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Family Fun Day, March 9, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Little Bear West Arena in Manistique.

Featuring pizza and cookies, hot chocolate and water, ice skating and many chances for prizes (must be present to win).

Celebrate Parenting Awareness Month, Sault Tribe will have tables with program information for parents and interactive activities for children. No charge to attend Family Fun Day and rental skates are FREE during event.  Please join us in celebrating YOUR family and attend 2018 Family Fun Day!

The Feb. 20 regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors has been canceled, due to the chairperson’s call to testify in Washington, D.C.

Communities That Care Suicide Prevention workgroup hosts a special presentation titled "Do It For Daniel" on March 6 at Kewadin Shores Casino in St. Ignace for families and community members. Free admission.

An all-state athlete from Ishpeming High School, Daniel Olson ended his life on July 19, 2012. Do It For Daniel is a film that documents Daniel’s story.

The goal of the presentation is to educate people about the impact of depression on young people, their families and to create a dialogue.

If you have any questions, please contact Charlene Brissette via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Peter Clegg This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Co-sponsors are Kewadin Casinos, Lucas Izzard Foundation for Teens and Hiawatha Behavioral Health.

Do It For Daniel

Every year, Sault Tribe mails interest dividend checks to Sault Tribe elders 60 and older. According to the Enrollment Department, 5,819 elders received checks for $493 on Jan. 11 this year.

This year’s interest came to $2,780,027.

After the tribe received its share of the Michigan Indian Land Claims Settlement Act funds in 1997, the money was put into an interest bearing account for seniors. Because it is derived from a settlement, interest pay outs are non-taxable.

Although 5,999 tribal members are eligible for the checks by virtue of being 60 or older, 180 could not be located.

The  Sault Tribe Cultural Division is seeking volunteers to form four separate committees for local community powwow events. Committee members would be responsible for the general planning of a powwow event within our communities, with guidance and support from the Culture Division. Previous experience planning powwows is not a requirement.

The four powwow events seeking committee members are the annual Sault Ste. Marie Summer Gathering (second weekend in July), the annual Newberry “Honoring Our Waters” Powwow (Saturday after Labor Day) the annual Kinross Veteran’s Powwow (closest Saturday to Nov. 11) and the annual New Year’s Eve Sobriety Powwow (Dec. 31). Committee members will meet regularly and are more than welcome to sit on multiple committees, if desired. Regular meetings will provide the opportunity for committee members to plan their powwow event accordingly.

An initial informational meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Niigaanagiizhik Ceremonial Building, 11 Ice Circle Drive in Sault Ste. Marie. All are welcome to attend this meeting.  Community Powwow events are an integral part of our Anishinaabe Bimaadiziiwin (Way of Life) and will continue to grow with increasing community support. We need your help in order to make our powwow events a success.

These committees will aim to plan our community powwow events according to the wishes of our community members. For more information, or if you are interested in joining one of these powwow committees, please contact: Jackie Minton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 906-635-6050 ext. 26144 or 906-203-4977 or Lisa Moran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 906-635-6050, ext. 26798. 

Miigwech,
Sault Tribe Cultural Division

Keith Smith, traditional healer, availability for March

Sault Ste. Marie—March 5, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 21, 26, 27 and 28. Call Peggy Holappa at 906-632-0220 or reception at 632-5210 for program information.

St. Ignace—March 6. Call 643-8689 or 866-401-0043.

Munising—March 20. Call 387-4721 or 866-401-0043.

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