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“We the People … The U.S. Constitution and You,” a video that explains the principles of the Constitution and how it affects the lives of Americans, includes an interview with Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment. November, Native American heritage month, is an excellent time to watch this video, which can he seen here:

Volunteers Needed!

On Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at Niigaanagiizhik Ceremonial Building, 11 Ice Circle Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, coats, hats, gloves, boots, and other winter apparel of all sizes will be available free of charge. These items are generously donated by members of the TriPoint Church of God.

11 a.m.‐1 p.m. - Open to tribal households and tribal members only
1‐3 p.m. - Open to the whole community

Volunteers are needed to help work event.

For more information, contact Colleen Medicine at 906-635‐6050.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - On Nov. 23 and 24, a special meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at the Sault Kewadin Casino starting at 10 a.m. on Nov. 23, and reconvening at 11 a.m. on Nov. 24.

Resolutions on the agenda are: FY 2016 budget documents 002 and 003; Team Member Bonuses Calendar Year 2015; Tribal Labor Law; Approving Amended Lease JKL School; Lake Huron Lift Restrictions/ Co-Captains/License Transfers; Authorization to Accept Funding for Capacity-Building from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI); and Special Events FY 2015 Budget Modification.

November 23-24 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at the Hessel Tribal Center starting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 17. The meeting will be preceded by "Matters Raised by the Membership" from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the special meeting agenda are: Tribal Liquor Licenses for Midjim Sault Ste. Marie and St. Ignace; Tribal Liquor Licenses for the tribe's five casinos; Amending Government Travel Policy; To Adopt The FY 2016-2019 Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP); Posting CEO Position; Buildings - 2390 Shunk Rd. FY 2015 Budget Modification and Establishment of FY 2016 Budget; Budget Doc 002; Budget Doc 003; Pay Bonus; and Continuing Funding Authority.

Under new business, the board will consider: Committee Requests and Evictions.

November 17 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

Reminder: The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians offices and health centers will be closed on Nov. 11, 2015, in honor of Joseph K. Lumsden Day.

Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie is celebrating its 30th Anniversary from Nov. 10 through Dec. 5.

The celebration begins with an exclusive VIP dinner during which $2,000 in cash will be given away.

Celebrations! Every Saturday things will heat up with hot seat draws every 20 minutes between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. for the chance to win $200 in cash. One lucky patron will also walk away with a $5,000 cash grand prize every Saturday.

Saturdays just keep getting better! On Saturday, Nov. 14 we will be celebrating our 30th Anniversary with cake, champagne and hors d'oeuvres! The first customers to come in and register for the promotion will receive a pearl trinket in honor of the casino's pearl anniversary.

Kewadin Casino started as a vision — as a dream to provide better housing, medical care and job opportunities for tribal members. Now, 30 years later, that dream has grown into a successful enterprise that has paid off in many unforeseen ways.

The casino's success has provided funds to expand the tribe's business holdings from one casino to five and take ownership of multiple non-gaming enterprises. The casinos have brought year-round tourism to an area of Michigan's Upper Peninsula that was once only a summer destination, contributed millions to Michigan's economy and donated millions more.

When the casino first opened there was a lot of excitement as people were introduced to casino gaming. The local community has watched as Kewadin has evolved from a small blackjack room employing 80 people that opened in November 1986 to the five sites we have grown into today.

With over 42,000 members, the Sault Tribe is one of the nation's largest tribes and the largest in Michigan.

While the Sault Tribe's governmental headquarters are in Sault Ste. Marie, its service area extends across the U.P.'s seven easternmost counties. Its economic impact extends for hundreds of miles with landholdings, businesses, housing and other service centers throughout the U.P. and business interests throughout the state.

A lot has happened over the past 30 years — growth, technology, improvements to tribal services, and team members have all contributed to the casinos' success.

Find more information on Kewadin Casinos on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or visit www.kewadin.com.

Join us on Friday, Nov. 20, for sale of Indian tacos and bakery items from, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Niigaanagiizhik Ceremonial Building, 11 Ice Circle in Sault Ste. Marie. Support United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula and pick up your favorite guilty pleasure! Cost is $6 for Indian tacos and $1 for bottled water. Dine in or take out!

Free delivery (within Sault city limits, minimum $35 order!). Fax orders to 906-635-8632 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please have orders in no later than 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 19.

Don't miss the 50/50 draw and prize raffle! Raffle or 50/50 Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.

Raffle prize includes show tickets, one night stay and dinner for two, plus two $25 Mid-Jim certificates! Two United Way tee and mug sets will be raffled too! Need not be present to win. Drawing at 3 p.m. at the Niigaanagiizhik Building. License numbers STR037-15 and STR036-15 apply.

Indian Taco Sale.pdf

Enter Chairperson's Christmas RAFFLE for a Chance to Win a $500 Shopping Spree!

1st Prize: $500 Cash
2nd Prize: $300 Cash
3rd Prize: $200 Cash

All Proceeds benefit the Sault Tribe Childrens' Party

Tickets are available at all Kewadin Gift Shops and Hessel's Bar or by calling the Tribal Chairperson's office at 906-635-6050. Please bring tickets to the draw barrel located at the gift shop.

Drawing Will Take Place 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at the Kewadin Art Gallery in the Sault. Tickets cost $5 each.

Fundraiser for the Sault Tribe Children's Christmas Party. This raffle is authorized by the Tribal Gaming Commission. Contestants do not need to be present to win. Contestants must fill out entire ticket. Winner is responsible for all applicable taxes associated with prizes. STR-038-15.

Chairperson's 2015 Christmas RAFFLE.pdf

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - On Nov. 3, a special meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at the Sault Kewadin Casino starting at 11 a.m. on Nov. 3, with the regular meeting being scheduled for 5 p.m. Matters from the Membership will take place at 4 p.m.

Resolutions on the special meeting agenda are: Co-Captains - Limiting to Three Weeks; Co-Captains - Reverting to Historical Regulations; Co-Captains - Eliminating. Under New Business, the board will hear: Reconsideration of CORA Vote and Open Lake Huron.

Resolutions on the regular meeting are: Contract Approval Meritain Health and Delta Dental and Direction to Terminate Contract NGS American and Performance Audit of Human Resources and Employee Morale. Under New Business, the board will consider Support Letter Gaskin.

November 3 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors is set for the Kewadin Shores Casino Sprung Structure in St. Ignace starting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 27. Matters raised by the members heard before the meeting from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are a partial waiver, budget modifications for ACFS Emergency Assistance and GLRI American Marten, amending "Horne Pay Grid" health center employee policies, approving JKL Fiduciary Committee bylaws and Human Resource audit.

Under new business, the board considers a committee request and a board travel request.

October 27 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

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