Sault Tribe board sets regular meeting for March 4 in Sault Ste. Marie
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors is scheduled at the Sault Kewadin Casino at 6 p.m. on March 4. From 5 to 6 p.m., the board will hear matters raised by members.
Resolutions on the agenda are Study of Food Distribution Program, Native Youth and Culture Fund Grant, Amending Chapter 10: Election Ordinance – At Large Director, and budget modifications: UDSA Pest Outreach, Fisheries – Nunn Creek Rehab and Education - Sponsorships.
Under new business, the board will consider committee actions.
Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting in St. Ignace Feb. 18
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors will be held at the Kewadin Shores Casino in St. Ignace at 6 p.m. on Feb. 18. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 5 to 6 p.m.
Resolutions on the agenda are: AmeriCorps State and National Grant; Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation; Nat. Prevention Partnership Awards Program; Am. Ch. 10: Candidates for Election; and budget modifications for Early Head Start and Head Start, EPA Pesticide Grant, Solid Waste Management, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Tribal Court, Judicial Services - Tribal Court, Budget Doc 001, and Continuing Funding Authority FY2015 Mar-Feb.
Under new business, a committee appointment and Delegate Standing in Tribal Court for Violations of the Constitution in the Election Laws or Rules will be considered.
J.K.L. School Community Drum/Dance Social
J.K.L. Bahweting Anishinaabe School Community Drum/Dance Social
Wed., Feb. 20, 2014
6:00—7:00 PM in the J.K.L. School Gym
This is a community event. Please come and join us for some Anishinaabe style singing and dancing. (PLEASE NOTE: The use of tobacco products are prohibited on school property, i.e. cigarettes and chewing tobacco.)
Notice of Election
The 2014 Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Notice of Election has been released by the tribe's Election Committee. Please see attached notice.
Sault Tribe Board of Directors sets regular meeting in Sault on Feb. 4
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors is scheduled at the Sault Kewadin Casino at 6 p.m. on Feb. 4. The board will hear matters from members from 5 to 6 p.m.
Resolutions on the agenda are Authorization to Apply for Tribal Energy Develop Capacity Grant, Energy Grant for Wind Power Development, and budget modifications for IHS Special Diabetes, ITC and MDCH 4x4 Funding, and MIS (3 versions).
Food Giveaway Planned - no documentation required to receive food
Hunger-relief organization Feeding America will offer a free-food delivery at Cedar Post Thrift Shop and Emergency Food Pantry in Cedarville on Saturday, Feb. 1, beginning at noon and going until the food runs out. Each person will receive about 55 to 60 pounds of food on a first-come, first-served basis. Offerings will include fresh produce, protein-rich food, and baked goods.
No documentation is required to receive food. Cedar Post is at 362 East M-134. The telephone number is 906-484-9512.
Team North urges everyone participating to dress warmly in anticipation of cold weather, and to bring boxes to collect the food.
Feeding America launched the service in the U.P. six months ago. Food is driven to sites in areas where need is documented and the organization has established relations with not-for-profit groups.
For this one event alone, they will be distributing ten tons of food.
For more information about Feeding America, go to www.feedingamericawestmichigan.org.
Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting in Sault Ste. Marie Jan. 28
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.- A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors will be held at the Sault Kewadin Casino at 6 p.m. on Jan. 28. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 5 to 6 p.m.
Resolutions on the agenda are: Contract with Corradino Group; ITC/MCDH Memo of Agreement; Budget modifications: ACFS-Access to Safe Shelter, ACFS-2011 Tribal Governments, ACFS - Tribal Foster Care, Health Center X-Rays, Legal Depart - Investigate, Report and Recover Over $300,00; and Constitutional Amendments: Add Election Unit-At Large Board Member, Three Branch Separation of Powers and Adding Mackinac Band to Sault Tribe Constitution.
Under New Business, the board will consider a Committee Appointment, Great Lakes Conservation Request, Amend Publish Board Attendance at Regularly Scheduled Meetings and Tuesday’s Workshops, Approval of Two “Reasonable Request” for Information Pursuant to Members Right, and Publish all Documents Related to Director’s Pay Adjustment Supplement.
Sault Tribe receives road repair funding for Sugar Island
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) recently approved the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians up to $820,000 in Emergency Relief funds to help the Chippewa County Road Commission repair Sugar island Roads damaged by flooding in the natural disaster last September. Roads, driveways and culverts were washed out and homes were damaged due to strong storm system that that slowly moved through the area overnight dumping between 4 and 6 inches of rain in a 4-hour time span.
