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

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.

New entries will be added to the top of list.

Please call for questions or to set up an appointment.

Gerard Sagassige
Sault Ste. Marie Health Center—Jan. 3, 10, 12, 17, 20, 24, 25 and 31
906‑632‑0236 Lori Gambardella

Escanaba Community Center—Jan. 4
906‑632‑0236 Lori Gambardella

Manistique Health Center—Jan. 5

St. Ignace Health Center—Jan. 11

Hessel Community Center—Jan. 18

Munising Health Center—Jan. 26

Traditional Medicine Program January Flyer

Dec. 3, 2021


Last week, the Health Division administered 249 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, which brought the grand total to 15,237 since Dec. 17, 2020.

Sault Tribe vaccination events are now open to the general public in the local community.

All clinics are by appointment only!
Reserve your spot: www.saulttribehealth.com
12/2/21 – Lincoln School, Sault Ste. Marie
12/6/21 – Rudyard School, Sault Ste. Marie
12/8/21 – Pickford School, Sault Ste. Marie
12/8/21 – Pediatric Clinic, 3-5 p.m., Sault Ste. Marie
12/15/21 – Cedarville School, Sault Ste. Marie
12/16/21 – Moderna (Cedarville) p.m.
12/16/21 – Moderna (DeTour) a.m.

12/20/21 – Second dose only clinic at JKL School

Outlying areas
12/8/21 – Newberry Tribal Community Health Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
12/8/21 – Manistique Tribal Health Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
12/21/21 – Munising Tribal Center, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
12/22/21 – Marquette Tribal Community Health Center, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
12/17/21 – Escanaba Tribal Community Health Center, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sault Ste. Marie, Big Bear
Walk-ins welcome
12/16/21, Adult Pfizer, 1-3 p.m.

St. Ignace
Open for walk-ins, however, appointments appreciated, 906‑643‑8689
12/7/21 – (with LMAS) Adult COVID-19 vaccines offered, both Pfizer and Moderna; open for walk-ins, no appointments necessary, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
12/7/21 – Peds COVID Vaccine Clinic (5 to 11-year-olds), 4-8 p.m.
12/8/21 – Peds COVID Vaccine Clinic (5 to 11-year-olds), 5-8 p.m.
12/12/21 – (with Kewadin Shores Children’s Christmas Party), 5-7 p.m.
12/17/21 – Pfizer 12 and up, Moderna 18 and up, and Peds (5 to 11-year-olds) available, 5-8 p.m.
12/18/21 – Pfizer 12 and up, Moderna 18 and up, and Peds (5 to 11-year-olds) available, 7-11 a.m.

Per the recommendation of the CDC, COVID-19 vaccine booster shots will be available through Sault Tribe hosted COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics. At this time, booster shots are recommended for immunocompromised patients along with those who live with or are in regular contact with them. Please look on your vaccination card to determine which vaccine you received and schedule your booster with the same vaccine, as cross vaccinations are not recommended at this time. See vaccination registration information below.

Please use the Sault Tribe Health Division’s online COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Form available at www.saulttribehealth.com, which can be accessed via cellphone, tablet or computer. The purpose of this form is to allow Sault Tribe members and Sault Tribe team members to register their contact information so they can be scheduled for an appointment once the vaccine becomes available. Please note that all participants under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to be vaccinated.

If you need assistance completing the form or have no access to the Internet, please call the health center at 906‑632‑5200 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Please watch saulttribehealth.com or Sault Tribe Health Division’s Facebook page for more information about our COVID-19 vaccination services.

All patients are asked to bring their Sault Tribe membership card to their scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Patients coming for their second dose should bring their CDC vaccination card provided at the first appointment. All vaccinations are provided by appointment only.

Please watch Sault Tribe website, Sault Tribe Health website and official Facebook Pages:
Sault Tribe website: saulttribe.com
Sault Tribe Health Division Website: saulttribehealth.com
Sault Tribe official Facebook: facebook.com/saulttribe
Sault Tribe Health Division official Facebook: facebook.com/SaultTribeHealthDivision

 Vaccination Update 12-03-21

Jack KibbleJohn (Jack) Francis Kibble, 78, of Sugar Island, Mich., peacefully passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. He was born on October 20, 1943, in Sault Ste. Marie. Jack was the oldest child of William John and Charlotte (Harrington) Kibble.

