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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians recently received $211 million from the American Recovery Act, signed by President Biden on March 11.

The Act invests $1.75 billion in American Indian and Alaska Native governments. It includes $772.5 million for tribal government services, public safety and justice, social services, child welfare assistance and other related expenses; $100 million for tribal housing improvement; $20 million to provide and deliver potable water; and $7.5 million for related federal administrative costs and oversight, according to the BIA. The Bureau of Indian Education was funded $850 million for BIE-operated schools, tribally controlled schools, and tribal colleges and universities to support quality education delivery while protecting students, teachers, and communities from COVID-19.

At the Sault Tribe Board of Directors June 8 workshop, the board began work to develop a priority list for American Recovery Act plan implementation for the tribe and its membership. The board is identifying funding priority areas based upon a system of input from team members, tribal members and the tribe’s strategic plan. After this is complete, the tribe will align projects and services in line with these priority areas. The membership will be included in the process and its input will help shape programming.

The board recently announced that this process has begun, and it will publish updates as decisions are made.

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 June 15 at the Sault Kewadin Casino, open to the public in person or via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/96906911516.

“Matters Raised by the Membership” will be held at 4 p.m. in person or by virtual attendance. The Membership Form that must be completed is available under Membership Assistance at saulttribe.com. The membership session link is https://zoom.us/j/96906911516.

Resolutions on the agenda are, under Budget Modifications: Enrollment, Youth Ed. & Activities, St. Ignace Medical Nursing, Healthy Start Grant and Mental Health / Third Party Revenue; Family Violence Prevention and Services; Naming of New Facilities Garage; Approving Contract Amendment Sonosky Chambers; Contract Approval Meritain/Delta Dental; IHS Sanitation Facilities MOA; Authorization to Apply for Funding from MBDA; Authorization to Purchase Property; Distribution to Membership American Rescue Act; and COVID American Recovery Relief Program.

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

June 15 Meeting Resolutions

Black Label Society Rescheduled for Nov. 13 at Kewadin Casino Sault Ste. Marie!

Black Label Society is Doom Trooping over North America and coming BACK to Kewadin Casinos on Saturday, Nov. 13 with special guests Obituary and Prong!

Black Label Society is one part invading horde and all parts traveling carnival party, BLS traverses the world powered by caffeine and cacophony. Fronted by Zakk Wylde, co-writer of modern Ozzy Osbourne classics like No More Tears, Mama I'm Coming Home, Road to Nowhere and Miracle Man, BLS has consistently been defined by Wylde's unmistakable voice and signature guitar sound and the steady rumble of bassist John DeServio. BLS is rounded out, in the studio and onstage, by guitarist Dario Lorina (since 2013) and powerhouse drummer Jeff Fabb (since 2012).

Doom Trooping alongside Black Label Society are special guests Obituary, who celebrated the 30th Anniversary of Slowly We Rot in 2019 and Prong, celebrating 35 years of metal in 2021. This is going to be a weekend you will never forget.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 11 at 10 a.m. for $27.50!

Tickets will be available at tickets.kewadin.com or at the Box Office.

*This is a Standing Room Only show*

The following committees have vacant seats. Sault Tribe members interested in filling these vacancies should submit one letter of intent and three letters of recommendation from other members to Joanne Carr or Linda Grossett, 523 Ashmun St., Sault Ste. Marie MI 49783. Call 906‑635‑6050 with any questions.

Anishinaabe Cultural Committee - six vacancies - three males (4-year term), three female (4-year term)
Child Welfare Committee - two vacancies (4-year term) 1 vacancy (expires 5-23)
Election Committee - four vacancies (4-year term)
Higher Education Committee - two vacancies (4-year term)
Health Board - five vacancies (4-year term)
Special Needs/Enrollment Committee - seven vacancies (2-year term)

Elder Advisory Committee
Unit I - Sault (4-year term), one regular vacancy and one alternate vacancy
Unit II - Hessel (4-year term), one alternate vacancy
Unit II - Naubinway (4-year term), one alternate vacancy
Unit III - St. Ignace (4-year term), one regular vacancy and one alternate vacancy
Unit IV - Manistique (4-year term), one alternate vacancy
Unit IV - Escanaba (4 year term) one regular vacancy and one alternate vacancy
Unit V - Munising (4-year term), one alternate vacancy
Unit V - Marquette (4-year term), one regular vacancy and one alternate vacancy

Elder Subcommittee
Unit I - Sault (4-year term), two regular seat vacancies, two alternate seat vacancies
Unit ll - Hessel (4-year term), two regular seat vacancies, two alternate vacancies
Unit II - Newberry (4-year term), two regular seat vacancies, one alternate vacancy
Unit II - Naubinway (4-year term), two alternate seat vacancies
Unit IV - Manistique (4-year term), two regular seat vacancies, one alternate vacancy
Unit IV - Escanaba (4-year term), two regular seat vacancies, two alternate vacancies
Unit V - Munising (4-year term), two regular seat vacancies, one alternate seat vacancy
Unit V - Marquette (4-year term), three regular seat vacancies, one alternate seat vacancy

Eighth annual Jim Ailing Memorial Golf Scramble, Saturday, July 31, Tanglewood March Golf Course
9 a.m. registration. Start at 10 a.m.
Four-person scramble
$60/person includes 18 holes of golf, cart and BBQ dinner
Free koozie to the first 13 teams

Don’t golf?
Dinner served at 3 p.m. $20/person
Hole sponsorships available $50

Proceeds will support Hospice of the EUP, WMH Road to Recovery, 50/50 raffle will support FOCUS.

Contact Sheri Ailing to register or make a donation at 906‑203‑5597 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jim was an avid golfer who not only enjoyed the game but helping others as well. In 2011 Jim was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. He lost his battle in July 2013. Jim was a generous man who always wanted to help others. His family wants to continue his legacy by donating the profits to various charities throughout the community.

Jim Ailing Memorial Golf Scramble Flyer

TRIBAL FLAG ART

Interested in purchasing a Sault Tribe flag? Shop for tribal flags at the bottom page of this link: https://saulttribe.com/enterprises/michigan-indian-press

You can order flags by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 906‑635‑4800. Or, you can mail or visit: Northern Hospitality, 827 Ashmun Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783.

Friends, if we could have your attention … music is returning to the DreamMakers Theater! FREE music and FREE prizes make for the best nights with friends. We’ve found talented, local musicians for each weekend to complement our own Michigan-made rock and one amazing (not from Michigan but we love him just the same) country headliners. So, friends, get ready for an amazing night while we CUE THE MUSIC.

Kewadin Casinos presents Cue The Music:
Mac Saturn with special guest Tyler Dettloff
Kewadin Casino Sault Ste. Marie DreamMakers Theater
June 11 and 12
Doors and band at 8 p.m.
FREE Music
FREE Prize draws
FREE Show

Headliner Mac Saturn is a four-piece traditional rock and roll band from Detroit. The band is noted for blending elements of classic rock, blues, funk, soul and Americana music. Mac Saturn’s style has been coined as "Rust Valley Rock and Roll." This style can be found on the band’s latest record, "Stomp Shop," which is available on all digital streaming platforms.

Our opener for the night, Tyler Dettloff, is a musician and poet from the Upper Peninsula. He performs as a one-man blues band and has just released his sophomore LP, "Dynamite Honey: Northern Folk and Blues," from Lost Dog Records November 2020.

The Go Rounds with special guest Tyler Dettloff
June 25 and 26
Kewadin Casino Sault - DreamMakers Theater
FREE Show
FREE Prize Draws
Doors and band at 8 p.m.

The Go Rounds, hailing from Kalamazoo, are one of contemporary indie rock’s most creative groups, a bold and visionary collection of talented musicians that have forged a reputation as innovators over the course of five studio albums and countless live performances. Described as a blend of psychedelia, Americana, twang-rock and jelly-roll with a healthy dose of pop sensibility holding things together, The Go Rounds write music that sounds like bits and pieces of all your favorite bands exploded into rock ‘n roll confetti. Their latest release, Whatever You May Be, was described as a “multi-faceted, ambient art-rock epic” by critics.

Bobby McClendon with special guest Perry Hatch
July 23 and 24
Kewadin Casino Sault - DreamMakers Theater
FREE Show
FREE Prize Draws
Doors and band at 8 p.m.

