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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 Sept. 1. The meeting will be preceded by "Matters Raised by the Membership" from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Under Budget: ACFS - NEW, Judicial Services, LE - COPS TRGP 2011, LE - FEMA - Emergency Operations, Health Division - Healthy Start Grant and PICH Grant - Farm to Preschool Project Evaluation; Am Ch. 34: Personal Protection Orders/Injunctions, Unit Three - 2 Percent Dollars - Fall Distribution.

Under New Business, the board will consider Relinquishments, MAST Fall Meeting Travel, and Co-Captains - Great Lakes Conservation Committee.

September 1 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

SAULT STE. MARIE. Mich. — Dr. Theresa Kallstrom, JKL Bahweting Anishinaabe School superintendent, received welcome news Aug. 11 from the State Board of Education. JKL School has been released from its status as a "focus school," effective immediately.

A letter from Brian Winston, State Superintendent of Education, said, "Your school's hard work and emphasis on data-driven decisions have narrowed the achievement gap between the top and bottom performing 30 percent of students."

It was that gap that put JKL on the focus school list. Despite winning the Bridge award, being in the top 25 percent of state schools and top 20 NMU charter schools, the gap between the extremely gifted at the school and students who were struggling at the school was too large, according to Carolyn Dale, Dean of Student Affairs and director of federal, state and school programs.

This is the state's way of meeting its goal of 85 percent proficiency for all students by 2021-2022 school year, according to the letter.

It feels "amazing and wonderful" to taken off the list, said Kallstrom. "We're happy because our students are succeeding," she said.

JKL School has been working on closing the gap since 2012 when it was placed on the list, said Kallstrom. Now that the school is off the list, it still has to monitor students, she added.

"This is a testament to a team effort but clearly under Theresa Kallstrom's leadership. She did exactly as she said she would and achieved her objective," Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment said. "On behalf of the tribe, I want to express my deepest gratitude."

Dale said she is "extremely proud" of all the JKL staff, especially the teachers, who had the bulk of the extra work it took to get off the list.

Kallstrom agreed, adding she is thankful for support from all the staff, the tribe, the JKL School Board and the JKL Fiduciary Committee. She is also grateful to state facilitator Carol Swingle for helping the school look at each and every student individually to see how they could improve.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of  Directors is set at the Marquette Ramada Inn starting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 18. Matters raised by the membership precedes the meeting from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Budgets — ITC-CDC Breast Health Grant-Health Center, Cultural Library Services and Manistique Health Center; Continuing Funding Authority, Tribal Land Lease-McGlinch, Tribal Land Lease-Schopp, Tribal Land Lease-Santigo, Spirit of Community Health Public Health Study, VOCA Grant, Recognition of Michigan Indian Legal Services 40th Anniversary, Bereavement Policies, Authorization for Chair to Enter into
Contract-Bahweting Project, Approving Contract-Loan Amendments, Authorization Joint Defense Agreement for FERC Dockets, Finance Agreement with Lake Forest Bank and Trust, Oscar Larson Contract, Tribal Code Ch. 100: Cemetery Ordinance, Amending Ch. 70: Limit Certain Prosecution Agreements, and Tribal Code Ch. 77: Setting Aside Tribal Convictions.

Under New Business, the board will consider: Committee Appointments, Inland Consent Decree–Dispute Resolution and Legal Investigation-JKL.


We are planning a fun community gathering on Aug. 23 for the community. The gathering will open up at 12 p.m. at Niigaanagiizhik Ceremonial Building. You are welcome to bring stuff like games of your choice, musical instruments, rattles, your drums, or craft projects like bead work or sewing, etc. We really want this gathering to be community driven and fun. Each month, if you please, you can sponsor the gathering for the month by bringing a main food dish to pass; it can be anything like soup, pasta, or even pizza. We are hoping to continue this community gathering each month. We hope to see you there. If you want to sponsor the next gathering by bringing the main food dish, contact Les Ailing at 906-203-5521. This gathering is to help you get to know your neighbors.

The 2015 Sacred Water Walk is planned to arrive in our area around Aug. 20 and makes its way through by Aug. 26. They will need our support while they are here. If you can, please walk with them, bring them food and water and help them with other needs. This year they are walking to raise awareness of oil spills and train derailments. Track them at

Sacred WaterWalk 2015.pdf

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The Superior Fest scheduled for Aug. 8 in Sault Ste. Marie has been postponed due to the weather predictions. Superior Fest will now be held Aug. 21 at the Savoy Night Club in Sault Ste. Marie. Tickets can be exchanged for updated tickets at the Kewadin Casino box office.

The Superior Fest concert brings multiple rock music groups to the Savoy Night Club on Friday, Aug. 21, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Appearances scheduled for the event include SAVING ABEL, Lights Out Paris, Tantrym Tyme, The Elements, Mourning Wood and Voodo Theory.

Tickets available at the Kewadin Casino box office and Tickets are: adult 18 and up $25.

For more information, call Robin Cook of Superior Entertainment at 906-430-5242.

Superior Fest Aug. 21.pdf

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

Resolutions on the agenda are: Budget: Education - YEA, Education-Community Based Science Activities, IndirectCost/Indirect Cost - Membership Services, Sanitation BE 12 G80, Sanitation BE 13 J11, IRR Roads Planning and IRR Roads Sugar Island Roads; Updating Tribal Purchasing Bid Policy; Reaffirming and Restating 401(k) Plan; Acceptance of Governmental Audit; Acceptance of 401k Audit; and Am Ch. 20: Bi-Monthly Catch Reporting.

Under new business the board will consider a committee appointment.

August 4 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

UPDATE: In case of rain, the Youth Powwow will be moved to the American Legion in Newberry.

 Newberry Powwow 2015

 SAULT STE. MARIE — The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians received some good news this morning. United States Bankruptcy Judge Walter Shapero has, yet again, rejected the efforts of Diane Adams to disrupt the resolution of the Greektown Holdings litigation.

Adams filed a motion for reconsideration. The Court flatly rejected that motion, saying,

"(a) Movants lack standing, (b) the Motion is inexcusably untimely, and (c) the Motion requests relief beyond the jurisdiction of this Court; furthermore, even if the Court were to consider the substance of Movants’ allegations, as was further elaborated upon in various procedurally deficient filings (Dkt. 3837, 3838, 3904), such would not alter the result; the Court therefore finding that the Motion does not demonstrate a palpable defect by which the Court and the parties have been misled or that a different disposition of the matter must result from a correction thereof, as required by E.D. Mich. LBR 9024-1(a)(3); NOW THEREFORE IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT the Motion is denied."

Sault Tribe General Counsel John Wernet said, “Many thanks to Sault Tribe Attorney Courtney Kachur and to the tribe’s outside legal team at Frost Brown and at Plunkett for their efforts in again defending this frustrating and utterly baffling challenge, which seems to be based upon a completely erroneous understanding of both the facts and of the law.”

Adams has until Aug. 5 to file a further appeal.

Read the order here: Greektown_Adams_Denial_Order.pdf

 SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A special meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors will be held at the Sault Kewadin Casino starting at 2 p.m. on July 28.

Agenda items are: Ratify CORA Vote; Vote to Clarify ST Vote for 5 p.m. CORA Conference Call; and Alternatives Specific to Tribal Level Restrictions and Limitation Options to Co-Captains.

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