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LANSING, Mich. — Aaron Payment, chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, was unanimously elected Oct. 26 as the president of the United Tribes of Michigan (UTM), which represents 11 of the 12 federally recognized Indian tribes in Michigan.

He was formerly its vice president.

“In 2000, the People of the Three Fires — the Anishinaabeg — breathed new life into our Grand Assembly of Tribes through our current incarnation, called the United Tribes of Michigan. We are a non-profit that advocates for Native issues at the state, regional and national levels,” said Payment. “I was humbled when Chairman Jim Williams from the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Chippewa recognized my work at the national level on Indian issues when nominating me. I will do my best and always speak respectfully and advocate issues affecting our Michigan tribes.”

UTM meets each year with the state of Michigan governor in a tribal-state summit and works with all Michigan agency tribal liaisons. It has ties to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes (MAST). Its member tribes are Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Hannahville Potawatomi Indian Community, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan (Gun Lake), Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

On the federal level, Payment was appointed by President Obama to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, serves on the HHS Secretary Tribal Advisory Council, the HHS Health Research Advisory Council as co-chair, the National Institutes of Health Tribal Advisory Committee and the Tribal Interior Budget Committee. He has been elected as NCAI Executive Officer-Secretary, MAST vice president, Chippewa Ottawa Treaty Resource Authority (CORA) chairperson and Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan vice president. Payment is a Michigan Political Leadership Program Advisory Board member and presenter. He serves in his community as Chippewa-Luce-Mackinac Community Action Agency vice chair.

Patriot Nations: Native Americans in our Nation’s Armed Forces
Saturday, Nov. 5
Breakfast 8:30 a.m.
Ceremony 10:30 a.m.
Pattengill Middle School 626 Marshall St., Lansing, Mich.

Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces tells the remarkable history of the brave American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the United States military. Native peoples have participated in every major U.S. military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts in the Middle East, serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group. The contributions of Native servicemen and women have been largely unrecognized. This will soon change. The Patriot Nations exhibition announces the development of the National Native American Veterans Memorial, requisitioned by Congress to be placed on the grounds of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.

Patriot Nations.pdf

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at Kewadin Casino starting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 1. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: two partial waivers; Budgets: IHS Healthy Heart, Manistique Health Center; Sequoyah National Research Center; Amending Tribal Code Ch. 11: Membership; Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging; Tribal Liquor License - 5 Casino; Tribal Liquor License - 2 Midjim; Final Rule Re: Emp. Exemption from FLSA; Amending Sick Leave and Vacation Policy; Assessment of Tribal Health Services System; Reinstating 401(K) Matching Contribution.

Under new business is Enrollment, Committee Request and Board Request: Schedule C Budgets.

November 1 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

There will be a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Niigaanagiizhik Cultural Center in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

All proceeds for Joe and Becky Parish to help cover cost of medical treatment for Joe, who is fighting kidney cancer. Donations are appreciated. For more information contact Lisa Burnside, 906-440-7666, or Susan Lively, 906-630-2791.

A community forum to provide input on the tribal justice system's strategic plan for departments (i.e. Tribal Court, Law Enforcement, tribal prosecutor, ACFS and ARC) is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 28 from, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Chi Mukwa Community Recreation Center Hospitality Room in Sault Ste. Marie. Pizza and soda pop provided.

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