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May 28, 2020

Due 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.

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.

2020 Jr. Police Academy canceled
Sault Tribe Law Enforcement has made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 Jr. Police Academy. This decision was not made lightly, but because this is a very interactive Academy and STLE relies on other community agencies to help make this academy successful, with the continuing COVID-19 health emergency, we felt it was in the best interest of our staff, volunteers, and the youth we serve, to cancel this year’s event. Sault Tribe Law Enforcement’s No. 1 priority is the health and safety of its staff, the kids who attend and the communities we serve.

Sault Tribe Law Enforcement looks forward to seeing everyone in 2021! Stay safe everyone!
Robert Marchand
Chief of Police

2020 Summer Gathering and Powwow Cancellation
The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians 39th Annual Summer Gathering & Powwow Scheduled for July 2‑5, 2020 Has Been Canceled.

The safety and well-being of all of our Indigenous communities across the country is always our greatest priority here in Bahweting. After careful discussions with our Elders and community members we have decided that it is best to cancel our annual Summer Gathering and Powwow. While we had hoped to see better circumstances with the Covid-19 Pandemic by now, the reality is that we are still under a time of uncertainty. With that being said, we send our prayers and love to all of our relations across Creation, and hope to see you all next year.
Gchi Miigwech,
-Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Community Powwow Planning Group

Tribal Court State of Emergency Update
In accordance with the extension of the Tribal state of emergency declared by the Tribal Board of Directors and temporary closure of tribal operations until June1, the Court hereby ORDERS that the modifications of operations set forth in Administrate Order 20-01 and subsequently extended through May 18, 2020, by Admin. Orders 20-02, 20-03, and 20-04 are now extended until June 1, 2020.

Sault Tribe Optical Update
All Sault Tribe Optical sites are unable to take eyeglass orders at this time. In the event a patient has broken their glasses or is in need of a contact lens refill, Sault Tribe Optical can mail non-expired eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions directly to the patient. The prescription can also be faxed to a doctor's office.

Patients can then use eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions to order on online facilities.

Big Bear Facility Closure Update
For the health and safety or our staff and patrons, the facility will be closed to the public until June 1 at 5 a.m. Recreation Management will monitoring email and voicemail during the closure and can be reached at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 906‑635‑7465 (RINK).

Feeding America drive-thru food distributions will operate as scheduled.

Updates can be found at www.BigBearArena.com. – Revised May 8, 2020.

Sault Tribe and Kewadin Casinos extends temporary closure in continued response to COVID-19
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.—To assure the health and safety of its tribal members, team members and community, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians’ government and the Kewadin Casinos have extended the temporary closure of the tribal government and all five casinos until June 1.

Wequayoc Clean-Up Cancellation
After much thought and consideration, the Wequayoc Cemetery Committee has decided to cancel its Annual Cemetery Clean-Up and Potluck. We apologize for the inconvenience and want to remind everyone that the cemetery is open for family to tend to individual gravesites.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Russ Rickley at 906‑440‑5696.

Language Conference Postponed
After much thought and consideration, the Language & Culture Department has decided to postpone our 10th Annual Baawting Anishinaabemowin Conference until fall time 2020. An official date will be announced at a later time. Please continue to utilize our social media pages and our livestream page for access to Anishinaabemowin lessons at this time.
Facebook: @SaultTribeLanguageandCulture
Instagram: @saulttribelanguageculture
Livestream: @https://livestream.com/saulttribelanguage

Treaty rights and licensing during COVID-19 pandemic
Sault Tribe Law Enforcement (STLE), along with other tribal departments, programs and services, has implemented changes to the way we typically process treaty licenses for Sault Tribe members. STLE is closed to the public until further notice, but staff have been processing all applications received through the US mail every day. STLE thanks our tribal members for their patience as we all work through this global pandemic together, with rules and guidance changing sometimes day to day. STLE would like to provide an update on additional ways members can obtain the various licenses Sault Tribe offers. Details regarding each specific license and the process to obtain are detailed below under each applicable heading.

Mukkwa Giizhik Drum Practice Postponed
The Mukkwa Giizhik Drum Practice in Hessel is postponed until after the Stay Home, Stay Safe order is lifted.

