Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting in Sault Ste. Marie March 3
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors will be held at the Sault Kewadin Casino starting at 6 p.m. on March 3. The meeting will be preceded by "Matters Raised by the Membership" from 5 to 6 p.m.
Resolutions on the agenda are: SMART - FY 15 Support for Adam Walsh Act; FY 15 Museum and Library Services Grant; FY 15 MI Council for Art and Cultural Affairs; Bud Mod: Sub Abuse IHS After Care; and Posting Chief Executive Officer Position.
A relinquishment will be addressed under new business.
Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting in St. Ignace Feb. 17
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors will be held at the Sprung Structure at the Kewadin Shores Casino in St. Ignace starting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 17. The meeting will be preceded by "Matters Raised by the Membership" from 5 to 6 p.m.
Resolutions on the agenda are: Elder Ramp Program Policy; Decommissioning Enbridge Line 5; Modifying Health Center Service Delivery Model and Benefit Eligibility Policy; OVW FY 2015 Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Violence and Stalking Program; Family Violence Prevention and Services Program; Reaffirm and Reapprove Loan from Self Sufficiency Fund to Tribe; GLRI Forest Services Establishment of FY 2015 Budget; Health Center FY 2015 Budget Mods - Health Ed., IHS Special Diabetes, Diabetes Cardio-IHS, Healthy Heart and Community Transformation Grant; WIA - Work Experience FY 2015 Budget Mod.
Under News Business, Committee Requests will be heard.
• Health Board - One vacancy (four-year term)
• Great Lakes Conservation Committee - Three large boat captain vacancies, one small boat captain vacancy (four-year terms)
• Child Welfare Committee - Two vacancies (four-year terms). Applicants must pass a background check.
• Election Committee - Nine vacancies (four-year terms)
• Special Needs/Enrollment Committee - Eight vacancies (two-year terms)
• Housing Commission - One Unit IV vacancy (four-year term)
• Anishinaabe Cultural Committee - Two vacancies (women, four-year terms), two vacancies (men, four-year terms)
• Escanaba Elder Subcommittee - One alternate vacancy (four-year term)
• Munising Elder Subcommittee - One alternate vacancy (four-year term)
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Calls on DNR To Reject Graymont Request to Mine Limestone on State-Owed Land
SAULT STE. MARIE, Michigan – The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians today called on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to reject Canadian mining company Graymont Inc.'s request to mine limestone on thousands of acres of state-owned land near the Upper Peninsula community of Rexton.
DNR Director Keith Creagh may soon be making a recommendation to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission on whether to allow Graymont to take control of the public land and to approve a swap of mineral rights involving a complex trading of interests between the U. S. Forest Service, the state of Michigan and Graymont. Although Graymont has promised the new mine or quarry will bring jobs to the eastern Upper Peninsula, the Sault tribe said the deal would be bad for the land and for everyone who enjoys the outdoors.
"Selling and giving up control of over 10,000 acres of state land is unprecedented and ill-conceived," said tribe Chairman Aaron Payment. "It not only interferes with the 1836 treaty tribes' right to hunt, fish and gather in its treaty ceded territory, it takes away from generations of state citizens those same activities. The legislation that allows the land to be sold specifies the land must be surplus — and thousands of us are most certainly already using this land."
DNR officials held a public hearing last week on the mine proposal that drew opponents from all over the state. Earlier in the day, state officials met with five Michigan tribes to discuss their position on the Graymont proposal. Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, one the tribes present, has long opposed Graymont's efforts to buy up to 10,000 acres of public land from the state.
The tribe is concerned that the loss of the land will negatively impact their members' court-affirmed right to enjoy the land. It's equally concerned that a precedent would be set where those who have enough money and can influence elected officials to go along can purchase vast tracts of state land to further their personal interests.
Graymont, headquartered in British Columbia, Canada, is North America's second-largest supplier of lime and lime-based products. The Sault tribe said it remains unclear how many jobs the mining company will generate if its plans are approved, and that Graymont doesn't have any concrete plans for either the underground mine or the open quarry.
