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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 Tribe Law Enforcement has made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 Jr. Police Academy. This decision was not made lightly, but because this is a very interactive Academy and STLE relies on other community agencies to help make this academy successful, with the continuing COVID-19 health emergency, we felt it was in the best interest of our staff, volunteers, and the youth we serve, to cancel this year’s event. Sault Tribe Law Enforcement’s No. 1 priority is the health and safety of its staff, the kids who attend and the communities we serve.

Sault Tribe Law Enforcement looks forward to seeing everyone in 2021! Stay safe everyone!
Robert Marchand
Chief of Police

Sault Tribe primary election was held May 22 only in Unit I. The top six vote getters advanced to the general election ballot. Advancing are Bernard "Bud" Biron, Betty Freiheit (incumbent), Austin Lowes, DJ Malloy, Michael McKerchie (incumbent) and Isaac McKechnie. The three top vote getters in the general election will be seated on the Sault Tribe Board of Directors as Unit I representatives.

Unit I Primary Ballot Count

Executive Order 2020-92 allows for the opening of bars and restaurants subject to capacity restraints for Regions 6 and 8, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020. Region 6 includes 17 counties in Michigan’s Northern Lower Peninsula and Region 8 includes all 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula. The new order takes effect as the holiday weekend kicks off and many people are excited to visit friends and family along with visiting their favorite establishments.

The Michigan State Police (MSP) want to remind everyone to be safe, practice social distancing, do not drink and drive, and please wear your seatbelt. The MSP will have extra patrols out this holiday weekend targeting impaired driving, aggressive/reckless driving, along with seatbelt use enforcement. Let us all work together to make this weekend a safe traveling weekend for all.

JKL Bahweting Anishnabe School is accepting applications for a full time Elementary Teacher for the 2020-2021 School Year. JKL is a K-8 Michigan public charter school dedicated to outstanding educational and cultural experiences, serving approximately 600 students.

The safety and well-being of all of our Indigenous communities across the country is always our greatest priority here in Bahweting. After careful discussions with our Elders and community members we have decided that it is best to cancel our annual Summer Gathering and Powwow. While we had hoped to see better circumstances with the Covid-19 Pandemic by now, the reality is that we are still under a time of uncertainty. With that being said, we send our prayers and love to all of our relations across Creation, and hope to see you all next year.
Gchi Miigwech,
-Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Community Powwow Planning Group

2020 Summer Gathering Powwow Cancellation Flyer

Sault Tribe Community Health Education, Michigan State University Extension, and the Queen City Seed Library have partnered to offer seeds kits to Sault Tribe members. All miinkaanensan (seeds) kits include seeds, planting information and educational materials. If you have questions please feel free to contact Josie Fegan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 906‑203‑5974 or Kat Jacques at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 906‑280‑1786. Josie is available to take seed kit requests by phone. Request must be submitted by Wednesday, May 20. Wishing you good health and good growing! See link for ordering seeds https://forms.gle/YZzxcAkvuYuPyF5d6.

Sault Tribe Miinkaanensan (Seeds) Request Flyer

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