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Dec. 1, 2020

Untitled 1Due to the continuing rise in COVID-19 cases across the tribe’s seven-county service area, Sault Tribe is implementing operational plans for tribal programs and service area counties that are posted in the information bar below. These plans will help safeguard the health of tribal members and team members while still providing services to the membership. Please take care, wear masks in public spaces, practice social distancing and wash your hands often. Miigwech.

New entries will be added to the top of list.

All-In-One Fitness Club Closure
The All-In-One Fitness Club is closed until further notice. Updated Dec. 1, 2020.

2020 Sault Tribe Children's Christmas events
Below are 2020 Christmas events scheduled so far. The list will be updated as more events are received.

Hessel and DeTour Children’s Christmas drive-thru Dec. 5 & 19
Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Children’s Christmas drive-thru in Hessel and DeTour. Hessel, Dec. 5, Kewadin Casino Hessel parking lot, 3-5 p.m. DeTour, Dec. 19, DeTour Township Hall parking lot, 3-5 p.m. Sponsored by Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors, Kewadin Casino and Youth Education and Activities Program. For More information contact the YEA office at (906) 484-2298 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Unit II tribal families can choose location closest to choose from. Due to Covid-19 all activities are subject to change.

Newberry Children’s Christmas drive-thru Dec. 11
Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Children’s Christmas drive-thru at the Newberry Tribal Health Center, Dec. 11, 4-7 p.m. For ages 14 and under. Sponsored by Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors, Kewadin Casino and Youth Education and Activities Program. For more information or to sign up please call (906) 293-8181. All activities are subject to change due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Naubinway/Engadine Children’s Christmas drive-thru Dec. 12
Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Children’s Christmas drive-thru Naubinway/Engadine, Dec. 12, 1-4, p.m. Top of the Lake Snowmobile in Naubinway. For ages 14 and under. Sponsored by Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors, Kewadin Casino and Youth Education and Activities Program. For more information or to sign up please call (906) 293-8181. All activities are subject to change due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Covid testing centers: What to know
Testing centers in the seven-county Sault Tribe service area vary by cost, hours, type of testing and eligibility for testing. Below is a list of the testing centers and their criteria.
https://saulttribe.com/newsroom/7081-covid-testing-centers-what-to-know 

Free Covid-19 testing Dec. 1 in Manistique
Free Covid-19 testing Dec. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Manistique Health Center while supplies last. Open to the public. For ages 6 and up. Please bring a photo ID. Provided by Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Mobile Laboratory Services.

Sault Tribal Health Center Pharmacy announcement
Pharmacy pickup is once again available in the auditorium of the Sault Tribe Health Center from 9 am to 3 p.m. daily. Keep in mind that we are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday this week on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26th and 27.

It is our goal to maintain pharmacy pickup in the auditorium as long as we have sufficient pharmacy staff to do so. Your patience during these difficult times is appreciated.

Self-Collection COVID-19 kits available
Starting Nov. 24, 2020 Self-Collection COVID-19 kits are available to the public at the Sault Tribal Health Center in Sault Ste. Marie. Located in the lobby of the Health Center.

Samples must be returned to the collection box in the lobby by 2 p.m. the same day of collection in order to be tested.

Please fill out all required forms to ensure your sample can be tested. Sample COVID-19 kits can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Patients will be called within 24 hours if they are positive for COVID-19.

DeMawating Development Notice
Please see the attached DeMawating Development - Covid-19 Announcement updated Nov. 24, 2020.
https://saulttribe.com/newsroom/7076-demawating-development-notice 

Sawyer Village Notice
Please see the attached Sawyer Village - Covid-19 Announcement updated Nov. 24, 2020.
https://saulttribe.com/newsroom/7074-sawyer-village-notice 

Higher Education and WIOA Notice
Please see the attached Sault Tribe Higher Education and WIOA Departments Public Notice updated Nov. 23, 2020.
https://saulttribe.com/newsroom/206-education-news/7070-higher-education-and-wioa-notice 

Environmental Program Public Announcement
Please see the attached Sault Tribe Environmental Program Public Announcement updated Nov. 20, 2020.
https://saulttribe.com/newsroom/7064-environmental-program-public-announcement 

Sault Tribe Administration Building Public Notice
Please see the attached Sault Tribe Administration Building Public Notice updated Nov. 19, 2020.
https://saulttribe.com/newsroom/7062-sault-tribe-administration-building-public-notice 

Early Childhood Education Programs Public Notice
Please see the attached Sault Tribe Early Childhood Education Programs Notice to Public updated Nov. 19, 2020.
https://saulttribe.com/newsroom/206-education-news/7061-early-childhood-education-programs-public-notice 

Anishnaabek Community and Family Services Public Notice
Please see the attached Anishnaabek Community and Family Services Notice to the Public updated Nov. 19, 2020.
https://saulttribe.com/newsroom/203-acfs-news/7060-anishnaabek-community-and-family-services-public-notice 

Sault Tribe Law Enforcement & Conservation Public Notice
Please see the attached Sault Tribe Law Enforcement & Conservation Notice to the Public updated Nov. 18, 2020.
https://saulttribe.com/newsroom/213-law-enforcement-news/7059-sault-tribe-law-enforcement-conservation-public-notice 

