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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at the Sault Kewadin Casino starting at 6 p.m. on July 7. The meeting will be preceded by "Matters Raised by the Membership" from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Proclaiming Men's Health Awareness Week, Health Division Policy: Record Elimination, Wequayoc Cemetery Policy, Health Center - Optical and St. Ignace Clinic Budget Modifications, Epoufette Harbor - Establishment of Budget, Executive Office Budget Modification and Amending Ch. 31: Marriage Ordinance.

Under new business, the board will consider Relinquishment, Elder Committee Request and Real Estate Transaction.

July 7 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

Sault Tribe Offices will be closed on Friday, July 3. Have a Safe and Happy Fourth of July holiday!

The following committees have vacant seats. Sault Tribe members interested in filling these vacancies should submit one letter of intent and three letters of recommendation from other members to Tara McKelvie, 523 Ashmun Street, Sault Ste. Marie. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 906-635-6050 for any questions.

•Anishinaabe Cultural Committee - Two vacancies (men, four-year term)
•Health Board - One vacancy (four-year term)
•Inland Conservation Committee - One vacancy (four-year term)
•Election Committee - Three vacancies (four-year term)
•Special Needs/Enrollment Committee - Six vacancies (two-year term)
•Wequayoc Cemetery Committee - Five vacancies (two and 4-year terms - varied; must have family member interred at Wequayoc Cemetery)
•Unit I Sault Ste. Marie Elder Subcommittee - One regular seat vacancy (four-year term)
•Unit II Newberry Elders Subcommittee - Two regular seat vacancies (four-year term)
•Unit III Hessel Elders Subcommittee - Two alternate seat vacancies (four-year term)
•Unit IV Escanaba Elders Subcommittee - One regular seat vacancy and two alternate seat vacancies (four-year term)
•Unit V Munising Elders Subcommittee - One regular seat vacancy (four-year term) and alternate seat vacancies (four-year term)
•Unit V Marquette Elders Subcommittee – One alternate seat vacancy (four-year term)

There are available bear tags for Red Oak, Gwinn and Baraga Bear Management Units for the 2015 season. These tags will be offered at a first-come, first-served basis on Monday (June 29) morning at 8 a.m. Please stop in or call Sault Tribe Law Enforcement for a leftover bear permit while they last: Sault Tribe Law Enforcement, 2175 Shunk Road, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783; phone: (906) 635-6065.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors will be held at the Hermann Center, Bay de Noc College in Escanaba starting at 6 p.m. on June 23. The meeting will be preceded by "Matters Raised by the Membership" from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Budget Modifications for Budget Department, Health - Purchased Care and Referred Services, Indirect Cost and Indirect Cost - Planning & Development FY 2015; Establish Budgets for Cultural - Bahweting Singers/Community Drum, USDA – Heavy Use, Hessel Water Main Cleaning, and NCAI Data Intensive Research Grant; Manistique Rural Clinic and Munising Rural Clinic FY 2015 Budget Modification and Establishment of FY 2015 Budget for Escanaba Rural Clinic; Amending Tribal Code Ch. 94 – Gaming Authority Charter-Management Board Composition; Sault Tribe Citizens' Equal Protections of Voter Registration Referendum; and Acceptance of 2014 Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Governmental Audit.

Under new business, the board will consider Committee Requests, Board Travel – Partners in Action/NIGA; Eliminating Random Drug Testing; and Employee Advocates.

June 23 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

SAULT STE. MARIE - The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Great Lakes Conservation Committee will meet June 16 at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie. The committee will hear updates on Board Actions and Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority; reports from Law Enforcement, Inter Tribal Fisheries and Assessment Program; Legal on the state purse seine dispute and Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians dispute. Under Old Business, the Committee will address Co-Captain; under new business the committee will hear a license transfer, access site regulations and board members concerns and communications.

All SUBSISTENCE and COMMERCIAL fishermen are invited to attend a workshop on TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015, at 1 p.m. with the Board of Directors and the Great Lakes Conservation Committee. The meeting will be held at the Sault Ste. Marie casino.

