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A ZOOM ONLY special meeting of the Sault Tribe Election Commission has been called for Monday, March 4, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. Tribal members may attend via Zoom at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81389285311.

The purpose of this special meeting is for the Election Commission to review the grounds of a recently filed Election Complaint pursuant to Chapter 10: Election Ordinance, Section 10.121: Conduct of Contests and Complaints.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —Pursuant to Tribal Code Chapter 14, Rules of Parliamentary Procedures, Section 14.105 (9), Directors Causley-Smith, Borowicz, Hampton, Lee, McRorie, LaPlaunt, Freiheit and McKerchie have called a special meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors for Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, at 5 p.m. at the Sault Kewadin Casinos in the Whitefish Point Room, in person or via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/83640619761.

To attend the scheduled workshop, except for closed session or items, go to https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84149623333. Those who have already registered to Zoom Board of Directors meetings need not register for workshops.

On the agenda under Resolutions is: Voiding All Conversion Fishing Agreements and Eliminating Boat Length Requirements in Tribal Code Chapter 20.

February 27 Meeting Resolutions

LAS VEGAS & RENO, Nev.—Caesars Entertainment Inc. announced on Feb. 20 an agreement to acquire the operations of WynnBET’s Michigan iGaming business and a long-term extension of iGaming market access rights with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, subject to regulatory approvals. As part of the transaction, Caesars gains access to the Sault Tribe’s iGaming skins, enabling Caesars to operate additional digital brands in Michigan, and existing WynnBET customers will be transitioned to Caesars’ Michigan iGaming platform, pending regulatory approvals. Wynn and Caesars will receive non-cash consideration, including extinguishment, reductions, and assignment of certain contractual obligations related to both parties’ businesses.

“As we continue to grow our iGaming franchise, the assumption of WynnBET’s iGaming operations in Michigan allows us to tap into a significant market and customer base, providing a crucial step forward in growing our digital products and offering players more ways to play,” said Matt Sunderland, SVP & Chief iGaming Officer for Caesars Entertainment. “We are honored to work with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and look forward to growing with them in Michigan.”

WynnBET’s iGaming operations provide Caesars with the unique opportunity to expand further into one of the largest iCasino markets in the U.S. while continuing to operate both Caesars Sportsbook and Caesars Palace Online Casino. Caesars intends to transition the WynnBET iCasino operations in Michigan later this year to one of the flagship gaming brands within the Caesars portfolio. Caesars is committed to a seamless transition and premium customer experience for current WynnBET iGaming customers. More information on Caesars’ new iCasino offering will be announced at a later date.

“It was paramount that our next partner in iGaming possessed both expertise in the U.S. iGaming market and a history of strong partnerships in Indian country. We believe we found that with Caesars and look forward to being part of their new iCasino offering,” said Austin Lowes, Chairman of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

The Sault Tribe currently owns and operates Kewadin Casinos, which consist of five land-based casinos located throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The Sault Tribe Election Commission is holding its next regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 21, 2024. All meetings are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be held in the Whitefish Point Room at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie. Meetings of the Sault Tribe Election Commission are open to tribal members, in person or via Zoom at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81389285311 as view-only attendees.

Election Commission Meeting Agenda

Sault Tribe Behavioral Health’s Second Annual Recovery Gala March 8, LSSU Cisler Center, Superior Ballroom, 7-11 p.m. Adults only recovery social event. Free community event. No dress code.

Dinner, dancing, DJ, photobooth, door prizes, etc.

150 attendee max. Registration preferred but not required.

Scan the QR Code or register at link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PSZQ3NS.

Recovery Gala Flyer

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting beginning 5 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie, in person or via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/83640619761.

“Membership Participation” will be held at 5 p.m. in person or by virtual attendance. The link is available Sault Tribe website under membership assistance for the meeting link and Membership Form that must be completed. The deadline to submit a form is 1 p.m. on meeting day. The link is https://zoom.us/j/83640619761. Those who have already registered for Zoom meetings need not register again unless they have a matter for the board.

To attend the scheduled workshop, except for closed session or items, go to https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84149623333. Those who have already registered to Zoom Board of Directors meetings need not register for workshops.

