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

Untitled 1Due to the continuing rise in COVID-19 cases across the tribe’s seven-county service area, Sault Tribe is implementing operational plans for tribal programs and service area counties that are posted in the information bar below. These plans will help safeguard the health of tribal members and team members while still providing services to the membership. Please take care, wear masks in public spaces, practice social distancing and wash your hands often. Miigwech.

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OPEN-MSU is HIRING for six AmeriCorps VISTA positions across Michigan! Position descriptions and program information can be found at vistaopen.msu.edu. See flyer for more information.


SAULT STE. MARIE, Michigan—On June 15, 2021, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors voted to establish the COVID-19 Rescue Act Membership Assistance Program to protect the health and welfare of the Tribal membership and ensure reasonable resources are available to respond to negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The Tribe’s COVID-19 Rescue Act Membership Assistance Program is established as a new program specifically designed to address the opportunity to distribute COVID-19 relief funds received by the Tribe under the American Rescue Plan Act, a separate act of federal legislation.

Following legal guidance and the Department of Treasury’s published guidance to date, the COVID-19 Rescue Act Membership Assistance Program establishes assistance grants in the amount of $2,000 for Tribal members who can demonstrate they have been impacted by COVID-19.

Assistance grants made under the Program are to be exclusively used to meet reasonable or necessary expenses which are incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible expenses shall include, but are not limited to, medical, housing, health related goods or services, food, transportation for medical appointments, funeral costs, and similar expenses.

A COVID-19 Rescue Act Membership Assistance Program application form must be completed by each Tribal member in order to be eligible to receive potential assistance through the Program. The forms are tentatively slated to be mailed out within the upcoming weeks and shall also be available electronically.


24th Annual Sugar Island Powwow and Gathering, July 17‑18, 2021
July 17:
1 p.m. Grand entry
5 p.m. Feast
7 p.m. Grand entry
July 18: 1 p.m. Grand entry
**Hand Drum Contest**

Head veteran: Henry Boulley Jr.
Arena director: Nick VanAlstine
MCs: Josh Homminga and Shannon Martin
Head female dancer: Jackie Minton
Head male dancer: Abe Bouschor
Host drum: Medicine Bear
Co-host drum: Bahweting Singers
Spiritual advisor: Mick Frechette

All public health protocols and social distancing in place.

3 Mile Road, Sugar Island
Follow signs from ferry
Vendors on first come, first served basis

Free and open to the public
No drugs, alcohol, politics, pets

Please message us on Facebook for more information at www.facebook.com/sugarislandpowwow2/.

2021 Sugar Island Powwow Flyer

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians recently received $211 million from the American Recovery Act, signed by President Biden on March 11.

The Act invests $1.75 billion in American Indian and Alaska Native governments. It includes $772.5 million for tribal government services, public safety and justice, social services, child welfare assistance and other related expenses; $100 million for tribal housing improvement; $20 million to provide and deliver potable water; and $7.5 million for related federal administrative costs and oversight, according to the BIA. The Bureau of Indian Education was funded $850 million for BIE-operated schools, tribally controlled schools, and tribal colleges and universities to support quality education delivery while protecting students, teachers, and communities from COVID-19.

At the Sault Tribe Board of Directors June 8 workshop, the board began work to develop a priority list for American Recovery Act plan implementation for the tribe and its membership. The board is identifying funding priority areas based upon a system of input from team members, tribal members and the tribe’s strategic plan. After this is complete, the tribe will align projects and services in line with these priority areas. The membership will be included in the process and its input will help shape programming.

The board recently announced that this process has begun, and it will publish updates as decisions are made.

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