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Jack KibbleJohn (Jack) Francis Kibble, 78, of Sugar Island, Mich., peacefully passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. He was born on October 20, 1943, in Sault Ste. Marie. Jack was the oldest child of William John and Charlotte (Harrington) Kibble.

Jack attended Sault Area High School, graduating in 1962. After finishing high school, Jack went on to serve in the Army, during the Vietnam era, from 1963-1967.

He obtained a B.A. in Sociology from Lake Superior State University, graduating in 1976.

Jack served as Sault Tribe’s Education Division director for 26 years. He was also Director of the Native American Center for students at LSSU for nine years. During his time there, Jack published five research papers on Native American student academics, success rates and retention. Helping Native American students, from the Head Start and Early Head Start level all the way through vocational and university degrees, was his life’s work.

Jack was retired for 16 years but kept busy by serving on various boards, including the EUP Transportation Authority, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Alternative Education, Bay Mills Community College, the Historical Society and the Sugar Island Ambulance Association. He sat on the Department of Health and Human Services Board of Directors for the past 14 years.

Jack was an active member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He loved to golf and ride his motorcycle.

Jack married Holly (Corbiere) Kibble on April 12, 1990. They were married for 31 years. Jack enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jack is survived by his wife, Holly; brother, Russell Kibble of Cedarville, Mich.; father-in-law, Emery Corbiere of Sugar Island; sisters-in-law, Hope (Bruce) Schlehuber of Moran, Mich., Lorali (Larry) Swick of Flat Rock, Mich.; brothers-in-law, Donald (Lisa) Corbiere of Sugar Island, Emery (Sharon) Corbiere of Wakeman, Ohio; children, Cassandra Kibble of Sault Ste. Marie, John Kibble of Kincheloe, Mich., Brian Kibble, Jacob (Rachel) Green of Kincheloe, Mich., and Jessica (Joey Gleason) Green of Marquette, Mich.; grandchildren, Nick (Rachel) Kibble, Landon Kibble, Alexis Blattner, Aurora and Aidan Corbiere, Bailey McKechnie, Michaela Quinn, Brian Kibble, Joshua and Jameson Green and Desmond Gleason; and seven great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, William John and Charlotte Kibble; sister, Linda Neal; brother, Patrick Kibble; and mother-in-law, Donna Corbiere.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec.7, 2021, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Niigaanagiizhik Ceremonial Building in Sault Ste. Marie. Traditional services will follow visitation at 3 p.m.

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 Dec. 7 at the Sault Kewadin Casino, 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 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 3 p.m. on meeting day. The link is https://zoom.us/j/96906911516.

Resolutions on the agenda: Cultural - After School Ojibwe Language; Nat. Resources - Collaborative Fish. Wildlife, Ecosystem; Nat. Resources - Ruffed Grouse; DeMawating - Tanglewood Marsh; Gov’t Industrial Warehouse Complex/MEDC Warehouse; Continuing Funding FY22 Jan - Dec; Transportation - 2022-2025 TIP; Mac Co Cooperative Agreement; Approve Contract - ReConnect Broadband Consultant; Auth to Apply for Grant - MEDC/Tamarack Bus. Center; Auth to Neg - Gladstone Medical; Sault Tribe Corp Charter Appointment; Reaffirm/Reapprove Loans from SS Funds; Auth. Temporary Management Agreement - S.T. Inc.; Approving Financial Policies and Procedures; Auth of a Direct Mailing of Voter Registration; Elec. Code Strict Adherence & Conformity with Constitution; Expand PRC Service Area - Emmet/Cheboygan Counties; Re-Open Rolls to Eligible Individuals; Establishing a Minimum Wage; Retirement of Board Pension/Retirement; Board Participation in Social Security Retirement; Forensic Audit - Signature Authority; and Forensic Audit - Casino Developers.

Under New Business, the Board will consider Mask Mandate; Vacation Hours; Ramification of Financial Policies by Legal, CRO, Ex Direct.; Referendum to Invite Sault Tribe Voters to Approve/Disapprove of the Temporary Oversight of the Tribal EDC Operations STI or any external or quasi external entity; and Board Concerns.

December 7 Meeting Resolutions

Tony NertoliA life well lived…Anthony “Tony” Lewis Nertoli, 1946 – 2021

A great man who had a big, generous heart for his family and community, Anthony “Tony” Louis Nertoli, has crossed over to the spirit world to join his parents, Lucille (Hatch) Nertoli and Germano (Joe) Nertoli, his sister Barb (Edward “Pie”) Pine, and brother Phillip (Penny) Nertoli.

