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Prayer Tree ProjectEveryone is welcome to join the HR Training Department in decorating a Prayer/Wish Tree for the New Year.

Beginning Nov. 30, bring a prayer tie to put on the prayer tree, located in the HR Training Room in the Sault Kewadin Casino. (East Entrance of the Kewadin Sault.)

All the Prayer/Wish ties will be gathered off of the tree on Jan. 19, 2017, and placed in a sacred fire on Jan. 20, 2017, during a Potluck Feast at Nigaanaagiizhig Ceremonial Building. Donations are also being accepted at the feast for the Water Protectors in North Dakota.

Please see flyer for details!

Prayer Tree Project.pdf

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - The Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors special meetings scheduled on Nov. 30 as well as Dec. 1 and 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2016, have been canceled.

Agenda item "Rescind Resolution - 2012-146 Limited Delegation of Authority to the Chairperson" was tabled for the board's Dec. 13 meeting. "Schedule C and enterprise budgets for 2017" meetings have been canceled due to a Continuing Funding Authority resolution approved at the Nov. 28 special meeting.

Sault Tribe encouraged by ruling

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - The State of Michigan Court of Appeals released its decision Nov. 22 in Keep Michigan Wolves Protected v The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Natural Resources Commission, that PA 281, "The Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act" enacted in August 2014, violates the state's Constitution, making the 2014 wolf hunt unconstitutional.

“I am encouraged by the ruling that the Michigan wolf hunt is unconstitutional,” said Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Chairperson Aaron Payment. “The Three Fires people -- the Anishinaabeg -- are hunters, gatherers and fishers. However, an enduring tribal cultural value is that you ‘take what you need and leave the rest’. We don’t hunt our Brother Maiingun (Wolf) because to do so is only for sport. I am grateful for all of the hard work of the volunteers and petitioners who have kept the faith, the United Tribes of Michigan and the Humane Society of the United States for their advocacy on this issue.”

Chairperson Payment also serves as the chairperson of the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority and the newly elected president of the United Tribes of Michigan.

The law violates the "Title-Object Clause of the Michigan Constitution, Const 1963, art 2 §24," according to the unanimous decision of the three-judge panel. The clause states, "No law shall embrace more than one object, which shall be expressed in its title."

Keep Michigan Wolves Protected contended, that the provisions allowing for free hunting, trapping and fishing licenses to qualified active members of the military and appropriating $1 million to address the threat of invasive fish species, violate the single-object requirement because they have no necessary connection to each other or to the act’s general purpose. Although the court did find the appropriation at least germane to the purpose of PA 281, free hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses to qualified active members of the military was not.

“We agree with plaintiff, however, that the act’s amendment to MCL 324.43536a, which provides free hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses to qualified active members of the military, has no necessary connection to the scientific management of fish, wildlife, and their habitats,” said the Court in its decision.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors scheduled special meetings for noon on Nov. 28 and 30 as well as Dec. 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2016, at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie.

Item on the agenda for Nov. 28: Rescind Resolution – 2012-146 Limited Delegation of Authority to the Chairperson. Items on the agendas for all other meetings concern schedule C and enterprise budgets for 2017.

Please note that starting times for special meetings are subject to change.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at the Hessel Tribal Center starting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 22. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the regular meeting agenda are, under Budget, Utility Authority - Odenaang, Sanitation - BE-13-J11, Sanitation - BE -15-J54, National Congress of American Indians, Elderly - Mental Health/Aging Initiative and ACFS - Child Care Development; 2017 Budget Doc 003; 2017 Gov’t Capital Purchases; 2017 Budget Doc 004; 2017 Enterprises Capital Purchases; Transportation Improvement Plan; Mackinac County Cooperative Agreement; Am. Exempt/Non Exempt Team Member Policies; Am. Handbook Definitions; Am. Sick Leave Policies; Am. Vacation Policies; Am. Policy Benefits/Eligibility Sheets; Selection Outside Counsel; Implementation of Annual COLA for Employees; Overtime Exception; Implementation of FLSA; and Salaried Non-Exempt Team Members.

Under new business, the board will consider: Committee Requests, Board Travel and Equal Board Access to Information.

