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Untitled 1Due to the continuing presence of COVID-19 cases across the tribe’s seven-county service area, Sault Tribe continues to ask staff and the public to practice social distancing and wash their hands often. Masks are required in tribal health clinics. Plans will be updated as needed. Miigwech.

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SAULT STE. MARIE—The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors voted unanimously Sept. 22 to extend the tribal organization’s team members’ $3 per hour pay raise through the end of 2021 while the board studies the results of a compensation study.

Sault Tribe Executive Director Christine MacPherson said, “I am very thankful the tribal board authorized the continuation of this enhancement to team members’ pay until the tribal board has a chance to review and implement the compensation study that has been worked on for the last two years. This is a very comprehensive study that addresses market, pay compression and longevity.”

In response to wage inflation during the COVID-19 global pandemic and tribally declared emergency, the board voted at its Aug. 3 meeting to provide every team member under the Sault Tribe organization umbrella—including the tribal government, gaming and EDC employees—an increase of $3 per hour from July 4 through Oct. 2 pending a compensation study. On Sept. 22, the board unanimously approved extending the $3 per hour appreciation pay through the year’s end while they continue to review the study.

“Wage adjustments to match market value is a project the tribal Administration has diligently worked on for several years,” Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment said. “An initial estimate presented a few years ago was cost prohibitive. Before the pandemic, the board voted to hire a firm to do a more comprehensive review. This is nearly complete, then will require board approval. The board voted on Tuesday, however, to authorize extending the $3 an hour increase for all team members who are eligible through Dec. 31 or until the market adjustments are complete.”

Michigan State University Extension and Chippewa County Sheriff Office will unveil the Hidden in Plain Sight Trailer tonight, Sept. 22, 6 p.m., at the Chippewa County Courthouse on Court Street. They will host walk through and provide information about the project, how to get involved or how to support our efforts.

Students in grades 6-12, join us for a FREE 8-week introduction to computer science, led by MSU undergraduate students!

Learn the basics of coding, make new friends, and collaborate to create a final project! Lessons hosted virtually on Zoom. Learn more and register interest at: msu-cse-outreach.github.io.

Registration open to rising 6-12th graders.
Saturdays, Oct. 2‑ Nov. 20
Register right away as spaces are limited.

Students who complete our program could be eligible for a computing summer camp scholarship.

Hosted by the College of Engineering / Office for Women in Engineering, Recruitment and K-12 Outreach at Michigan State University.

Learn the basics of code Flyer

Help keep tribal communities safe one drop at a time. Become a Water Operator. For more information, contact your local tribal utility or the ITCA Operator Training Program at 602‑307‑1548.

ITCA PSA Become a Water Operator

Virtual Recovery Walk FlyerBimose Noojimo’iwewin

The Recovery Walk is an annual walk to support individuals and families in recovery and to recognize the positive effects recovery can have! The Annual Recovery Walk will be hosted on Facebook live on Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. Please call Sault Tribe Behavioral Health at 906‑635‑6075 or Tribal Court at 906‑635‑4963 if you have any questions!

See attached flyer for more details!

Virtual Recovery Walk Flyer

Sault Tribe Traditional Medicine Program October 2021 clinics

Please call for questions or to schedule an appointment.

Gerard Sagassige
Sault Ste. Marie Health Center—Oct. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 25 and 26; Lori Gambardella at 906- 632-0236 or Annie Thibert at 906‑632‑0220
Escanaba Community Center—Oct. 5; Lori Gambardella at 906‑632‑0236 or Annie Thibert at 906- 632-0220
St. Ignace Health Center—Oct. 12; 906‑643‑8689 or 877‑256‑0135
Manistique Health Center—Oct. 20; 906‑341‑8469 or 866‑401‑0043
Munising Health Center—Oct. 27; 906‑387‑4721 or 800‑236‑4705

Joe Syrette
Sault Ste. Marie Health Center—Oct. 1, 8, 15, 20, 22, 27, 28 and 29; Lori Gambardella at 906- 632-0236 or Annie Thibert at 906‑632‑0220
Manistique Health Center—Oct. 6; 906‑341‑8469 or 866‑401‑0043
Hessel Community Center—Oct. 7; 906‑484‑2727
Munising Health Center—Oct. 13; 906‑387‑4721 or 800‑236‑4705
Newberry Community Center—Oct. 14; 906‑293‑8181
St. Ignace Health Center—Oct. 21; 906‑643‑8689 or 877‑256‑0135

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