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Sault Tribe Offices and Health Centers will be closed for Thanksgiving, Nov. 23 and 24, 2017. Have a happy holiday season.

WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior announced today it is taking the final steps in its efforts to identify the whereabouts of approximately 17,000 Native Americans to provide compensation as part of the Cobell settlement. The settlement of the Cobell lawsuit has reached an important deadline and the Department needs Class Members, or the heirs of Class Members, to provide documentation of their status to the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) and/or the Garden City Group (GCG), the Cobell claims administrator, by November 27, 2017, which is a court-imposed deadline for claiming settlement compensation so that payment may be made.

In 1996, Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe, and four other Native American representatives filed a class-action lawsuit against two departments of the United States government: the Department of the Interior and the Department of the Treasury. The plaintiffs claimed that the government had incorrectly accounted for income derived from Indian trust assets, which are legally owned by the U.S. government but held in trust for individual Native Americans (the beneficial owners).

In 2009, the parties to the suit negotiated a settlement in the case, and in 2010 Congress passed implementing legislation designating $3.4 billion for the settlement: $1.4 billion was allocated to be paid to the plaintiffs and $1.9 billion was allocated for a Land Buy-Back Program and a newly created educational scholarship fund for American Indian and Alaska Native students.

The settlement payment process is being handled by the GCG with the cooperation of the Interior Department. Class members all over the country have received detailed information about their legal rights and options via the United States Postal Service. Information was also provided through an extensive media campaign which included Native America print media, social media, television and radio ads, and online advertising.

The bulk of the settlement monies have already been paid to individual Indians. Despite extensive efforts to contact all potential claimants, there still remain several thousand Individual Indian Money (IIM) account holders who are classified as “whereabouts unknown" (WAU).

These WAU accounts total millions of dollars in potential settlement payments. The Department has been making extensive efforts to reach these WAU account holders so that they or their heirs can submit their documentation before the November 27 deadline expires.

Class Members or the heirs of Class Members should provide documentation immediately to the GCG by calling 1-800-961-6109, by emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by U.S. mail to Indian Trust Settlement, P.O. Box 9577, Dublin, OH 43017-4877. Class members can also search OST’s Whereabouts Unknown database. If you have any questions about the OST Whereabouts Unknown Cobell list, please call the Indian Trust Beneficiary Call Center at 1-888-678-6836.

Unit 1:
Sault Ste. Marie:
Big Bear Arena (Ages 0-12)
Dec. 16, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Contact: Jill Lawson
906-253-1321

Kinross:
Kinross Recreation Center
Dec. 2, 1 p.m.
Contact: DeeDee Frasure
906-495-5350

Unit 2:
DeTour
DeTour Township Hall
Dec. 8, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Contact: Lisa Burnside
906-484-2298

Hessel
Hessel Tribal Center
Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Contact: Lisa Burnside
906-484-2298

Newberry
Luce County Community Action Bldg.
Dec. 15, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Contact Lois Bryant
906-293-8181

Naubinway/Engadine
(VFW) Veteran’s Hall – Engadine
Dec. 9, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Contact: Annette Clark
906-450-5497

Unit 3:
St. Ignace
Kewadin Shores Event Center
Dec. 10, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Contact:
Keith Massaway, 906-643-6981
Bridgett Sorenson, 906-430-0536

Unit 4:
Manistique
Manistique Tribal Center
Dec. 15, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Contact:
Viola Neadow, 906-341-8469 or ext. 29516
Denise Chase, 906-203-2471
Darcy Morrow, 906-298-1888

Escanaba
Escanaba Civic Center, 225 N. 21 Street
Dec. 16, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.
Contact:
Viola Neadow, 906-341-8469 ext. 29516
Denise Chase, 906-203-2471
Darcy Morrow, 906-298-1888

Unit 5 & Unit 4:
Marquette
NMU – Student Library
Dec. 17, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (ages 0-12)
Contact: Boyd Snyder
906-360-9572 or 1-866-279-8323

Munising
Munising Tribal Center
Dec. 2, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Contact: Anita Nelson
906-379-7825

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors takes place at the Hessel Tribal Center starting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 21. The meeting is preceded by a hearing of matters raised by members from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are budgetary items: Breast and Cervical Cancer Control, HC Medical Nursing/Third Party, HC Dental/Third Party and Road to Wellness Grant; Am. Ch. 71: Criminal Offenses and Election Ordinance –Constitutional Provisions.

Under new business, the board considers a relinquishment, committee request, elders subcommittees, status of Great Lakes Emergency Order, voter registration mailing, key employee and board concerns.

November 21 Meeting Resolutions

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —  Rock 101 will present George Thorogood and the Destroyers at DreamMakers Theater on Sunday, April 29, 2018. This badder-than-ever guitar slinger and his band are back to play like they still have something to prove. Tickets start at $39 and go on sale Nov. 17 at 9 a.m. You can purchase tickets online at tickets.kewadin.com or at the gift shops at Kewadin Casinos Sault Ste. Marie or St. Ignace. The group is also donating proceeds from their “Rock Party Tour” to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to help find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

With more than 40 years of touring and recording, 15 million albums sold, and 8,000 live shows, George and his longtime band — Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) — remain among the most relentless and relevant classic rock acts on tour today.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit tickets.kewadin.com or at the Kewadin Box Office, 906-635-4917 or 1-800-539-2346 (1-800-KEWADIN).

The Valor Card will be available starting Nov. 11 at all Kewadin Casino locations.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – American and Canadian active, honorably discharged and retired military personnel, police officers and firefighters, are being invited by Kewadin Casinos to sign up for the Valor Card starting Nov. 11 at all five Kewadin Casinos locations. 

The card is being launched at all five Kewadin Casinos as part of the Northern Rewards Club to recognize and thank these members for their service. The launch of the Valor Card is timed with Kewadin’s Veterans Day promotion on Nov. 11.  On Veterans Day, those eligible for the card will receive a $1 United States mint coin honoring Code Talkers of World War I and World War II — while supplies last — as well as a Valor Card, list of benefits and $10 in Kewadin Credits. Valor Card holders visiting the casino also will receive double the points from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day and enjoy a coffee and baked goods social from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Veterans Day is Nov. 11, making it an important occasion to honor our brave veterans, past and present, with the Valor Card,” Kewadin Casinos CEO Ron Olson said. “It’s appropriate that those of us at Kewadin Casinos give back to our veterans and customers in any way we can.”

Customers must be active or retired military personnel, police officers or firefighters and show proof of their service in order to receive the Valor Card.

Kewadin Casinos is also creating a wall inside Kewadin Casino Sault Ste. Marie’s Bahweting Art Gallery to honor Sault Tribe member and employee veterans. The wall will begin displaying photos and other items starting Nov. 11. Veterans are asked to bring in photos and items from their time in service to include in the display.

Chippewa County Credit Union with help from the Sault Ste. Marie Chapter of the Jokers Motorcycle Club are collecting new and gently used coats, jackets and snow pants.

Drop off at either credit union office at 402 W. Spruce St. in Sault Ste. Marie or 4868 W M-80 in Kincheloe until Nov. 17.

An additional collection is set for Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kinross Co-op.

Monetary donations to buy coats are accepted, please see Melissa Killips at the Sault Tribe admin building reception.

Coat distribution set to take place at the Kinross Recreation Center on Nov. 28.

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians’ offices and health centers will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in honor of Joseph K. Lumsden Day on Nov. 11. Everyone is welcome to attend our 14th Annual Honoring our Anishinabe Veterans Powwow on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Kinross Recreation Center, grand entry at 1 p.m., and feast at 5 p.m.
 
Miigwech!

If you are a fruit or vegetable grower in the UP please complete a survey for an Upper Peninsula light processing facility assessment, a cooperative study involving several stakeholders collecting data to determine optimal crops and processing methods for the UP. Input from Upper Peninsula fruit and vegetable growers is critically important to this assessment. Stakeholders need to know the top crops produced in the UP, the volume of specific crops from typical farms and throughout the entire region, any current processing those crops undergo before sale, the types of markets that farmers are using for product sales, and what opportunities and assets would encourage UP farmers to expand production. Partners include Marquette County, MSU Extension, the Upper Peninsula Food Exchange (UPFE), and the Central Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Regional Commission (CUPPAD). Marquette County and CUPPAD have identified an opportunity to advance economic growth in the Central Upper Peninsula with the expansion of light processing capacity for fruits and vegetables.
 
The survey will be open Nov. 1-30, 2017, at www.surveymonkey.com/r/UPProduceSurvey.
 
For additional information about the project contact Michelle Walk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 906-635-6368 or Thyra Karlstrom at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 906-225-8192. For questions about the survey please contact Christophe Hille at Karen Karp & Partners, 212-260-1070 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All responses will be anonymized and no identifying information will be shared with any parties outside of this project.

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

Resolutions on the agenda are, under Budgets, EUP Community Development Mini Grant, Health Center Administration and Third Party Revenue, Inland Fish and Wildlife, Eldercare Services, Eldercare Transportation and Human Resources; Liquor License (7); Authorizing Property Acquisition Policy; Authorizing Fund Balance Policy; Personal Cell Phone Use Policy; Authorization to sign Straits of Mackinac Heritage Center Collaborative Letter of Commitment; Health Insurance Premium Plan Changes; Three Mile Road Building Authorization to Construct Firewall and Lease Space to Kewadin Casinos; Wetmore Building Land Use; Billboard Location – Naubinway; Billboard Location – Wetmore; Amending Ch. 10 – Election Ordinance; Secretarial Election – Term Limits; Amending Ch. 10 – Honoring Constitutional Provisions; and Amending Ch. 81 – Civil Jurisdiction and Procedure.
 
Under New Business, the board will consider Relinquishment and Board Concerns.

November 7 Meeting Resolutions

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