch bark, porcupine quills and other materials used for both function and artistry are also part of the experience. The festival is on the grounds of the Museum of Ojibwa Culture and festival activities are free to all visitors.

Saturday, May 25
Workshops and demonstrations: 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
-Hoop dancing workshop for children and youth, (adults welcome);
-Shane Flamand, internationally known hoop dancer, Sudbury, Ontario;
-Dreamcatcher workshop, learn how to make willow dream-catchers from start to finish, Teresa Flamand;
-Black ash basket workshop, experience a demonstration with traditional basket maker, Marge Bekins;
-Quill work workshop, Sally Paquin an accomplished quill basket maker demonstrates the artistry of porcupine quill work;
-Traditional medicines, learn about the importance and relationship of the four sacred medicines, sweet grass, sage, tobacco and cedar to Indigenous culture, Lisa Burnside;
-Traditional story telling in the long house, John Causley 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.;
-Grandmother Moon Drummers and Singers, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.;
-Guided tours: museum and museum grounds with a cultural interpreter - 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.;
-Traditional drumming and dancing: Grand entry at 1 p.m. Guest dancer, Shane Flamand, internationally known hoop dancer.
-Traditional feast at 5:30 p.m. (free for participants, must have participant tickets): $11 for non-participants.

Sunday, May 26
-Traditional talking circle in the long house: 10 a.m. to 12: p.m., Tony Grondin and Richard Lewis
-Traditional storytelling in the long house, Richard Lewis 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call Shirley Sorrels at 906‑643‑9161.

Families Against Narcotics (FAN) Chippewa County now meets on a new night. Meetings are now on the third Wednesdays of every month at 6 p.m. at the new location in the Avery Square conference room, on the second floor (elevators available) in Sault Ste. Marie. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit or www.facebook.com/fanchipp.

Don’t be a party to underage drinking! Underage drinking is not a minor problem. Town hall meeting on May 23 at the Manistique High School auditorium at 6 p.m. Call 906‑286‑0159 to register.

Town Hall Meeting Flyer

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at Sault Ste. Marie Kewadin Casino starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 5 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are 2020 Frogbit, WIOA Work Experience, Indian Highway Safety Program, USDA Reconnect Grant Application and Amending Ch. 90: Housing Ordinance.

Under New Business, the Board will consider Committee Request, Mission Reserve Land Update, Opposition to Crane Hunt and Board Concerns.

May 21 Meeting Resolutions

Feeding America of West Michigan brings fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy and baked goods to distribute to people in need on May 22 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.

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will hold a special meeting Tuesday, May 14, at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie at 10 a.m. On the agenda will be necessary amendments and/or administrative policy and procedures modifications to effectuate the previous marijuana ordinance change and Insurance: insurance plan document/summary plan description.

The USDA Forest Service is seeking preliminary input for the upcoming McNearney Vegetation Management Project, which will address vegetation management on National Forest System lands on the Sault Ste Marie Ranger District.

A project open house will be hosted by the US Forest Service on Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Superior Township Hall, 7049 South M-221, Brimley, Mich. Forest Service personnel will be on hand to answer questions and accept comments.

"We may utilize information gathered during this open house to help us develop the proposed action," said Acting District Ranger, Micah Reuber. 

He reminded the public that in keeping with the National Environmental Policy Act, additional formal public participation will occur after the proposed action is developed. 

Public input is most valuable if it is within the scope of the project area, is specific, has direct relationship to the project, and includes supporting reasons. 

Alternatively, send hard copy comments to Acting District Ranger Micah Reuber, USFS, c/o McNearney Project, W1900  US 2, St. Ignace, MI 49781. Or fax to 906‑643‑8759 or TTY711. Office hours for those who wish to hand deliver comments are 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except Federal Holidays).

For additional information contact Martha Sjogren, Team Leader, 906‑298‑0111.

MACKINAC CITY—Today in a meeting with members of Governor Whitmer’s staff and EGLE staff, tribal leaders reiterated what they’ve been saying since 2014: decommission that pipeline.

Sault Tribe was invited to a May 3 tribal consultation between the Executive Office of the Governor and each of Michigan’s 12 federally recognized Indian tribes to collect input regarding the future of Line 5 and a possible tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. Of the 10 tribes attending, all were united in their desire to see Line 5 shut down, in line with the United Tribes of Michigan resolution.

Gov. Whitmer has been negotiating with Enbridge regarding a tunnel to house Enbridge’s oil pipeline running through the Straits. But Sault Tribe says that is unacceptable. “I’m not looking for a deal to be struck with Enbridge,” Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment said. “I’m looking for the governor to stand up for the people of Michigan.”

Enbridge’s Line 5, a 30-inch-diameter pipeline built in 1953 that extends a distance of 4.6 miles beneath the Straits of Mackinac, is as dangerous as ever. Line 5 was designed for a 50-year life and is now 16 years beyond its design life. This pipeline at any given time contains nearly 1 million gallons of crude oil beneath the waters of the Straits of Mackinac. For 4 to 6 months of the year, the Straits are ice-covered, making spill response nearly impossible. Numerous small ruptures have already occurred on land portions of this line, including a spill in early December 2014, on the bank of the Manistique River just 1 mile from Lake Michigan.

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians passed a resolution in February 2015 entreating any regulatory authority, be it federal, state, or other, to take all action toward requiring decommissioning of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline at the Straits of Mackinac and specifically requesting the Michigan Petroleum Pipelines Task Force to include in its recommendations the decommissioning of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline at the Straits of Mackinac.

Sault Tribe’s position has not changed. “We have a new day, a new opportunity, a new governor,” said Payment.  “Unfortunately, the new governor has inherited this problem.”

Decommissioning Line 5 now is the only decision that makes sense. A catastrophic oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac would devastate the tribal fishing industry, as well as shut down water intakes for numerous communities and devastate the shoreline and island ecosystems and tourist industry—all for an investment that probably won’t be relevant by the time it is completed.

“A half-billion dollar investment in a tunnel will be either a stranded asset (never used), or it guarantees climate disaster,” said Payment.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at Sault Ste. Marie Kewadin Casino starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 5 p.m.
Resolutions on the agenda are 2019 Budget-Frogbit; 2019 Budget-Climate Change/GLRI; 2019 Budget- Judicial Services, etc.; 2019 Budget-Tribal Transportation; 2019 Budget-Horne Step Increases; 2019 Budget-H C Administration; 2019 Budget-HC Medical Nursing/Third Party Revenue; 2019 Budget-St. Ignace Dental; 2019 Budget-Munising Pharmacy; 2019 Budget-Saving Lives Project; 2019 Budget-BOD; two Partial Waivers; three Michigan Elders Association; Award Contract Health Center Redevelopment Project; Award Contract for Tree Planting Project; Award Contract for Bahweting Project; six Request Reservation Status; Grant Application-Economic Development Agency; 2019 Indian Housing Plan Amendment #2; Sault Tribe Insurance Plan Doc/Summary Plan Description; Waiver-Greektown Holdings LLC; Amending Ch. 90: Housing Ordinance; Authorization to Enhance Land Claims Self Sufficiency; Authorization for Internal Loan Land Claims Self Sufficiency; BIA Request for Tribal Assistance; Trust Land Lease to Sault Tribe EDC; and Amending Res. 2018-185: Property Acquisition.
Under New Business, the board will consider Disenrollments, Committee Request, Letter to Cheboygan Schools, Forest Service, Org Chart and Board Concerns.

May 7, 2019, Agenda and Resolutions

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