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Oct. 29, 2020

Untitled 1Due to the extensive number of events on Sault Tribe’s schedule, a list has been developed to help tribal members navigate the many postponements. It will be updated at least twice a day as time goes on. Thank you.

New entries will be added to the top of list.

Free COVID-19 testing on Nov. 6 in the Sault
Free COVID-19 testing on Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., JKL School bus garage. While supplies last. Open to the public. For ages 6 and up. Please bring photo I.D. Provided by Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Mobile Laboratory Services.

Native American Heritage Month November 2020
Sault Tribe Language and Culture Department Presents:
Native American Heritage Month
Mshka'odin Giizis (Frozen Moon)

Nov 2: Jason Wesaw, Art and Identity, 3-4:30 p.m.
Nov. 3: Gerard Sagassige, Lunch & Learn, 12-1 p.m.
Nov. 4: Jesse Bowen, Coffee with a Community Leader 9-10 a.m.
Nov. 5: Joshua Biron, Choker Craft Lesson, 11-12 p.m.
Nov. 6: Isaac Murdoch, Gete Ziichigewin (Old Ways), 6-7:30 p.m.
Nov. 6, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20: Anishinaabemowin Lesson. This will be posted to our Facebook page at SaultTribeLanguageandCulture at 3 p.m.
Nov. 9: Shannon & Lisa Martin, Two Spirit Talk, 6-7:30 p.m.
Nov. 10: Stephanie Sabatine, Traditional Food Tasting at LSSU 12-1 p.m.
Nov. 12: Joseph Syrette, Tea & Teachings, 12-1 p.m.
Nov. 16: Dr. Dylan Miner, Art & Activism, 7-8:30 p.m.
Nov. 17: Rosebud Bear Schneider & Thurman Bear, Food Sovereignty, 10-11:30 a.m.
Nov. 18: Coffee with an Elder, 9-10 a.m.
Nov. 18: LSSU Garden Opening, 2 p.m.
Nov. 19: Joshua Biron, Cooking Lesson posted at 3 p.m.
Nov. 24: Randy Menard, Virtual Trail walk posted at 3 p.m.
Nov. 25: Coffee with an Elder, 9-10 a.m.

All events will be virtual, free, and open to the public.

Access by https://bluejeans.com/431997513 or call 408‑419‑1715
Room Code: 431997513

For more information call us at 906‑635‑6050.

Halloween Drive-Thru at Big Bear Oct. 30
The Sault Tribe Wellness Collaborative is holding a Halloween Drive-Thru in the Big Bear Parking lot on Friday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be giveaways, the Dancing Witches and Flannigan's Goat Barbeque. Per COVID-19 guidelines, all participants will stay in their vehicles and giveaway items will be pre-packaged. Follow the signage!
https://saulttribe.com/newsroom/212-health-news/7012-halloween-drive-thru-at-big-bear-oct-30 

Bahweting Jiibay Wiikongewin (Ghost Feast) Oct. 30
Bahweting Jiibay Wiikongewin (Ghost Feast) will be held Friday, Oct. 30, at the Niigaanagiizhik Ceremonial Building, 11 Ice Circle in Sault Ste. Marie. Doors Open at 5 p.m. and attendees will be given directions at check-in.

It's that time of year to honor and feast our ancestors and loved ones again here in Bahweting. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will be offering an opportunity for community members to participate in a walk through ceremony. Following CDC recommended COVID-19 Safety Precautions, community members will be able to check-in and pick up pre-packaged feast plates, ceremonial food offerings, and medicine ties prepared by the Language and Culture Department staff. Practicing safe social distancing, attendees will be allowed to enter the waazhiim (lodge) one person at a time to make their offerings to the misho shkode (grandfather fire), and then proceed to the parking lot.

For more information, call 906‑635‑6050 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Updated Recreation Protocol
Recreation activities available, updated Oct. 5. Activities include ice and court rentals, fitness center, walking track and meeting space. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or visit www.bigbeararena.com

For information on available services and programs located inside the Big Bear Arena:
Physical Therapy: 906‑635‑4905
Community Health Education: 906‑635‑4994
Education/Adult Education: 906‑635‑7010
Higher Education: 906‑635‑7010
WIOA: 906‑635‑4767
YEA/Youth Development Fund: 906‑440‑9457

COVID-19 Guidance for your recreation experience - Back 2 the Bear and Events

Niigaanagiizhik is now open
Aaniin/Boozhoo:
The Sault Tribe Language & Culture Department and Sault Tribe Facilities would like to announce that the Niigaanagiizhik Ceremonial Building is now open for community use with strict COVID guidelines in place. Due to ongoing construction at the building, community use will be restricted to nights and weekends at this time. However this will not affect the use of the building for funerals, which always supersede any other function at the building. 

