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The Sault Tribe Election Commission is holding its next regularly scheduled meeting on June 19, 2024. All meetings are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be held in the Whitefish Point Room at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie. Meetings of the Sault Tribe Election Commission are open to tribal members, in person or via Zoom at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84867001733, for view-only attendees.

Election Commission Meeting Agenda

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 18 at the Sault Kewadin Casino Whitefish Point Room, in person or via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/83640619761.

“Membership Participation” will be held at 5 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 1 p.m. on meeting day. The link is https://zoom.us/j/83640619761. Those who have already registered for Zoom meetings need not register again unless they have a matter for the board.

To attend the scheduled workshop, except for closed session or items, go to https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84149623333. Those who have already registered to Zoom Board of Directors meetings need not register for workshops.

On the agenda under Resolutions is: Buildings - Escanaba Community Center FY24/25 Budget Mod.; Cultural - After School Native Language Est. of FY24 Budget; Natural Resources - GLRI Lake Whitefish Est. of FY24 Budget; Education - TED Grant Est. of FY25 Budget; ACFS - Binogii Placement Agency FY24 Budget Mod.; ACFS Division - Transitional Housing FY24 Budget Mod.; Funds - BIA FY 2024 Budget Mod.; Enterprises - Sawyer Village Maintenance FY24 Budget Mod.; Trust Status 5/6 Mark Circle, Kincheloe; Trust Status 37/39 Evergreen Drive, Kincheloe; Trust Status 2318 Shunk, Sault Ste. Marie; Trust Status 2496 Shunk, Sault Ste. Marie; Trust Status 6303 W. Faketty, Manistique; Amending Tribal Code Chapter 21; Revising Tribal Code Chapter 11: Membership Ordinance; Title IV-B Subpart I Child Welfare Services & Title IV-B Subpart II Promoting Safe and Stable Families; LATCF Fund Appropriation Sault Tribe EDC; Amend Res. 2024-22 LATCF Fund Appropriation Sault Tribe Utility Authority; Unit 2 - Award Contract - TriMedia - Environmental Services; Unit 3 - Award Contract - TriMedia - Environmental Services; and Award Contract to UBS Financial Services, Inc. for 401K Retirement Plans Financial and Consulting Services.

Under NEW BUSINESS, the board will consider Key Employee; Committee Resignation and Appointments; and Board Concerns.

Resolutions

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You are cordially invited to the Sault Tribe’s expansion of Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT) services Naandwejgegamig Open House:

DATE: Monday, June 24, 2024
TIME: 10 - 11 a.m.
LOCATION: 2861 Ashmun St., Suite 5 and 6, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. There is limited on-site parking available. Additional parking can be found directly across the street at the Sault Tribe Health Center. 

Sault Tribe Health Division Medical Mobile Unit visits July 16‑19 at 36181 Sibley Rd., New Boston, Mich. Appointments with Dr. Hamilton.

See flyer for further details. For more information, call 906‑379‑7384.

Medical Mobile Unit in New Boston Flyer

The Sault Tribe Election Commission will be conducting the General Election on Thursday, June 27, 2024, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at Kewadin Casinos in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. There will be no Zoom option for attendance; however, Communications’ Videographer Joseph Street will be on site to livestream the event to Facebook. As always, tribal members are welcome to attend to watch the process in person.

Tribal members and tribal employees who would like to volunteer to assist the commission on General Election night with the opening of the ballots should contact Lona Stewart or Ashlee Mielke either via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by phone at 906‑635‑6050. Questions can be referred to them as well. Dinner will be provided for volunteers.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. on June 11, at the Sault Kewadin Casino, in person or via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/83640619761. Those who have already registered for Zoom meetings need not register again.

On the agenda under Resolutions is: Approving Viejas Project.

June 11 Meeting Resolution

The 2024-2025 Sault Tribe Scholarship Program application period is now open through Aug. 2, 2024.

Scholarship Flyer

Higher Education Scholarship 2024-25 Application

Attention all Sault Tribe members. The Election Commission is getting ready to mail out the General Election ballots by the June 6 deadline. First, we want to thank everyone who participated in the Primary Election. Primary tabulation night saw 7,375 ballots returned, which is a better turn out than the 2016 Primary and General Election, the 2020 Primary and General Election, the 2022 Primary and General Election and the 2023 Referendum Elections. We understand that there were frustrations with delayed ballots and despite struggles with the United States Postal service (USPS), we still saw record voter return for the 2024 Primary. Unfortunately, the 2024 Primary Election was not without challenges and speculation. Notably there has been much speculation about whether the Election Commission sent out white ballots. White ballots were not used in the mailing of the 2024 Primary ballots. On tabulation night, six white ballots were received out of the 7,375 Primary ballots received. All six white ballots were confirmed to be copies and/or fraudulent ballots, and none of them had any of the security features that are used in our tribal election ballots. The Election Commission takes this very seriously and is gathering the data that it can to help law enforcement and the tribal prosecutor bring any and all necessary charges related to this election fraud. The Tribal Prosecutor has already been given notice of these fraudulent ballots and if evidence can implicate the individuals responsible they are ready to take immediate action. Anyone with any information regarding these fraudulent ballots please reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. As part of the ongoing effort to protect the integrity of our elections, the Commission plans to audit any undeliverable ballots or late returned ballots from the Primary that are in the elections PO Box to determine if there are other white ballots. If so, these white ballots will be checked with our ballot security features to determine if they are fraudulent, and, if so, handed over to law enforcement for investigation and finger printing. If any person or persons is found to be responsible for this election fraud they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

