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Join us on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 10 a.m. for a post-Thanksgiving, self-care session of Yoga with Amy. This class will meet in the Chi Mukwa Recreation Center aerobics room on the first floor. Cost is $5 member drop-in or $7 non-member drop in. Punch cards available, too.

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NH Black Friday 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority (CORA) asks folks to contact their state legislators to speak against a bill now in the hands of the Senate that would relax rules for ballast water discharge of ocean going vessels, which would increase contamination and introduction of invasive species in the Great Lakes.

According to the Governor Rick Snyder’s deputy director for the House, HB 5905 quickly passed the House and moved through the Senate at a fast pace as well. While the Senate passed the bill, they have held on to it and have not sent it back to the House for concurrence. The legislature remains on break until Nov. 28, presenting a prime opportunity to make calls and send email messages to Senators and Representatives to stop the bill.

“The fishery economy of the CORA tribes has been severely damaged by ballast water introductions of invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels,” CORA Executive Director Jane A. TenEyck said in letters to senators Tom Casperson and Wayne Schmidt. “Therefore, since no federal or regional laws have been introduced that are as effective as the requirements in Michigan’s current ballast laws, CORA is requesting that the Senate’s Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee reject these changes to Michigan’s ballast law in order to prevent new introductions from occurring.”

Casperson chairs the Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee and Schmidt serves as chair of the Commerce Committee.

TenEyck added that the issue of aquatic invasive species is one of the most important environmental priorities for the CORA tribes because it jeopardizes the livelihoods of so many tribal members who depend on commercial fishing. Relaxing the ballast discharge rules would hurt Michigan’s fishing economy more than it would help the shipping industry. Further, she urged the legislators to reject the bill and retain current Michigan ballast water laws.

Information, including phone numbers and email addresses, for Michigan House of Representatives members can be found online at http://house.michigan.gov/MHRPublic/frmRepList.aspx and information for state senators is at http://www.senate.michigan.gov/senatorinfo_list.html.

Sault Tribe Offices and Health Centers will be closed for Thanksgiving, Nov. 23 and 24, 2017. Have a happy holiday season.

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Anishnaabek Community and Family Services direct assistance programs has office hours at these sites:

Hessel
Hessel Community Center, 3355 N 3 Mile Road, Hessel, Mich. Phone 484-2727
Every other Thursday, beginning with the first Thursday of the month
Hours vary
Call Angie Gillmore, 643-8689

Escanaba
Escanaba Health Clinic at the Penstar Office Building, 1401 N. 26th Street, Suite 105, Escanaba, Mich. Phone 786-2636
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Call Viola Neadow, 341-8469

Marquette
Marquette Community Health Center, 1229 Washington Street, Marquette, Mich. Phone 225-1616
Second Monday of each month from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. closed for lunch
Call Heidi Cotey, 387-4721

Assistance is available from Emergency Assistance, Native Employment Works, Child Care Development Fund, General Assistance and Homeless Prevention Services. Contact worker for an appointment. Walk-ins accepted.

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