"It is hard to imagine how Director Creagh can be convinced to give away so much public land when so much remains unknown," Payment said. "The rights of Michigan citizens who use and enjoy this large area shouldn't be traded for vague promises of economic prosperity."
Payment noted that the last time the state was involved in a land transaction this large was when the state signed the 1836 Treaty of Washington, which is the foundation of the tribe's treaty rights and provided Michigan the land base that allowed it to become a state.
Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting in Sault Ste. Marie Feb. 3
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors will be held at the Sault Kewadin Casino starting at 6 p.m. on Feb 3. The meeting will be preceded by "Matters Raised by the Membership" from 5 to 6 p.m.
Resolutions on the agenda are: Partial Waivers; Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation; National Congress of American Indians; National Indian Gaming Association; Michigan Indian Elders Association; Budget: Health Center-St. Ignace; and FY 2015 Governmental Building Cap Ex.
Under new business, Board Member Travel and Board Concerns will be addressed.
Transportation available to Graymont Mine Public Hearing Jan. 28
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The Michigan DNR is hosting a public meeting Wednesday, Jan. 28, to discuss the pending proposals from Graymont, Inc. for a limestone mine in the U.P. near Rexton. The meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the High School Auditorium at Tahquamenon Area Schools located at 700 Newberry Ave. in Newberry.
Kewadin Casinos busses will transport tribal members from the surrounding community to the public meeting. Please see the schedule at the bottom of the page.
Sault Tribe and many U.P. citizens oppose the sale of 10,000 acres of land near Rexton for the mine. The land sits in the middle of the tribe's 1836 treaty ceded territory and for generations has been used by Native and non-Native hunters alike.
The DNR has made it clear that public involvement is critical and citizen input is vital to making a decision.
At the meeting, DNR staff will provide an overview of Graymont's proposals submitted and details on the recommendation made to DNR Director Keith Creagh. (Six DNR Directors have asked him to deny the sale.) Starting at roughly 6:15 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m., the public will have the opportunity to provide both written and oral comments. A summary of all comments will be provided to Creagh, who is scheduled to make a decision on the proposals at the Feb. 12 Natural Resources Commission meeting in Lansing.
Transportation will be available from St. Ignace, Hessel and Sault Ste. Marie. Departure times and locations are as follows:
– St. Ignace Casino with a departure time of 4 p.m.
– Hessel Casino with a departure time of 4 p.m.
– Sault Big Bear with a departure time of 3:10 p.m.
Those members that are interested in transportation can reserve a seat with Jamie AUBE at 906-632-0530 ext. 54770.
Sault Tribe Board of Directors holds regular meeting in Sault Ste. Marie Jan. 20
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors will be held at the Sault Kewadin Casino starting at 6 p.m. on Jan. 20. The meeting will be preceded by "Matters Raised by the Membership" from 5 to 6 p.m.
Resolutions on the agenda are: NCAI - Using Science to Build Tribal Capacity; Trust Status (four properties); Budget: Law Enforcement COPS -TRGP, Sugar Island ERFO, Transportation Safety Plan, Tribal Court-Judicial Services/Juvenile Detention, FY15 Enterprises Cap Ex, excluding Midjim St. Ignace, FY15 Midjim St. Ignace Cap Ex Option One, FY15 Midjim St. Ignace Cap Ex Option Two.
Under New Business is a committee request and a relinquishment.
Benefit for Darrell LaBranche
Darrell has recently been diagnosed with stage three colon cancer. He is 27 years old and just recently celebrated a year of continuous sobriety. Darrell continues to be an inspiration to all who have the good fortune to come in contact with him. The demands of treatment have forced Darrell to discontinue employment, and travel costs downstate continue to mount. Please mark your calendars and make every effort to join us in supporting Darrell!
An Indian taco sale is being held Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Naagaanigiizhik Ceremonial Building located at 11 Ice Circle across from the Chi Mukwa Arena in the Sault. An Indian taco with a drink is $6. Local deliveries and dine-in are available.
To pre-order or for questions, call Pat McKelvie or Julie McKelvie at 906-440-0027.