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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.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —A special meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at the Sault Kewadin Casino starting at 10 a.m. on Aug. 11. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the meeting will not be open to the public.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Expungement and Loan to Lume.

Under new business, the board will consider Letter to the City and Board Concerns.

August 11 Meeting Resolutions

Join us online to learn safe home preserving techniques and valuable resources to ensure the safety of your home preserved food. Preserving your Harvest classes will be held every Thursday from Aug. 13 through Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. EDT.  No matter what your home food preservation experience is—beginner or seasoned—these FREE classes will allow you to learn the most current recommendations for safe home preserving and to ask any questions you may have. 

Join us for all sessions or choose the topics that interest you.  

Aug. 13 – Safe Home Food Preservation – Traditions and Trends
Aug. 20 – Preserving what’s left in your Garden
Aug. 27 – Peaches – Can or Freeze?
Sept. 3 – Too Many Tomatoes
Sept. 10 – Salsa 101 
Sept. 17 – Know your Canners
Sept. 24 – Basics of Sauerkraut
Oct. 8 – Preparing Soups for Winter
Oct. 15 – Making Applesauce
Oct. 22 – Preserving Food for Gifts
Oct. 29 – Preserving Venison 

To register please visit https://events.anr.msu.edu/PreserveHarvest/. To listen by phone, please call to register: 877‑643‑9882

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Anishinaabemowin Word of the Week NbwaakaawinThe beaver represents wisdom because he uses his natural gift wisely for his survival.  To have wisdom is to know right from wrong and where your actions will lead you. Cherish all life around you and recognize your differences kindly and respectfully. Respect your own limitations and those of all of your surroundings.  Allow yourself to learn and live by your wisdom. To cherish knowledge is to know wisdom.

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Big Bear Arena re-opens on Aug. 2 with limited recreation activities available: ice and court rentals, meetings and walking track.

To schedule use of the above areas, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For facility access, call 906‑635‑7465 (RINK).

For available services and programs:
All-In-One Fitness Club (CLOSED): 906‑635‑7711
Physical Therapy: 906‑635‑4905
Community Health Education: 906‑635‑4994
Education/Adult Education: 906‑635‑7010
Higher Education: 906‑635‑7010
WIOA: 906‑635‑4767
YEA/Youth Development Fund: 906‑440‑9457

Updates can be found at www.BigBearArena.com.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Big Bear Arena Re-Opening Flyer

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will meet at 5 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Sault Kewadin Casino Grand Island Room. Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the meetings are not open to the public. 

Resolutions on the agenda are budget modifications for MI Coalition to End Domestic/Sexual Violence and ACFS-CCDF; Appointing Broker of Record/Insurance; Trust Land Status-Sault Ste. Marie; and Lease modification to Joseph A. Suggitt.

Under new business the board will consider board concerns.

August 4 Meeting Resolutions

On July 29, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors approved hazard pay for eligible Sault Tribe governmental workers. Hazard pay is an extra $2 per hour from March 17 through Dec. 30 for those who undertake additional risk related to COVID-19.

Kewadin Casinos and Sault Tribe enterprises are compensating their team members for their extra risk with appreciation pay.

Chairperson Aaron Payment said, “The Sault Tribe Board of Directors, our Executive Administration and I highly value our team members, your safety and your overall wellbeing. We appreciate your patience as we finalized the policy for providing hazard pay and appreciation pay for our governmental team members and Enterprise and Kewadin Casino team members.”

Payment added, “Federal guidelines under the CARES Act are very strict and frustrating to navigate. Your patience is appreciated. If you have any question of whether or not you qualify for this benefit, please check with your supervisor or contact Human Resources.”

Governmental team members are eligible for hazard pay if their job duties are “substantially dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency,” according to the resolution approving the hazard pay. Time periods where the employee was working remotely, on paid leave or receiving unemployment benefits are excluded from hazard pay.

Eligible positions will be listed on a hazard pay schedule. There are two different categories of eligible positions—those who are directly responding to the COVID-19 public health crisis, and those whose regular job duties have been diverted to addressing COVID-19 related matters and experience increased exposure to COVID-19.

In the first category, all public safety, public health, health care, human services and similar governmental team members who are directly responding to the COVID-19 public health crisis are eligible for hazard pay. Some examples of eligible positions are team members in security and law enforcement, emergency management, medical services, tribal court, or sanitation and janitorial positions.

In the second category, team members whose normal job duties have been diverted to addressing COVID-19 related matters will be identified and selected by departmental directors, subject to review and approval by the Legal Department. Some examples of eligible positions are those in food distribution, IT, administration and accounting or public assistance programs.

Team members with any questions should contact their supervisor or Human Resources.

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