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SAULT STE. MARIE -Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians voters have approved Referendum 2008-262 so that the Sault Tribe Board of Director retirement plan will come into compliance with new federal tax laws. Over 70 percent of ballots received approved the referendum.

On March 20, the tribe’s Election Committee conducted a count for the referendum. Of the 4490 ballots received, 3187 approved the referendum and 1280 opposed the referendum. There were 23 spoiled ballots.

“As required, we received in excess of 30 percent registered voters who cast ballots, therefore, the membership has chosen to have the plan stay in compliance with the new federal tax laws,” said Election Committee Chairman Michael McKerchie. “Referendum 2008-262 is valid and binding in accordance with the Referendum Ordinance, notwithstanding a valid contest.”

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