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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians’ Epoufette Harbor Development Project has been delayed due to high water levels on Lake Michigan and the COVID-19 pandemic response by the tribes and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —Sault Tribe government offices re-open Monday, June 1. The tribal government is ready to serve its people with safety procedures in place for both its tribal members and team members.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI—Kewadin Casinos has made the decision to extend the temporary closure of all five casino properties and attached hotels in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula until June 12.

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, starting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2.

Resolutions on the agenda are Performance Resolution – MDOT Permits, and 2019 Housing Authority Audit.

Under New Business, the board will consider Transfer of License, and Board Concerns.

June 2 Meeting Resolutions

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The tribal Chairperson and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors acknowledges this is a difficult time for everyone. To help relieve some of this burden, Sault Tribe will pay the employee portion of health, life and long term disability premiums for all team members—Governmental, Casino, Housing and EDC.

Sault Tribe primary election was held May 22 only in Unit I. The top six vote getters advanced to the general election ballot. Advancing are Bernard "Bud" Biron, Betty Freiheit (incumbent), Austin Lowes, DJ Malloy, Michael McKerchie (incumbent) and Isaac McKechnie. The three top vote getters in the general election will be seated on the Sault Tribe Board of Directors as Unit I representatives.

Unit I Primary Ballot Count

Sault Tribe Community Health Education, Michigan State University Extension, and the Queen City Seed Library have partnered to offer seeds kits to Sault Tribe members. All miinkaanensan (seeds) kits include seeds, planting information and educational materials. If you have questions please feel free to contact Josie Fegan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 906‑203‑5974 or Kat Jacques at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 906‑280‑1786. Josie is available to take seed kit requests by phone. Request must be submitted by Wednesday, May 20. Wishing you good health and good growing! See link for ordering seeds https://forms.gle/YZzxcAkvuYuPyF5d6.

Sault Tribe Miinkaanensan (Seeds) Request Flyer

Sault Tribe Thrive The Sault Tribe Thrive Department, under the direction of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians EDC, is asking for Sault Tribe member owned businesses to please contact us. We are here to help in any way we are able to for you and your business.

The Sault Tribe Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting on May 19, 2020, starting at 1 p.m. at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie. There will be no Matters Raised by the Membership and the meeting will not be open to the public, due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

On the agenda is Trust Land Status 1000 Portage Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa County, Michigan.

Under new business, the board will consider board concerns.

05-19-20 Board Meeting

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Chairperson Aaron Payment and Board of Directors have endorsed the establishment of a COVID-19 Task Force as presented by the tribe's executive team. The task force will ensure the Sault Tribe’s Coronavirus Relief Fund monies are spent in compliance with the CARES Act and the tribe’s priorities dealing with the ongoing pandemic.

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