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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will hold a virtual regular meeting at 5 p.m. on April 20. Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the meetings are not open to the public.

“Matters Raised by the Membership” will be held at 4 p.m. by virtual attendance. Please check the Sault Tribe website for the meeting link and Membership Form that must be completed.

Resolutions on the agenda are, under Budget Modifications: Enterprise Sub Recipient, Economic Diversification/Land Use Strategy, Native Am Business Dev. Institute, EDC – MEDC Sub Recipient, Elder Division – Title VI A & B, Education – Child Care Center, ACFS – Domestic Violence Cares Funds, ACFS – CCDF – Cares Funds, Health – Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Health – PPP – Cares Funds, Health – Medical Nursing, Health – Walk-In Clinic, Health – Wellness in Indian Country; 2020 Kewadin Casinos Audit; Am. Ch. 21 – Registration of Hides; Auth. Purchase for Child Advocacy Center; and Approve Project Location for Child Advocacy Center.

Under New Business, the board will consider Committee Request and Board Concerns.

April 20 Meeting Resolutions

The COVID-19 vaccine is being offered by collaboration of the US Department of Health & Human Services - Indian Health Service, American Indian Health & Family Services - Detroit, State of Michigan, Oakland County Health Division, and the City of Troy

Let’s reach community immunity!
Protect yourself. Protect your family. Protect your elders.

By Appointment Only: Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

Who can get the vaccine? Anyone age 16 years and older. Minors aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to provide consent to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccination Event Date: Thursday, April 22
(Must commit to second dose on Thursday, May 13
Hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Troy Community Center Gym, 3179 Livernois Road, Troy, MI

Schedule a required appointment by calling (313) 400-3375 or self-register via: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./bookings/

Important Information
You should not get a COVID-19 vaccine if you: Have had a known COVID-19 exposure and are currently quarantined; have symptoms of COVID-19, including a cough, fever, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell; have a pending COVID-19 test; or had any other vaccine in the past 14 days.

Troy Vaccine Event Flyer

Starting in May, the Sault Tribe Environmental Department will be conducting free water samples of private tribally owned wells for traces of uranium in partnership with Indian Health Services. The department is looking at uranium levels from wells on or near the Jacobsville Sandstone formation for the uranium study. The information gathered from this study will be used to pursue funding for installation of treatment systems where needed

The Jacobsville Sandstone formation is known to have high levels of uranium and although uranium is naturally occurring, excessive amounts can cause medical complications such as kidney damage or an increased risk of cancer. Uranium levels vary from location to location emphasizing the need to have your well water tested. Testing is the only way to know if your well contains uranium.

For more information about the project or to see if you are eligible for sampling contact Stacy Thacker at the Sault Tribe Environmental Department at 906‑632‑5575 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Uranium Project Flyer
Jacobsville Sandstone Map
Uranium Study Interest

The following committees have vacant seats. Sault Tribe members interested in filling these vacancies should submit one letter of intent and three letters of recommendation from other members to Joanne Carr or Linda Grossett, 523 Ashmun St., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783. Call 906‑635‑6050 with any questions.

Anishinaabe Cultural Committee - six vacancies - three male (4-year term), three female (4-year term)
Child Welfare Committee - three vacancies (4-year term), one vacancy (expires May 23)
Conservation Committee - one vacancy - Fisheries (term expiring March 3, 2023)
Election Committee - four vacancies (4-year term)
Higher Education Committee - Two vacancies (4-year term)
Health Board - five vacancies (4-year term)
Housing Commission - one vacancy - Unit I (4 year term) one vacancy - Unit II (4-year term)
Special Needs/Enrollment Committee - six vacancies (2-year term)

Elder Advisory Committee
Unit I - Sault (4-year term), one regular vacancy and one alternate vacancy
Unit II - Hessel (4-year term), one alternate vacancy
Unit II - Naubinway (4-year term), one alternate vacancy
Unit III - St. Ignace (4-year term), one regular vacancy and one alternate vacancy
Unit IV - Manistique (4-year term), one alternate vacancy
Unit IV - Escanaba (4-year term) one regular vacancy and one alternate vacancy
Unit V - Munising (4-year term), one alternate vacancy
Unit V - Marquette (4-year term), one regular vacancy and one alternate vacancy

Elder Subcommittee
Unit I - Sault (4-year terms), two regular seat vacancies, two alternate seat vacancies
Unit ll - Hessel (4-year terms), two regular seat vacancies, two alternate vacancies
Unit II - Newberry (4-year term), two regular seat vacancies, one alternate vacancy
Unit II - Naubinway (4-year term), two alternate seat vacancies
Unit IV - Manistique (4-year term), two regular seat vacancies, one alternate vacancy
Unit IV - Escanaba (4-year term), two regular seat vacancies, two alternate vacancies
Unit V - Munising (4-year term), two regular seat vacancies, one alternate seat vacancy
Unit V - Marquette (4-year term), three regular seat vacancies, one alternate seat vacancy

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) notified Chippewa County Health Department (CCHD) that the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories identified the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 in two Chippewa County residents. 

With the identification of a variant, additional measures must be put into place, including a 14- day quarantine versus the 10-day quarantine. CCHD is strongly urging the public to continue mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing and getting a vaccine as soon as it is available to you. At this time, the COVID-19 vaccines appear to be effective against the variant.

The SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 variant is thought to have emerged in the United Kingdom and has since been detected in many countries and states. This variant is concerning because it is associated with increased transmissibility of approximately 50 percent.