“I am so proud that our tribal team was able to contribute onsite during the disaster,” Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment said. “In times of need, community comes together. I wish to acknowledge and thank Sault Tribe Law Enforcement and Emergency Preparedness, Chippewa County Sheriff’s Dept., Michigan State Police, Sugar Island volunteer Fire Department, Chippewa County road crews, Chippewa County Road Commission, Kewadin Cares and everyone involved in helping out."
He added, “I am grateful for our Transportation Planner Wendy Hoffman’s great skill and diligence in seeking out grant funds in these circumstances.”
After Sugar Island roads were damaged due to the flooding that occurred on Sept. 9, Sault Tribe requested Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) funds through the BIA- Midwest Regional Office. The Tribe was able to apply because several of the damaged roads are on the Tribe’s road inventory.
J. Eric Wright, ERFO Coordinator with Federal Highways Administration, confirmed that funding is forthcoming to assist with repairs. Wright, BIA engineer Jeffrey Bradley, Chippewa County Road Commission Superintendent Bob Laitinen and Hoffman were on site in mid-October to assess the natural disaster. BIA engineers developed a repair plan with cost estimates for each road project. The Tribe will continue to collaborate with the Road Commission to complete identified upgrades and assist with costs.
The regional BIA office approved the ERFO funds after assessing the natural disaster. BIA engineers will develop a repair plan with cost estimates for each road project.
“I'm excited we received the funds to help the Sugar Island residents and County Road Commission,” said Hoffman. “The residents really pulled together to help each other and the dedicated road crews and superintendents put in countless hours on site to establish emergency access right after the flooding. Everyone involved worked diligently to restore full access to the roads."
Wequayoc Planning Project Positions
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
Request For Qualifications (RFQ)
Wequayoc Planning Project – Community Consultant(2)
The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is requesting individuals to submit a letter of interest to provide services as a Community Consultant for the Wequayoc Planning Project as an independent contractor. Qualifications will be accepted until Feb. 7, 2014 at 5 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).
- Knowledge of and familiarity with tribal community members with family connections to Wequayoc Cemetery.
- Experience participating in community-based planning processes, either as an employee or volunteer. This can include planning activities for schools, churches, organizations, clubs, and tribal programs.
- Ability to reach out to tribal community members and foster participation in the Wequayoc Planning Project.
- Ability to use email and access to dependable internet and telephone service.
- Must be an enrolled Sault Tribe member.
Need for Consultant Services
The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians was awarded a one-year federal grant from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) for the Wequayoc Planning Project. The purpose is to develop a Community Plan for Wequayoc Cemetery, along with Wequayoc Cemetery Policies and Procedures, and a Tribal Cemetery Ordinance. There is a critical need for community members to participate in the planning process. This involvement is best secured through the efforts of knowledgeable and skilled individuals (2) to actively recruit and retain community members as participants in the planning process.
Description of Services
The Sault Tribe has need for the following services to be provided all or in part through a contractual agreement with two qualified consultants:
- Assist with preparation of information about the project.
- Provide project information to community members in a variety of delivery methods such as: speaking at community meetings, scheduling home visits, posting flyers in approved areas, and utilizing social media.
- Assist with the collection of project evaluation data, such as surveys and pre-/post-tests.
- Recruit and retain participants for project activities through meetings, appointments, and personal contacts. Identify barriers to participation and propose solutions to address barriers. Document all outreach efforts through a monthly report.
- Assist with coordination of project activities, which may involve scheduling, purchasing supplies, securing locations, arranging for transportation needs, and addressing other logistical needs.
- Attend training sessions to learn how to facilitate participatory planning sessions.
- Assist with facilitation of community planning sessions.
- Assist with other project activities to accomplish objectives of the Wequayoc Cemetery Planning Grant.
Payment for Services
The Community Consultants (2) shall receive $20 per hour, for approximately 280 total hours of service over a project period of eight months, February – September 2014. The hours per month may vary depending on objectives and timelines, but will be arranged with the Project Director to ensure that total hours do not exceed the allowable budget. Payment for services will be made monthly upon receipt and processing of an invoice and corresponding deliverable from the Community Consultant to the Project Director/Assistant Executive Director or designee. The number of hours per quarter and the corresponding deliverables are provided as follows:
Grant Quarter Project Period Estimated Effort Expected Deliverables
First Oct. – Dec. 0% None
Second Jan. – March 50% 140 hours Monthly Outreach Report
Third April – June 25% 70 hours Monthly Outreach Report
Fourth July – Sept. 25% 70 hours Monthly Outreach Report
Reimbursement of Allowable Expenses
The consultant shall be reimbursed for mileage, up to $500 maximum, at the current federal rate. Mileage reimbursement invoices will be submitted monthly by the Community Consultant to the Project Director/Assistant Executive Director or designee. The consultant will be responsible for all other travel expenses, including lodging, airfare, and meals and incidentals.
