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The Jim Ailing Memorial Scramble is set for Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Tanglewood Marsh Golf Course.

Jim was an avid golfer diagnosed with lung cancer in January of 2011 and lost his battle on July 16, 2013. Jim was always willing and wanted to help others. He wants to continue to help others by contributing to the charities that helped him and his family through their difficult time.

Proceeds from the scramble will go to the Road to Recovery van and proceeds from the 50/50 will go to the EUP Hospice House.

Registration begins at 9 a.m., starting time at 10 a.m. Four-person scramble playing best ball, $220 (U.S. funds) by May 30, $240 (U.S. funds) after May 30. Silent auctions. Hole in one – sponsored by O'Connor's Chrysler Dodge and Jeep.

Don't golf? Join us for the barbecue starting at 3 p.m. for $15 per person.

Donations welcome for prizes, raffles and silent auctions. Hole sponsoring available –minimum $50.

Contact Sheri Ailing at 906-203-5597 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jim Ailing Memorial Scramble.pdf

Ojibwa Museum scheduled its fourth annual Native American Festival for May 23 at the museum grounds in St. Ignace beginning at 8 a.m. with a sunrise ceremony.

Demonstrations and workshops start at 10 a.m., ending around 12:30 p.m., with black ash basketry, dreamcatchers, brain tanning, porcupine quillwork and kids' crafts, cultural teachings and storytelling.

A powwow takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. with a grand entry at 1 p.m.

Sunday Mass at 9 a.m. on May 24 will take place at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, 120 Church Street in St. Ignace. Father Marquette's chalice will be used at the mass. The Grandmother Moon Singers will be singing and drumming.

All events are free and everyone is welcome to attend!

Please join us in a celebration of our rich history and culture!

For more information, contact Shirley Sorrels at 906-430-0446.

See flyer for more information.

Native American Festival 2015.pdf

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors will be held at the Naubinway Snowmobile Museum starting at 6 p.m. on May 19. The meeting will be preceded by "Matters Raised by the Membership" from 5 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Purchasing Budget Modification, Tribal Transportation-US DOT TIGER Grant, Amending Ch. 44-Waiver of Tribal Immunities, Amending Ch. 94-Management Board Composition, Posting the Chief Executive Officer Position, Amending Res. 2009-87 - Minimum Wage, and Approving Lease JKL School.

Under New Business, the board will consider committee requests.

May 19 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A special meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors will be held at the Sault Kewadin Casino starting at 1 p.m. on May 12.

Agenda items are: Authorize a long-term 2 percent to the city of Sault Ste. Marie for downtown area development; Appropriate dollars to the City of Sault Ste. Marie from Tribal Support for the downtown area development; and, Authorize a long-term 2 percent to the City of Sault Ste. Marie for the boat launch in the amount of $10,000 annually.

Wequayoc spring cleaning and potluck is set for Friday, May 15, 10 a.m. (potluck at 12 p.m.).

Needed: Rakes, trash bags, work gloves and any other items for cleaning the graves and tidying up the general cemetery area. Please label items with your name to reduce chances of getting mixed up with others' items

Any questions, contact Angeline Boulley, Sault Tribe assistant executive director at 906-322-2090 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 04-30-15
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.

Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting in Sault Ste. Marie May 5

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors will be held at the Sault Kewadin Casino starting at 6 p.m. on May 5. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 5 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Budget: Tribal Climate Change – Est. FY 2015 Budget, ACFS – Title IV-B Subpart 2 FY 2015 Mod, ACFS – USDA FY 2015 Modification, and FY 2015 MidJim Capital Purchases Budget; 2015-2016 Farm to School Implementation Grant; 2015 Head Start and Early Head Start Grant; 2015 Great Start School Readiness Program; Sharing Agreement with Mich. Dept. of Education; T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood ® MI Scholarship; Approving Amendment Tax Agreement with SOM; Trust Land Status – Charles City Iowa Addition; Trust Land Status – Fletcher’s Addition; Lease Cancellation – Baker; Trust Land Lease – Little; Authority to Convey Property – 1857 E. 16th Avenue; Attendance Policies; Updating Tribal Bid Policy; Grand Marais Dock Project – MEDC; Amending Ch. 94 – Management Board Composition; Posting the Chief Executive Officer Position; Mackinac Island Elder Subcommittee; Re-Open Sault Tribe Rolls; Constitutional Amendment: Three Branch Separation; Constitutional Amendment: Adding Mackinac Band; Constitutional Amendment: Establishing Unit VI; and Equal Protections of Voter Registration – Referendum.