Human Resource Department Notice to Public
Please see the Sault Tribe Human Resource Department Notice to Public updated Nov. 18, 2020 attached.
https://saulttribe.com/newsroom/215-human-resources-news/7058-human-resource-department-notice-to-public 

Elder Service Division Notice to Public
Please see the Sault Tribe Elder Service Division Operations Plan Notice to the Public updated Nov. 18, 2020 attached.
https://saulttribe.com/newsroom/210-elder-services/7057-elder-service-division-notice-to-public 

Sault Tribe Housing Authority Notice to Public
Please see the Sault Tribe Housing Authority Notice to Public updated Nov. 18, 2020 attached.
https://saulttribe.com/newsroom/207-housing-news/7056-sault-tribe-housing-authority-notice-to-public 

Enrollment Department Notice to Public
Please see the attached Enrollment Department Notice to Public updated Nov.18, 2020.
https://saulttribe.com/newsroom/205-enrollment-news/7055-enrollment-department-notice-to-public 

Tribal Court State of Emergency Administrative Order
Please see the attached Tribal Court State of Emergency Administrative Order 20-07.
https://saulttribe.com/newsroom/208-court-news/7054-tribal-court-state-of-emergency-administrative-order 

Big Bear Temporary Closure Notice
Please see the Big Bear Temporary Closure Notice Nov. 18, 2020 attached.
https://saulttribe.com/newsroom/204-recreation-news/7053-big-bear-temporary-closure-notice 

Language & Culture Department Temporary Office Closure
Please see the Language & Culture Department Temporary Office Closure Notice Nov. 18, 2020 attached.
https://saulttribe.com/newsroom/209-cultural-news/7052-language-culture-department-temporary-office-closure 

Natural Resources Dept. Notice to Public
Please see the Sault Tribe Natural Resources Dept. Notice to Public Nov. 18, 2020 attached.
https://saulttribe.com/newsroom/214-natural-resources-news/7051-natural-resources-dept-notice-to-public 

Kewadin Casinos temporarily closes in continued response to COVID-19
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —In a continued effort to reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID19) throughout Michigan, and with regard to the recent announcement by Gov. Whitmer, Kewadin Casinos will be voluntarily closing all five Kewadin Casinos for three weeks. The closures will be effective at noon on Wednesday, November 18; all casinos will reopen on Wednesday, December 9.

All hotel guests are being required to checkout by 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 18. Guest reservations between November 18 and December 8 will be automatically cancelled. Guests with questions should call us at 1-800-KEWADIN.

Kewadin Casinos will continue to follow all health and sanitation guidelines in place as well as the current phase chart which outlines restrictions based on positivity rates in each county.

For more information about the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, please visit http://www.saulttribe.com. For more information about Kewadin Casinos, please visit www.Kewadin.com

Northern Hospitality COVID update
Effective Nov. 18, 2020: Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in Chippewa County, Northern Hospitality will be open by appointment only until further notice. You must call 906‑635‑4800 to schedule an appointment. Closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Sault area, JKL Bahweting, Rudyard schools closing
JKL Bahweting and Sault Ste. Marie Area Public Schools officials announced Thursday, Nov. 5, that face-to-face instruction has been suspended until Nov. 30.

Schools will move to virtual instruction. All JKL Bahweting athletics and other events are canceled until Nov. 30.

Dr. Tim Hall, Sault Schools superintendent, said officials understand the difficulty the decision presents for families.

“It is important to remember that we want the kids in school and ask that everyone remain vigilant in terms of masking, hygiene practices, and avoiding large gatherings with people outside your household,” Hall said, according to the Sault Evening News.

Rudyard Area Schools also closed Thursday until at least Nov. 30, according to the
St. Ignace News.

The Sault Tribe amended its sick-leave policy in October to cover Covid-related school closings. The policy applies to tribal team members.

Below is the amended portion of the sick leave.

F. Child Care:

1. In the case of school closures due to the COVID-19 virus, the tribe will work with any team member that must care for a child affected by these closures to accommodate that individual’s personal situation.

2. The tribe and an individual team member’s supervisor shall review each team member’s unique situation and work to meet the needs of that team member by looking at a range of possible options, such as: telecommuting, emergency assistance, taking leave without pay or accepting donated leave from other team members.

3. Although an individual team member’s schedule may be modified to accommodate child care needs, the focus of the arrangement must remain on job performance and meeting business demands and government responsibilities.
Team members should check with their supervisors if affected by school closures.

Purchased and Referred Care to cover COVID-19 testing
Attention Patients:

Effective immediately, Sault Tribe Health Division’s Purchased and Referred Care (PRC) will begin covering expenses for COVID-19 testing at sites other than Sault Tribe Health Centers for patients who are signed up for PRC and meet all eligibility requirements. To qualify, please follow the process below:

1. Please, call the Sault Tribe Health Center at 877‑256‑0009 and request a COVID-19 test. A provider or nurse will provide a recommendation for testing based on current testing guidelines and enter a note in the Patient’s Electronic Health Record.

2. If offsite testing will be recommended to you, please, call Purchased and Referred Care and notify them of the referral for testing.

Thank You.

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 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.

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.

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.