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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.

Enbridge wants a new permit to run its Line 5 across the Straits of Mackinac! Please sign this NEW petition to save the Great Lakes from a devastating oil spill.

Sign the Petition to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Join us in asking the MDEQ as part of its permit conditions to do a comprehensive review of Enbridge's pipelines and investigate all violations of the easement agreement by Enbridge. We encourage you to share this after you've signed—more comments make a maximum impact.

Fall fasting camp from Sept. 29 to Oct. 4 at Boedne Bay on Brevort Lake in Moran, Mich. For more information, call Tony Abramson Jr. or Peggy Holappa of the Traditional Medicine Program at 906-632-0236 or 632-0220 respectively.

Keith Smith will be holding Traditional Medicine Clinic hours:

September 1, 7, 8, 13, 15, 22
Sault Ste. Marie
Tony Abramson, Jr. 632-0236
Peggy Holappa 632-0220
Reception 632-5210

September 6
Newberry
293-8181

September 19
Hessel
484-2727

September 20
Escanaba
786-2636

Harlan Downwind will be holding Traditional Medicine Clinic hours:

September 5, 6, 12, 14, 19, 20, 21
Sault Ste. Marie
Tony Abramson, Jr. 632-0236
Peggy Holappa 632-0220
Reception 632-5210

September 7
Manistique
341-8469
866-401-0043

September 13
St. Ignace
643-8689
877-256-0135

For Traditional Medicine Program information, please call 906-632-0236, 632-0220 or 632-5210.

Supporting the Addict, Securing the Future: Addiction through the Life Cycle 2016, a 2016 U.P. fall summit for medical personnel, social workers, educators and therapists takes place at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., on Oct. 27-28.

Keynote speakers are Ira Chasnoff, M.D., and pediatrician, Dr. Mark Sloane. Dr. Chasnoff is a leading researcher in the field of child development and the effects of maternal substance use on infants and children. Dr. Sloane is a board certified pediatrician and has clinical experience in the medication management of more than 1,200 traumatized, drug or alcohol exposed children and adolescents. Also speaking is George M. Nidiffer, M.D., pediatric medicine specialist in Marquette, Mich.

Topics include neo-natal FAS/drug exposed, addiction and trauma, pregnancy and addiction and treatment for children and families.

Registration is open and costs are $99 for the early bird rate and $120 full rate. Medical personnel, social workers, educators and therapists are especially invited to attend.

Registration is limited. Payment must be received by Oct. 17 to guarantee reservations. No refunds provided without written cancellations received by Oct. 21.

If preferred, print the conference registration and either fax to 906-632-1125 ATTN: Jessica Savoie or mail to EUP ISD, U.P. Fall Summit, 315 Armory Place, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783.

Visit www.chippewahd.com or www.eupschools.org for more information.

Book early for a limited number of rooms set aside for this function at the Holiday Inn Express. Other hotel options can be found at www.saultstemarie.com.

Brought to you by Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District, Chippewa County Health Department and other community partners.

U.P. FAll Summit 2016 Registration Brochure.pdf

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors will be held at the Marquette Ramada Inn starting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 16. The meeting will be preceded by "Matters Raised by the Membership" from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Under Budgets: Nunn's Creek Fisheries, ACFS-Native Employment Works, Education-Child Care Center, Budget Doc 002 and Eldercare Transportation; three Partial Waivers; Authorization to Apply for Clean Diesel Grant; Tribal Wildlife Grant; Trust Land Lease-Captain; Trust Land Lease-McKerchie; National Indian Gaming Association; National Congress of American Indians; Change Signature Authority Bank Accounts; Change Signature Authority Trust Accounts; Clarifying Christmas Chain of Title; Appointing Chair of Audit Committee; Amending Ch. 42: Gaming Ordinance; Amending Ch. 11: Membership Code; Amending Ch. 71: Criminal Offenses; Amending Ch. 13: Affirmative Action Plan; and Approving Human Resource Contract.

Under new business, the board will consider committee requests.

August 16 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

Native American Veterans Memorial Open Forum
Aug. 18, 2016, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Mackinac Island Community Center (next to police)
Market Street, Mackinac Island
All Native Veterans Welcome! FREE ROUND TRIP FOR VETERANS!
- Meet National Smithsonian Committee Members -
- Refreshments Served -

Deb Coxe is hosting a luncheon for the veterans at the forum. Any veteran has a free round trip ride on both the Arnold and Sheppler boat lines. All they have to say is that they are a veteran and are attending the veteran's forum and luncheon (if there is an issue contact Deb Coxe).

If anyone has any questions or concerns contact Deb Coxe at 231-838-0866.

(Sponsored by Captured Spirits on Mackinac Island an MHS exhibit.)

Veterans Memorial Forum MI.pdf

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors has changed its scheduled Sept. 27 meeting in Munising to Sept. 20. Miigwech.

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