The meeting is a follow up to the April 6, 2015, meeting to further discuss renegotiating the 2000 Consent Decree. The 2000 Consent Decree governs our treaty fishery and is set to expire in 2020. In the coming years the negotiation of a new decree will begin and in order for the tribe to prepare for the renegotiation we must understand what worked and what did not work for the tribe under the 2000 Consent Decree. In order to do that, the tribe needs as many fishermen, both subsistence and commercial, to attend this meeting so that all points of view are presented. If you are not there to voice your opinion, your wants and needs may be overlooked! So please join us and help us to protect our treaty right to fish the Great Lakes.



JKL Lease Signed 2

On June 10, at the Joseph K. Lumsden School in Sault Ste. Marie at 1301 Marquette Ave., School Superintendent Theresa Kallstrom looks on as Schoolboard President Isaac McKechnie (L-R) signs a 36-month lease with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The tribe approved the lease at its May 19 board of directors meeting. "On behalf of the schoolboard, I would like to express our gratitude for the continued support of the school," said McKechnie. The lease gives the school the ability to rent the facility from the tribe to run the K-8 school. "For the next three years we have a home," McKechnie said. "We look forward to continuing a positive relationship with the tribe and community."

This notice is provided to you as a courtesy by the Sault Tribe Insurance Department.

Recently, you may have received a pharmacy discount card in the mail from the National Prescription Savings Network.
• These cards are not endorsed by the tribe or by NGS via the employee health plan.
• In researching the National Prescription Savings Network, it was noted the cards cannot be used in conjunction with any insurance or other pharmacy discount programs.

If you intend to use the card you received, you are strongly encouraged to research the validity of the card before deciding to use it.

NPSN Notice 06-09-15.pdf

Cathy Abramson and Sylvia BurwellWASHINGTON, D.C. — On June 2, Sault Tribe Unit I Director Cathy Abramson was unanimously elected as chair of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC), in which she and other tribal leaders meet directly with Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Indian health issues.

"This committee is a very hard working committee that strongly speaks up and gives input to the top administration staff and Secretary Burwell," Abramson said. "I'm very proud and honored to have the support of such great leaders from across Indian country."

Abramson is also STAC's first female chair.

In 2011, Abramson became one of 17 appointees to the inaugural federal advisory committee, established to reform and enhance how the HHS works with Indian Country. STAC consists of representatives from each of the 12 Indian Health Service administrative regions in the country and five national at-large representatives. Abramson is the primary representative for the Bemidji area, which covers Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.

"We are honored that Cathy agreed to accept the nomination as the HHS STAC Tribal Chair position. She has a strong background from her role with NIHB on presiding over an Advisory Committee representing the four corners of Indian Country. I'm confident she will provide strong, steady leadership as the tribal leaders on the committee advocates for many interests from HHS," W. Ron Allen, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe Chairman and CEO said.

Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment also serves on STAC as an at-large representative. "I was proud to advocate and entertain a motion for Cathy's appointment as chair of the STAC," he said. "When I returned to office, Cathy pulled me into national level advocacy for our people. I credit her leadership on Health and Human Services for advancing the lives of Indian people across the country."

Abramson is a nationally known and respected leader with regard to Indian health issues. Some of her extensive work includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Tribal Advisory Board and Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee-Bemidji Area Representative. She was appointed to the National Indian Health Board in 2009 and is a former chairperson of that board. Last year, she was honored with the IHS Director's Special Recognition Award in Tribal Leadership and Partnership.

Regionally, Abramson is actively involved with United Tribes of Michigan and the Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes (MAST). Within the tribe, some of her past and present work includes Sault Tribe Head Start Policy Council – Board Liaison, Sault Tribe Healthy Traditions Advisory Council, Sault Tribe Community Transformation Grant/Strategic Alliance for Health Leadership Team and advisor for the Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribal Youth Council.

Abramson has a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from Lake Superior State University and was honored with the LSSU Distinguished Business Alumna award in 2011. She has been on the Tribal Board of Directors since 1996. She and her husband Tony Abramson have three children, Lisa, Laura and Tony Jr., all with children of their own. She loves to hunt, fish, and gather the indigenous foods of her area, and enjoys camping, hiking, traveling and family gatherings.

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