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NARCAN distribution day put on by Communities That Care (CTC) and a "Light the Way" walk to both is a beacon of hope for those struggling with substance use disorders and a reminder of all the lives we have lost to overdoses. Both will take place Aug. 31, National Overdose Awareness Day.

Make plans to mask up and join the flashlight walk for addiction and recovery awareness Monday, Aug. 31 at 8:15 p.m., and show your support for those struggling and their families! Lighting the way for others still in the dark. You are not alone. Together we fight. Walk starts at Rite Aid and ends at the county jail in Sault Ste. Marie.

See attached flyers for the Naloxone distribution locations and for the Light the Way walk.

NARCAN distribution and Light the Way Walk Flyer

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —A resolution to expunge and set aside tribal members’ marijuana offenses and past convictions passed unanimously by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors at an Aug. 11 special meeting.

The legalized personal use and possession of marijuana has become more accepted across the country, including Sault Tribe and the state of Michigan. The tribe has decriminalized marijuana for medical and recreational purposes and recently entered an agreement to sell marijuana for recreational purposes at various trust land locations.

Prior marijuana convictions can create obstacles for those seeking higher education assistance, housing and employment. “To allow convictions to remain on a tribal member’s record for an act that has been legalized is not in anyone’s best interests, neither the tribe nor its members,” said Tribal Chairperson Aaron Payment.

The Tribal Code only allowed members to apply for only one marijuana related offense to be expunged after five years, so the board decided to add expungement of all such offenses to the Tribal Code. The resolution adds expungement to Chapter 71 of the Tribal Code, which provides for setting aside past marijuana convictions. Tribal Code, Chapter 71, section 71.1617 Vacating Offenses, now reads: “All past marijuana convictions authorized by these Sections shall be set aside and expunged from individual records for all convictions prior to Aug. 11, 2020. Future convictions may be set aside pursuant to Tribal Code Chapter 77.”

In the coming weeks, Tribal Court will be going through all previous criminal files and entering orders setting aside each marijuana conviction. A copy of the order setting aside the conviction will be sent to the affected defendants to their last known address in the next two months as the orders are completed. If an individual believes they have a previous marijuana conviction that will be set aside, and have moved or believe the address that the Court has may be out of date, they should contact the Court at 906-635‐4963 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with an updated address.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors meets at 5 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the Sault Kewadin Casino. Due to the COVID-19 state of emergency, meetings are not open to the public.

Resolutions on the agenda are Elder Outreach Worker Program, Tribal Buildings – Nazarene Church, Natural Resources – Nunn’s Creek, Health Center – Sault Dental, Health Center – Sault Medical Nursing Gov’t – Economic Director; FY 2020 Gov’t Cap Ex, Continuing Funding Authority, Amending Vacation Policy and Program for Allocation of CARES Act.

Under new business the board will consider a fishing request and board concerns.

August 18 Meeting Resolutions

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —A special meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at the Sault Kewadin Casino starting at 10 a.m. on Aug. 11. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the meeting will not be open to the public.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Expungement and Loan to Lume.

Under new business, the board will consider Letter to the City and Board Concerns.

August 11 Meeting Resolutions

Join us online to learn safe home preserving techniques and valuable resources to ensure the safety of your home preserved food. Preserving your Harvest classes will be held every Thursday from Aug. 13 through Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. EDT.  No matter what your home food preservation experience is—beginner or seasoned—these FREE classes will allow you to learn the most current recommendations for safe home preserving and to ask any questions you may have. 

Join us for all sessions or choose the topics that interest you.  

Aug. 13 – Safe Home Food Preservation – Traditions and Trends
Aug. 20 – Preserving what’s left in your Garden
Aug. 27 – Peaches – Can or Freeze?
Sept. 3 – Too Many Tomatoes
Sept. 10 – Salsa 101 
Sept. 17 – Know your Canners
Sept. 24 – Basics of Sauerkraut
Oct. 8 – Preparing Soups for Winter
Oct. 15 – Making Applesauce
Oct. 22 – Preserving Food for Gifts
Oct. 29 – Preserving Venison 

To register please visit https://events.anr.msu.edu/PreserveHarvest/. To listen by phone, please call to register: 877‑643‑9882

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will meet at 5 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Sault Kewadin Casino Grand Island Room. Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the meetings are not open to the public. 

Resolutions on the agenda are budget modifications for MI Coalition to End Domestic/Sexual Violence and ACFS-CCDF; Appointing Broker of Record/Insurance; Trust Land Status-Sault Ste. Marie; and Lease modification to Joseph A. Suggitt.

Under new business the board will consider board concerns.

August 4 Meeting Resolutions

On July 29, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors approved hazard pay for eligible Sault Tribe governmental workers. Hazard pay is an extra $2 per hour from March 17 through Dec. 30 for those who undertake additional risk related to COVID-19.

