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There will be a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Niigaanagiizhik Cultural Center in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

All proceeds for Joe and Becky Parish to help cover cost of medical treatment for Joe, who is fighting kidney cancer. Donations are appreciated. For more information contact Lisa Burnside, 906-440-7666, or Susan Lively, 906-630-2791.

Win Awenen Nisitotung’s schedule has been moved back one week to avoid conflicts with the holidays. The new copy and ad deadline is Friday, Nov. 4. The new unit report deadline is Monday, Nov. 7. The digital paper will be posted Nov. 10 and the paper publication date is Nov. 18. Please plan accordingly.

The December schedule remains the same: The copy and ad deadline is Dec. 2, the unit report deadline is Dec. 5, the digital copy will be posted Dec. 12 and the publication date is Dec. 16.

Thank you!

WAN staff

TAP Community Presentation
Nov. 7, 6‐7 p.m., Kewadin Casino, Spruce Room

Do you think there is a substance abuse problem in your community? TAP is our tribe’s strategic plan to combat substance abuse. We are holding community presentations to inform the membership of the findings of the Tribal Action Plan (TAP) surveys, focus groups, and interviews and the subsequent Tribal Action Plan.

TAP Community Presentation.pdf

For the benefit of tribal voters, on Sept. 28 the Sault Tribe’s newspaper sent questionnaires about Sault Tribe issues to candidates in the presidential, 1st Congressional District and 107th, 108th and 109th State Districts, to be included in its October issue. By press time, Win Awenen Nisitotung received two responses, from Lon Johnson and Phil Bellfy. Hillary Clinton submitted a response Oct. 18 after press time, so Win Awenen Nisitotung decided to post it on the tribe’s website. The others may be read in the Oct. 21 issue of the tribe’s newspaper, online at Win Awenen Nisitotung Oct. 21, 2016.

Michigan 2016 General Election — U.S. Congress and Presidential Candidates
Questionnaire — Win Awenen Nisitotung, Oct. 21, 2016

Hillary Clinton, Candidate,
United States President

1. What do you consider to be the federal government’s trust responsibility toward American Indian tribes?

I believe the United States has a sacred trust with Native Americans. I am committed to strengthening and building on the government-to-government relationship between the United States and Indian tribes, and I believe the United States should fulfill its treaty obligations and trust responsibilities to Tribal Nations.

2. Do you support the Indian Health Care Act permanent funding, Medicaid expansion, and the continuation and sufficient funding for VAWA, ICWA and SDPI?

Native Americans still face a life expectancy that is 4.2 years less than the average U.S. life expectancy. I will defend the Affordable Care Act which made permanent the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, ensuring ongoing federal support for the Indian Health Service, which gives Native Americans more health care choices if they choose to participate with improved insurance protections, such as no-cost preventative services, and prohibitions on denial of insurance coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. I am also committed to Urban Indian Health Centers to ensure that urban Indian populations have adequate access to health services.

We must expand Medicaid in all fifty states and support incentives to enroll millions more, building upon the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and launching a nationwide enrollment campaign. We will better integrate health care systems to address mental health issues, building on innovative state Medicaid practices to increase mental health screenings, with the goal of these screenings becoming standard practice in Medicaid. I also want to give every American the choice of a public option plan to increase competition and finish the fight for universal coverage.

I am committed to providing meaningful resources and financial investments that will empower American Indian tribes through increased economic development and infrastructure improvements on tribal lands. I support the provisions in the Violence Against Women Act of 2013 and will work toward robust investments in effective tribal law enforcement and tribal courts.

3. Do you support continuation of an annual White House Tribal Nations Conference?

As President, I will continue to host the White House Tribal Nations Conference annually and build on President Obama’s effort to engage in productive dialogue with Tribal officials. I will also commit to regular and meaningful consultation with Tribal officials in the development of federal policies that impact tribes.

4. In February, President Obama submitted his FY2017 proposal to Congress with increased funding for Indian country — $3.4 billion for the Department of the Interior, $2.9 billion for the BIA and BIE that includes comprehensive BIE reform and $6.6 billion for IHS. Would you, if elected, support these funding increases?
I support the funding increases in the President’s FY2017 budget proposal. We need to break down all the barriers that hold Native Americans back and build ladders of opportunity for all Native American people. That includes removing obstacles that contribute to addiction, high unemployment and poverty rates on many reservations. At the core of my agenda is a simple idea: every child in America should be able to live up to his or her God-given potential. That means building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, by making major new investments in good-paying jobs, fighting for debt-free college, ensure that large corporations and the super-rich pay their fair share, and putting families first in a 21st century economy.

5. Do you support Indian tribes’ treaty rights, including respecting tribal lands sacred areas and access to natural resources, as well as meaningful government-to-government consultation?

