Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting in Manistique July 26
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at the Manistique Tribal Center starting at 6 p.m. on July 26. The meeting will be preceded by "Matters Raised by the Membership" from 4 to 6 p.m.
Resolutions on the agenda Tuesday evening are, under budgets, PHN Grant, Ojibwe Language/Library Services, BE-15-J54 Sanitation, Employment-WIOA SYEP Program, and Employment-WIOA Administration; two Partial Waivers; Lease Cancelation-McKechnie/Tobias; Trust Land Lease -McKechnie; Authorization to Purchase Property; Low Income Home Energy Assistance; Community Service Block Grant; PICH Grant-Youth Survey Community Health; Creating Ch. 46: Wiidookaage (Helping One Another); Amending Budget Smoking Cessation; Kewadin Casino Hotel-Smoke Free Policy; Delegating Authority CDC Grant; and CDC Smoking Grant.
Under new business, the board will consider a relinquishment.
Tribal Court of Appeals Affirms Election Committee
Election results to be certified on July 21
SAULT STE. MARIE - On Friday, July 15, the Sault Tribe Court of Appeals issued its decision in the appeal filed by tribal member Isaac McKechnie challenging the recent general election. The Court unanimously rejected McKechnie's challenge and affirmed the June 29 decision of the Election Committee.
McKechnie argued that the Election Committee violated his rights by picking up the ballots from the Sault Ste. Marie Post Office at 4:30 p.m. on election day rather than at the customary 5 p.m. The Court found that, because the Post Office stops processing election mail at 2 p.m. each day, no ballots would have been processed into the Election Committee's Post Office Box after 2 p.m. Thus, the committee did not violate the Election Code by picking up the box at 4:30 p.m. instead of at 5 p.m., because the Post Office would not have processed any additional ballots into the box during that time period.
As a result of the Court's decision, all pending election contests are now finally resolved. The Sault Tribe Board of Directors is scheduled to resume its consideration of the election on Thursday, July 21, at 5 p.m. at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie. At that time, the Election Committee will certify the election results and the newly elected officials will be formally sworn into office. All tribal members are invited to attend this meeting and witness the swearing in ceremony.
Sault Tribe board holds special meeting July 19
SAULT STE. MARIE - The Sault Tribe Board of Directors is holding a special meeting July 19 at the tribe's administration complex at 523 Ashmun St. in Sault Ste. Marie, beginning at 5 p.m.
On the agenda is, "Disposition, Partial or Full Implementation of the CDC Grant."
The Gaming Authority will convene directly after the board meeting.
2016 Election contest update
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 12, 2016
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The Sault Tribe’s Court of Appeals has issued an order setting a hearing on Thursday, July 14, at 2 p.m. in the election contest filed by tribal member Isaac McKechnie. His contest is based on the Election Committee having retrieved the locked box that holds the ballots from the Sault Ste. Marie Post Office at 4:30 p.m., rather than the customary 5 p.m., on Election Day.
As a result of the scheduled court hearing, it appears that the certification of the election results and the swearing in of newly elected officials will not take place at the July 12, 2016, board meeting as previously scheduled. Under section 10.122 of the Election Ordinance, the Election Committee must formally certify the results of the June 23 election at the first board meeting held after all election contests have been decided. Because of the pending election contest, the certification cannot occur until the Court of Appeals makes its decision. That process is expected to take at least a few more days.
At least some tribal members have expressed concern about this delay in certifying the election results due to the contest this year. We want to reassure those members that the tribe’s election process is working exactly as intended by the Tribal Constitution and Election Ordinance. Every democratic government provides a process for its citizens to contest elections. Allowing such contests is important to assure that elections are in fact fair and open. Most other governments — including both the state and federal governments — allow as much as two months between the election and the swearing in of new officials to make sure there is enough time to resolve election contests and to allow for the transition to the new government. Under our code, that process is much faster. Even with the current election challenge, the transition period is not likely to take more than another week or so.
In the meantime, tribal government continues to function as usual. Article IV, section 4, of the tribe’s Constitution specifically provides that the existing chairperson and directors continue to hold office following the election “until their successors are duly installed in office." This means that, until the Court has resolved the election challenge and the election results can be certified, the existing board of directors and chairperson continue to function and to have full authority to act on behalf of the tribe.
The board of directors will proceed with the certification of the election and swearing in of the successful candidates promptly upon a final decision by the Court of Appeals in the election contest.
National 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!