We appreciate the patience and understanding that was given, as we did our due diligence to prepare our building for use during this global pandemic. 

To schedule use of building, please contact Jordan Pilcher at 906‑203‑5521 or Colleen Medicine at 906‑632‑1347.
A’yaangwaamizin
Sault Tribe Language & Culture
Sault Tribe Facilities

Flu clinic Drive-Thru and Health Fair
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s Health Fair will consist of a drive thru Flu Clinic and a health and wellness goodie bag giveaway. 

Drive thru flu shots are available for:
Sault Tribe members 18 years or older
Other federally recognized tribes
Non-native spouse ($10 co-pay)
Sault Tribe employees 

Even if you don’t wish to receive the Flu shot, please feel free to drive thru at any location and pick up our complimentary health and wellness goodie bag. 

See flyer for dates locations and times.

Flu clinic Drive-Thru and Health Fair Flyer

Notice—Domestic Violence Walk cancelled
With the continued concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-9, we at the Advocacy Resource Center and Anishinaabek Community and Family Services have made the decision to cancel our annual Domestic Violence Walk. We are appreciative of the community support always given to this event and look forward to seeing everyone in the community at the 2021 Domestic Violence Walk. Thank you for your continued support and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

All-In-One Fitness Club Hours
The All-In-One Fitness Club at the Big Bear Arena in Sault Ste. Marie will open on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The hours will be Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The facility will be closed on Saturdays.

Elder Service Division Operations Plan Update
Elder Service Division Operations Plan – COVID-19 – to the Public
Updated 8-27-20

In order to protect and ensure the health of tribal elders and team members.

Elder Service Division offices are open to the public by appointment only.
For any questions, call Elder Services at 906‑635‑4971 or 888‑711‑7356.

Below is an update of all essential services to elders:
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/210-elder-services/6940-elder-service-division-operations-plan-update

Virtual Anishinaabemowin classes
Sault Tribe Language and Culture has two new opportunities for virtual Anishinaabemowin classes.

Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. with Susan Askwith and Paul Blondeau
https://bluejeans.com/256011756
Meeting ID: 256011756
Phone: 408‑419‑1715

Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. with Shirley Recollet and Cecil E Pavlat Sr.
https://bluejeans.com/391568247
Meeting ID: 391568247
Phone: 408‑419‑1715

Classes will be held weekly at the designated time and are free and open to the public!

For any additional help, please call The Language and Cultural Department at 906‑632‑1347 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Enrollment Department's new hours
Please note the new temporary office hours for the Sault Tribe Enrollment Department:
     Monday through Thursday - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
     Friday - CLOSED 

These hours will allow the staff to complete the COVID-19 Disaster Relief Grant Applications. We hope to resume normal office hours by the end of September. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Enrollment drop box now available
The Sault Tribe Enrollment Dept. now has a drop box in front of its offices at 2428 Shunk Rd. in Sault Ste. Marie. The drop box will be checked hourly during the day and, until it is permanently installed, the drop box will be moved inside after hours. Any member that has information in a sealed envelope is encouraged to use it.

Sault Tribe Health Division’s Pharmacy Update
Options for receiving your medications during Covid-19 Pandemic
Updated July 14, 2020
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/212-health-news/6898-sault-tribe-health-division-s-pharmacy-update

Sault Tribe Covid-19 RNA Testing
Please call Sault Tribe Health Center Triage Line to talk to a nurse about any Covid-19 symptoms and testing questions.
—Dial 906‑632‑5200 and press 1.
—Ask for the Covid-19 Triage Line.

Criteria for Testing: Patients are evaluated by Triage Nurse to determine if testing is necessary.
1) Moderate to severe symptoms are scheduled for an appointment.
2) It is recommended that Covid-19 RNA tests are administered 5 days or longer after a potential exposure.
3) If the symptoms are determined to be mild, patients will be asked to self-quarantine and monitor symptoms.
—A nurse will follow up with the patient the next day via telephone.

** If a Nurse has any uncertainties about patient care they will consult a physician supervisor. **

Asymptomatic Patients:
Sault Tribe Health Center only tests asymptomatic patients if they are undergoing pre-surgical screening, if they are returning to their group home and require a negative test result for re-entry, or if Sault Tribe Health Center receives a contact tracing request from the Health Department.

Sault Tribe powwows cancelled due to pandemic
The following Sault Tribe powwows have been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Sault Tribe Traditional Powwow and Summer Gathering in Sault Ste. Marie;
Sugar Island Traditional Powwow and Spiritual gathering on the Sugar Island;
Kitchi-Miniss Munising Annual Powwow in Munising;
Gathering of the Eagles Hessel Powwow in Hessel;
Rendezvous at the Straits Powwow in St. Ignace;
Gathering of the Clans Powwow in Manistique;
Youth Empowerment Powwow in Rexton; and
Newberry powwow.

