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Line 5 Rally 092616WHO:  Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, led by women members and Board members of the Tribe who proposed this rally to protect the waters of the Great Lakes. All community members are welcome to join us!

WHAT:  Rally to Protect the Great Lakes from Enbridge’s Line 5 pipelines, which lay at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac just west of the Mackinac Bridge. About 23 million gallons of oil flow through the twin, 20-inch pipelines daily.

WHERE:  St. Ignace Welcome Center, just north of the tollbooths at the Upper Peninsula end of the Mackinac Bridge

WHEN:  10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26. A Women’s Water Ceremony will be conducted at 8:30 a.m.

A rupture of the Line 5 oil pipelines would be a worldwide catastrophe. Anishinaabe women’s voices proposed and led the efforts to organize this peaceful rally in opposition to the continued use of the pipelines. There will be a water ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Speakers will begin at 10 a.m., a public statement will be made at 1 p.m. and Anishinaabe youth will speak at 5 p.m.


Shuttles have been arranged for Sault Ste. Marie, Kinross, Hessel, St. Ignace, Newberry, Munising and Manistique. Please call 635-7799 to reserve a seat on the bus. Call today; space is limited. Please see the schedule below.

Bus 1

     Sault - Big Bear departure of 8:30 a.m.

     Kinross - Recreational Center departure of 9:15 a.m.

Bus 2

     Hessel - Tribal Center departure of 9 a.m.

     St. Ignace - Casino departure of 9:30 a.m.

Bus 3

     Newberry - Tribal Center departure of 8:30 a.m.

Bus 4

     Munising - Tribal Center departure of 7:30 a.m.

     Manistique - Tribal Health Center departure of 9 a.m.

The third annual Jackie Germain Memorial Golf Scramble is at The Oaks in Kincheloe on Sept.  24, at 2 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. All proceeds this year go to the Kinross Rec Center playground equipment.

Come join us for a round of golf, prizes, 50/50, food, spirits and fun. Sponsored by The Bunker Bar and Grill staff and community members.

For more information, call Helen at 906-440-6632 or Bill at 440-6633.

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 Sept. 20. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Budgets: St. Ignace Clinic, ACFS-Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program; Trust Land Lease - Bradley; UBS Retirement Consulting Agreement; Huntington Bank Investment Agreement, etc.; MERS - Municipal Emp. Retirement System; and Amending Chapter 14-Rules of Parliamentary Procedures.

Under new business, the board will consider Enrollment Committee, Committee Appointments and Key Employee items.

September 20 Meeting Resolutions.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)
— 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 I Sault Elders Subcommittee - One alternate (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, two alternates (four-year term)
— Unit V Munising Elders Subcommittee - One vacancy, two alternates (four-year term)
— Unit V Marquette Elders Subcommittee - One regular vacancy, one alternate (four-year term)
— Unit II Naubinway Elders Subcommittee - One alternate (four-year term)

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 Sept. 6. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions to be considered are: NCAI; Standing with Standing Rock Nation; Trust Land Status Bonacci Parcel; Trust Land Status Clark Parcel; Trust Land Status Teeter’s/Fletchers Addition; BIA-Self Governance; 2017 Indian Housing Plan; Contract for Construction Fish Barrier-Walleye Pond; and budget modifications for USDA, Emergency Assistance and Executive Office.

Under New Business, the board will consider Committee Requests and Standing Rock Appropriation.

Sept. 6 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

Vets poster 2016 MThe City of Lansing, the Native American Institute at Michigan State University and multiple local and federal veteran’s agencies have planned a tribute honoring our vets. The city will host a Veterans Day celebration Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at Pattengill Middle School, 626 Marshall St.

The event is open to the public and all veterans attending will be recognized.

This year’s event will highlight the contributions American Indian communities have made to our armed forces throughout the history of the United States. The Native American Institute in partnership with several State and National Veterans organizations and the City of Lansing is co-sponsoring this year’s annual Lansing Veterans celebration.

- Benefit Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. - Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. - Keynote Speaker: Chickasaw Nation Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel, a retired U.S. Army officer with over 20 years of active duty service. - Opening Prayers: Head Veteran George Martin - Traditional Drumming: Bear River

For more information, contact Mary Calcatera, at 517-353-9757 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lansing Veterans Tribute flyer.pdf

HFH logoNow being held at CC Hall, 201 Sheridan Dr.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - Join Families Against Narcotics (FAN) for its fourth annual Hogs for Hope, a fundraising pig roast with live music on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Christopher Columbus Hall on Sheridan Dr. in Sault Ste. Marie.

Tickets are $10 from any FAN member or at the door, for pulled pork dinner with all the fixin’s, live bands, silent auction, bake sale, pie contest and a 50/50 draw. Kids 6 and under eat free. All proceeds go to FAN of Chippewa County.

