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

Resolutions on the agenda are: Under Budget: ACFS - NEW, Judicial Services, LE - COPS TRGP 2011, LE - FEMA - Emergency Operations, Health Division - Healthy Start Grant and PICH Grant - Farm to Preschool Project Evaluation; Am Ch. 34: Personal Protection Orders/Injunctions, Unit Three - 2 Percent Dollars - Fall Distribution.

Under New Business, the board will consider Relinquishments, MAST Fall Meeting Travel, and Co-Captains - Great Lakes Conservation Committee.

September 1 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

Oct. 1-6, 2015Fall Fasting Camp 2015
Mary Murray Culture Camp on Sugar Island
Call the Traditional Medicine Program
Tony Abramson Jr., 906-632-0236
Peggy Holappa, 632-0220

Fall Fasting Camp 2015.pdf

The 2015 Recovery Walk is set for Thursday, Sept. 24, 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.

This is the fifth annual walk sponsored by the Tribal Court and Sault Tribe Behavioral Health to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders as well as to spread the message that behavioral health is essential to overall wellness.

Prevention works, treatment is effective and people do recover from mental health and substance use disorders.

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 150 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 906-635-7741.

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.

Recovery Walk 2015.pdf

Honoring the Waters Powwow is set for Sept. 5 at the Newberry Tribal Center. Grand entry at noon, feast at 5 p.m. Please feel free to bring a dish to share.

Vendors and traders may call 906-293-8181 for information. Food vendors limited to three.

No drugs, alcohol or dogs allowed.

This is a tribal and community event, everyone is welcome! Bring lawn chairs, see our dancers in their beautiful regalia and listen to the heartbeat of Mother Earth.

Ninth annual Honoring the Waters Powwow.pdf

SAULT STE. MARIE. Mich. — Dr. Theresa Kallstrom, JKL Bahweting Anishinaabe School superintendent, received welcome news Aug. 11 from the State Board of Education. JKL School has been released from its status as a "focus school," effective immediately.

A letter from Brian Winston, State Superintendent of Education, said, "Your school's hard work and emphasis on data-driven decisions have narrowed the achievement gap between the top and bottom performing 30 percent of students."

It was that gap that put JKL on the focus school list. Despite winning the Bridge award, being in the top 25 percent of state schools and top 20 NMU charter schools, the gap between the extremely gifted at the school and students who were struggling at the school was too large, according to Carolyn Dale, Dean of Student Affairs and director of federal, state and school programs.

This is the state's way of meeting its goal of 85 percent proficiency for all students by 2021-2022 school year, according to the letter.

It feels "amazing and wonderful" to taken off the list, said Kallstrom. "We're happy because our students are succeeding," she said.

JKL School has been working on closing the gap since 2012 when it was placed on the list, said Kallstrom. Now that the school is off the list, it still has to monitor students, she added.

"This is a testament to a team effort but clearly under Theresa Kallstrom's leadership. She did exactly as she said she would and achieved her objective," Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment said. "On behalf of the tribe, I want to express my deepest gratitude."

Dale said she is "extremely proud" of all the JKL staff, especially the teachers, who had the bulk of the extra work it took to get off the list.

Kallstrom agreed, adding she is thankful for support from all the staff, the tribe, the JKL School Board and the JKL Fiduciary Committee. She is also grateful to state facilitator Carol Swingle for helping the school look at each and every student individually to see how they could improve.

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