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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —On April 7, Sault Tribe’s government extended its temporary closure of all governmental offices, with a planned reopen date of May 3. All government team members are considered on call with many working from home. The closure started March 23 with a plan to reopen April 13. Due to the ongoing climbing number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan, the tribe is extending the emergency closure until May 3 to protect tribal members, team members and their families from exposing themselves to COVID-19.

Tribal team members’ emergency pay will continue with exception of seasonal team members and those who may be given temporary lay-off status. Team members should contact their supervisors with any questions.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —Kewadin Casinos is excited to announce our recent partnership with GAN plc, an award-winning developer and supplier of enterprise-level B2B Internet gambling software, services and online gaming content in the United States, following the December 23, 2019 passage into Michigan law HB 4311, a bill that includes provisions for the legalization of full real money Internet gambling.

In order to protect our staff and Tribal Members from the COVID- 19 virus, the Sault Tribe Administration Building at 523 and 531 Ashmun Street in Sault Ste. Marie will be closed to the public until further notice. Please visit the Sault Tribe website for a complete list of program phone numbers and information. You can still call the main reception line at 906‑635‑6050. Listen carefully to the options after dialing. If tax documents or other paperwork needs to be dropped off during this time period, a secure mailbox is available right outside the main administration doors (523 Ashmun). Thank you and stay safe!

The bandolier bag workshop scheduled for April 22 at the Escanaba Tribal Health Center in the Penstar Office Building is cancelled.

The Sault Tribe Human Resource Department is closed to the Public. Temporary changes have been made to our daily operations within the Sault and St. Ignace area Human Resource Departments. – Revised April 1, 2020.

Human Resource Dept. Update

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —Kewadin Casinos has been closely monitoring the recommendations of public health officials as it relates to Coronavirus (COVID19) and has made the decision to extend the temporary closure of all five Kewadin Casinos, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Due to the Covid-19 Emergency Closure, the April 7, 2020, Board of Director’s meeting has been canceled. The next meeting of the Board of Directors is currently scheduled for April 21, 2020. That meeting is scheduled to be held in Munising, Mich., at the Tribal Center. If anything should change, notice will be given.

WASHINGTON – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, signed into law by President Trump on Friday, March 27, provides critical relief for Indian Country to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including over $500 million in direct appropriations to Indian Affairs and an unprecedented $8 billion for tribes, according to a Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs release.

Until further notice, our Membership Liaisons will be available via phone and e-mail to assist our Tribal Members. Listed below is the contact information for each one of our Membership Liaisons:

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —Since the tribal Board of Directors declared a tribal State of Emergency, the Housing Authority accelerated its planning efforts and steps taken in response the emergency and COVID-19 pandemic.    

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