Under New Business, the board will consider committee requests, board attendance log and dispute resolution.

Sault_Tribe_Board_Meeting_05-05-15.pdf
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The following is the April unit report of Unit I Director Jennifer McLeod. Her report, though submitted by deadline, was inadvertently and unintentionally left out of the newspaper.

Standing up and speaking out

Aanii Anishinaabeg,

It’s time to set the record straight. In general, I keep my articles focused on positive, thought provoking, and informational words, written to give our people hope, and let them know that I am rising above the petty politics, and focusing on the future of our tribe. Although I have often acknowledged that Chairman Payment does a fine job for us in Washington, D.C., given some recent events, I need to dedicate this space to address the words the Chairman used against me in last month’s tribal newspaper, as well as some of his unacceptable behaviors at home.

Last month, the chairman resorted to name calling, and labeled me a “hater” just because I do not support canceling or changing board meetings to accommodate his schedule. I have made it clear for three years now that I believe that there is not a single one of the 13 of us sitting at the board of directors table, who is SO IMPORTANT that the business of the tribe must come to a halt, simply because of someone’s scheduling conflict. If the chairperson must be absent, that is why the board has a vice-chairperson!

Also, we publish our meetings a year in advance for the benefit of our membership, not the convenience of the board of directors. We have members who plan ahead to attend, and will make advance arrangements for travel, or take time off from work, but then the BOD simply changes the date to accommodate the board (or the chairman!)? This is disrespectful to our people.

We should make every effort to keep our workshop and meeting schedule as set. There are rare circumstances when I believe that meetings should be changed or cancelled … Such as: dangerous weather conditions (again, not for BOD convenience, but to keep our tribal citizens, and employees SAFE!), and when it is known in advance that there will not be a quorum of board members present to conduct a meeting. Example — A majority of BOD may be attending a vital national training or conference that was not scheduled prior to the board calendar being set.

For some board members, it’s not a big deal to change a date on short notice, and I support their right to their view. However, the “meeting shuffle” chaos goes beyond simple date change. There was an instance where the chairman changed the location of a board of directors meeting while board members were en route! Lack of cell phone service in the remote area we were meeting in, resulted in Board members and tribal members alike showing up at the wrong location! The board eventually found the right place, but there were some very unhappy tribal citizens who did not. Also, let us not forget the time when the chairman bullied the board by threatening to refuse to meet with PRESIDENT OBAMA, unless the board of directors changed a board meeting date! As our elected tribal chairman, I feel that when the President of the greatest super power in the world requests a meeting with you, you don’t play politics …You GO!  These tactics are not traits that I look for and respect in a leader.  Public name calling, tantrums and coercion are unacceptable.

Simply put, my position on changing board meeting dates is: “Not for a scheduling conflict for any single board member, including the chairman. Our Constitution provides a vice chairperson position in the event of a chairperson’s absence.” The chairman can call my position consistency “hate”...  I call it “integrity.”

Another issue upon which the chairman and I disagree: I believe that the day-to-day operations of the tribe need to be handled by a full time employee, not a politician. There are many solid reasons why we should have a CEO of tribal government, and many reasons why this position should also be separate from the CEO of our casinos. AND, there are many, MANY solid reasons why neither one of those positions should be held by an elected tribal chairperson. But, of all the solid reasons I could list to support this separation, there is only ONE THAT MATTERS: In 2008 OUR PEOPLE VOTED TO SEPARATE THEM!