Manistique Elder Meal Site Closure
The Manistique Elder Meal Program will be temporarily closed until further notice during the Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives period. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Elder Subcommittee meetings cancelled
All Elder Subcommittee meetings have been cancelled until further notice.

St. Ignace Tribal Health Center Hours of Operation
St. Ignace Tribal Health Center Hours of Operation during COVID‐19 Pandemic
Effective Thursday April 9, 2020.

Early Childhood Programs Plan – Update April 8, 2020
Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order directing all Michigan businesses and operations to suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The Sault Tribe’s government has extended our closure until further notice. At this time, The Sault Tribe Early Childhood Programs will remain closed until further notice.

Families enrolled in our programs will be receiving information via the U.S. Postal service. Program Staff will be calling to check in on families, providing educational activities and support to families. We have a list of resources that we are able to refer families to, and will assist in any way possible. If assistance is needed please email Anne Suggitt, Early Childhood Programs Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please check out www.saulttribe.com to see what services are available to tribal families during this time; and visit the Sault Tribe Early Childhood Programs Facebook page for updates.

Sault Tribe Pharmacy Services Plan during COVID19 update
See the Sault Tribe Health Division’s Pharmacy Services options for receiving your medications during Covid-19 pandemic. – Revised April 6, 2020.

Medical Imaging Department Plan of Operation update
Please see the Medical Imaging Department (Radiology) attached COVID-19 state of emergency plan. – Revised April 6, 2020.

Dental Operations during COVID-19 update
See the Sault Tribal Dental Program Operations Plan during COVID-19 Pandemic – Revised April 6, 2020.

Sault Tribal Health Center Hours of Operation Update
Sault Tribal Health Center Hours of Operation during COVID‐19 Pandemic effective Monday, April 6, 2020.

Tribal Administration Building closed to the public
In order to protect our staff and Tribal Members from the COVID- 19 virus, the Sault Tribe Administration Building at 523 and 531 Ashmun Street in Sault Ste. Marie will be closed to the public until further notice. Please visit the Sault Tribe website for a complete list of program phone numbers and information. You can still call the main reception line at 906‑635‑6050.  Listen carefully to the options after dialing. If tax documents or other paperwork needs to be dropped off during this time period, a secure mailbox is available right outside the main administration doors (523 Ashmun). Thank you and stay safe!

Sault Tribe Human Resource Dept. Update
The Sault Tribe Human Resource Department is closed to the Public. Temporary changes have been made to our daily operations within the Sault and St. Ignace area Human Resource Departments. – Revised April 1, 2020.

Elder Service Division Operations Plan - Revised March 30, 2020
Elder Service Division offices are closed to the public in order to protect and ensure the health of tribal elders and team members. Offices are closed to the public until further notice. We will continue to provide all essential services to elders. Please see the attached memo for more information.

Sault Tribe Law Enforcement Closure Update
Attention Sault Tribe members, a message from Sault Tribe Law Enforcement: Updated Friday, March 27, 2020. Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, Sault Tribe Law Enforcement will be closed to the public until further notice. Please see the memo for details on services.

Enrollment Dept. Emergency Action Plan Update
Due to the Covid-19 Crisis, the Sault Tribe Enrollment Department will be closed to the public until further notice. See the link for details. – Revised March 29, 2020.

Language and Culture Dept. COVID-19 Office Closure Update
See the Language and Culture Department COVID-19 office closure update – Revised March 28, 2020.

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
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Health Center COVID-19 Notice
Please see the attached Sault Tribe Health Center COVID-19 Flyer.

Condensed Membership Services Phone Directory
The attached phone directory is an easy resource for members during this time.

Communications Services COVID-19 Emergency Plan During the Shutdown – Revised March 23, 2020
Communications will be operating during the closure but will not be open to the public.
To submit to the newspaper, website, Intranet, Facebook, or request assistance:
Email Jennifer Dale-Burton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Sherrie Lucas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Brenda Austin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Rick Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Secretary Sherrie Lucas, Staff Writer Brenda Austin and Staff Writer Rick Smith will be working remotely. Editor Jennifer Dale-Burton will be working remotely.

We appreciate your patience while we keep our community safe and work through the State of Emergency.

Enterprise services offered during closure
DeMawating Development Office at 42 Wood Lake in Kincheloe will be closed to the public until further notice.

