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Sault Tribe Board of Directors' regular meeting set for Sept. 2 in Sault Ste. Marie

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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014

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 Sept. 2. Matters from the membership heard from 5 to 6 p.m.

The board will hear a scholarship presentation before considering resolutions regarding Amending Tribal Code Chapter 11: Membership Ordinance; Native Strong: Healthy Kids Healthy Futures Grant; 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program; 2014 Comprehensive Service Grant; Mental Health FY 2014 Budget Modification; MidJim St. Ignace – Tank Upgrade and MidJim St. Ignace – New Location.

Under new business, the board will consider committee requests.

September 2 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

Recovery Walk 2014

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Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014

The fourth annual Recovery Walk is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 25, 4-7 p.m., at the Chi Mukwa Community Recreation Center.

The walk is an event sponsored by the Tribal Court and Sault Tribe Behavioral Health to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders as well as to spread the messages that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective and people do recover from mental and substance use disorders. Everyone is invited!

The event features the walk from St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church to Chi Mukwa, craft table for kids, motivational recovery speakers, cookout, games and prizes!

Meet in the parking lot of the church at 1529 Marquette Avenue at 4 p.m. for registration, Brother John Hascall delivers a recovery speech in Marquette Hall at 4:30 p.m., and the walk will begin promptly at 5 p.m.

The first 120 registrants receive a free T-Shirt. Anyone unable to participate in the walk is welcome to go right to the recreation center at 5 p.m.

Questions? Please call Sault Tribe Behavioral Health at 906-635-6075 or Pat McKelvie at 635-7741.

This event is supported by the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, SAMHSA, Access to Recovery, Tribal Court, Sault Tribe Behavioral Health, and people in and supportive of recovery.

Recovery Walk 2014.pdf

Tribal Board meeting changes dates

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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - The Sept. 16 Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors meeting has changed to Sept. 23. The meeting location will remain the same: Munising Tribal Community Center, 622 W. Superior Street, Munising, Mich.

Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds special meetings in Sault Ste. Marie Aug. 26-29

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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - Special meetings of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors have been scheduled for Aug. 26, 27, 28 and 29. Meetings begin each day at 10 a.m. in the Grand Island Room, Kewadin Casino and Convention Center, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Agenda items are: Budgets, and Continuing Funding Resolution.

Chippewa County Sexual Assault Response Team represented at DOJ Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners’ Expert Witness Training

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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The Chippewa County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) was recently represented at the U.S. Department of Justice's National Indian Country Training Initiative, in partnership with the International Association of Forensic Nurses, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners' Expert Witness Training held at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, S.C., from Aug. 5-7, 2014.

The U.S. Office of Legal Education was responsible for the review and selection of nominations while giving priority to submissions that involved communities working on sexual assault cases arising in Indian County. Awarded for full scholarships were Chippewa County SART team members Catherine M. Castagne, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prosecutor; James Robinson, Chippewa County assistant prosecutor; and Wendy Jamros, War Memorial Hospital nurse practitioner and certified sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE).

Sexual assault nurse examiners specialize in forensic nursing and are used by prosecutors to provide expert testimony during sexual assault trials to educate the jury on the characteristics of sexual assault victims and to inform the jury why there may be an absence of physical injury. One of the most prolific myths surrounding sexual violence is that there must be some type of physical injury to evidence an assault. In fact, the absence of physical injury following a sexual assault is common. Even in cases of forcible sexual violence, there is often no physical injury and the lack of identified injury does not disprove sexual assault.

This training was designed to enhance the successful use of SANE nurse expert witness testimony in sexual assault and domestic violence prosecutions and consisted of mock court hearings involving intensive prosecutor and defense attorney questioning and cross examination allowing for both SANE nurses and prosecutors to advance skills necessary in criminal trials.

The Chippewa County SART team is a multidisciplinary body made up of members from the tribe's Advocacy Resource Center, Prosecutor's Office and Law Enforcement;  War Memorial Hospital, Chippewa County Prosecutor's Office; Chippewa County Sheriff's Department; Diane Peppler Resource Center; Michigan State Police; City of Sault Ste. Marie Police Department; Bay Mills Indian Community; and Chippewa County Department of Human Services. This collaborative team is dedicated to ensuring victims of sexual assault are provided with the best possible medical care, advocacy and social supportive services and criminal justice processing to increase successful prosecutions allowing for victim justice and enhanced community safety.

The Chippewa County SART team is currently in the process of developing a protocol for handling sexual assault which involves each agency on the team coordinating their individual agency procedures into a comprehensive guide that is intended to ensure that all sexual assault victims in Chippewa County seeking assistance will receive a consistent, knowledgeable and compassionate response.