It's true, that in 2012 I voted “yes” to a limited delegation of authority for the chairperson. I was one month old as a board member, and I was led to believe that if I didn’t vote “yes” that grants wouldn’t get signed, payroll wouldn’t be authorized and the business of the tribe would quickly come to a grinding halt. Since we didn’t as yet have a CEO, I was very alarmed, and worried for our tribe. However, I was reassured by language in the resolution (and sagely nods from board incumbents) that caused me to believe that this delegation was temporary in nature, and that the BOD would have oversight UNTIL there was a CEO to take over. Once I learned my lesson, and saw the harm to our tribe, I brought forward a resolution to restore the tribal structure to what the people voted for! This resolution was defeated, but I STILL believe that the separation needs to occur. It’s not personal to Aaron Payment. This resolution is not, as he claims, “stripping the chairman of his authority.” It is restoring the authority of the people, and giving them back what they voted on! Again, the chairman calls it “hate,” I call it doing my job.

Now permit me to address another issue that brings me to odds with the chairman. It is referred to as “over the max employees.” For three years, I have heard the chairman reference the hundreds of thousands of dollars that the tribe could save YEARLY, if it were not for the actions of previous chairmen, who gave unearned raises of over $20,000 or more to “family members” and select buddies. The board listened to the tirades and resisted taking action. Despite the current chairman’s pleadings to “let the Nazi out of the box” (a disturbing reference to his own ability to be ruthless), the board continued to resist until we were assured that the proposed “over the max” wage adjustment affected a low number of people who actually received some ill-gotten raise. As it turned out, the number was NOT LOW and was not limited to “ill-gotten raises!” The affected employee count was over 100, and would strike even the lowest wage earners of our tribe! It also would have affected those who have worked for us the longest, and dedicated their working lives to their tribe. Here’s the final kicker: the actual saving of tribal dollars is around $25,000... Not $400,000-plus! The chairman (who is now claiming he had nothing to do with the proposed over the max cuts, and is now blaming the BOD), would have cut GRANT FUNDED wages, and called it a savings! Typically, if grant dollars are earmarked for wages, that’s how it must be spent! You can’t decide to spend it on whatever you choose, YOU GIVE THE MONEY BACK! Those dollars are regulated by law.

The proposed over the max cuts would also once again cut casino wages! Cut wages on people who haven’t had a raise in years??? Harm 100 families to save $25,000??? Unacceptable, and I won’t do it. But watch… The allegations are already being thrown around that those board members who voted to stop this madness must be protecting family or friends, or are in cahoots with one of the previous chairmen (who, incidentally, have been so vilified by our current chairman that it is embarrassing). I believe in raising our people up, not tearing them down.

I would now like to address the flat out lying of Chairman Payment when he declared that the JKL School would close at the end of this school year due to an expiring tribal lease. He incited parents to organize and “stand with him” against the tribe, to fight against something that didn’t exist. This twisted action was so harmful to our children, parents, school employees and community, that the board of directors was forced to issue the following press release:

Official Board Statement on JKL Bahweting PSA Published: 25 March 2015

The following was released by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors at its March 24, 2015, meeting:

In an effort to clarify any misconceptions regarding the Joseph K. Lumsden Bahweting PSA, the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indian is providing the following statements:

— The current lease between the tribe and the Joseph K. Lumsden Bahweting PSA is not expired, nor expiring in the near future.

— The tribal Board of Directors is committed to the future growth of the Joseph K. Lumsden Bahweting PSA and all of our community's children.

— The tribe is currently working towards expanding the gymnasium and cafeteria areas within the Joseph K. Lumsden Bahweting PSA and has previously taken action by resolution to authorize the purchase of the parcels adjacent to the Joseph K. Lumsden Bahweting PSA for future expansion purposes.

— The school is not closing!

I will never forget the crying grandparents.

I dislike that I had to bring these issues to you, in this very public way. I work hard to maintain positive communications with our tribal citizens, and have consistently taken the high road regardless of the personal assaults... But I could no longer remain quiet; the truth needs to be spoken. Our people are being hurt. Senator Elisabeth Warren stated that she is paid to stand up for what she believes in — her words rang true with me.... I believe in our people!

Anishinaabe gagige (Anishinaabe for always!),

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Businesses, share this with you staff, vendors and anyone you can think of. Attached is a jpeg for your social media or website, flyer and postcards to print. Thank you for your support.