-Sault Tribe Retail Facilities remain open with safety precautions.
-Midjims announce new hours during COVID-19 closure.
-Sawyer Village Office at 250 Voodoo in Gwinn will be closed to the public until further notice.

See link for more information.

ACFS Emergency Plan of Operations
ACFS services are available during closure. Please see link for more information.

USDA food distribution updates
See notice regarding adjusted hours and USDA food distribution protocol. See link for further details.

Sault Tribe Health Division’s Traditional Medicine Program Operation Plan during COVID-19 pandemic
Traditional Medicine will suspend all normal patient visits starting March 20, 2020, in an attempt to limit patient exposure to COVID-19. Please see link for more information.

Tribal Tax Office Information
Phone: 906‑632‑6281
Cell: 906‑322‑2676
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.

Prosecutor’s Office State of Emergency plan
Please see the State of Emergency plan for the Prosecutor’s Office.

Sault Tribe Housing Authority Operations Plan
The Housing Authority is taking precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of housing residents, tribal membership and our staff. Please see link for more information.

Sault Tribe Fisheries Management Program closed to the Public
Please see link on Fisheries services during the COVID-19 crisis, such as Great Lakes Harvest Reporting and Inland Walleye Spearing Permits.

Physical Therapy now at WMH Rehab Facility
Due to the Big Bear Arena being closed, Physical Therapy Services will be moved up to the WMH Rehab Facility. Please see link for more information.

Optical open for emergencies only
During COVID-19 pandemic, Sault Tribe Health Division’s Optical Department will be open for emergencies only. See link for more information.

TVSO available by phone and email
As a precaution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities Stacy King, TVSO, will not be working in the Tribal Health Centers until the pandemic’s restrictions are lifted. Stacy will be available by phone and e-mail during this time if you have questions or need assistance. Please see link for more information.

Gaming Commission COVID-19 Office Closure
Please see the attached Gaming Commission COVID-19 Office Closure notice.

Environmental Program COVID-19 Announcement
In order to maximize the safety and health of our staff and our community, the Sault Tribe Environmental Program building at 206 Greenough Street will be closed to the public until further notice.

Sault Tribe Wildlife Program closed to the public
Please see link below on Wildlife services during the COVID-19 crisis, such as inland reporting, fur harvest registration and other needs.

Emergency Plan for Medical / Nursing Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Please see the link below for Emergency Plan for Medical / Nursing Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Health Division Behavioral Health
See the link below from Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Health Division:

Attention all Sault Tribe Health Center patients and visitors
In order to protect its patients, staff, visitors and local community during the COVID-19 pandemic, effective 9 a.m. on Monday, March 16, access to Sault Tribe Health Centers will be limited.

—Visitors who are not seeking health care services and are not conducting approved business with Tribal Health Centers are prohibited from entering tribal health centers.
—Pediatric patients may be accompanied by one birth parent and one significant other.
—Prisoners may be accompanied by one prison guard / police officer.
—Mental health patients may be accompanied by one relative / friend / partner.
—A health evaluation of all visitors will be performed. Those who do not meet evaluation criteria may not be allowed to enter the tribal health center.

These restrictions will be re-evaluated on regular basis and are subject to change. We apologize beforehand for any inconvenience. Thank you for understanding.

Language classes canceled
At this time, the Language & Culture Department will temporarily suspend all community language classes at all locations until further notice, effective Monday, March 16, 2020. This is to ensure the safety of our language learners and instructors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Language Team will be available for remote questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be sure to also check out our livestream lessons for continued learning during this suspension of language classes at: https://livestream.com/saulttribelanguage. We appreciate your understanding and look forwarding to seeing everyone again soon. Miigwech.

Northern Hospitality deliveries suspended
Northern Hospitality has suspended delivery services until further notice. Northern Hospitality will complete the deliveries it currently has scheduled. Northern Hospitality will announce when it will begin scheduling deliveries.

Wellbriety meetings canceled
The Sault Tribe Tribal Action Plan Wellbriety meetings that take place Tuesdays and Fridays at the Niigaanagiizhik Ceremonial Building in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. are canceled.

Escanaba Community Health Center new number
Please take note that the Escanaba Community Health Center has a new telephone number.  They can be reached at 906‑341‑1836.

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