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Children age 2 to 17 years of age (that meet the height requirements and are still in school) will receive a FREE WRIST BAND on Aug, 15, 2019 during Native American Day at the Upper Peninsula Escanaba Fair!

Parents must call or text to pre-register by Aug, 11, 2019 by 5 p.m. Proof of tribal enrollment is required. Each child must be present to receive their wrist band.

Wrist bands will be available for pick up on Aug. 15, 2019 between 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at the fairgrounds picnic sitting area; by the Ruth Butler Building. Look for Sault Tribe flag hanging on pop-up tent.

Unit IV: Please call or text: Darcy Morrow at 906‑298‑1888 or Denise Chase at 906‑203‑2471 with children’s name, age, city they reside in and parent’s name.
Unit II: Please call or text: Lana Causley at 906‑322‑3818 or Catherine Hollowell at 906‑430‑5551 with children’s name, age, city they reside in and parent’s name. Leave a message if necessary.

Saturday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Environmental Department
206 Greenough St. – Sault Ste. Marie

The Sault Tribe Environmental Department invites you to join them for an afternoon of activities, awareness and celebration, rain or shine. This family friendly event is open to all ages and has no cost to attend. Some of this year’s activities will be:
• Gift baskets and giveaways
• Informational booths from environmental and conservation groups in our area
• Games and activities for children of all ages
• Informational workshops on various Fall Harvesting/Winter Preparation
• Rain barrel demonstration/building

For more information on this event please contact the Environmental Department at 906‑632‑5575.

LSSU is seeking volunteers for Saturday, July 20

The Freshwater Stewardship Corps (FSC) through the Center for Freshwater Research and Education (CFRE) at Lake Superior State University is hosting a cleanup of Ashmun Creek on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and seeking the community’s help. 

Ashmun Creek drains many commercial complexes, causing an accumulation of trash and other debris further downstream where it empties into Ashmun Bay, which is connected to the St. Marys River. Participants will be cleaning one portion of the creek to help reduce trash flowing to the river, in the area of the creek closest to the Walmart Garden Center.

Volunteers should pre-register at the Freshwater Stewardship Corps website: https://www.lssu.edu/cfre/freshwater-stewardship-corps/or at https://www.facebook.com/lssucfre/. The pre-registration process will help FSC estimate food and supply quantities. FSC will have a table set up near the Walmart Garden Center for volunteers to sign in (or register), starting at 9:30 a.m. Family and volunteer organizations are welcome, but minor children need an adult present during the event.

Volunteers should wear boots and dress appropriately for the weather. Gloves and other cleaning materials will be provided. After the cleanup, volunteers are invited to attend a picnic at the cleanup site to enjoy hot dogs, chips and refreshments. Volunteers will also receive reusable grocery bags as a thank you for their help.

Sault Tribe Business AllianceSault Tribe Business Alliance second Annual Conference Aug. 8, 10 a.m.-3p.m., Kewadin Casino Sault Ste. Marie Grand Island Room 1 and 2. 

Traditional Welcome at 9:45 a.m.
—Tribal Business Owner Panel Q&A
—Presentation of STBA Business of the Year
—Educational content from SBA, MEDC, and more
—Networking Opportunity
—Need a Hotel Room? Use Booking ID#17121 for discounted room rates!
—Lunch Provided
—More Information to follow!

To register, call Sault Tribe EDC at 906‑635‑6050 or online: http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-3492918/Conference-Registration-Form.

For motel reservations call 1-800-KEWADIN.


SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at Sault Ste. Marie Kewadin Casino starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 5 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are 10 Request Reservation Status resolutions; three Trust Land Status resolutions; HUD-IHBG Program; LIHEAP; Community Service Block Grant; Behavioral Health Record Elimination; Comprehensive Classification/ Compensation Project Award; White Pine Lodge Loan; and Authorization to Execute Irrevocable Letter of Credit No: 4. Budget modification resolutions are: Facilities-Internal R&M; Lake Whitefish Recruitment; Trust Land Resource Management; Elder Division-Eldercare Services; ACFS-USDA; ACFS-Elder Heating Assistance; ACFS-Emergency Assistance; ACFS-Employee Assistance; Health-Manistique Dental; SAMHSA STOPR; IHS Aftercare; IHS Aftercare-Clinical Social Workers; Residential Treatment/ Transportation Assistance; DeMawating Development-Riverside Park; White Pine-Administration, C-Store and Hotel; and White Pine Capital Expenditures.

Under New Business, the board will consider Relinquishments, Committee Request, Compact Negotiations Check Points, Declaring Unit I Position Vacant, Constitutional Appointment to Fill Unit 1 Vacancy, Appointment of Next Highest Vote Earner from 2018 Election, and Board Concerns.

July 16 Meeting Resolutions

Indian tacoFriday, Aug. 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kewadin Casino Bingo Hall
Sit down, take out and pre-order. Just call 906‑635‑6050. Credit cards accepted.
(Pre-orders start July 30.)

Indian taco $6
Fry bread $1

Tribal member and Kewadin Casino team member Diane VanValkenburgh (daughter of Janet McDonald) recently lost everything in a house fire, including the house at Odenaang. Everything is gone. Tribal members and team members are coming together to help her family. Please show your team spirit and care for a fellow tribal member by volunteering for the event and enjoying delicious Indian Tacos.

