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Newberry PowwowNewberry Sault Tribe Powwow, Sept. 14, Newberry Tribal Center, 4935 Zee Ba Tik Lane. 
 
Grand entry at 12 p.m., community feast 4 p.m.
 
MC: Josh Homminga
Arena Director: Bud Biron
Head Veteran: Nick VanAlstine
Head Male Dancer: Abe Bouschor
Head Female Dancer: Jackie Minton
Head Youth Dancer: TBD
Fire Keeper: Andrew Causley
Spiritual Helper: John Causley Jr.
Host Drum: Mukwa Giizhik
Co-Host: Mission Krik
 
For more information call: Catherine Hollowell at 906‑430‑5551, Lois Bryant at 906‑293‑8181, Lisa Burnside at 906‑484‑2727 or Lana Causley-Smith at 906‑322‑3818.
 
No drugs, alcohol, dogs or politics allowed.

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, Sept. 17. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 5 p.m.
Resolutions on the agenda are: FY 2020 Budget Doc 002; Continuing Funding for Health Division; Continuing Funding for FY 2020; HC-Optical; HC-ITC Perinatal Opioid; Good Health and Wellness; Cultural-Repatriation; Acct Services; Acceptance-2020 Indian Housing Plan; Opposition to Enbridge/Graymont; Auth to Purchase Real Estate-SSM; and Am Res. 2018-185: Property Acquisition.
Under New Business, the board will consider Disenrollments; Committee Request; Acceptance of Land Donation and Board Concerns.
 

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 males (4-year term), three female (4-year term)
Child Welfare Committee - three vacancies (4-year term)
Election Committee - six vacancies (4-year term)
Higher Education Committee - Two vacancies (4-year term)
Health Board - five vacancies (4-year term)
Housing Committee - Unit 4- one vacancy (4-year term)
Special Needs/Enrollment Committee - five 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 - Newberry (4-year term), one alternate
Unit III - St. Ignace (4-year term), one alternate vacancy
Unit IV - Escanaba (4 year-term) one regular
Unit V - Munising (4-year term), one alternate vacancy
Unit V - Marquette (4-year term), one alternate vacancy

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

SAULT STE. MARIE—A Special Advisory Election will be held to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Unit I Director Dennis McKelvie. The Sault Tribe Board of Directors approved the election at its Sept. 3 meeting in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

The election is for Unit I voters only.

On Sept. 6, the tribe’s Election Committee released a Notice of Election of the Special Advisory Election. The General Election Day, when votes will be counted, is Nov. 7, and the term will last until June 25, 2020. Please see the Notice of Election below. For more information, please see the Election Ordinance at www.saulttribe.com/images/downloads/government/tribal%20code/Chapter-010.pdf.

Special Election Notice 2019

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors at the Sault Ste. Marie Kewadin Casino starts at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Matters raised by members heard from 4 to 5 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are ACFS – OVC Tribal Set Aside, LE – COPS TRGP 2015, Lake Whitefish Rearing Project, EDC Commercial Development Position, DeMawating Dev/Property Management, Business Solutions/Eagle Lending, HC – Mental Health, HC-PRC/Admin/Pharmacy/St. Ignace etc., HC-Walk in Clinic/3rd Party Revenue, 2019 Head Start/Early Head Start One Time Funding, Waiver – Empowered, Trust Land – White Pine Lodge, Right of Way Easement – Kinross Community Care, HC – JL Associate Contract, Joint Venture – IHS Construction Program, Waiver – Greektown LLC, Opposition to Enbridge and Graymont, Reliable Passage – Island Residents, EDC Position and Health Center Award Bid – Billing. 

Under new business, the board considers relinquishments, committee requests, special election appointment – vacancy Unit One, Oct. 1 board meeting options, long term 2 percent request to new business and board concerns.

September 3 Meeting Resolutions

Unit I
Sheila Berger, 906‑635‑6050, ext. 26359
906‑259‑2983 (cell)
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sault Tribe Administration, 523 Ashmun St., Sault Ste. Marie

Unit II and III
Clarence Hudak, 906‑430‑2004 (cell)
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sault Tribe Lambert Center, 225 Wa Seh Dr., St. Ignace, 906‑643‑2124 (office)

Units IV and V
Mary Jenerou, 906‑450‑7011
Sept. 4, 5, 6, 9 and 20 at Munising Health Center, 906‑387‑4614
Sept. 10, 12, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, and 26 at Manistique Health Center, 906‑341‑8469
Sept. 16 at Escanaba Penn Star, 906‑786‑2636
Sept. 30 at Marquette Tribal Health Center, 906‑225‑1616

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, Aug. 6. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 5 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Reaffirm White Pine Lodge; Budget Mods: Brady Park Cemetery, Cultural and Education Hotel Tax, Mental Health Job Title Change, Mental Health Interim Position, Emergency Preparedness, Tribal Practices for Wellness, Ruffed Grouse, Environmental – GLRI Invasive Species, Environment Contracts-Housing, Sanitation BE-19-K53, Industrial Warehouse Complex; Continuing Funding Authority; Trust Land Business Lease - St. Ignace; Trust Land Business Lease - SSM; Authorization to Bid on Parcels; Authorization to Sell Property; Authorization to Negotiate; Sault Tribe Business Solutions Loan; Partial Waiver of Conviction; Waiver of Sovereign Immunity; Authorization to Open Bank Accounts; Culturally Specific Underserved (CSU) Grant; Amending Elders Advisory Subcommittee Bylaws; Amending Tribal PRC Eligibility Policy; Approving Lease Amendment; National Congress of American Indians; Authorize the Purchase of Land/Methodist Mission; and ACFS-CCDF Early Childhood Center.

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

August 6 Meeting Resolutions

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

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

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Photo by Ken Bosma / CC BY