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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —A special meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors is set for Tuesday, June 26, 2018, starting at 4 p.m. at the Sault Kewadin Casino.

On the agenda are resolutions on budgets: Sanitation, Education- TED Grant, Healthy Start Grant, Three Fires Cancer Control Program and Tribal Opioid Prevention Grant; 2018 Great Start to Quality Early Learning Awards; Racial/Ethnic Approaches to Community Health; Secured Credit and Drug Free Workplace- Random Drug Testing.

June 26 Meeting Resolutions

The following committees have vacant seats. Sault Tribe members interested in filling these vacancies should submit one letter of intent and three letters of recommendation from other members to Joanne Carr or Linda Grossett, 523 Ashmun St., Sault Ste. Marie MI 49783. Call 906‑635‑6050 with any questions.

Anishinaabe Cultural Committee - five vacancies – three males (4-year term), two female (4-year term)
Child Welfare Committee - four vacancies (4-year term)
Conservation Committee – one vacancy (non fisher) (2-year term)
Election Committee – six vacancies (4-year term)
Higher Education Committee - two vacancies (4-year term)
Health Board – five vacancies (4-year term)
Special Needs/Enrollment Committee - six vacancies (2-year term)

Elder Advisory Committee
Unit I - Sault (4-year term), one regular vacancy, one alternate vacancy
Unit II – Newberry – (4-year term), one regular vacancy
Unit II - Hessel (4-year term), one alternate vacancy
Unit III - St. Ignace (4-year term), one alternate vacancy
Unit V - Munising (4-year term), one regular vacancy, one alternate vacancy

Elder Subcommittee
Unit I - Sault (4-year term), one regular vacancy, one alternate vacancy
Unit ll - Hessel (4-year term), two regular seat vacancies, two alternate seat vacancies
Unit II - Naubinway (4-year term), one alternate seat vacancy
Unit III - St. Ignace (4-year term), two regular seat vacancies
Unit IV- Manistique (4-year term), one regular seat vacancy
Unit V - Munising (4-year term), three regular vacancies, two alternate vacancies
Unit V - Marquette (4-year term), one alternate seat vacancy

This year’s 2018 Ogitchidaa Bimaadiziwin Kinoomaagewin Warrior Camp will be July 25‑28, 2018. Attendance is free and open to young boys ages 12-16 from federally recognized tribes and first nations. Completed applications need to be sent in by mail, fax, or hand delivered to the Sault Tribe Cultural Division by 5 p.m. on July 6, 2018. Applications will be processed in order of when they are received. A letter of acceptance will be received by July 12, 2018, in the mail with all the additional details for camp for the selected participants. Miigwech.

Warrior Camp Flyer 2018

Application for Warrior Camp 2018

Shkode: Fit for Life is a FREE 6-week summer youth running and wellness program. The program will begin the second week of July and will conclude on Aug. 18, 2018. This program is for youth ages 12-18. 

Activities for this program will include run/walk training, nutrition education provided by Sault Tribe Registered Dieticians, LSSU Recreation Activities and traditional Native games, like lacrosse and warrior games.

For more information, or to register your youth, please contact Charlee Brissette at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 906‑632‑5210, ext.45241.

Fit for Life

This year’s 2018 Junior Police Academy by Sault Tribe’s Law Enforcement Department, will be Monday-Friday, July 30‑Aug. 3, at Boedne Bay, Moran, Mich. The academy is free and Sault Tribe members 11-15 years old may attend. Transportation may be provided if needed. (Please see attached form.)

Law enforcement training activities: physical fitness training, evidence collection, taser training presentation, MILO simulator, first aid training, swat team techniques, K-9 unit presentation, outdoor emergency preparedness, felony traffic stops, simunitions, building entry, report writing, water safety, fingerprinting and fire safety.

Contact Robert Marchand, chief of police, 906‑635‑6065, with any questions.

2018 JPA Registration Form

Unfortunately, American Indians all too well the trauma induced by federal policy that separated our children from their families and tribal nations. The pedagogy for Indian boarding schools in the late 1800s was, “Kill the Indian to save the man.” There are so many parallels to the current crisis of internment of innocent immigrant children with Indian boarding schools and forced reservation policy. Indian boarding schools even had their own cemeteries.

You would think that in this century we would be far removed from such practices at the hands of the federal government. The President of the United States just announced his intent to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council. Warning signs were evident in the 1930s with German nationalism just before the Holocaust. What further signs do we need to see before the collective consciousness of Americans to understand what is happening?

Tribes are non-partisan. The welfare of our most vulnerable in our territories should not be partisan. It is incumbent upon each and every one of us, the indigenous people and the rest (ironically descendants of immigrants) to adopt a more humane policy with respect to immigrant children.

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Photo by Ken Bosma / CC BY