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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 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.

• Sault Tribe Housing Authority - One vacancy for a Unit IV member.
• Special Needs/Enrollment Committee - One vacancy in Units II, III and IV.
• Child Welfare Committee - Five vacancies (must be able to pass a background check).
• Election Committee - Four vacancies.
• Elders' committees - Unit I (Sault), one alternate seat; Unit II (Newberry), Five regular seats and one alternate seat; Unit III (St. Ignace), one regular seat; Unit IV (Escanaba), one regular seat and one alternate seat; Unit V (Munising), one regular seat and two alternate seats; Unit V (Marquette), one regular seat.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors is scheduled for the Sault Kewadin Casino at 6 p.m. on Nov. 4. Before the meeting, the board will hear concerns from members from 5 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda: Authorizing Premium Increase Health Insurance; Amending Tribal Code: Membership Ordinance; Millennia Telecom Business Partnership; Appellate Judge Elder Appointment John Causley Jr.; Appellate Judge Elder Appointment Elisabeth Dietz; Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan; Amending Tribal Board Travel; Projected FY 2015 Budget Shortfalls; Budget Modifications: Self Insurance-Health Insurance, Law Enforcement COPS TRGP, Law Enforcement –Renovations, ACFS – Social Workers etc., American Indian Substance Abuse, Health/Wellness in Indian Country, Health Education – Community Health, IHS Health Heart, Partnership Community Health Grant, IHS Special Diabetes, Youth Education and Activities, Inter-Tribal Fisheries, Conservation Management and Institutional Researcher.

Under new business, committee resignation, relinquishment and Dec. 2 meeting date change will be considered.

November 4 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

Indian Taco Sale
JKL 8th Grade Class 2015!
Friday, November 7
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cultural building (Niigaanagiizhik)

You know you've been craving the warm, crispy goodness of an Indian Taco. Well, it's your lucky day!

Taco meat served on authentic, homemade fry bread served with shredded cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and sour cream. It's what's for lunch on Friday, Nov. 7.

$6 per taco with all the fixings
$1 per soda
Cash or local check accepted.
Make checks out to "JKL 8th Grade Class 2015."

Order online, by fax or by email. Please see attached flyer / order form.

Indian Taco Sale Flyer and Form.pdf

Honoring Mother Earth gathering of the pipes, community ghost feast and spiritual ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Hessel Tribal Center. Sunrise ceremony, talking circles, cultural teachings, drumming and dancing. Lighting of the pipes between 12-1 p.m. Please bring a dish to pass.

Sponsored by Sault Tribe Youth Education and Activities, Mukkwa Giizhik Community Committee and Kewadin Casinos.

For more information, contact Lisa Burnside at 906-484-2298 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Calvin Burnside at 430-0233, John Causley at 430-0759 or Joe and Becky Parish at 203-0094.

Please plan to stop by for lunch to support a film project at the Niigaanagiizhik Ceremonial Building in Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy frybread, soup and cookies in addition to an opportunity to browse and bid in a silent auction on lots of nice items donated by the tribal and mainstream communities such as a pedicure, painting supplies, pet supplies, Kewadin event tickets, free hotel stay and many more.

All proceeds will be used for production costs of a short film that aims to inspire more youth to be proud of their heritage and take up their ancestral languages and cultures. Direct donations are also welcome and are tax deductible.

The tribe's newspaper, Win Awenen Nisitotung, reported on the film project last March, here is the text from the piece:

A few Sault Tribe members are among nearly 30 people involved in an independent short film project planned to premiere before the United Nations Permanent Forum before possible worldwide distribution. Anyone interested in helping to fund the project may do so through the crowd sourcing website writing "Youth Film" in the Project Specific Donation section or by writing a check (see address below).

Sault Tribe member Kalvin Hartwig describes the work as a "short, artsy narrative" that follows a young, modern Anishinaabe female, portrayed by Andrea Landry, who comes to rely on her ancestral philosophy of living a good life, mino bimadiziiwin, to help her navigate through daily life in New York City. "We're planning on her to speak English in the first half, and Anishinaabemowin in the second," said Hartwig.

Hartwig is a co-producer and script editor for the project. Landry is a scriptwriter and the lead actress.

Translations for the script are in the works. Hartwig indicated he hopes to get the language staff of the Sault Tribe Cultural Department on board with the project for Anishinaabemowin translations. In order to allow for a much wider audience for the film, he currently has translators for Russian, German, Spanish, French and Bulgarian versions of the film and hopes to reach out to more.

While the project is in progress without a working title, the film is fundamentally about the importance of language, culture and traditions for indigenous youth.

"We aim to complete the film in the next few months with the highest standards possible," said Hartwig. "After its premiere at the United Nations and within the framework of the 13th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the film is hoped to be broadcasted by UN WEB TV, UN TV and uploaded to its final home at the UN YouTube channel, where anyone could either watch it, download it or get its link for future distribution." He noted other potential outlets include Arte, Dotsub, Vine, PBS and der Spiegel TV, along with an array of film festivals and local screenings.

Those who would like to provide financial help for the project may do so at and writing "Youth Film" in the Project Specific Donation section. Checks are also welcome and can be written out to: Endangered Language Alliance with "Youth Film" on the memo line. Send to: Endangered Language Alliance, 3 West 18th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10011.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors is scheduled in St. Ignace at the Kewadin Shores Casino at 6 p.m. on Oct. 21. A hearing of matters from members will precede the meeting from 5 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda: Anishnaabemowin Michigan State Certification and Amending Chapter 21: Hunting Inland Fishing: Blinds.

Under new business, committee vacancies, a property issue and a proposed resolution will be considered.

October 21 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

The "Other Tobacco" (tobacco products that are not cigarettes) quota has been met. As of Oct. 13 there will be no more tribal discounts on "other tobacco." This discount will be reinstated on Jan. 1, 2015.

Three-time Nammy nominated Apache flutist Silverfox Lopez of Sugar Island is appearing at the Dancing Crane Coffee House in Brimley, Mich., on Oct. 18, 3-6 p.m. This is a chance to hear Silverfox live in time to back his nomination for two Native American Music Awards (Nammies) for this year, which will be decided on Nov. 14. His music can also be heard on his Facebook page, look for the links under "About."

To vote for him, go to and click on "Vote now" or look for the link on his Facebook page. You can also find samples of his stuff on YouTube.

Canning and Preserving Workshops and Classes scheduled for October 24 at the Niigannagiizhik and October 29 at the Grand Island Community Center have been canceled. If you have any questions please contact Colleen Commons in Community Health at 906-632-5241.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors will be held at the Sault Kewadin Casino at 6 p.m. on Oct. 7. The meeting will be preceded by "Matters Raised by the Membership" from 5 to 6 p.m.

First on the agenda is a presentation by National Congress of American Indians' interns.

Resolutions on the agenda: BIA-Self Governance Funding Agreement; Mackinac County Cooperative Agreement; Health Insurance Premium Increase; Acceptance 2015 Indian Housing Plan; Approving Lease Marquette Health Center; National Congress of American Indians; Support for Senator Tester's Senate Bill to Permanently Reauthorize Special Diabetes; and Budget Mod: Legal-Tax Agreement.

Under New Business, FOIA and Board of Director Travel Request will be considered.

October 7 Meeting Resolutions.pdf

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