- Meet National Smithsonian Committee Members -
- Refreshments Served -
(Sponsored by Captured Spirits on Mackinac Island an MHS exhibit)
ITFAP stocks 65k walleye in Lower Cheboygan River
CHEBOYGAN, Mich. - The Lower Cheboygan River was stocked June 20 with 65,000 walleye summer fingerlings by the Inter-Tribal Fisheries and Assessment Program. ITFAP has stocked other areas of the upper Great Lakes and the St. Mary's River since 1990, but this is the first stocking in the Cheboygan area of Lake Huron.
The fingerlings, about 2-inches long, were given an internal mark to identify them as a stocked fish, which will help determine post-stocking survival and future contribution to the fisheries. ITFAP plans to continue stocking walleye fingerlings in this area on an annual basis, and will conduct field assessments to evaluate the success of the stocking program.
In addition to the Great Lakes, ITFAP also conducts walleye stocking individually and cooperatively in various inland waters. Between 2010 and 2015, Mullett Lake received 121,813 summer fingerlings and Black Lake 147,000. The number of 7-inch walleye planted in the fall during this period was 18,750 for Mullett Lake and 20,167 for Black Lake. These fish were also marked for prospective study.
The ITFAP hatchery is administered by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians with additional funding provided by Bay Mills Indian Community and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
For more information, contact ITFAP Director Tom Gorenflo, 906-632-0072.
Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds special meeting in Sault Ste. Marie July 12
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A special 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 July 12. The meeting will be preceded by "Matters Raised by the Membership" from 4 to 6 p.m.
The tentative agenda is: Certification of 2016 Election Results, Swearing in of Officers, Officer Elections; Resolutions: Under Budgets, Trap Net Consent Decree, Fisheries - Nunn's Creek Rehab, Fisheries - Nunn's Creek, and IRR Roads; Consent to Waiver - CohnReznick LLP; Kewadin Casino Hotel - Smoke Free (two resolutions); and New Business: Committee Request; Meeting Date Change; and Board Travel.
Tribal member contests Sault Tribe election due to ballot pick up time
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The June 23 Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians 2016 General Election has been contested by Sault Tribe member Isaac McKechnie. The tribe's Election Committee has ruled against McKechnie, who has until July 7 to appeal.
McKechnie's contest was made under a tribal law that allows just such a challenge. His contest is based on the tribe's Election Committee retrieving the locked box that holds the ballots from the Sault Ste. Marie Post Office at 4:30 p.m., rather than the customary 5 p.m., on Election Day. McKechnie also alleges that the Election Committee's actions warrant an investigation by the federal government.
According to the Election Committee, the ballot box was retrieved a half hour early at the direction of the Sault Ste. Marie US Post Office Postmaster. The Election Committee has already ruled against McKechnie, who now has until Thursday, July 7, to challenge the adverse decision in the Sault Ste. Marie Tribal Court of Appeals.
Due to the filing of the contest, the Election Committee is prohibited by tribal law from immediately certifying the election and installing the winners as is normally done. If McKechnie does not appeal the adverse decision by next Thursday, the Election Committee will ask the Board of Directors to convene next Thursday evening to certify the election and install the winners. If McKechnie appeals the decision, the certification and installation of the election will be postponed until the appeal is concluded, approximately one to three weeks.
National Congress of American Indians formally opposes Line 5
SPOKANE, Wash. — At its June 27-30 midyear conference in Spokane, Wash., the National Congress of American Indians adopted a resolution to oppose continued operation of unsafe pipelines that endanger tribal lands and resources, particularly Enbridge's Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac.
Aaron Payment, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Tribe Chairperson, brought the resolution forward.
"The governor of Michigan recently capitulated on a water diversion from the Great Lakes, allowed the Flint drinking water disaster to happen and is dragging his feet on shutting down Enbridge Line 5 under the Mackinac bridge," said Payment.
The Great Lakes represents over 20 percent of the fresh water in the world. Nearly 64 years ago, Line 5 was installed under the Mackinac Straits, which joins the Great Lakes Michigan and Huron. Studies have shown a rupture in Line 5 under the Straits would be catastrophe that present emergency resources could not prevent. Enbridge's pipelines of a similar age have ruptured and caused extensive environmental and economic damages, such as Enbridge's Line 6 in the Kalamazoo River, which spilled 20,000 barrels at a cost of $1.2 billion.
"I have brought or motioned resolutions to United Tribes of Michigan, Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes and now the National Congress of American Indians for which I serve as an executive officer," said Payment. "It is time for action rather than bureaucratic excuses. Shut down Line 5 now!"
Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting in Sault Ste. Marie July 5
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 July 5. The meeting will be preceded by "Matters Raised by the Membership" from 4 to 6 p.m.
There are no resolutions on the agenda. Under New Business, the board will discuss board travel.