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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 Kewadin Casino starting at 6 p.m. on May 3. The meeting will be preceded by "Matters Raised by the Membership" from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: 2016 Head Start and Early Head Start Grant; Michigan Indians Elders Association Tribal Elders Appointment; Support for CORA funding request to BIA for dockside inspection training; Oscar Larson Contract; Budget: GLRI American Marten establishment of a budget, Transportation Budget Modification, Governmental - Motorized Door Openings Budget Modification; Establishing Minimum Wage Tipped Positions; Wage Compression - Longevity; Est. New Wage Grids - Tipped Positions -(2); Amending Chapter 11: Membership Code - Cards; Unit V Seat; 2 Percent Agreement Sault Schools; Clarifying Management of Kewadin Casinos / Accurate Accounting of Casino Revenues; Authorizing Board Administrative Staff to Assist Election Committee; Establishing Unit VI Service Area/Unit VI Director/At Large Director; Amend Constitution - Separation of Powers Doctrine; and Amend Constitution - Bill of Rights.

Under New Business, the board will hear a Committee Request and CEO Interviews.

May 3 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment was invited to be a TED speaker at the annual CDC TedMed talks Nov. 12, 2015, at the US HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga. His talk was about his in depth research into historical trauma in our tribal communities. TedMed is the independently owned and operated health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference, dedicated to "ideas worth spreading." TED Talks have been viewed online over 2 billion times around the world.

May 12 presentation open to the public; join the Billy Mills Fun Run/Walk May 14

SAULT STE. MARIE Olympian Billy Mills returns to Sault Ste. Marie this May as special guest of the Billy Mills Fun 5K Run/Walk special guest. Mills will appear May 12 at the LSSU Fine Arts Center in the Cisler Center from 6 to 8 p.m. in a presentation open to the public. The community is welcome to attend! Also a motivational speaker, he will give an in-service to Sault Tribe team members May 12 and visit JKL School May 13 before attending the race named in his honor on May 14.

Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment said, During college, my race was 10K cross country. Fellow Sault Tribe Member Cathy Belogna ran cross country. In 1991, she and I took him to lunch and explained our vision for Sault Tribe recreation. Cathy became our first recreation director. Billy then promised to attend an annual fun run if we create a running team and the rest is history.

Mills was the inspiration for the movie Running Brave, starring Robbie Benson, the story of Mills life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the obstacles he overcame to become an Olympic champion. At the 1964 Olympics, Mills came from behind to win the gold medal in the 10k race, setting a world record of 28 minutes, 24.4 seconds. He is still the only American to ever win a gold medal in the 10k event.

Billy is the last American to win the Olympic 10,000 meters in 1964, Payment said. He is one of my heroes and is a role model for Indian Country.

As part of his effort to give back to his community, Mills helped found Running Strong for American Indian Youth and became the organizations national spokesperson. Today, Mills visits American Indian communities throughout the U.S. and speaks to youth about healthful lifestyles and taking pride in their heritage. In 2014, Mills celebrated the 50th anniversary of his gold medal win by founding Dreamstarter, a grant program to jump start the dreams of Native youth.

This years race also sees the start up of the Chi Nodin Running Club, which runs three days per week from June 13 through Aug. 17. Sault Tribe youth aged 12-18 can register at the race or contact Heather Hemming at 906-632-5210, ext. 21372, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Billy Mills Fun Run/Walk Race on May 14 features a 5K race, a 5K walk, youth 1-mile run, and a tot trot for younger children. Everyone is welcome to participate and there are no registration fees. Race shirts are limited and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-register and arrive early on race day to receive the right shirt size.

The youth one-mile run and tot trot begin at 8:30 a.m. on the east side of Chi Mukwa Community Recreation Center across Shunk Road from Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The 5K run and 5K walk begins at 9 a.m. The top male and female 5K runners in the regular (4-39), masters (40-69) and grand masters (70 and over) divisions and the top overall male and female 5K walkers will receive a plaque. All participants will receive medals.

All participants are required to register. Early registration is preferred and late registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and will end promptly at 8:15 a.m. To register or ask questions, contact Lori Jodoin at 906-635-5055, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Submitted by James McKerchie, Election Committee Chair

Forgrave, Charles
Massaway, Keith
Miller, Thomas
Payment, Aaron

Unit I:
Boulley, Angeline
Causley, Nichole
Cook, Charles Sr.
Declue, Angela
Freiheit, Betty
Frye, Janice
Gardner, Samuel Jr.
Liedel, Janet
McLeod Tyson, Jennifer
McKerchie, Michael
McKelvie, Dennis
Parish, George
Pavlat, Maureen
Wilkins, Helen
Willis, Barbara

Unit II:
Causley-Smith, Lana

Unit III:
Moses, Ilene
Sorenson, Bridgett
Woodford-Culfa, Bonnie

Unit IV:
Goudreau, Krystal
Morrow, Darcy
Winberg, Gerald Sr.

Unit V:
LaPlaunt, Tyler
Matson, Charles Sr.
Nelson, Anita
Snyder, Boyd

The City of Sault Ste. Marie has asked the tribe to inform all candidates in this 2016 general election that a good number of the candidate campaign signs and flyers posted around the Soo area are in violation of a city ordinance by being in the right of way. The city is giving candidates until Friday to reposition their signs. Failure to do so will result in confiscation of each sign along with a $20 fine per sign. Candidates are encouraged to visit city hall to get a copy of the applicable city ordinance.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors will be held at the Munising Tribal Center starting at 6 p.m. on April 19. The meeting will be preceded by "Matters Raised by the Membership" from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Commercial Express Card Program - PNC Bank; Native Employment Works; Acceptance of 2015 Northern Kewadin Casinos Audit; Amending Tribal Code Ch. 21: Inland Hunting and Fishing; Video Conferencing: Great Lakes Committee; Video Conferencing: Inland Hunting and Fishing; Appointment of Elizabeth Kronk-Warner/ Reserve Appellate Judge; Appointment of Karri Wichtman as Appellate Judge (attorney); Appointment of Karri Wichtman as Chief Judge of Appellate Court; Budgets: GLRI Wildlife Projects, Coastal Programs; Horne Pay Grid; After Hours Health Care Clinics Contracts; Clarifying Election Committee Authority Over Membership; and Ordinance/Authority Over Board Secretary/Board Office.

April 19 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

Good morning! If you care about wolves and other wildlife, please read this request!

Your calls are needed to your Michigan Representative on THIS MORNING to ask him or her NOT to support two resolutions that are scheduled for a floor vote in the Michigan House today, Tuesday, April 12 at 1:30 pm.

HR (House Resolution) 228 and HCR (House Concurrent Resolution) 22 urge Congress to pass S. 659, the so-called "Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015." That U.S. Senate bill, and its U.S. House equivalent H.R. 2406, the "Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act," would—among other harmful provisions—do the following:
1. Removes federal protection for wolves in the Great Lakes Region and Wyoming so they can be hunted, trapped, snared, and even hounded again, and stipulates that the delisting "shall not be subject to judicial review."
2. In the November 2014 general election, Michigan voters overturned two laws allowing the trophy hunting of wolves; these laws would ignore that vote of the people.
3. Stops biologists from making science-based management decisions about lead poisoning on federal lands by exempting lead ammunition and fishing tackle from EPA regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Lead ammunition poses a danger to wildlife, and painfully kills millions of birds of prey and scavenging mammals—including endangered and threatened species—every year. A nationwide phase-out of lead shot in migratory waterfowl hunting was adopted in 1991 after biologists estimated roughly 1.4 million ducks died each year from ingesting spent lead pellets. Many forms of non-toxic ammunition are readily available and cost nearly the same.
4. Creates a Congressional bailout for wealthy big-game hunters to import polar bear trophies. The 41 individuals who now seek to import their polar bear trophies all hunted polar bears after the Bush Administration proposed the species for listing as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and all but one hunted more than a year after the listing was proposed. This would be the fourth major carve-out by Congress for polar bear hunters since 1994 and sends the message that trophy hunters can store their trophies for a few years, and get Congress to let the trophies into the country later.
5. Caters to ammunition manufacturers, trophy hunters, commercial trappers, and other special interests, instead of the VOTERS.

Please call your Michigan Representative on this morning and ask him or her to VOTE NO on HR 228 and HCR 22! Find your state legislators at http://www.house.gov/representatives/ in the upper right hand corner. Miigwech!

Sault Tribe Food Distribution Program is canceling its Thursday, April 7, run to Newberry. There is no alternate date at this time.

Head Start and Early Head Start at 2076 Shunk Road is closed due to flooding. Services will resume on Monday, April 11, 2016.

Due to a water pipe bursting and flooding, the building at 2076 Shunk Road housing meal services and home delivery for elders, Head Start and Early Head Start, is closed this afternoon and tomorrow. We will update as soon as we know more.

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