Congratulation, voters, you did this! Your votes in phase one got us in the top four, but now we need you to make an even bigger push. From family in California to friends in Alaska, we need you to ask them all to vote. This is beyond what just one state can do, even if we are Pure Michigan. Please help Sault Ste. Marie to be named Hockeyville USA! It is now Michigan against Pennsylvania, lets show them what kind of fans we have in Michigan. Our reward for voting a full 150 times a day? We’ll have a better chance at the $150,000 for the Pullar Stadium, a preseason NHL hockey game and the title of Hockeyville USA. This would be a game changer for our community. The second voting phase is April 21-22.

Each eligible voter can vote fifty times per method per day during each of the two days. This equals 150 votes per person per day. Every vote counts and is immensely helpful.

Voting methods (a) Visit  www.krafthockeyville.com, click on Pullar and follow the instructions to vote. (b) Use a two-way text-messaging capable device and text PULLAR to 35350 to vote. Combined total of 50 texts and calls per device, message and data rates may apply. (c) Call (855) 255-5975, listen to the prompts and select Pullar Stadium. 50 calls can be placed per landline.

Voting phase two, April 21-22 If Pullar Stadium is one of the two finalists we move to phase three, April 27-29. If Pullar Stadium receives the highest number of votes, it wins $150,000 and a pre-season NHL game. Each voting phase begins at 12 a.m. on the first day, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on the last day.

Disclaimer Use of any automated system to vote or subvert the voting process is prohibited and will result in disqualification and all associated votes will be void. Votes generated by script, macro or other automated means or any other means intended to impact the integrity of the voting process, as determined by the sponsor in its sole discretion, may be void.

For a full set of rules, please visit www.krafthockeyville.com/rule.

Any questions, please contact the Sault CVB at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 906-632-3366.

Thank you for your support!  

Linda K. Hoath, executive director, Sault Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Poster PHASE II Hockeyville USA Poster 1.pdf

Postcard PHASE II 4 to a sheet Hockeyville.pdf

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 21. The meeting will be preceded by "Matters Raised by the Membership" from 5 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Budget Modifications: Healthy Start/Family Spirit, NAR Housing-Sanitation, Nunn's Creek, IRR Roads, IRR Road Maintenance, Tribal Court Enhancement, Northern Hospitality; Wequayoc Cemetery Temporary Sexton; MIEA-Delegate Appointment; MIEA - Alternate Delegate Appointment; and Munising Culture Camp Planning.

Under New Business, the board will consider Committee Appointments, Reaffirm/Rescind Sault Tribe's Representatives, Vote to Adopt Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority (CORA) Stipulation, and Appoint Board Designee to Great Lakes Conservation Committee/CORA.

April 21 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

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We are making a push across the state of Michigan and beyond to help Sault Ste. Marie be named Hockeyville USA - but we need your help! Please be a part of Sault Ste. Marie history as we vie for $150,000 to benefit the Pullar Stadium in the Kraft Hockeyville competition. We are asking for your assistance in the voting process. Aside from the money, winning this contest would put Sault Ste. Marie in front of the United States and Canada and would be an enormous boost to the local Sault Ste. Marie economy. The first voting phase is April 14-16, 2015.

Each eligible voter can vote 50 times per method per day during each of the three Voting Phases. This could equal at least 150 votes per person per day, which is why it would be a huge help and greatly appreciated if you could take a moment to vote each day and to forward this information to friends, family, staff - anyone!

Voting Methods

(a) Visit www.krafthockeyville.com/ to click on Pullar Stadium and follow the instructions to vote
(b) Text PULLAR to 35350 to vote. Message and data rates may apply.
(c) Call 1-855-255-5975 and follow the instructions to vote for the Pullar

Voting Phase 1: April 14-16, 2015
If the Pullar Stadium is one of the four finalists we move to Phase 2

Voting Phase 2: April 21-22, 2015
If the Pullar Stadium is one of the 2 finalists we move to Phase 3

Voting Phase 3: April 27-29, 2015
If the Pullar Stadium receives the highest number of votes it will win the $150,000!

(Each Voting Phase begins at 12 a.m. on the first day and ends at 11:59 p.m. on the last day of the phase.)

PULLAR STADIUM - that Pullar Feeling.pdf

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