I will continue to stand for Tribal sovereignty and in support of Tribal resources and sacred sites. I will work with tribes to settle litigation over breach of trust and mismanagement claims over trust assets and natural resources and to resolve other long-standing disputes. I will ensure that the Department of the Interior and Environmental Protection Agency work collaboratively with tribes and Alaska Native communities to sustainably and cooperatively manage fish and wildlife and protect the air, water, and other natural resources in Indian Country.

6. Optional Election Statement:

(No response.)

Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act will create accountability

Heitkamp and Payment webWASHINGTON, D.C. - President Obama signed into law Oct. 14 S. 246, the “Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act,” which will create the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children.

The commission will undertake a comprehensive study of federal, state, local, and tribal programs that serve Native children and make recommendations on how those programs could be improved. “The purpose of the Native Child Commission is to create a line of accountability on the broad spectrum (across the federal bureaucracy) of issues affect our Native children,” Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment said.

On behalf of the National Congress of American Indians, Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment testified to Congress on S246, saying, “Too often the programs impacting our youth are fragmented and communication across agencies and between governments is lacking or non-existent. This results in an incomplete view of the issues facing youth and recommended solutions which only deal with part of the problem.”

The bill provides for a Commission consisting of three individuals appointed by the President and eight individuals appointed by congressional leaders, and would place this Commission in a specific office within the Department of Justice.

President Obama said, “During my own visits to Indian Country, I have been inspired by the talent and enthusiasm of young people who want nothing more than to make a positive difference in their communities. From the Indian Child Welfare Act to working to return control of Indian education to tribal nations, I am proud of the progress we have made over the past eight years. I applaud the Congress, and in particular Senator Heitkamp, for the efforts that made this new law possible.”

photo: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment (L-R). Payment testified in support of S246, calling for a new commission for Native children, sponsored by Heitkamp.

The Hessel tribal community will be holding its annual Ghost Feast on Oct. 29, 2016, at the Hessel Tribal Community Center. The feast will be begin around 3 p.m. and follow into dusk. Please bring a dish to pass it you can and come and feast for our ancestors. Any questions, please contact John Causley Jr. at 906-430-0830.

Post Card for Treaty Attorney Invite2Sault Tribe members are invited to interview sessions for attorneys to help negotiate the next Great Lakes Consent Decree. The present decree expires in 2020. Interview sessions are set for Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 19 and 20, starting at 10 a.m. at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie. Please contact the Tribal Chairperson’s office at 906-635-6050 with any questions.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors is scheduled at Kewadin Shores Casino in St. Ignace starting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 18. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Budget: ACFS – Native Employment Works, WIOA-Work Experience/WIOA OJT, Gov’t Cap. Purchases – Big Bear Roof, Inland Fish and Wildlife, Tribal Court- Alcohol and Sub Abuse and Community Health Adult Survey; Amending Tribal Code Ch. 11: Membership, Amending Tribal Code Ch. 42: Gaming Ordinance, Amending Tribal Code Ch. 71: Criminal Offenses; Pay Advance Policies and Complaint Resolution Policies. 

Under new business, the board will consider a Committee Request. Under Executive Session: Key Employee.

October 13 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

Kewadin Casinos Job Fair Friday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Water’s Edge, Kewadin Casinos Sault Ste. Marie. Accepting applications for all positions. Possible on-site interviews.

The International Aviation Art Contest is open to children ages 6-17. Entries must be postmarked and received by Jan. 20, 2017. The top three winners will compete in the national contest in Washington, D.C. This year's contest theme is "Beyond the Clouds."

Calling all young aviators! Do you have a passion for airplanes, hot air balloons, gliders or simply like to fly as a passenger? Do you like to draw, paint or color? If so, here's a fun opportunity for children between the ages of 6 and 17 to combine art and aviation in the International Aviation Art Contest, sponsored by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI).

Entries are judged in three classes, according to age and at least in part for its creative use of the theme "Beyond the Clouds" in relation to the aviation world. Winners will receive recognition from their state. The top three entries in each age group will be forwarded to Washington, D.C., to be judged in the national competition. All Michigan entries must be submitted and postmarked by Jan. 20, 2017, to Leanne Hengesbach, Office of Aeronautics, 2700 Port Lansing Road, Lansing, MI 48906, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 517-335-9756.

Since 1989, the FAI has sponsored the International Aviation Art Contest to challenge young people to illustrate the importance of aviation through art. Demonstrating the impact of aeronautics through an interactive, fun medium such as art motivates youth of all ages to become more familiar with aeronautics, engineering and science.

The U.S. portion of the contest is sanctioned by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), managed by the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) Center for Aviation Research and Education, and sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott, Ken Cook Co., the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education, with additional support from NASAO members.

For more information and contest rules, please visit http://bit.ly/2cRqqBK.

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