No decisions have been made about the Nov. 7 Honoring our Anishinaabe Veterans Powwow in Kinross, or the Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Powwow in Sault Ste. Marie. Please watch for announcements. 

Kewadin Casinos opens gaming operations Friday
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —Kewadin Casinos is opening gaming operations at its five properties in Sault Ste. Marie, St. Ignace, Hessel, Christmas and Manistique Friday, June 12. Everyone is welcome to come check out the casinos’ weekly promotions. 

“It has been a challenging time and we are thankful to have such a great team who were ready and able to adapt to the many changes over the last few months,” Acting CEO Allen Kerridge said. “We are ready and excited to safely open the doors again and welcome all our guests."
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/6873-kewadin-casinos-opens-gaming-operations-friday

MidJim stores now requiring masks
The MidJim Convenience Stores value each and every one of our customers. We have made the decision to require customers to wear face coverings at this time, and have instructed our staff to not provide service to anyone not wearing one. We will have a limited amount of masks to give out to our customers. This is not meant to disrespect any of our customers, nor to impose directives without cause…it is simply our decision to address a very sensitive, unique challenge. Please do not direct your frustrations to our staff, they are simply following directives. We all can be together in hoping for this challenge to quickly pass and giving our staff the opportunity to see each of your smiling faces in the near future!! Thank you.

Sault Tribe government offices re-opening June 1
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —Sault Tribe government offices re-open Monday, June 1. While the Kewadin Casinos, re-opening June 12, has more work ahead to make its facilities safe for all staff and customers, the tribal government operates differently and is ready to serve its people with safety procedures in place. Sault Tribe and Kewadin Casinos first priority is the safety of its tribal members, team members and customers.
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/6856-sault-tribe-government-offices-re-opening-june-1

Traditional Medicine Program Opens June 1
Starting June 1, 2020 the Traditional Medicine Program will be opening the schedule back up to seeing more clients.  We will only be working out of the Sault Ste. Marie Clinic during phase one of the reopening but will assist other locations as needed.  Please have anyone that is interested call the Traditional Medicine Program at 906‑632‑0236 and we will get an appointment time set for you.

The hours will be the same as the Health Centers and appointments will have to be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Fri and you will need to call to schedule an appointment first before just coming in. No walk-ins at this time as we need to phase back to the normal schedule.

Miigwetch and if you have any questions or comments please give us a call.

Sault Tribe Health Division opens for routine care May 29
Sault Tribe Health Division will be open for routine patient services from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday starting on May 29, 2020. The Health Division kindly asks patients to call ahead before the visit. All patients will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.

At this time, the Sault Tribe Pharmacy will remain a drive up service opened from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Due to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders 2020-9 and 2020-100, the All In One Fitness Center in the Big Bear Arena will open at a later date, on June 14 at 9 a.m. The Fitness Center’s hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Fitness Center is closed on Saturdays until Labor Day. 

Please call 906‑632‑5200 with any questions.

Membership Liaisons Update
Until further notice, our Membership Liaisons will be available via phone and e-mail to assist our Tribal Members. Listed below is the contact information for each one of our Membership Liaisons:
Unit I – Sheila Berger
Phone (C): 906‑259‑2983
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Units II & III – Clarence Hudak
Phone (C): 906‑430‑2004
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Units IV & V – Mary Jenerou
Phone (C): 906‑450‑7011
Manistique Tribal Center: 906‑341‑8469
Munising Tribal Center: 906‑387‑4721
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Condensed Membership Services Phone Directory
The attached phone directory is an easy resource for members during this time.
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/6746-program-phone-directory-during-covid-19-pandemic

Tribal Tax Office Information
Phone: 906‑632‑6281
Fax: 906-632- 6587
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Address: 523 Ashmun Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Beginning Monday, March 23, please follow the instructions below for tax- related inquiries:
• Questions regarding State income taxes, registration in tax agreement area, or change of address –
        Contact Tax Office with contact information listed above.

• Exemption Certificates for personal use vehicles, recreational watercraft, snowmobiles and off-road vehicles –
-If purchasing from dealer, please have the dealer fax or e-mail information to the numbers listed above. 
-If purchasing through private party sales, use same contact information listed above.  Once exemption is completed, the Tax office can send the document back to you via fax, e-mail, or US mail.  Please provide where you would like the document sent.  If requested, the Tax Office can directly fax the document to the Secretary of State.
• Exemption Certificate for construction materials –
Contact the Tax Office with contact information listed above.  Please provide the name and address of vendor and their fax number.

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