November 22 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

Big Bear Arena (Ages 0-12)
Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Contact: Jill Lawson

Community Kinross Recreation Center
Dec. 3, 1 p.m.
Contact: DeeDee Frasure
(Sponsored by Sault Tribe and Rec Center)

DeTour Township Hall
Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Contact: Lisa Burnside

Hessel Tribal Center
Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Contact – Lisa Burnside

Luce County Community Action Building
Dec. 8, 4-6 p.m.
Contact: Lois Bryant

(VFW) Veteran’s Hall Engadine (Ages 0-grade 5)
Dec. 10, 1-3 p.m.
Contact: Marilyn MacArthur

St. Ignace Community Christmas Fun Fair
Kewadin Shores Casino Event Center
Dec. 11, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Santa will be there along with food and games.
Keith Massaway, 906-643-6981
Bridgett Sorenson, 906-430-0536

Manistique Tribal Community Center
Dec. 10, 12-3 p.m.
Viola Neadow, 906-341-8469, ext. 29516
Denise, 203-2471
Darcy, 298-1888

Willow Creek Professional Building
Dec. 11, 12-3 p.m.
Viola Neadow, 906-341-8469, ext. 29516
Denise, 203-2471
Darcy, 298-1888

Thomas Theater
Dec. 17, 12-3 p.m.
Contact: Boyd Snyder

Munising Tribal Center Community Room (Ages 0-14)
Dec.10, 1-3 p.m.
Call the Munising Tribal Center to sign up your children.
Contact: Anita Nelson

The 2017 tribal newspaper deadline schedule and print dates are now available. Please download and save.

2017 Sault Tribe newspaper schedule.pdf

The following committees have vacant seats. Sault Tribe members interested in filling these vacancies should submit one letter of intent and three letters of recommendation from other members to Joanne Carr or Linda Grossett, 523 Ashmun St., Sault Ste. Marie MI 49783. Call 906-635-6050 for any questions.
— Anishinaabe Cultural Committee - Two vacancies (men, four-year term)
— Cultural Screening committee - Two vacancies (four-year term)
— Great Lakes Conservation Committee - One vacancy (four-year term)
— Health Board - Two vacancies (four-year term)
— Higher Education Committee - One vacancy (four-year term)
— Election Committee - Six vacancies (four-year term)
— Special Needs/Enrollment Committee - Six vacancies (two-year term)
— Child Welfare Committee - Five vacancies (four-year term)
— Unit II Newberry Elders Subcommittee - One regular seat vacancy, one alternate (four-year term)
— Unit IV Manistique Elders Subcommittee - One regular seat vacancy, one alternate (four-year term)
— Unit II Hessel Elders Subcommittee -Two regular seat vacancies, One alternates (four-year term)
— Unit V Munising Elders Subcommittee - One vacancy, two alternates (four-year term)
— Unit II Naubinway Elders Subcommittee - One alternate (four-year term)
— (MIEA) Michigan Indian Elders Association - One vacant delegate seat

There will be a Fall family event at the Newberry Tribal Health Center on Nov. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. with games and prizes! Please RSVP to 293-8181.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Come join us for our annual fall feast!

(See attached flyer for contest details on a children’s presentation.)

Newberry annual Fall Feast Nov. 16.pdf

LANSING, Mich. — Aaron Payment, chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, was unanimously elected Oct. 26 as the president of the United Tribes of Michigan (UTM), which represents 11 of the 12 federally recognized Indian tribes in Michigan.

He was formerly its vice president.

“In 2000, the People of the Three Fires — the Anishinaabeg — breathed new life into our Grand Assembly of Tribes through our current incarnation, called the United Tribes of Michigan. We are a non-profit that advocates for Native issues at the state, regional and national levels,” said Payment. “I was humbled when Chairman Jim Williams from the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Chippewa recognized my work at the national level on Indian issues when nominating me. I will do my best and always speak respectfully and advocate issues affecting our Michigan tribes.”

UTM meets each year with the state of Michigan governor in a tribal-state summit and works with all Michigan agency tribal liaisons. It has ties to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes (MAST). Its member tribes are Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Hannahville Potawatomi Indian Community, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan (Gun Lake), Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

On the federal level, Payment was appointed by President Obama to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, serves on the HHS Secretary Tribal Advisory Council, the HHS Health Research Advisory Council as co-chair, the National Institutes of Health Tribal Advisory Committee and the Tribal Interior Budget Committee. He has been elected as NCAI Executive Officer-Secretary, MAST vice president, Chippewa Ottawa Treaty Resource Authority (CORA) chairperson and Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan vice president. Payment is a Michigan Political Leadership Program Advisory Board member and presenter. He serves in his community as Chippewa-Luce-Mackinac Community Action Agency vice chair.

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