Prior to any services being performed by the awarded contractor, the Tribe and awarded contractor shall enter into a separate signed Agreement which sets forth the obligations of the parties for the project. Such Agreement will be a separate document, which will be negotiated and executed after bid has been awarded. Moreover, such Agreement will include all provisions and requirements as set forth in this RFQ along with other required provisions agreed to between the parties.
Any Agreement entered into between the Tribe and the awarded contractor for services will be governed by the laws of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Contractor agrees that all disputes, actions and claims arising from said Agreement shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Tribal Court and contractor consents to the personal jurisdiction of said Tribal Court. Contractor further consents to enforcement of any judgment of said Tribal Court in any state court of applicable jurisdiction.
Fair and Open Process
This Request For Qualifications (RFQ) is being solicited through a fair and open process. Applicants who meet the qualifications for the contracted service as set forth above, and are willing to provide the described services, will be evaluated on the basis of experience and qualifications as set forth in the criteria described within the RFQ. The selection decisions will be made by the Project Director, based on recommendations by a review committee.
Proposals will thereafter be received by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians who shall award the Contract(s) for the services. The awarding of the Contract(s) will be based on the following criteria: (i) qualification and experience which most closely match the needs of the Tribe; (ii) general experience and reputation in the field; (iii) the applicant who is deemed otherwise most advantageous based on all information submitted or gathered in connection with the proposal.
The Tribe reserves the right to: (i) not select any of the applicants; (ii) select an applicant for only a portion of the services; (iii) require applicant to submit to a personal interview and/or submit additional or clarifying information; (iv) reject any or all proposals; (v) to waive any informalities in the proposals; and (vi) procure the articles or services from other sources if deemed most advantageous to the objectives of the Tribe.
Sault Tribe Newspaper 2014 Schedule
Attached is the tentative 2014 Sault Tribe Newspaper schedule. This copy replaces all previous copies.
- Fundraiser for baby Elijah Jan. 11
- Sault Tribe Board of Directors regular meeting set for Newberry on Jan. 14
- Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds special meeting in Sault Ste. Marie Jan. 2
- Board of Directors 2014 Calendar
- U.S. Court of Appeals ruling strongly affirms tribe's right to pursue downtown Lansing casino approval
- Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting in Sault Ste. Marie Dec. 17
- Soup and fry bread fundraiser, Dec. 13
- Committee Vacancies
- Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds special meeting Dec. 10 in Sault Ste. Marie
- Tribal Chair Membership Meetings
- Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting Dec. 3 in Sault Ste. Marie
- Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Dec. 7
- Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds special meeting Nov. 26 in Sault Ste. Marie
- Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting Nov. 19 in Hessel
- See White House Tribal Nations Conference Live! www.DOI.gov/live
- Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting Nov. 5 in Manistique
- Bad Address Listing
- Sault Tribe Board of Directors special meeting, Sault Ste. Marie, Oct. 29
- "Other tobacco" products out of quota
- Drum Social Nov. 6
- Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting Oct. 22 in St. Ignace
- Wequayoc Dedication
- Committee Vacancies
- Increase in quota
- Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting in Sault Ste. Marie Oct. 1
- Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds special meeting in Sault Ste. Marie Sept. 30
- Attention Members: Tribe prepares for health care reform
- Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting in Munising on Sept. 24
- McLeod and Anderson September 2013 Reports
- Anishinaabemowin RFP and RFQ
- Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting in Sault Ste. Marie Sept. 3
- JKL Bahweting Job Postings
- Sault Tribe committee openings
- Sault Tribe Board of Directors regular meeting scheduled for Marquette on Aug. 20
- Recovery Walk 2013
- Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting in Kincheloe on August 6
- Youth Empowerment Powwow scheduled
- JKL Bahweting Anishnabe School Job Postings
- RFQ for Anishinaabemowin Testing Project
- House Appropriations Fails to Address Sequestration cuts for Indian Health Service in FY 2014 bill
- Job posting - Special Education Paraprofessional
- RFQ postponed
- Celebration of Jim Ailing’s life July 23
- Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting in Munising on July 16
- Sault Tribe Board of Directors special meeting, Sault Ste. Marie, July 1 and July 2
- Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds special meeting in Sault Ste. Marie June 25
- Date changes for next Sault Tribe Board of Directors regular meeting
- Social Media RFP
- Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting in Escanaba June 18
- Tribal community food systems meeting planned