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Manistique High School

Early Bird Swim:
June 5, 2023 - July 27, 2023
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
5:30 - 7:30 a.m.

Open Swim:
June 19, 2023 - July 26, 2023*
Monday & Wednesday
1-3 p.m.
*No Swim July 3 & July 5

FREE for Sault Tribe Members.
Present membership card to the desk attendant.

Manistique Open Swim Flyer

Attached are the updated wellness and recreation opportunities for Sault Tribe members across the service area.

2023 Wellness and Recreation Guide

At its May 31 special meeting, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors approved resolution 2023-190, voiding the 2023 Special Advisory Election held March 20, 2023. The board directed the Election Committee to issue a Notice of Election within 30 days for a new Special Advisory Election to fill the current vacant Unit I Board of Directors seat.

Resolution 2023-190 states:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Directors amends Tribal Code Chapter 10 Election Ordinance at Section 10.108(1) as follows:

10.108 Tribal Election Committee.
(1) All elections held pursuant to this Chapter shall be administered by the Election Committee subject to review of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall appoint each member of the Election Committee. The Election Committee shall consist of thirteen (13) members. The Board of Directors shall appoint a chairperson of the Election Committee from the Committee’s own membership. No person shall be appointed who is currently holding elective office. Any member of the Election Committee shall be ineligible for tribal elective office unless he resigns from the Election Committee at least six (6) months before the election deadline. The Election Committee shall establish its own administrative procedures subject to the approval of the Board of Directors and may not delegate its authority. The Committee may assign specific tasks or duties as necessary to carry out ministerial tasks or duties, consistent with the Constitution and this Chapter.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors hereby declares the ongoing 2023 Special Election to be void and orders the Election Committee to within thirty days post a Notice of Election for a subsequent Special Election to fill the current vacant Unit I Board of Directors seat.

The motion to approve the resolution was made by Unit I Director Betty Freiheit, seconded by Unit I Director Robert McRorie. Directors voting "yes" were Freiheit and McRorie, Unit II Director Kimberly Lee, Unit III Directors Shawn Borowicz, Unit IV Director Kimberly Hampton and Unit V Director Tyler LaPlaunt. Voting "no" were Unit I Director Michael McKerchie, Unit II Director Lana Causley-Smith, Unit III Director Bridgett Sorenson, and Unit IV Director Darcy Morrow. Unit I Director Isaac McKechnie abstained.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting beginning 5 p.m. on June 6 at the Sault Kewadin Casino, in person or via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/83640619761.

“Membership Participation” will be held at 5 p.m. in person or by virtual attendance. The link is available Sault Tribe website under membership assistance for the meeting link and Membership Form that must be completed. The deadline to submit a form is 1 p.m. on meeting day. The link is https://zoom.us/j/83640619761.

Those who have already registered for Zoom meetings need not register again unless they have a matter for the board.

On the agenda under Resolutions is: Trust Land Lease, Establishing Wildlife and Forest Research Consortium, ACFS CCDF ARPA, ACFS Emergency Assistance, HC IHS Aftercare, HC SSM Administration, LE Juvenile Detention Operations, Manoomin Habitat Suitability, St. Mary's River Coastal Wetlands, Purchasing Department, Video Productions, Strategic Director, Sault Tribe Corporate Charter Board Appointment, Approve Contract for Professional Services GRIP and Acting Appointment for Environmental Program.

Under New Business, the board will hear Investigation, Constitutional Obligation: Appointing Joanne Carr to vacant Unit 1 seat and Board Concerns.

June 6 Meeting Resolutions

2023 Grand Assembly FINAL 020623SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors invites all tribal members to a Tribal Grand Assembly Thursday, June 29, and Friday, June 30, to celebrate the tribe’s 50th anniversary since federal recognition. The Grand Assembly will be held on the Sault Tribe reservation at the Niigaanagiizhik Ceremonial Building on Ice Circle Drive.

All Sault Tribe members are encouraged to attend. Many events are planned to offer tribal members an educational and enjoyable experience, culminating with the tribe’s annual summer powwow June 30‑July 2. The powwow begins on June 29 with a spiritual gathering.

“Our tribe has been a sovereign nation since time immemorial, but federal recognition by the United States government has been a significant part of our ongoing journey as a people. It has helped continue our fight for land and resources for the betterment and perpetuation of our nation and our way of life,” said Austin Lowes, chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. “We look forward to joining together as a community to celebrate our sovereignty and culture.”

Keynote speaker for the event is bestselling author and Sault Tribe member Angeline Boulley, who will speak Thursday at 1 p.m. She will also be holding book signings at the assembly and powwow for her new book, Warrior Girl Unearthed. Boulley's debut novel, Firekeeper's Daughter, is a #1 New York Times bestseller, was named a Time Magazine Best YA Book of All Time, and has been optioned by the Obamas' production company to be adapted into a Netflix series.

On both June 29 and 30, a community breakfast and lunch will be served at the grand assembly. Food and craft vendors setting up on the powwow grounds will also be available. Each day will begin with a sunrise ceremony. Archival elder interviews will be shown, and the Language and Culture program will be set up to record new elder interviews.

Other planned activities include Indigenous games, Sault Tribe program booths and presentations, tribal member vendor booths and door prizes, including a pair of Kane Brown tickets. For kids, there will be movies, crafts and games. For families, Big Bear Arena activities will be offered Thursday evening. Friday night is the opening Grand Entry for the powwow.

The evening of June 30, a special show is coming to the Sault Kewadin Casino, the Rez Comedy Tour, with Tonia Jo Hall “Auntie Beachress” and Rob Fairbanks’ “The Rez Reporter” is getting rezzy on the DreamMakers stage at Kewadin Casino Sault Ste. Marie on June 30 for only $10. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m.

Following the grand assembly, the JKL School will host the Billy Mills Fun Run and Walk. The Billy Mills Fun Run, a road race designed to promote a healthy lifestyle, will be held on Saturday, July 1. The tot-trot will start at 8:30 a.m. followed by the 1 mile, and then the 5K events. The race will be held at JKL Bahweting School, 1301 Marquette Avenue, just around the corner from the powwow. Register at https://rebrand.ly/BMillsFunRun2023.

Tribal members needing hotel rooms can call Language and Culture at 906‑635‑6050 to ask about discounts.

2023 Grand Assembly Flyer

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