Actions to protect yourself and others from the B.1.1.7 variant include:
• Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as it is available to you.
• Wearing a mask around others.
• Staying six feet apart from others.
• Washing hands often.
• Ventilating indoor spaces.

COVID-19 testing (not antibody test) is available to individuals of any age, regardless of symptoms. Individuals under the age of 18 will need parent/guardian consent. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, shortness of breath, or had recent travel history should seek testing as well as those working with the public, living in congregate living facilities or have potentially been exposed.

For information on vaccine appointments, please visit www.chippewhad.com

PR 20210406 Variant

From LTBB Health Dept.
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa is holding a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Lansing on Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the New Covenant Christian Church and School, 4415 W. St. Joseph Highway in Lansing, MI 48917.

Tribal citizens, Native Americans, descendants and anyone in these households age 18 and above are eligible for vaccination. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be use, so only one dose is needed.

To make an appointment for the vaccine clinic:
1. Please click below or scan the QR code to register for the Lansing Vaccine Clinic:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=xGrIdOZIX0ehn2LdzOrqmtYwsjYO6LhOklmxYivw2hJUMTZTV0pZWkdHRk0yWkc1UFUzS1pXTVhLRy4u 

LTBB QR CODE

2. Within a few days, a health screening form will be texted to you on your phone. Click the link sent to you and answer the questions and tap SUBMIT.

3. Once your health form is reviewed, a scheduler will contact you to schedule you an appointment. Please be patient! You will hear from us.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors set a virtual regular meeting at 5 p.m. on April 6. Due to the COVID-19 state of emergency, the meetings are not open to the public.

Matters raised by members at 4 p.m. by virtual attendance. Please check the Sault Tribe website for the meeting link and membership form that must be completed.

Resolutions on the agenda are, under budget modifications, Medicare COVID Funding/Third Party Revenue, Special Diabetes, Transit Cares Act; Transportation Program; Tribal Transportation Program; Trust Land Status- McGregor; Appt. Charter Members S.T. Corporate Charter; NIGA 2021; Settlement Haynes; and Organizational Chart 2021 (2).

Under new business, the board will consider a conservation request; key employee; and board concerns.

Meeting Resolutions April 6

Michigan Indian Legal Services, in conjunction with the University of Detroit School of Law, presents an overview of Michigan’s new Clean Slate Laws April 7 at 7 p.m., streaming live on Michigan Indian Legal Services’ Facebook at shorturl.at/ilvL3.

Second chances are a gift when offered. For those with a criminal record, a second chance is often elusive. Instead, one pays their debt yet finds their punishment long-lasting. Join us for information on Michigan’s Clean Slate Law and how expungement can offer a second chance.

Presenters include Judge Michelle Rick, Michael Kiehne Esq., and UDM law students Eric Czajka, Nadine Dabaja and Deja Davis.

Sharon Hovie and her family would like to thank and acknowledge the following people for playing such an integral role in making her benefit fundraiser such a successful event.

Close friend and co-worker, Barbara Parker, who organized the event and worked tirelessly for weeks to pull it all together. Tahneal Willis who was her mother, Barb’s helper during the whole process. Josh Biron, Bud Biron, Kim Gravelle and Michael McKerchie for being strong spiritual leaders and rolling up their sleeves to help out in the kitchen. Close family friends, Mikki Messer, Karla McLeod, Karen Gorenflo, Violet Patton and Jen Roy for working the benefit and cleaning up afterwards. Family members Dawn Hovie and Jessie Bearden, who baked many of the bake sale goods and brought beautiful baskets and blankets for the silent auction.

The benefit was very successful and thank you to everyone who helped us sell out of food. We believe that was possible because of your kindness and generosity and it’s a true testament of the love that Sharon has put out into the community coming back full circle to support her and her family during this time of need.

Thank you to everyone who donated silent auction items, bake sale goods, money, supplies and food. Thank you to others who wrote cards and notes and those who stopped by to share stories and offer help.

So many people from our tribe and beyond pulled together to help us out and thank you doesn't cover it. We are humbled by the support and generosity of our tribal community and well beyond. Chi Miigwech.

Motivated individuals are being sought to assist with a new Northern white-cedar regeneration project during the 2021 summer field season. This is part of a new multi-year project funded by the MI DNR Forest Resources Division that is evaluating if previous silvicultural treatments have resulted in cedar regeneration and provide recommendations for additional silvicultural research and management to facilitate lowland cedar management in the state of Michigan.  We are hiring technicians to work on small crews focusing on either the Western UP, Eastern UP, or Northern LP. 

Duration: 12 weeks; June, July, August.

Work Environment: Requires strenuous physical activity: periods of standing, walking off-trail several miles per day in uneven terrain, and carrying field gear.  Data entry in office.

Work Schedule: 40 hours per week with a flexible schedule, including 10 hour days Monday-Thursday to be determined by weather and distance to field sites.

Primary Duties:

  • Navigate to and from field sites
  • Tree identification
  • Collect vegetation, soils, and light data according to protocols
  • Digitize collected data

Qualifications: Training will be provided to the successful applicant, but we would prefer:

  • Experience using GPS and GIS, interpret standard procedures, and consult field guides
  • Experience identifying native plants and collecting forest inventory or ecological data
  • Experience with topographic maps, compass, and aerial photos for navigation
  • Must be willing to work long-days in a variety of weather conditions
  • Must possess a valid driver's license

Compensation: Pay starts at $12-$16/hour depending on prior skills and experience.

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter with first choice of work location (Western UP, Eastern UP, or Northern LP), resume, and contact information for one reference to Rod Chimner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Robin Clark (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Friday April 15, 2021. The positions will be open until filled.

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