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Sault Tribe Traditional Medicine Program Fall Ceremonies will be held on Sugar Island Oct. 5‑9, 2022, at the Mary Murray Culture Camp, 266 Homestead Rd., Sugar Island, Mich. Please call Lori, Bree, or Katrina at (906) 632-0236, 632-0220, or 632-5268. Please remember moon time teachings.

Fall Releasing Ceremony—Wednesday, Oct. 5 - Sunday, Oct. 9.

Fall Fasting Ceremony —Thursday, Oct. 6 - Sunday, Oct. 9.

Women's Fast for Mother Earth—Saturday, Oct. 8, fasting begins at sunrise and ends at sunset, followed by a sweat lodge and feast.

2022 Fall Releasing Ceremony

2022 Fall Fasting Ceremony

Fall 2022 Women's Fast For Mother Earth

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 Aug. 9 at the Sault Kewadin Casino, in person or via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/96906911516.

Those who have already registered for Zoom meetings need not register again unless they have a matter for the board.

“Matters Raised by the Membership” will be held at 4 p.m. in person or by virtual attendance. The link is available at saulttribe.com under Membership Assistance for the Zoom meeting and Membership Form that must be completed. The deadline to submit a form is 3 p.m. on meeting day. The link is https://zoom.us/j/96906911516.

On the agenda under Resolutions is: ACFS-OVC Tribal Victim Services Set Aside; ACFS-USDA; Self-Insurance Property and Liability; Community Health Nursing/Public Health Workforce; Manistique Medical Nursing; Escanaba Gladstone Clinic/Third Party Revenue; DeMawating Development-Golf Courses; Continuing Funding Authority; Construction Bid Acceptance; Authorization to Negotiate/Purchase-SSM; Authorization to Bid on Parcels-Public Land Auction; Trust Land Lease-JKL Way; Support for Sanderson Field; Transportation-Our Town Creative Placemaking Grant; Weaponizing Legislation; Authorization to Establish Environmental Community Gardens; Appointment Transparency: Indigenous Food Sovereignty; Amending Ch. 10 Subchapter 11 Special Advisory Elections; Video Footage; and Investigating Accusations Against Elected Officials.

Under New Business, the board will consider Relinquishment; Committee Appointments; Key Employee; Rescinding Sept. 30, 2005, Motion; and Notice of Violation.

August 9 Meeting Resolutions

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Kewadin Jobs Flyer

The Sault Tribe Membership Services booklet can be used online or after downloading as an overview of all the tribe’s services and how to contact them. Included are Anishinabek Community & Family Services, Education, Elder Services, Enrollment, Environmental Services, Conservation Law Enforcement, Health, Housing, Language & Culture, and Recreation. There is also a section on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons and a list of tribal and Indian Health Services clinics across the country that tribal members can access.

Sault Tribe Membership Services 2022

Attached is the letter, "Proposed Resolution: Investigating Accusation Against DJ Hoffman," from Election Committee Attorney Michael T. Edwards, posted here on behalf of the Election Committee.

07-22-22 Letter

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Affordable Connectivity Program

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will hold a special meeting beginning 5 p.m. on July 26 at the Sault Kewadin Casino, in person or via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/96906911516.

Those who have already registered for Zoom meetings need not register again.

On the agenda under Resolutions is: SSBCI Application, Rescind Emergency Health Order, Investigating Accusations, Weaponizing Legislation and Investigating Accusations Against Elected Officials.

Under New Business, the board will consider Publish Investigation Report.

July 26 Meeting Resolutions

The following Sault Tribe 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 Katelynn Griffin at 523 Ashmun Street, Sault Ste. Marie MI 49783, or call 906‑635‑6050 with any questions.

Anishinaabe Cultural Committee - Ten vacancies - four males (4-year term), four females (4-year term)
Child Welfare Committee - Four vacancies (4-year term)
Conservation Committee - One vacancy (4-year term)
Election Committee - Two vacancies (4-year term)
Higher Education Committee - Three vacancies (4-year term)
Health Board - Three vacancies (4-year term)
Utility Authority - Four vacancies (4-year term)
Special Needs/Enrollment Committee - Unit I: 2 vacancies, Unit II: 1 vacancy, Unit III: 2 vacancies (2-year term)

Elder Advisory Committee
Unit I - Sault - One alternate vacancy (4-year term)
Unit II - Hessel - One alternate vacancy (4-year term)
Unit III - St. Ignace - One alternate vacancies (4-year term)
Unit IV - Escanaba - One regular vacancy (4-year term)
Unit V - Munising - One alternate vacancy (4-year term)
Unit V - Marquette - One alternate vacancy (4-year term)
Elder Subcommittee
Unit I - Sault - Two alternate seat vacancies (4-year term)
Unit ll - Hessel - Two regular seat vacancies, one alternate vacancy (4-year term)
Unit IV - Escanaba - Three regular seat vacancies, two alternate vacancies (4-year term)
Unit V - Munising - One alternate seat vacancy (4-year term)

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will hold a special meeting beginning 5 p.m. on July 19 at the Sault Kewadin Casino, in person or via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/96906911516.

Those who have already registered for Zoom meetings need not register again.

On the agenda under Resolutions is: SSBCI Application, Rescind Emergency Health Order and Investigating Accusations.

Under New Business, the board will consider Publish Investigation Report.

July 19 Meeting Resolutions

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —At its July 12 special meeting, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors passed a resolution, "Vote of No Confidence in DJ Hoffman Serving as Chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Suspension of Duties Effective Immediately and Until Further Notice."

The resolution (see below) suspends DJ Hoffman of any and all duties assigned by resolution, ordinance, motion, or any other action of the board of directors in his previous role as vice chairperson and his current role as chairperson including all internal and external committees and communications, not including consent decree negotiations, until further notice, temporarily assigning the duties to Vice Chairperson Austin Lowes.

Hoffman was appointed chairperson June 27 by the Sault Tribe Board of Directors, covering the remainder of the chairperson term until the next election in 2024. Former Chairperson Aaron Payment resigned May 10.

"Resolution 2022-201:

Vote of No Confidence in DJ Hoffman Serving as Chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Suspension of Duties Effective Immediately and Until Further Notice

WHEREAS, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (the “Tribe”) is organized pursuant to the Constitution of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians;

WHEREAS, elected officials on the Tribe’s Board of Directors serve at the will of the membership, and the Chairperson’s duties have historically been delegated by the Board of Directors;

WHEREAS, DJ Hoffman was defeated in his 2022 primary race for his Board seat by a sizable margin;

WHEREAS, DJ Hoffman was appointed by the outgoing Board of Directors to be the Tribe’s Chairperson on 06/27/2022, which was eight-days before six of their four-year terms expired due to also being defeated in their Board elections;

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors considers this appointment to be political entrenchment, which The Yale Law Journal (November, 2015) views as illegitimate since “governments are not allowed to bind future governments, and a present majority cannot bind the hands of future decision makers (Levinson, D., & Sachs, B.I.);”

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Board of Directors of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, at a duly called special meeting held on July 12, 2022, hereby issues a vote of NO CONFIDENCE in DJ Hoffman as Tribal Chairperson;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Tribal Board of Directors hereby suspends DJ Hoffman of any and all duties assigned by resolution, ordinance, motion, or any other action of the Board of Directors in his previous role as Vice Chairperson and his current role as Chairperson including all internal and external committees and communications, not including consent decree negotiations, until further notice; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Vice Chairperson shall be temporarily assigned any and all duties previously assigned to the Chairperson position by resolution, ordinance, or motion until further notice."

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