On the agenda under Resolutions is: FY24 Budget Mod Inland Fish & Wildlife & Establish FY24, Budget-CCER Technical Services Contract and Ishkode Project, FY24 Institute of Museum & Library Services-Basic Lib. Grant, FY24 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation, ARPA Funded OHTE Program Policies and Plan, Reallocation of ARPA Funds, Trust Land Status-Lots 1-30 Block 1 SSM Chippewa County, Trust Land Status - Lots 4-8 Block 6 SSM Chippewa County, Trust Land Status - Hillcrest Prop. Cedarville Mackinac County, Trust Land Lease Cancellation - Fortin, Trust Land Lease - McKerchie and LaPlante Jr., Partial Waiver of Convictions, Authorizing Limited Waiver of Immunity - Liquor License, and Submission - Congressionally Directed Spending Req. FY2025.

Under New Business, the board will consider: Child Welfare Committee – Board Liaison, Conversion Fishing Agreements, and Board Concerns.

February 20 Meeting Resolutions

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Sault Kewadin Casino, in person or via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/83640619761. Those who have already registered for Zoom meetings need not register again.

Tribal members may also attend board workshops in person or via Zoom, https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84149623333. The workshop agenda is included in the attached board packet. Those who are registered for board meetings need not register for workshops.

On the agenda under Resolutions is Authorization and Waiver of Immunity-Third Amended and Restated Online Gaming and Sportsbetting Agreement-American Wagering, Inc.

February 13 Special Meeting

Sault Tribe Election Commission have been scheduled through July 2024. All meetings are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be held in the Whitefish Point Room at the Sault Kewadin Casino. Meetings of the Sault Tribe Election Commission are open to tribal members, in person or via Zoom at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81389285311 as view-only attendees.

Meeting Dates:
Feb. 21, 2024
March 20, 2024
April 17, 2024
May 15, 2024
June 19, 2024
July 17, 2024

BYLAWS Election Commission

ELECTION COMMISSION HEARING PROCEDURES

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting beginning 5 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie, in person or via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/83640619761.

“Membership Participation” will be held at 5 p.m. in person or by virtual attendance. The link is available Sault Tribe website under membership assistance for the meeting link and Membership Form that must be completed. The deadline to submit a form is 1 p.m. on meeting day. The link is https://zoom.us/j/83640619761. Those who have already registered for Zoom meetings need not register again unless they have a matter for the board.

To attend the scheduled workshop, except for closed session or items, go to https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84149623333. Those who have already registered to Zoom Board of Directors meetings need not register for workshops.

On the agenda under Resolutions is: Health Division-COVID Equipment FY24 Budget, Buildings-Internal R&M FY24 Budget Modification, Telecommunications, Sales, Telecom CapEx FY24 Budgets, FY24 Budget Document-Health Division, FY24 Budget Document 003, FY24 Governmental Capital Expenditures, Lease Modification-McKerchie / Rapson STHA-JKL-006 (11), Trust Land Lease-Blake Shields, Amending Acting and Interim Appointment Policy, Amending Chapter 20: Boat Length Requirements, Amending Chapter 71: Criminal Offenses, Re-Allocate/Rescind ARPA Resolutions for Revenue Replacement, Examining Compliance-Section 8(a) of Small Business Act, Amend Letter of Credit PNC/Limited Waiver of Immunity, Naming of USDA Food Distribution Building, Nomination-Tyler LaPlaunt to HHS Tribal Advisory Committee, Amendment to COVID-19 Fishery Participant Assistance Program, Voiding all Conversion Fishing Agreements and Eliminating Boat Length Requirements In Tribal Code Chapter 20, ARPA Fund Appropriation-Unit II Community Center and Revenue Replacement, and Transfer Lume Lease Money from STI to Sault Tribe Lending.

Under New Business, the board will consider: Committee Appointments/ Resignations, Election Commission-Bylaws, Election Commission-Hearing Procedures, Amend 2024 Board Calendar-New Location, Mobile Health Van, and Board Concerns.

RESOLUTIONS

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