In gearing up for the General Election mailer, the Commission has taken the following steps to help with the timely delivery of our ballots and protect the integrity of the election:

An analysis has been run on the voter registration list and the tribe’s bad address list and was then cross compared to the USPS undeliverable list as supplied by the postal service. This data was used to compile a list of all known bad addresses. As a standard practice, Sault Tribe elections have not, in the past, mailed to known bad addresses. However, going forward, these known bad addresses that were or could be updated have been and any other remaining bad addresses will have the mail sent to them, even though the address is flagged as bad, in an attempt to remedy some of the USPS issues;
the Commission has instructed the ballots to be mailed as soon as possible to combat the delay and issues caused by the USPS. This authorization is valid and allowed by Tribal Code Chapter 10 and will allow for more time for our members to receive their ballots. The ballots may go out a day or two early;
On General Election tabulation night, any and all ballots that do not conform to the color coded ballots with all imprinted security measures (such as the fraudulent white ballots) will be handed over to law enforcement for analysis and referred to the prosecutor for prosecution.

Our ballots are color coded by unit with a different color for each Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3, Unit 4, Unit 5, and the undeclared voters. An undeclared voter is listed in the Enrollment database as a voter living outside of the five election units and that has not declared a unit in which to vote. REMINDER: Unit 5 does not have a unit director race, but you will still receive a ballot with the option to vote for the chairman’s race. For security purposes the Election Commission will be using different colors for each designated unit for the General Election ballots. The colors are not disclosed before the mailing to protect against fraudulent ballots. Please be aware that there will be no official white ballots printed or sent. If you receive a white ballot, immediately bring your ballot to the Tribal Administration Building in Sault Ste. Marie so the Election Commission can verify its authenticity and work with the Tribal Prosecutor and Law Enforcement for action pursuant to Tribal Code Chapter 71.1103 Election Fraud. Please also verify that the ballot you are receiving is addressed from the Sault Tribe Election Commission. If the envelope or ballot is not addressed as from the Sault Tribe Election Commission, than it is not a legitimate official ballot. Likewise, if you do not receive your ballot please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so the Commission can gather as much data as possible to help refine our elections process for future elections.

Miigwech,
Sault Tribe Elections

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 4 at the Kewadin Shores Event Center in St. Ignace, in person or via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/83640619761.

“Membership Participation” will be held at 5 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 1 p.m. on meeting day. The link is https://zoom.us/j/83640619761. Those who have already registered for Zoom meetings need not register again unless they have a matter for the board.

To attend the scheduled workshop, except for closed session or items, go to https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84149623333. Those who have already registered to Zoom Board of Directors meetings need not register for workshops.

On the agenda under Resolutions is: FY24 Budget Mod DeMawating Development Prop. Mgmt. & Maintenance, Establish FY25 Budget Natural Resources Environmental Air Program, FY24 Budget Mod GLRI Lake Whitefish Experimental Rearing, FY24 Budget Mod Governmental – Board of Directors, FY24 Budget Mod Education – YEA, Approving Contract Leanne Deuman, Approving ARPA Interagency Agreement Program, Unit 2 ARPA Housing – Award Contract – Sidock Group, Unit 3 ARPA Housing – Award Contract – Sidock Group, OHTE Award Contract McGahey Trailer Replacement #24-058, STI Charter Board Appointment Approval, STI Charter Board Appointment Approval, STI Charter Board Appointment Approval, STI Charter Board Re-Appointment Approval, Amending Chapter 71 – Illegal Dumping, Health Division MAT Eligibility Change 2024, Naming MAT Clinic, Amending Chapter 96 – Open Meeting Act, Authorize Release of Condensed Version Blue Stone Health, and Operational Assessment to Health Staff

Under New Business, the board will consider Key Employee, Committee Appointment, Unit 2 Trailer Information, and Board Concerns.

Resolutions

A second ad ordered by Unit III Director Bridgett Sorenson was not included in the May 29 tribal newspaper. It is provided as an addendum in the online newspaper folder (https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/sault-tribe-newspaper/newspaper-download-files/download-file?path=2024%252FSpecial%2BAddendum%2Bto%2BV45%2BN5.pdf)

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