Of all the things he accomplished in life, Tony’s greatest love was family. A member of the Bear Clan, Tony was known as M’kwa Ogimaa ba (Bear Chief), also Dad, Uncle, Papa-Misho, Nert, Papa Nert and Big Brother. Tony is survived by his son, Thomas (Michaela) Dangler and grandson, William; and sisters, Jolene Nertoli and Catherine (Nertoli) DeVoy. Tony counts 68 nieces and nephews, including Michael (Becky) Pine and sons Christopher, David, Douglas; Debra Ann (Christopher Hall) Pine and children Alexia, Jada, Justin, Nick; Steven (Carrie) Pine and children Hunter, Samantha and Chance; Mariea (Dan) Pine-Mongene and children Joe, Jolene, Melinda; Priscilla Pine and daughter Aubrie; Becky Nertoli and children Jen, Nathan, Jordan and Brandon; Phillip Nertoli Jr.; Angela (Todd) Nertoli-Filback and children Donald, Jessica, Jocelyn, Kaitlynn; Luci (Holly) DeVoy; Rita DeVoy and daughter Luna; Tony (Amy) Nertoli; and many more great, great, great nieces and nephews.

Tony’s life was blessed by two additional families that he also deeply loved…his tribe and baseball. A decades long career began in Tony’s last year of college working for TV 9/10 as a camera man. He often told the story of being the only reporter allowed behind the barricade lines during the Bay Mills Indian Community’s protest over treaty fishing rights. Tony began work for his second family, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Tony served his tribe in many ways—as an elected tribal board member, a community developer, as well as one of the tribe’s first appellate judges, before settling in as the director of the USDA Commodity Food Program. During his tenure, Tony and his staff provided food to thousands of tribal citizens in Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. In this role, Tony assumed additional service at the national level as president of the Native American Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (NAFDPIR). Because of his efforts, the Sault Tribe became a national leader in addressing food insecurity in Indian Country. Serving four consecutive, two-year terms, Tony was most proud of the achievement of developing Food Distribution Centers nationwide that provided needy families with respect and dignity as they shopped for what they needed, including fresh foods.

Tony’s third family was the Sault Baseball Team. Tony’s love for the game came from his parents. He said, “I owe everything I’ve achieved to them. My dad loved baseball.” Generations of players have passed through the Sault program while Tony coached. Lovingly called “Papa-Nert” by his players, Tony said, “You are a coach to them for a few years and then you’re a part of their lives. That’s what makes it so worthwhile—the relationship that you create.” Tony’s baseball career included induction into the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2000) and the Gordon Malcolm Sportsman of the Year award (1997). After a brief retirement, Tony came back as assistant coach to the Sault High JV team.

Tony coached and mentored many of his players to go on to bigger and better life achievements. When needed, he took care of them like his own kids, earning the nickname, Papa-Nert.

Tony told his players that there are three things that would be fine for a coach to be remembered for: “Win more than lose, play with pride, know that someone cared.” Tony will always be remembered for his inspiration to achieve, his pride in who he was and where he came from, and especially for the great love he so generously shared with his personal family, his tribal family and the hundreds of players and parents who were his baseball family.

Tony will lay at the Niigaanagiizhik Ceremonial Building from his entrance ceremony Monday, Nov. 29, afternoon until the final ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Burial will be held at Donaldson Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements are in the care of C.S. Mulder Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Condolences may be left online at www.csmulder.com

See the attached flyer for the 2021 Sault Tribe Children’s Christmas Events.

2021 Sault Tribe Children’s Christmas Events

The Language and Culture Department is in need of firekeepers for Edye Nichols funeral, as well as future sacred fires. Please call Joe Pine at 906‑302‑6802 if interested in helping at Edye Nichols funeral. Please call Language and Culture at 906‑635‑6050 if interested in helping in the future.  

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —In the wake of last week’s Glasgow Pact on the climate emergency and his visit to Michigan yesterday, today the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians called on President Biden to support Michigan Governor Whitmer’s stand on Line 5. The President is meeting with Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau, who in the past has been an outspoken supporter of Canadian oil transport company Enbridge. 

Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment said, “At Glasgow, both the US and Canada recommitted to the Paris Accord goal of holding global climate warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and avoid the worst of the looming climate catastrophe. Scientists have made clear that to do that, we have to cut carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2030. That’s just eight short years. Line 5, at 69 years old, arguably the worst-located pipeline in the world, can’t keep operating if we intend to hit that goal.” 

Sault Tribe was the first of Michigan’s 12 tribes to call for the shutdown of Line 5 in a February 2015 resolution, and all 12 tribes are unanimous in this call. The tribe’s Environmental Director, Kathleen Brosemer, spoke about Line 5 in the Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion at COP26 in Glasgow. “Enbridge has proposed a tunnel project to contain the risk of a spill from these pipes at the Straits of Mackinac, but recently said that the soonest that tunnel can be operational, if there are no delays, would be 2028,” Brosemer said.  

Brosemer added, “There is no way to meet our Glasgow commitments with Line 5 operating, and this tunnel, at half a billion dollars, would operate for less than two years before that deadline. It makes no sense to throw that kind of money at this problem at this time.” 

Last November, Gov. Whitmer ordered a shutdown of Line 5, citing violations of the terms of the easement through the straits, to take effect in May 2021. Since May, Enbridge has continued operating the twin pipes in violation of that order. 

“To meet our Glasgow commitments, Line 5 needs to be the first to go,” Payment said. “President Biden needs to support Gov. Whitmer, and tell Prime Minister Trudeau that Enbridge’s profits do not outweigh our responsibilities to the next seven generations.” 

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors meeting calendar for 2022:

Jan. 4 – Sault Ste. Marie
Jan. 18 – Sault Ste. Marie
Feb. 1 – Sault Ste. Marie
Feb. 22 – Sault Ste. Marie
March 1 – Sault Ste. Marie
March 15 – Manistique
April 5 – Sault Ste. Marie
April 19 – Munising
May 3 – Sault Ste. Marie
May 17 – Sault Ste. Marie
June 7 – St. Ignace
June 21 – Sault Ste. Marie
July 5 – Sault Ste. Marie
July 19 – Escanaba
Aug. 2 – Sault Ste. Marie
Aug. 16 – Sault Ste. Marie
Sept. 6 – Sault Ste. Marie
Sept. 20 – Sault Ste. Marie
Oct. 4 – Sault Ste. Marie
Oct. 18 – Sault Ste. Marie
Nov. 1 – Sault Ste. Marie
Nov. 22 – Hessel
Dec. 6 – Sault Ste. Marie

Per the Constitution and Bylaws, Article 1 – Meetings of the Board of Directors, Section 1: …..provided that at least one meeting per year shall be held in each of the five election units established pursuant to Article V, Section 1 of the tribal constitution.

General meetings of the Board of Directors are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. All general meetings start at 5 p.m. All Sault meetings will be held at the Kewadin Casino and Convention Center, other locations to be announced. Meetings with ** are changed to accommodate the Chair/Board attendance at MAST, NCAI, United Tribes, various Wash., D.C. meetings or holidays.

All special meetings will be announced.

For further information please call Joanne Carr, ext. 26337 or ext. 26338 at the Administration Office, 800‑793‑0660 or 906‑635‑6050

NOTE: Until the State of Emergency is over, all meetings will be held in Sault Ste. Marie.

Board of Directors 2022 Calendar

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Unit V Tribal Children’s Drive-Thru Christmas Party Dec. 19, 12-3 p.m., Youth Education Building, N6379 Atmik Ameg Dr. in Wetmore, MI. Ages: birth to 13 years. Sign up before Dec. 2. Call Jenn Meyer at 906‑450‑5246.

Unit V Drive-Thru Christmas party

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 Nov. 16 at the Sault Kewadin Casino, 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 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 3 p.m. on meeting day. The link is https://zoom.us/j/96906911516.

Resolutions on the agenda: Transportation Mobility Coordinator, Health Informational Tech/Telehealth, 2022 Health COVID 19 Telehealth, Child Advocacy Accept Grant, DeMawating Development Cap Ex, DeMawating Development Tanglewood, Bud Doc 004 Enterprises, FY 2022 Enterprises Cap Purchases, Establish Membership in MTERA, Transportation – City of SSM Agreement, Designate Indigenous Peoples Day as Holiday, LTBB v. Whitmer, Pandemic Related Vacation Accrual Adjustment, Agreement with Sault Tribe Inc. and ARPA Fund Unit 1 Elder Housing.

Under New Business, Negotiation Request and Board Concerns.

November 16 Meeting Resolutions

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