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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians supports Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s opposition to the proposed pipeline crossing of the Missouri River near the northern boundaries of its reservation.

“We support Standing Rock’s concern for potential risk to its nation’s land and water and share the firm belief that alternative means should be explored for a method of transporting oil to market that has less potential for negative impact to the indigenous people and the lands they have inhabited and historically shared with fellow nations, friends and relatives,” Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment wrote in an Aug. 23 letter of support to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II.

Chairperson Payment also serves as an executive officer of the United Tribes of Michigan, Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes, the National Congress of American Indians, and the chair of the five-tribe 1836 Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority. “I can attest that tribal people at all levels have passed resolutions supporting Standing Rock,” Payment said.

Sault Tribe faces a similar threat from Enbridge’s Line 5. Every day, nearly 23 million gallons of oil flow through two aging pipelines in the heart of the Great Lakes, just west of the Mackinac Bridge. Installed 62 years ago with a 50-year lifespan, the two 20-inch-in-diameter Line 5 pipelines owned by Canadian company Enbridge Inc., lie exposed in the water at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in the world in the middle of the tribe’s ceded territory and its commercial and subsistence fisheries. In 2010, Enbridge’s spill into the Kalamazoo River, the nation’s largest-ever land-based oil spill, caused over $1 billion in damage. A catastrophe in the Straits would be far worse. During the winter months, containing a spill will be impossible as the pipeline is under 5 feet of ice.

“We stand in solidarity with Standing Rock,” Payment said. “We understand our traditional role in Indian Country as the indigenous stewards of the land, water and natural resources. We admire and appreciate your stand against corporate greed in the interest of protecting our natural environment,” Payment said.

“It’s a matter of cultural survival,” the chairperson added.

recovery month vertical web bannerThe 2016 Recovery Walk is set for Thursday, Sept. 22, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Sault Ste. Marie from St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church to the Chi Mukwa Community Recreation Center.
 
The Recovery Walk is an annual walk to support individuals and families in recovery and to recognize the positive effects recovery can have!
 
Everyone is invited! The family event features the walk, craft tables for kids, games and prizes, motivational recovery speakers and a cookout.
 
All participants in the walk meet in the parking lot at St. Issac Jogues, 1529 Marquette Avenue, at 4 p.m. for registration. Walk begins at 5 p.m. First 120 registrants receive a free T-shirt.
 
Anyone unable to participate in the walk is welcome to go directly to the recreation center at 5 p.m.
 
Questions? Please Call Sault Tribe Behavioral Health at 906-635-6075 or Pat McKelvie at 635-7741.
 
This event is supported by the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, SAMHSA, Access to Recovery, Tribal Court, Sault Tribe Behavioral Health, and people in and supportive of recovery. It is supported by award number 2010-AC-BX-0024 from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs. The opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed at this event are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice.

Manistique Oil Company will be down for gas discounts while they change out their tanks. Sault Tribe arranged for Woody’s Outpost to service members for gas discounts during this time.

Woody’s is at 8895 US-2, Manistique, phone number 906-341-9663.

In effect as of Aug. 23 until Manistique Oil reopens, tentatively on Sept. 6.

Zeke Dutcher Memorial FoundationJoin the "Run for Their Lives" 5k Run/Walk" Sept. 10 to help fight pediatric cancer!

Jim, Kim and Emma Dutcher are hosting the 3rd Annual "Run for Their Lives" 5k Run/Walk" on Saturday, Sept. 10, starting at 11 a.m. at the LSSU Norris Center in Sault Ste. Marie. This event is in memory of their son Ezekiel "Zeke" Dutcher to raise money for pediatric cancer research. The first two "Run for Their Lives" 5K's raised over $30,000, which was sent to CureSearch and St. Baldrick's for childhood cancer research.

Zeke was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer when he was only 18 months old. He passed away on May 10, 2013, after a two-year battle. Sept. 10 would have been his seventh birthday. Please join the Dutchers in the fight against childhood cancer and help them celebrate Zeke's birthday with the 3rd Annual Zeke Dutcher "Run for Their Lives" 5K Run/Walk. You can register online (or get more information) at zekedutcher.org, or register the day of the race. Registration fee is $25.

All funds raised will benefit the Zeke Dutcher Memorial Foundation, which provides support, awareness and funding for the fight against childhood cancer. The Zeke Dutcher Memorial Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 foundation under the Chippewa County Community Foundation, 511 Ashmun St. Suite 200, PO Box 1979, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783.

Enbridge wants a new permit to run its Line 5 across the Straits of Mackinac! Please sign this NEW petition to save the Great Lakes from a devastating oil spill.

Sign the Petition to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Join us in asking the MDEQ as part of its permit conditions to do a comprehensive review of Enbridge's pipelines and investigate all violations of the easement agreement by Enbridge. We encourage you to share this after you've signed—more comments make a maximum impact.

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