For more information about the Chippewa County SART, sexual assault reporting, education or advocacy, please contact the Sault Tribe Advocacy Resource Center (ARC) at 906-632-1808.

Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting in Marquette Aug. 19

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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors will be held Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the Ramada Inn beginning at 6 p.m. The meeting will be preceded by "Matters Raised by the Membership" from 5 to 6 p.m.

First the board will hear a scholarship presentation.

Resolutions to be considered are: 2014 Coastal Program; USDA Rural Development 306c Grant; Victims of Crime Act Grant Program; IHS Request for Tribal Assistance; Authorization to Purchase Property; Authorization to Change Signature Authority - Bank Accts; Authorization to Change Signature Authority - Trust Accounts; Appoint Tax Commission Members; Appoint Audit Committee Members; Amending Chapter 11: Membership Ordinance; Dissolution of the JKL Anishnaabe Grant School Committee Establishment of the JKL Ad Hoc Advisory Workgroup; Budget Modifications: Manistique Health Center and Third Party, IHS Special Diabetes and Community Transformation, ACFS - Lodge of Bravery, and Inter-Tribal Fisheries, Inland Fish and Wildlife and Conservation Management.

Under New Business, the board will consider Committee Appointments - Various Committees, and September 16 Meeting Rescheduled.

July 19 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

Public Invited to Join a Presentation of Youth Suicide Research Results and to Discuss Further Prevention as a Community

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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014

On Sept. 2, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Ceremonial Building the public is invited to participate in an open discussion on youth suicide as a major issue in the Sault Tribe community, with readings of academic research results and creative writings by Seth Allard, tribal member and graduate student of anthropology from Western Michigan University.

Youth suicide is one of the most serious and deadly issues facing our youth, and is a trend that has spread among many indigenous groups throughout the United States, Canada, and, indeed, the globe. Until recently, most research of youth suicide in indigenous communities has revolved around Western approaches to clinical psychology and evaluation in tribal communities. In recent years, however, indigenous researchers are trying to bring to light the historical and cultural factors that have contributed to the rise and spread of youth suicide by making the community the central voice in research and prevention.

Please join Seth Allard in a presentation of early research on youth suicide in the Ojibwe community of Sault Ste. Marie. The presentation will follow a mixed academic and traditional format, with readings from Allard during the talking circle, and concerns and views expressed by the participants throughout. A dinner will be hosted at midpoint for all participants. If you are interested in assisting with the event or have questions or concerns, please email Seth Allard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Chi Miigwech.

Save the Date: Sault Tribe board meets Aug. 19 in Marquette

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting of the board on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the Ramada Inn in Marquette. An open community hour for membership matters will take place from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by the meeting at 6 p.m. An announcement with the Aug. 19 agenda will be announced Aug. 14.

Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds special meeting in Sault Ste. Marie Aug. 11

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A special meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors will be held at the Sault Kewadin Casino at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11.

Resolutions on the agenda are: "Amending Key Team Member List" and "Amending Kewadin Casino Gaming Authority Bylaws."

Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) meetings

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Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014

Strengthening our sovereignty, providing protections to victims of crime, holding criminal offenders accountable.

Our tribe's current criminal code only allows for a maximum of a one-year sentence for any crime including murder, rape, breaking and entering, and habitual domestic violence offenders. The Tribal Law and Order Act will enable tribes to enact new laws that enhance sentences for up to three years of incarceration.

The TLOA team scheduled a series of meetings to share information and invite public comment on the proposed changes to the tribe's criminal civil code.

The schedule of meetings:
Sault Ste. Marie, Aug. 4, 6-7 p.m., Sault Tribal Courthouse (in the courtroom), 2175 Shunk Road, Sault Ste. Marie.

Manistique, Aug. 8, 6-7 p.m., Manistique Health Center (Community Room), 698 W Hwy US-2 Manistique.

Munising, Aug. 11, 6-7 p.m., Sault Tribe Munising Health Center (first floor), 615 W. Munising Avenue, Munising.

St. Ignace, Aug. 15, 6-7 p.m., St. Ignace Kewadin Casino and Hotel (Hotel conference room), 3015 Mackinac Trail, St. Ignace.

Date: Sept. 2, Public hearing and comments during board of directors workshop meeting.
Date: Sept. 23, Board of directors vote on proposed code changes.

A copy of the proposed changes to the code will be posted on the tribe's website at www.saulttribe.com/government/tribal-code. In addition, hard copies will be available at each meeting. You can also submit your questions or comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tribal Law and Order Act meetings.pdf

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