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Medicine boxA medication drop box is now located outside the front door of the Tribal Law Enforcement Department at 2175 Shunk Rd. in Sault Ste. Marie. The drop box is available 24/7 for any unwanted medications. Please take advantage of the drop box and help save our environment by keeping our landfills and waterways medication free. For more information, read Brenda Austin's story in the August issue of Win Awenen Nisitotung.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors will be held at the Kinross Recreation Center starting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 2. The meeting will be preceded by "Matters Raised by the Membership" from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Big Bear budget modification; Authorization to Apply for Clean Diesel Grant; Establishing Negotiation Committee for Sault Tribe v. Blue Cross Blue Shield; Amend Ch. 14: Rules of Parliamentary Procedures; Amend Ch. 71: Criminal Offenses; and a partial waiver.

Under new business, the board will discuss the General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2014.

August 2 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

Young women’s camp “Oogitchidaa Kwe Bimaadiziwin Kinoomaagewin,” Aug. 23-26 for ages 10-14 at the Mary Murray Culture Camp on Sugar Island. A camp for young ladies to actively learn about the Traditional Role of the Anishinebek Kwe through Women’s Teachings “Taking Care of Our Waters.”

Permission slips available from the YEA office or contact the Culture Camp directly at 906-635-6050, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Application-Ogitchidaa Kwe camp.pdf

Applications are being solicited for two one-time $500 scholarships from the Sault Tribe elders for qualified freshmen enrolled in public colleges, universities or trade schools. Deadline is Aug. 31, 2016. All applicants must be registered Sault Tribe members with the following qualifications: A) Successfully graduated from an accredited high school with a grade point average of 2.50 or completed and passed all five General Education Development (GED) equivalency tests with a minimum score of 40, average score of 45 and possess a GED certificate and B) Accepted or enrolled in any two- or four-year public college, university or trade school in any field of study as a fulltime student.

Applicants must submit application letters that include the following documentation:

- Name, address, phone number, proof of tribal enrollment and social security number;
- Transcript from the applicant's high school verifying the cumulative grade point average or proof of achieving GED requirements stated above;
- Letter from the college, university or trade school, showing acceptance for the 2016-17 school year;
- Academic major or course of study to be pursued;
- Essay of 300-500 words describing how you feel a college education will benefit you, your career objective and why this scholarship will help you achieve your goal.

All requirements listed above must be packaged and received no later than Aug. 31, 2016, no later than 5 p.m., by the Elder Service at 2076 Shunk Road, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783.

If you have questions, please contact Sheryl Hammock at 906-635-4971 or 888-711-7356.

PLEASE NOTE - Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Anishnaabek Community and Family Services (ACFS) operates the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in all seven counties of the tribe's service area. This program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Office of Community Services Division of Energy Assistance. LIHEAP provides help with energy bills and increasing energy efficiency of eligible Sault Tribe member households.

ACFS intends to apply for continued funding to operate the LIHEAP program and is seeking public comment on the current LIHEAP program plan. This is your opportunity to make changes to the way the LIHEAP program operates and we would like to hear from Sault Tribe members. ACFS is having a public hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., at 2218 Shunk Road in Sault Ste. Marie.

Copies of the proposed LIHEAP program plan will be available at the following offices from Aug. 1-12, 2016.

ACFS – Sault office, 2218 Shunk Road, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783, 632-5250 or 800-726-0093.

ACFS – St. Ignace office, 1140 N. State Street, Suite 2805, St. Ignace, MI 49781, 906-643-8689.

ACFS – Manistique office, 5698 W. Highway US 2, Manistique, MI 49783, 906-341-6993.

ACFS – Munising office, 622 W. Superior Street, Munising, MI 49862, 906-387-3906.

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