Jack attended Sault Area High School, graduating in 1962. After finishing high school, Jack went on to serve in the Army, during the Vietnam era, from 1963-1967.

He obtained a B.A. in Sociology from Lake Superior State University, graduating in 1976.

Jack served as Sault Tribe’s Education Division director for 26 years. He was also Director of the Native American Center for students at LSSU for nine years. During his time there, Jack published five research papers on Native American student academics, success rates and retention. Helping Native American students, from the Head Start and Early Head Start level all the way through vocational and university degrees, was his life’s work.

Jack was retired for 16 years but kept busy by serving on various boards, including the EUP Transportation Authority, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Alternative Education, Bay Mills Community College, the Historical Society and the Sugar Island Ambulance Association. He sat on the Department of Health and Human Services Board of Directors for the past 14 years.

Jack was an active member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He loved to golf and ride his motorcycle.

Jack married Holly (Corbiere) Kibble on April 12, 1990. They were married for 31 years. Jack enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jack is survived by his wife, Holly; brother, Russell Kibble of Cedarville, Mich.; father-in-law, Emery Corbiere of Sugar Island; sisters-in-law, Hope (Bruce) Schlehuber of Moran, Mich., Lorali (Larry) Swick of Flat Rock, Mich.; brothers-in-law, Donald (Lisa) Corbiere of Sugar Island, Emery (Sharon) Corbiere of Wakeman, Ohio; children, Cassandra Kibble of Sault Ste. Marie, John Kibble of Kincheloe, Mich., Brian Kibble, Jacob (Rachel) Green of Kincheloe, Mich., and Jessica (Joey Gleason) Green of Marquette, Mich.; grandchildren, Nick (Rachel) Kibble, Landon Kibble, Alexis Blattner, Aurora and Aidan Corbiere, Bailey McKechnie, Michaela Quinn, Brian Kibble, Joshua and Jameson Green and Desmond Gleason; and seven great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, William John and Charlotte Kibble; sister, Linda Neal; brother, Patrick Kibble; and mother-in-law, Donna Corbiere.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec.7, 2021, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Niigaanagiizhik Ceremonial Building in Sault Ste. Marie. Traditional services will follow visitation at 3 p.m.

Please take a moment to view the Advocacy Resource Center’s newly published website domain. The ARC is excited to have the ability to have their own site filled with helpful information, ARC services, resources and event and awareness info. Thank you in advance for viewing the site at www.arcsaulttribe.com

As always, the ARC can be reached at 906‑632‑1808 and at www.facebook.com/saulttribeARC


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 Dec. 7 at the Sault Kewadin Casino, in person or via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/96906911516.

“Matters Raised by the Membership” will be held at 4 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 3 p.m. on meeting day. The link is https://zoom.us/j/96906911516.

Resolutions on the agenda: Cultural - After School Ojibwe Language; Nat. Resources - Collaborative Fish. Wildlife, Ecosystem; Nat. Resources - Ruffed Grouse; DeMawating - Tanglewood Marsh; Gov’t Industrial Warehouse Complex/MEDC Warehouse; Continuing Funding FY22 Jan - Dec; Transportation - 2022-2025 TIP; Mac Co Cooperative Agreement; Approve Contract - ReConnect Broadband Consultant; Auth to Apply for Grant - MEDC/Tamarack Bus. Center; Auth to Neg - Gladstone Medical; Sault Tribe Corp Charter Appointment; Reaffirm/Reapprove Loans from SS Funds; Auth. Temporary Management Agreement - S.T. Inc.; Approving Financial Policies and Procedures; Auth of a Direct Mailing of Voter Registration; Elec. Code Strict Adherence & Conformity with Constitution; Expand PRC Service Area - Emmet/Cheboygan Counties; Re-Open Rolls to Eligible Individuals; Establishing a Minimum Wage; Retirement of Board Pension/Retirement; Board Participation in Social Security Retirement; Forensic Audit - Signature Authority; and Forensic Audit - Casino Developers.

Under New Business, the Board will consider Mask Mandate; Vacation Hours; Ramification of Financial Policies by Legal, CRO, Ex Direct.; Referendum to Invite Sault Tribe Voters to Approve/Disapprove of the Temporary Oversight of the Tribal EDC Operations STI or any external or quasi external entity; and Board Concerns.

December 7 Meeting Resolutions

Anishnaabek Community and Family Services is no longer accepting Over-Income Essential Worker Applications for child care subsidies because it has reached its capacity.

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