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Below is a list of Sault Tribe powwows that have confirmed their 2018 powwow dates. Please check www.saulttribe.com/membership-services/culture for the latest powwow schedule.

12th annual Gathering of the Clans Powwow
June 9—The 12th Annual Sault Tribe Manistique Area Gathering of the Clans Powwow is Saturday, June 9, at the Manistique Tribal Community Center, 5698 Highway US 2, next to the Kewadin Casino. Grand entries are Saturday at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. There will be a silent auction and a feast Saturday. Vendors, traders and the public can call Viola Neadow at 906-341-6993 or 800-347-7137 for information. Admission is free and the public is invited and welcome! (No drugs, politics or alcohol allowed. No dogs allowed.)

37th annual Sault Tribe Traditional Powwow and Summer Gathering
July 13‑15—Sault Tribe Powwow grounds off of Shunk Road by the Big Bear Arena. The blessing of the powwow grounds will take place on Tuesday, July 10, and a spiritual gathering is set for Thursday, July 12, at sunrise. Friday, July 13, festivities begin with a kid’s carnival from 4 to 6 p.m. with open drum and dance at 7 p.m. On Saturday, July 14, Grand Entries are set for 1 and 7 p.m. with a traditional feast at 5 p.m. and a hand drum contest at 6 p.m. On Sunday, July 15, Grand Entry is set for 12 p.m. This year’s celebration will feature singing specials, dance specials, jackpot spot dances and much more. Admission is free and open to the public. Camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis; showers and restroom are available on site. For more information contact Jackie Minton at 906-635-6050 or 906-203-4977.

22nd Annual Sugar Island Traditional Powwow
July 21‑22—Spiritual gathering, Friday, July 20. Powwow July 21‑22. Grand Entries: Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. For more information contact Colleen Medicine at 906-635-6050 or 906-59-3948 or Rebecca Parish at 906-203-8710. Free and open to the public.

15th Annual Youth Empowerment Powwow
July 28—Rexton, Twp. Park, Rexton, Mich. Sponsored by the Youth Education and Activities Program. For more information, call 906-635-7010. Grand entry at 1 p.m. All dancers and drums welcome.

Kitchi Miniss Munising Annual Powwow
Aug. 11—Bay Furnace in Christmas, Mich. Volunteers are needed—please contact Kris Leveque at 906-387-2368 if you can find time to help. More details forthcoming.

25th Annual Gathering of the Eagles Hessel Powwow
Aug. 18‑19—The 25th Gathering of the Eagles Hessel Powwow will be held Saturday through Sunday, Aug. 18‑19, at the Hessel Powwow Grounds, next to Kewadin Hessel Casino. Grand entries are Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. The feast is Saturday at 5 p.m. Vendors are welcome. Free to Elders! No drugs or alcohol. More details forthcoming.

12th Annual Rendezvous at the Straits Powwow
Aug. 25‑26—New France Discovery Center at the Father Marquette National Memorial, St. Ignace. The Rendezvous is open to the public. Admission: $5 for adults, $4 for elders and students, children under 12 are free. For more information, contact the St. Ignace Events Committee at 906-643-8717 or Darryl Brown at 906-984-2083. Blessing of the grounds Friday, Aug. 24, at 12 p.m. Grand Entry Aug. 25 at 12 and 7 p.m., Aug. 26 Grand Entry at 12 p.m.

15th Annual Honoring our Anishinabe Veterans Powwow
Nov. 10—Kinross Recreation Center in Kinross. Public and traders welcome. Grand Entry at 1 p.m., feast/potluck at 5 p.m. Please bring a dish to pass if possible. If you have any questions please contact Jackie Minton at 906-635-6050 or 906-203-4977.

2018 New Year’s Eve Sobriety Powwow
Dec. 31—Location TBA. Public invited. Feast at 4 p.m. at the Niigaanagiizhik Ceremonial Building. Hand drum contest at 6 p.m. in the school gym. Grand entry at 7 p.m. sobriety countdown and giveaway at 10 p.m. For general information, drum and dancer concerns, call Jackie Minton at 906-203-4977.

Sault Tribe Education Offices in Sault Ste. Marie have relocated from the Tribal Administration Offices on Ashmun St. to the Chi Mukwa Community Center (Big Bear) at 2 Ice Circle in Sault Ste. Marie, second floor administrative wing. 

All email addresses remain the same. Contact names and numbers for personnel moving into Big Bear are below.

Offices and Personnel
Lisa Corbiere Moran, Education Director, 632-6798, ext. 26798, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kalvin Hartwig, Project Specialist, 635-8636, ext. 58636, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kaylynn Cairns, SIE Program Manager, ext. 26098, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Laura Porterfield, YEA Manager, 635-7010, ext. 26314, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Brenda Cadreau, WIOA Manager, 635-4767, ext. 26311, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Higher Education Office, 635-7784 (Vacant position; please contact Brenda Cadreau with any questions.)
Tanya Pages, Adult & Alternative Education Coordinator, 632-6098, ext. 26044, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fax Numbers
YEA Program: 635-6511, ext. 26318
WIOA Program: 635-4981, ext. 26319
Higher Education: 635-7785, ext. 26320

Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribal Court, with the support of Uniting Three Fires Against Violence, is hosting the conference, “VAWA: Where are we at? Where are we going” April 23 through 24. Professionals who should consider attending this conference about the Violence Against Women Act are tribal leaders, tribal court staff, tribal law enforcement, tribal prosecutors, tribal law makers, victim advocates, behavioral health and social services. 

The conference will be hosted in the Grand Ball Room if Sault Kewadin Casino and Convention Center. The first day is 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and the second day is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Presentations will include topics on VAWA implementation, federal and tribal prosecution, healing and a survivor panel. 

Those interested in attending some or all of the conference should contact Specialty Court Coordinator Patrick McKelvie at 906-635-4963 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bi-weekly 3 on 3 basketball 3 on 3 tournaments co-ed teams of four in grades 6-12.

Referees are needed, experience recommended. Call Jill Lawson, if interested, at 906-253-1321 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Players need to sign up a week before game day. Players will be split evenly by age and experience.

Sign-up sheets will be posted and available in the YEA computer/homework lab.

Game day Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Chi Mukwa Community Recreation Center in Sault Ste. Marie.

First tournament is on Wednesday, April 4. Sign up will be available March 26‑April 3. Registration will begin at 4 p.m. and all players need to be registered to play before games begin. Each game will last 15 minutes and referees will abide by official rules and guidelines.

If you have questions, please contact Jill Lawson, YEA coordinator at 906-253-1321.

The All In One Fitness yoga classes at the Chi Mukwa Community Recreation Center are cancelled on Tuesday, March 27, and Thursday, March 29, for spring break.

We hope you enjoy your week, and Amy will see you on Tuesday, April 3.

The fax machine is out at the Cultural Department. Items for the Mart Murray Culture Camp, Repatriation Dept., Language Dept., or for the Cultural Leave Screening Committee can be faxed to the admin front desk 906-635-4969, or ext. 26122 for internal tribal departments.

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