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Sault Tribe’s services, facilities and postponed events during COVID-19 closure

Due to the extensive number of events on Sault Tribe’s schedule, a list has been developed to help tribal members navigate the many postponements. It will be updated at least twice a day as time goes on. Thank you.

New entries will be added to the top of list.

Aaniin/Hello, from all of us at the Sault Tribe Language and Culture Department. We know right now many things are still uncertain, and we still need to take precautions to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. We encourage each of you to continue to learn and live our Anishinaabe Biimaadiziiwin (Traditional Way of Life).

It is time for our annual Ogiimaa Manidokewin (Chief's Feast) here in Bahweting. This is the time that we celebrate and honor our leaders who came before us. We also pray for and honor our current leadership and acknowledge and pray for our future leaders during this ceremony.

Due to safety concerns, we will not be gathering for the Ogiimaa Manidokewin but the Language and Culture Department will light a Misho Shkode (Grandfather Fire) on behalf of all of our communities and make special offerings for our ancestors, those who lead our people presently, and those who will lead in the future. So that you may all still participate from your own homes, we encourage each of you to put out your own offerings of semaa/tobacco and food near a tree or other plant life anytime during the summer month of July. Some food suggestions you can use for offerings are berries, smoked fish, wild rice, wild game and vegetables.

Chi Miigwech (Thank you),

From the Sault Tribe Language and Culture Department

Ogiimaa Manidokewin Flyer

Until further notice, the Enrollment office will be closed to the public for walk-ins as of Tuesday, July 7.  We will have staff in the office answering the phones and processing all requests as usual, just no walk-ins. We are working our regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Any questions please call the Enrollment office at 906‑632‑8552.

Sault Tribe Board of Directors installation of officers (swearing in) and officer elections will occur at 6 p.m. tonight, July 7, at the Grand Ball Room in the Sault Kewadin Casino.

The event will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/SaultBOD.

In order to observe social distancing at a time while Chippewa County COVID-19 cases have increased from two to 12 in just over a week, this event will be open only to immediately family members of those who were just elected.

Family members must wear a mask when entering the building. Please enter at the main entrance on the Shunk Road (East) side of the building where your temperature will be checked. If you have an elevated temperature, you will not be permitted to enter the building.

We apologize for any inconvenience for those who otherwise wished to attend but the lives of our citizens are too important to put at risk. We appreciate your understanding.


Recreation Management will be monitoring email and voicemail during the closure and can be reached at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (906) 635-7465 (RINK)

Other Department Information
All-In-One Fitness Club: Carrie at 906‑632‑5200
Physical Therapy: 906‑635‑4426 Ext. 105
Community Health Education: 906‑632‑5210
Education: Cody at 906‑259‑3331
Higher Education: Loriann at 906‑635‑7784
WIOA: Brenda at 906‑635‑4767
YEA/Youth Development Fund: Kaylynn at 906‑440‑9457

Feeding America drive-thru food distributions will operate as scheduled.

Updates can be found at www.BigBearArena.com.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Big Bear Arena COVID Closing

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —A special meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at the held at the Kewadin Casino, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., July 6 beginning at 12 p.m. Please remember, due to the tribal State of Emergency, board of directors meetings remain closed.

Resolutions on the agenda are budget modifications Health Sault Housekeeping Maintenance, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Grant, Special Diabetes Third Party, ACFS-General Assistance, Health-IHS Maintenance and Improvements, Health-IHS Third Party Revenue, Health-IHS COVID Testing, Health-IHS COVID Funds, Health-IHS Medical Equipment, Federal Cares Act-Direct Services, Federal Cares Act-Governmental Programs, Federal Cares Act-Tribally Owned Businesses, Sault Walk in Clinic, and Strategic Plan – COVID 19.

Under New Business, Research Paper and Board Concerns will be discussed.


SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —Sault Tribe member Allen M. Kerridge has been named Kewadin Casinos CEO by the Sault Tribe’s Board of Directors and Gaming Authority. Kerridge has been serving as interim CEO since May 2019. The change is effective immediately.

"The Gaming Authority and Sault Tribe Board of Directors are excited about entering a new era and approach to capitalizing on our greatest asset—our Kewadin team members," Tribal Chairperson Aaron Payment said on behalf of the board. "A plan for reigniting our quality control advisory and for soliciting from individual team members how we can improve will be announced in the weeks to come."

Payment added, “We are all in this together and value the input of each and every team member.”

Kerridge, an accomplished casino executive, has 20 years experience in casino management, gaming, marketing and human resources, starting out at Sault Tribe Kewadin Casinos and coming full circle to manage the entire operation. He has served as general manager of both Sault Ste. Marie and Manistique casinos, and has experience in directing slots and table games in large commercial gaming environments.

Soon after his return home, Kerridge joined the Sault CVB as a board member to help promote community events and drive tourism to the area. He supports many community charitable events. “I have tried to involve myself more in the community to encourage a positive relationship with our operations and our local communities,” he said.

When he isn’t working, the new CEO spends time with family, fishing and taking in the scenery.

“I would like to thank all Kewadin team members for their hard work and great attitude in these uncertain times,” Kerridge said. “I’m excited to move forward.”

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