To volunteer, please contact Sheila Berger at 906‑635‑6050, ext. 26359, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are also having a volunteer planning session and pizza party at noon on Wednesday, July 17, in the Chair’s Office (pizza covered by the Chair) at 523 Ashmun St. in the Sault.

Indian Taco Fundraiser Flyer

Rural and Ready Symposium coming on Aug. 1, 8-4:30 p.m., at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie.

SMART 91 1/RAVE facilities, Missy Robbins, Chippewa County Central Dispatch.

Active shooter mitigation, Steve Keck, USCG.

Weather updates/watching, Jim Keysor, National Weather Service.

Personal and business preparedness, Tpr Corey Hebner, MSP.

Human trafficking in the U.P., Todd Wilton, Department of Homeland Security.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Kevin Menes, Las Vegas shooting and mass casualty preparedness.

Who should attend? Healthcare professionals, environmental health, emergency management, long term care employees, first responders, public health, public attendees and emergency volunteers.

$45 per attendee. Register online at www.chippewahd.com.

Rural and Ready Flyer

Dennis McKelvie2~ Flags Posted at Half Mast in Honor and Memoriam ~
During Home Coming Powwow Week
July 1 through July 7

Sugar Island, MI ~ First elected in 2002 to the Tribal Board of Directors, Dennis “Denny” McKelvie served as a Unit 1 Board Member and Treasurer for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He first served from 2002 to 2010, was returned to office in 2012 and served until he crossed over to the spirit world on Friday – June 28.

Denny is best known for his no-nonsense approach to problem solving and for having a big heart for those in need. In addition to his public service on the Board of Directors, Denny donated and raised funds for those in need including Secret Santa, Thanksgiving and holiday dinners at the Sugar Island Community Center, fixing cars for tribal members, plowing Elders’ driveways, and often passing the hat to raise funds for just about every cause for anyone in need. Most touchingly, Denny has always been there for families whose loved one passed, preparing their final rest spot, and tending to the Wilwalk Cemetery as a volunteer with no compensation.

As the only veteran on the Board in recent times, Denny acted in an unofficial capacity as advisor to the Tribe on issues related to veterans including health care and access to services. This, along with the advocacy of several tribal veterans, led to articulation of a Memorandum of Understanding for the United States Veteran Services and the tribes to allow for billable services at the Sault Tribe Health Center. Additionally, based on Denny’s critical assessment of the VA, the Tribe also entered a partnership with Veteran’s Affairs to reach out to Tribal Veterans to ensure they are connected to the services for which they are entitled. If you know of a Veteran who needs advocacy, please call the main number at 906‑635‑6050 and ask to be connected to the Sault Tribe VA Outreach Worker.

Denny was conservative but had a big heart for the people of the Tribe. According to Tribal Chairperson Aaron Payment,

“He was always ready to fight for the underdog and distinguished himself as an employee advocate to give Kewadin, Enterprise and Governmental Team Members one more chance. His presence and visiting of team members throughout the casino and tribe will be missed.”

Denny’s formal obituary and services will be posted on the Tribal Web Page, as soon as, they are made available.

Baama Pii, Anishnabe Ogitch’da* Denny McKelvie!

Brimley/Bay Mills Farmer’s Market opens on Thursdays, July 25 - Oct. 31, 4-7 p.m., at the Bay Mill Market Pavilion, 11644 Plantation Road, in Brimley.

Wiisinidaa Mnomiijim “Let’s Eat Good Food” fresh garden produce, maple syrup, honey, beef, pork, lamb, bread and baked goods, teas, Native American artwork, eggs, handcrafted jewelry, jams and jellies, herbs and perennial plants, herbal vinegars, fresh cut flowers, fresh whitefish, smoked fish dips, dried vegetable flakes and many more fresh, local, in season, good food.

We accept WIC Project Fresh, Senior Project Fresh/Mkt Fresh, SNAP/Bridge Cards and Double Up Food Bucks.

For vendor information, contact Connie Watson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 906‑248‑8363.
Bay Mills Health Center, Waishkey Bay Farm www.baymillshealthcenter.com.

Market masters are Angie Johnston, Cloud Sparks and Connie Watson 906‑248‑8363 or 906‑248‑8399.

Farmer's Market Flyer

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at Sault Ste. Marie Kewadin Casino starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 5 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are Child Care Development Fund-ACFS, St.  Ignace Medical/Nursing, IHS Special Diabetes, two Partial Waivers,  Tribal Strategic Master Plan, U.S. Dept. Agriculture-Odenaang Sewer Infrastructure, U.S. Dept. Agriculture – Odenaang Water Infrastructure, Tribal Transportation Hessel Project,  Grant-Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, White Pines  Lodge-Operations, Authorization Open Bank Accounts-Huntington Bank, 2019  Plan Doc/Summary Plan Description Insurance Dept., and Amending Tribal  PRC Eligibility Policy.

Under New Business, the board will consider a committee request and board concerns.

NOTICE: Due to the July 4 holiday, the Board of Directors July 2 meeting has been canceled.

June 18 Meeting Resolutions

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