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2013 Sault Tribe Census Deadline Extended to Nov. 15; FAQ: Sault Tribe 2013 Census
Tribal members have been calling and emailing Sault Tribe offices with many questions about the tribe’s 2013 Census Survey. Below are answers to the most common questions:
What if my completed census does not have enough time to make it to Lake Superior State University by Oct. 25?
In order to ensure tribal members have enough time to send in their census surveys, the deadline has been changed to Friday, Nov. 15.
What IS the incentive?
Tribal members have been asked to return the completed census survey when it arrives at their home. Those who returned it in the enclosed, postage-paid envelope by Friday, Nov. 15 (must be POSTMARKED Nov. 15) are automatically be entered into a drawing for one of five cash prizes of $2,500, $1,000, $750, $500 and $250.
Why was my wife named Head of Household (i.e. why was the census form addressed to her)?
The mailing list was sorted so each household would receive one census survey, and were addressed to the person whose name comes first in the alphabet. (Just like the tribal newspaper.) The tribe has no way of knowing who is head of household.
Does the Head of Household have to be a tribal member?
NO. In order to determine tribal members’ needs per household, we need information submitted on all adults and children in your home. Who completes the survey is up to you.
Why did my 2-year-old receive a Census form?
Children under 18, whose parents or guardians are not tribal members, received a Census form so that their family could be included in the census. This is because the mailing list is comprised of Sault Tribe members.
In some instances, addresses are sometimes not reported exactly the same and the computer can’t tell the difference, so it sent a census from to more than one person in the household. Examples: RD and Road; ST and Street; Avenue or Ave.; and so forth.
Why haven’t I received a census form?
Possible reasons for not receiving a form are having a bad address with the tribe OR post office, lost mail or slow service. If you believe your address may be incorrect, please call Tribal Enrollment at 1-800-251-6597.
How was the census mailed?
Lake Superior State University (LSSU) is conducting the census. The lead researcher determined the method used to mail surveys based on the best possible information he received. The method used is statistically sound according to the LSSU Institutional Review Board, and the results will be meaningful.
How will the incentive winners be determined?
As LSSU staff receive envelopes, they will separate the census surveys from the envelopes. Five envelopes will be drawn at LSSU, which will inform the tribe. The winners will be notified and posted on the tribe’s website.
A note on the tribe’s mailing list:
The tribe’s membership mailing list, made up of 44,000 members and constantly changing, is an ongoing challenge. The tribe is researching software to assist in improving and streamlining its membership mailing list.
Tribal members, please be SURE to call Tribal Enrollment at its toll free number whenever you change your address: 1-800-251-6597.
A message from our Chairperson: Please ask your representatives to support "Indian Health Service Advance Appropriations Act of 2013"
Dear Tribal Citizen,
Today I ask you to contact your US Senator and representative to Congress strongly urging support for the bill "Indian Health Service Advance Appropriations Act of 2013" (H.R. 3229/ S. 1570) to allow advance appropriations for the Indian Health Service (IHS) in order to provide timely and predictable funding to administer health programs and services to American Indian and Alaska Native people.
This bill is critical to our people.
Healthcare services directly administered by the federal government, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), are funded by advance appropriations to minimize the impact of late and, at times, inadequate budgets. The decision of Congress to enact advance appropriations for the VA medical program provides a compelling argument for the effectiveness of advance funding a federally administered health program, which could easily be applied to the IHS.
Beyond the efficiency inherent to advance appropriations, providing timely and predictable funding helps ensure the federal government's Trust Responsibility is carried out.
Please use the attached letter and send it in today: Advance Funding for IHS
Find your senator and representative:
Aaron Payment, Tribal Chairperson
Attention Tribal Members! A message from our Chairperson!
Dear Tribal Members,
I am now in Washington, D.C., working to get an exemption to sequestration by educating members of Congress that our treaty rights are not discretionary -- rather they are a trust responsibility owed our tribe in exchange for the millions of acres ceded by our people in treaties with the United States.
I can't do it alone -- I need your help. Please print and sign the REQUEST TO STOP SEQUESTRATION & OTHER LEGISLATIVE AGENDA ITEMS letter and send it to your United States Senators. Or call them! You can find your senators by clicking this link: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm#
Miigwech to you all!Aaron Payment, Sault Tribe Chairperson
Tribal Enrollment addresses membership and ancestry
Some of the most common questions posed on our website and Facebook is about Tribal Enrollment:
"How can I trace my American Indian roots?"
"How can I update my tribal card or my address?"
"If my card is expired, am I still enrolled?"
"My relatives are enrolled with Sault Tribe — am I?"
There is one place on this website where all these questions can be addressed — Tribal Enrollment. On the Tribal Enrollment page, you can find contact numbers and emails, links to websites on tracing your roots, directions for updating your cards, enrolling minor children and more: Tribal Enrollment
For those who still have questions after looking over the Tribal Enrollment webpage, please call 1-800-251-6597. Miigwech!
Payment elected to vice presidency of Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes
Aaron A. Payment, Sault Tribe chairperson, was elected as vice president of the Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes July 10. MAST officers were nominated and elected by their peers to two-year terms at its July 9-10 annual organizational meeting in St. Paul, Minn.
Michigan had a strong showing in this term’s election of officers. In addition to Payment, Saginaw Chippewa Tribe council member Michele Stanley was elected president and Little River Band of Ottawa Indians council member Kim Alexander as treasurer. Greg Matson of the Oneida Band in Wisconsin was elected secretary.
Founded in 1997, MAST serves 36 tribes across Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa with three representative organizations, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council and United Tribes of Michigan. Its mission is to “advance, protect, preserve and enhance the mutual interests, treaty rights, sovereignty, and cultural way of life of the sovereign nations of the Midwest.” MAST also holds a legislative impact meeting in Washington DC each year.
“I am very proud to serve as vice-president of MAST,” said Payment. “I will do my best to represent not only our Sault Tribe interests but also that of our fellow Anishinaabeg — Chippewa, Odawa and Potawatomi.”
Payment added, “One recent accomplishment is our MAST resolution passed in January, for which I made the motion, that called for President Obama to establish a Tribal Counsel on Indian Affairs. Just over a week ago, the President signed an Executive Order creating this new body. Attending regional and national meetings allows us to represent our interests at the highest level. I am excited to do so!”
The 11 years Scott Vele has served as MAST’S executive director, he has seen many leaders come and go. “Sault Tribe has always been a staunch supporter of all tribes,” said Vele. “The strong, respected leadership driven by Aaron Payment, Michele Stanley, Greg Matson and Kim Alexander assures better communication with each other, Congress, the Senate and the White House as MAST moves into more positive direction. I’m proud to serve with these four peers of mine.”
Payment attended the MAST meeting with Unit 1 Director Jennifer MCLeod and Unit 1 Director Cathy Abramson, who was attending in her capacity as chair of the National Indian Health Board.
Review Session Jan. 9, 2013: