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INAATESESault Tribe members Zack and Adam Khalil have secured a World Premiere for their film at the Museum of Modern Art's (MoMA) Doc Fortnight Festival! Their film INAATE/SE/(it shines a certain way. to a certain place./it flies.falls./) will be the closing night of the festival.

The film screens Feb. 29 at MoMA T1 Theater, which seats 400 people. The film features interviews with members of the Sault Tribe talking about history of the Ojibway in relation the Seven Fires Prophecy.

Here are some links and other related material to the film:
• MoMA's Doc Fortnight Festival website: www.moma.org/calendar/film/1617?locale=en
• INAATE/SE/ Doc Fortnight Website: www.moma.org/calendar/events/1822?locale=en
• inaatese.com: http://inaatese.com/

The following is the Museum of Modern Art's synopsis of the film: "History is written by the victors, but this film reminds us that the history of the oppressed can still be saved from being extinguished. Native American video artists Adam and Zack Khalil here reclaim the narrative of the Ojibway of Sault Ste. Marie, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, from the archives and museums that would confine it to the past. Using personal interviews, animated drawings, performance and provocative intercutting, the Khalil brothers' feature debut makes a bold case for the Ojibway people to be their own storytellers—while seeking a cure for the damage inflicted by colonization—in a spiritual reconnection with tradition."

Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil, both Ojibway, are filmmakers and artists from Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and are currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Their work subverts traditional forms of ethnography through the exploration of alternative histories and innovative documentary practice. Their films and installations have been exhibited at UnionDocs, e-flux, Maysles Cinema, Microscope Gallery (New York), Spektrum (Berlin), Trailer Gallery (Sweden), and Carnival of eCreativity (Bombay).

They both graduated from the Film and Electronic Arts program at Bard College and are UnionDocs Collaborative Fellows and Gates Millennium Scholars.

Adam and Zack Khalil can be contacted at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (347) 430-9234, facebook.com/inaatese, or inaatese.com.

In order to accommodate the 2016 tribal election, Win Awenen Nisitotung has changed its production schedule.

Sault Tribe 2016 Newspaper Schedule.pdf

The Election Committee of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians would like to inform you that a tribal election will be held for the Tribal Board of Directors this year; with a primary held in spring and the general election held this summer.

2016 Notice of Election with Unit 5 Sp. Adv.pdf

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - On Feb. 2, 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. Matters from the Membership is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Three Partial Waivers; Trust Land Status-Parcel Adjacent St. Isaac Jogues; National Indian Gaming Association; Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation; Amending Chapter 43: Tax Code; Due Process Policy; Emergency Conditions Policies; Amending Membership on JKL Fiduciary Committee; Approving JKL Fiduciary Committee Bylaws; Tribal Property Disposal Property; Budget: Diabetes/Third Party Revenue, FY16 Home Improvement, ACFS-USDA, and Education-STAY Excess Funds.

Under New Business, the board will consider Committees Request.

February 2 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

Aaron Payment 2SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - Aaron Payment, chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, was reelected chairman of the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority at its January 2016 meeting.

"Our treaties memorialized our sovereignty and retained our rights as a people," Payment said. "To be re-elected unanimously by my fellow chairs to protect our rights is a honor for which I am humbled."

CORA oversees Great Lakes tribal fishing in the 1836 Treaty Ceded territory in the eastern Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Michigan.

Officers are elected from among the conservation committee chairs and tribal chairs of CORA member tribes Sault Tribe, Bay Mills Indian Community, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.

"Aaron Payment is dedicated to the protection of our commercial and subsistence fishery," Jason Grondin, Sault Tribe's Conservation Committee chairman, said.

Grondin added, "We are at a critical stage in preparing to extend our treaty rights long past the year 2020 when our current Great Lakes fishing consent decree expires. Aaron has the experience, passion and energy to fight to protect our rights."

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A special meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Munising Tribal Center, in Munising, Mich.

On the agenda is "Special Advisory Election."

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - On Jan. 19, 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. Matters from the Membership is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: 2016 Tribal Elder Checks Supplement; Partial Waiver; Appointments: Reserve Appellate Judge (Attorney Position), Appellate Judge (Community Member), Tax Commission Member; Contract Approval: Greene, Frost Brown Todd, Plunkett Cooney, Lambros; Modifying 401(K) Plan; Budget: FY 16 Governmental Capital Purchases; FY 16 Enterprise Capital Purchases, Tribal Court - Judicial Services, Education - TED Grant; Bereavement Policies; Emergency Conditions Policies; and General Conduct Policies.

Under new business, the board will consider Committees Request, Enrollment Request, Key Employee Position (2), Board Travel: NCAI, MAST: Self-Governance, Tribal Tax: Casino Status Update and Meeting Dates.

Jan. 19 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A decision was issued today in the removal proceeding brought against Director Rita Glyptis (Unit V - Munising). The Hearing Board ruled in favor of the tribal members who petitioned for the removal and has ordered that Director Glyptis is removed from her position effective immediately.

An open hearing was conducted on Dec. 3, 2015, in which the hearing board considered a petition that Glyptis should be removed for being convicted in Tribal Court, in violation of Chapter 16 of the Tribal Code, Removal from Office.

The Constitution requires the Board of Directors to appoint a tribal member to fill the vacant unit director seat.

Please see saulttribe.com for a copy of the decision and for further news updates.

20160113 Glyptis Removal Opinion Order - signed.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, 523 Ashmun Street, Sault Ste. Marie. Call 906-635-6050 for any questions.

•Anishinaabe Cultural Committee - Two vacancies (men, four-year term)
•Health Board - One vacancy (four-year term)
•Inland Conservation Committee - Two vacancies (four-year term)
•Election Committee - Two vacancies (four-year term)
•Special Needs/Enrollment Committee - Five vacancies (two-year term)
•Housing Committee - One vacancy for Unit III (four-year term)
•Child Welfare Committee Six vacancies (four-year term)
•Unit II Hessel Elders Subcommittee - One regular seat vacancy, two alternates (four-year term)
•Unit III Newberry Elders Subcommittee - One regular seat vacancy, one alternate (four-year term)
•Unit III St. Ignace Elders Subcommittee - Two regular seat vacancies, one alternate (four-year term)
•Unit IV Manistique Elders Subcommittee - One regular seat vacancy, two alternates (four-year term)

Brian Cladoosby, president of the National Congress of American Indians, will deliver the annual State of Indian Nations Address on Jan. 14, 2016, from the Newseum in Washington, DC. As is tradition, the State of Indian Nations address is scheduled just days after the United States President delivers the State of the Union. President Barack Obama addressed the nation and a joint session of Congress on Jan. 12, 2016.

The State of Indian Nations address will be broadcast via livestream beginning at 10:30 a.m. EST at: http://livestream.com/ncai1944/soin2016. You can also register a watch party at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dK9ylH3XYRdo2E-SNJqimqCv1UnHogI41uE_neyo29s/viewform for an interactive experience.

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