Live Music - E-Free Worship Band, Stephanie Sabatine, Thieves in the Night, The Brooks Band, plus other local bands.

Silent Auction - Four weekend garage/pit passes at selected NASCAR Sprint Cup events, two autographed jerseys from Detroit Red Wings, Joan Claxton paintings, whitetail deer antler chandelier, chair from Weir's Furniture, chair from Art Van Furniture/Erickson Appliance, bike from Crime Stoppers, gift cards, gift certificates, gift baskets, art and many other exciting items!

Sponsors - Kewadin Casinos, Sault Events, Riverside Medical, War Memorial Hospital, Soo Coop Credit Union, Linda Noyes Family, O’Connor’s Crysler Dodge Jeep Inc., Precision Edge Surgical Productions, Mbank, Cooper Dental, Lynn Auto, Central Savings Bank, Don Wilson Insurance, Superior Insurance, Leisa Mansfield State Farm, Federal Employees of Chippewa County Credit Union, Great Lakes Roofing, Old Mission Bank, Anderson, Tackman & Company PLC, Northwoods Land Surveying, Pennzoil, Laprade Agency/MEEMIC, Cloverland Electric Coop, Continental Teves, Inc., Fornicola Properties/Subway, Quick N Clean and J Ranck Electric.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.familiesagainstnarcotics.org or www.facebook.com/fanchipp.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians supports Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s opposition to the proposed pipeline crossing of the Missouri River near the northern boundaries of its reservation.

“We support Standing Rock’s concern for potential risk to its nation’s land and water and share the firm belief that alternative means should be explored for a method of transporting oil to market that has less potential for negative impact to the indigenous people and the lands they have inhabited and historically shared with fellow nations, friends and relatives,” Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment wrote in an Aug. 23 letter of support to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II.

Chairperson Payment also serves as an executive officer of the United Tribes of Michigan, Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes, the National Congress of American Indians, and the chair of the five-tribe 1836 Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority. “I can attest that tribal people at all levels have passed resolutions supporting Standing Rock,” Payment said.

Sault Tribe faces a similar threat from Enbridge’s Line 5. Every day, nearly 23 million gallons of oil flow through two aging pipelines in the heart of the Great Lakes, just west of the Mackinac Bridge. Installed 62 years ago with a 50-year lifespan, the two 20-inch-in-diameter Line 5 pipelines owned by Canadian company Enbridge Inc., lie exposed in the water at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in the world in the middle of the tribe’s ceded territory and its commercial and subsistence fisheries. In 2010, Enbridge’s spill into the Kalamazoo River, the nation’s largest-ever land-based oil spill, caused over $1 billion in damage. A catastrophe in the Straits would be far worse. During the winter months, containing a spill will be impossible as the pipeline is under 5 feet of ice.

“We stand in solidarity with Standing Rock,” Payment said. “We understand our traditional role in Indian Country as the indigenous stewards of the land, water and natural resources. We admire and appreciate your stand against corporate greed in the interest of protecting our natural environment,” Payment said.

“It’s a matter of cultural survival,” the chairperson added.

Manistique Oil Company will be down for gas discounts while they change out their tanks. Sault Tribe arranged for Woody’s Outpost to service members for gas discounts during this time.

Woody’s is at 8895 US-2, Manistique, phone number 906-341-9663.

In effect as of Aug. 23 until Manistique Oil reopens, tentatively on Sept. 6.

Zeke Dutcher Memorial FoundationJoin the "Run for Their Lives" 5k Run/Walk" Sept. 10 to help fight pediatric cancer!

Jim, Kim and Emma Dutcher are hosting the 3rd Annual "Run for Their Lives" 5k Run/Walk" on Saturday, Sept. 10, starting at 11 a.m. at the LSSU Norris Center in Sault Ste. Marie. This event is in memory of their son Ezekiel "Zeke" Dutcher to raise money for pediatric cancer research. The first two "Run for Their Lives" 5K's raised over $30,000, which was sent to CureSearch and St. Baldrick's for childhood cancer research.

Zeke was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer when he was only 18 months old. He passed away on May 10, 2013, after a two-year battle. Sept. 10 would have been his seventh birthday. Please join the Dutchers in the fight against childhood cancer and help them celebrate Zeke's birthday with the 3rd Annual Zeke Dutcher "Run for Their Lives" 5K Run/Walk. You can register online (or get more information) at zekedutcher.org, or register the day of the race. Registration fee is $25.

All funds raised will benefit the Zeke Dutcher Memorial Foundation, which provides support, awareness and funding for the fight against childhood cancer. The Zeke Dutcher Memorial Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 foundation under the Chippewa County Community Foundation, 511 Ashmun St. Suite 200, PO Box 1979, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783.

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