Kewadin Casinos and Sault Tribe enterprises are compensating their team members for their extra risk with appreciation pay.

Chairperson Aaron Payment said, “The Sault Tribe Board of Directors, our Executive Administration and I highly value our team members, your safety and your overall wellbeing. We appreciate your patience as we finalized the policy for providing hazard pay and appreciation pay for our governmental team members and Enterprise and Kewadin Casino team members.”

Payment added, “Federal guidelines under the CARES Act are very strict and frustrating to navigate. Your patience is appreciated. If you have any question of whether or not you qualify for this benefit, please check with your supervisor or contact Human Resources.”

Governmental team members are eligible for hazard pay if their job duties are “substantially dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency,” according to the resolution approving the hazard pay. Time periods where the employee was working remotely, on paid leave or receiving unemployment benefits are excluded from hazard pay.

Eligible positions will be listed on a hazard pay schedule. There are two different categories of eligible positions—those who are directly responding to the COVID-19 public health crisis, and those whose regular job duties have been diverted to addressing COVID-19 related matters and experience increased exposure to COVID-19.

In the first category, all public safety, public health, health care, human services and similar governmental team members who are directly responding to the COVID-19 public health crisis are eligible for hazard pay. Some examples of eligible positions are team members in security and law enforcement, emergency management, medical services, tribal court, or sanitation and janitorial positions.

In the second category, team members whose normal job duties have been diverted to addressing COVID-19 related matters will be identified and selected by departmental directors, subject to review and approval by the Legal Department. Some examples of eligible positions are those in food distribution, IT, administration and accounting or public assistance programs.

Team members with any questions should contact their supervisor or Human Resources.

Sault Tribe member owned business Tipping Point Solutions is has two full-time openings in its Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., office:

https://tpsolutions.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=97       Account Specialist
https://tpsolutions.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=98       Project Manager

Please contact Mari Schupp with any questions:
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Innovative partnership allows Lume to open adult-use marijuana retail stores on tribal land in Sault Ste. Marie

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Lume Cannabis Co. (Lume), Michigan’s largest vertically integrated cannabis operator, today announced they have been awarded an adult-use marijuana retail license on Sault Ste. Marie Tribal lands. The historic partnership will allow Lume to open a marijuana retail store and sell its high-quality cannabis products in partnership with the largest tribe east of the Mississippi.

“We are honored to work with the top cannabis operator in Michigan to bring high-quality cannabis products to medical patients and adult-use consumers who live in or visit Sault Ste. Marie and the Eastern Upper Peninsula area,” Joel Schultz, Sault Tribe Economic Development Executive Director, said. “The Sault Tribe is working progressively to diversify economic development to enhance revenues to expand services to Sault Tribe Members. Lume has the expertise, passion, values and philosophy that make them the ideal company to work with to bring recreational cannabis to Sault Ste. Marie.”

Lume offers high-quality cannabis products and a unique, customer-focused retail experience with more than 20 strains of high-quality Lume flower, pre-rolls, effects-based Lume Cartridges, edibles and a new line of CBD products available online at lume-cbd.com and in Lume stores.

“We are excited about our partnership with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and pleased to announce we’ve received an adult-use marijuana retail license to open our newest Lume location,” Lume President and COO Doug Hellyar said. “We look forward to introducing our high-quality cannabis products to adult-use customers and medical patients age 21 and up with a valid medical card in Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding communities.”

As a result of this partnership, Lume is planning to open five additional stores on tribal land in 2021 and 2022.

“This is a big moment for our tribe for the opportunities it represents. Until now, we have been on the outside of this thriving industry and we look forward to working with Lume to help Michiganders experience the numerous health, wellness and other benefits of Lume’s high-quality cannabis products,” Schultz said.

All Lume flower is grown and cultivated in a state-of-the-art facility in Evart, Mich., by a team of highly trained and experienced growers, which ensures Lume products have consistent aromas, appearances and effects. For a full product listing, visit www.lume.com.

“Providing Michiganders with safe cannabis products is our top priority—which is why we grow all our products without harmful chemicals and subject them to the most rigorous testing in the industry,” Hellyar said. “Our newest partnership with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will take our operations to the next level and establish us as the state’s go-to source for all things cannabis, including our commitment to educating our customers and making it as convenient as possible for them to access the best, safest products to meet their individual needs.”

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will hold special meetings July 28 and 29 at the Sault Kewadin Casino Grand Island Room. Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the meetings are not open to the public.

The July 28 meeting starts at 10 a.m. On the agenda are three items: Negotiations – Consent Decree 2020, and two resolutions, Eagle Lending Sault Tribe Inc. Business Development, and Acceptance of the 2019 Governmental Audit.

The July 29 meeting starts at 5 p.m.  On the agenda is COVID Funding.

July 28 and July 29 Meeting Resolutions

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