Headliner Bobby McClendon and his backing band, are the total package—great vocals, world-class energetic live show, a unique look and charisma to burn making him one of country music’s most unique and energetic artists. After relocating to Nashville 6 years ago by way of Yuma, Arizona, Bobby has toured the country, honing his craft on stages large and small, developing one of the most dynamic live shows in any genre of music.

Remnose with special guest Tyler Dettloff
Aug. 13 and 14
Kewadin Casino Sault - DreamMakers Theater
FREE Show
FREE Prize Draws
Doors and band at 8 p.m.

Headliner Remnose is a four-piece indie rock group from Detroit, Michigan formed by two brothers, Marlon and Carson Morton, in 2013. Notes of alt-country and 90’s-era grunge spill out between soft guitar melody and smooth swells of lap steel and synth.

For more information visit www.kewadin.com/entertainment/cue-the-music 

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at the Sault Kewadin Casino Grand Island Room, starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 5 p.m.

Starting at this meeting, June 1, the meeting is again open to the Membership. Members can attend the meeting in person or via Zoom. The Zoom link will be provided on the Sault Tribe website. Matters Raised by the Membership starts at 4 p.m. Membership can participate either in person, or via Zoom. The Membership forms are available online at www.saulttribe.com and will be available at the 4 p.m. time slot.

If the number of members in attendance are more than what is allowed in the room, meeting rooms will change. Social distancing and face mask may be required.

The meetings will continue to be available through livestream and Zoom until July 6, when we will switch over to only Zoom.

Resolutions on the agenda are, under Budget Modifications: Elder Care Services, Manistique Dental, Health Sault Laboratory, Gov’t Purchases Shipping/Receiving and DeMawating Enterprises Capital Outlays; Trust Land Lease – Clement; U.S. Dept. of Treasurer – Homeowner Assistance Fund; Contract – Edwards; Tribal Community Response Plan and Child Protection Background Check Exception.

Under New Business, the board will consider Key Employee, Tribal Community Pool Development Committee and Board Concerns.

Membership Concerns Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/96906911516

June 1 Meeting Resolutions

Grab your cowboy boots, we are ready to party! Kewadin Casino St. Ignace is thrilled to announce Big and Rich outdoor on the waterfront Sept. 4, 2021! With a special guests to be announced soon!

Sept. 4
Doors: 6 p.m. /show: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $40 | $50 | $60

Country music’s, multi-award winning, Big and Rich are Comin’ to Your City and bringing an incredible night to the back lawn with party hits like Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy), Big Time and Did it For A Party plus their emotionally charged hits Lost in This Moment, 8th of November and That’s Why I Pray.

Big and Rich are America’s Technicolor Cowboys, brothers-in-arms in service to the creed that great music has no boundaries. Individually, John Rich and Big Kenny are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers, entertainers. Together, they are one of the most truly original musical forces ever unleashed on a welcoming world.

*On-site parking available at no extra cost*
**GA Lawn Tickets may bring their own folding chair**

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 28 at 10 a.m. starting at $40!
Tickets will be available at tickets.kewadin.com or at the Box Office.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Tribe Board of Directors voted unanimously May 18 to enhance the employer portion of the tribe’s 401K contribution by 3 percent on behalf of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. This contribution is available to team members eligible under the terms of the plan as amended by Board Resolution 2021-122.

Team members currently enrolled in the 401K plan who are contributing at least 1 percent will receive an additional 3 percent with no additional contributions needed, bringing the employer contribution to 4 percent of gross wages.

Team members not currently enrolled in the 401K plan who meet the eligibility requirements will need to sign up and contribute 1 percent to receive the current 1 percent plan match and the additional 3 percent for a total of 4 percent.

Eligibility Requirements:
—Must be 18 years of age to participate
—Completed one year of service
—Must work 1,000 hours within the completed year of service
—All employees who have met the requirements by June 30, 2021, will begin receiving the additional 3% effective on July 01, 2021.

The Sault Tribe Board of Directors, Executive Director and CFO, and Kewadin Casinos’ CEO and EDC Director, want to express their sincere gratitude for all the hard work and dedication exhibited by all team members over the last year and a half.

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Photo by Ken Bosma / CC BY