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Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribal Court, with the support of Uniting Three Fires Against Violence, is hosting the conference, “VAWA: Where are we at? Where are we going” April 23 through 24. Professionals who should consider attending this conference about the Violence Against Women Act are tribal leaders, tribal court staff, tribal law enforcement, tribal prosecutors, tribal law makers, victim advocates, behavioral health and social services. 

The conference will be hosted in the Grand Ball Room if Sault Kewadin Casino and Convention Center. The first day is 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and the second day is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Presentations will include topics on VAWA implementation, federal and tribal prosecution, healing and a survivor panel. 

Those interested in attending some or all of the conference should contact Specialty Court Coordinator Patrick McKelvie at 906-635-4963 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bi-weekly 3 on 3 basketball 3 on 3 tournaments co-ed teams of four in grades 6-12.

Referees are needed, experience recommended. Call Jill Lawson, if interested, at 906-253-1321 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Players need to sign up a week before game day. Players will be split evenly by age and experience.

Sign-up sheets will be posted and available in the YEA computer/homework lab.

Game day Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Chi Mukwa Community Recreation Center in Sault Ste. Marie.

First tournament is on Wednesday, April 4. Sign up will be available March 26‑April 3. Registration will begin at 4 p.m. and all players need to be registered to play before games begin. Each game will last 15 minutes and referees will abide by official rules and guidelines.

If you have questions, please contact Jill Lawson, YEA coordinator at 906-253-1321.

The All In One Fitness yoga classes at the Chi Mukwa Community Recreation Center are cancelled on Tuesday, March 27, and Thursday, March 29, for spring break.

We hope you enjoy your week, and Amy will see you on Tuesday, April 3.

The fax machine is out at the Cultural Department. Items for the Mart Murray Culture Camp, Repatriation Dept., Language Dept., or for the Cultural Leave Screening Committee can be faxed to the admin front desk 906-635-4969, or ext. 26122 for internal tribal departments.

All meetings are held at Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Meetings are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. (See below.) Contact Linda Grossett at 635-6050 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

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The Michigan History Center's Mackinac Straits Heritage Center Collaborative is updating signage at the western side of the Straits Area Park containing the Father Marquette National Memorial and the Powwow Grounds. This update of signage is a precursor to future developments in the upcoming years.

One of the signs describes the Native American families that call the Straits area home, have a strong connection to nature and are still living here today. To illustrate the sign, the Collaborative is asking for area tribal residents to submit a high-quality family picture that they would be comfortable sharing with visitors of the park. The Collaborative will choose one or more photos to illustrate the sign, at which time we will ask for individuals to sign a waiver for the use of the photo.

Deadline for submission is March 23, 2018. Please send submissions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Photo by Ken Bosma / CC BY