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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —A special meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held Tuesday, April 24, 2018, starting 5 p.m. at the Sault Kewadin Casino.

On the agenda is “Acceptance of the 2017 Northern Casinos Audit” and “Tribal Transportation BIA Indian Highway Safety Program.”

April 24 Meeting Resolutions

Please join us at the benefit dinner for Floyd L. Perry—Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Friend—on Thursday, April 26, at E-Free Church Sault Campus, 1901 John St. in Sault Ste. Marie, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: $6 for soup, fry bread, drink, and dessert and $1 for extra fry bread.

This benefit is to help with medical expenses, travel and accommodations, while Floyd travels to get radiation and chemo treatments. The process will take six weeks and will be expensive. To help defer costs, we are asking for donations and any help that you can offer.

Thank You,
The Perry Family

Benefit for Floyd L. Perry

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 - six vacancies –four males (4-year term), two female (4-year term)
Child Welfare Committee - three vacancies (4-year term)
Conservation Committee - one vacancy (non fisher) (2-year term)
Election Committee - seven 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 alternate 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 seat vacancy
Unit ll - Hessel (4-year term), two regular seat vacancies, two alternate seat vacancies
Unit II - Newberry (4-year term), one alternate seat vacancy
Unit II - Naubinway (4-year term), one alternate seat vacancy
Unit III - St. Ignace (4-year term), two regular seat vacancy
Unit IV - Manistique (4-year term), one regular vacancies
Unit V - Munising (4-year term), three regular vacancies, two alternate vacancies
Unit V - Marquette (4-year term), one alternate seat vacancy

Due to inclement weather, the Sault Tribe Board of Directors meeting and workshop scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in Munising, Mich., is hereby canceled. Please call 906‑635‑6050 with any questions.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —Communities throughout the Upper Peninsula are benefitting from nearly $165,000 in contributions from the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians that helps villages, cities, townships, counties and universities support senior and youth services and broader recreational and cultural opportunities for area residents.

The money is part of the twice-annual payments the Sault Tribe has distributed since 1993 to U.P. communities and organizations based on 2 percent slot revenues from tribe’s Kewadin Casino properties in Sault Ste. Marie, St. Ignace, Hessel, Manistique and Christmas. In the past 24 years, nearly $42.5 million has been awarded throughout the U.P. based on the tribe’s 2 percent revenue.

The tribe disbursed close to $900,000 in its latest distribution, with nearly a fifth going to support community amenities such as museums, skating programs, food pantries and adult day care.

Communities that benefitted from the latest distribution include:

Lake Superior State University’s Gem of the North campaign to improve university facilities, $52,275
Museum of Ojibwa Culture, City of St. Ignace, $13,281
DeTour Village Community Pavilion bathrooms, $10,000
Little Bear East Recreation Park, City of St. Ignace, $10,000
Michilimackinac Historical Society, City of St. Ignace, $10,000
Bay de Noc Community College for the Northern Lights YMCA, $10,000
Kinross Charter Township after-school activities, $6,000
Trout Lake Township Historic Community Park Building, $5,981
County of Marquette NMU Powwow, $5,141
Alger County Food Pantry, Munising, $5,000
Hessel School House renovations in Clark Township, $5,000
McMillan Township Recreation Center, $5,000
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Marquette County, $5,000
Superior District Library accessibility, $5,000
Bishop Baraga Park roof replacement in Schoolcraft County, $4,500
Alger County Adult Day Care program, $4,141
Grand Marais Amateur Radio repairs, Burt Township, $4,000
Mackinac County toy drive, $3,002
City of Manistique open skate for community members, $3,000
City of Marquette Beacon House Fresh Food Fund, $3,000
City of Marquette Children’s Museum, $3,000
County of Marquette Meals on Wheels funding, $3,000
Schoolcraft County Community Christmas Program, $2,750

“Receiving the 2 percent funding from the Sault Tribe to support improvements or new projects for the community residents and visitors to our area has a big impact on how these projects are funded,” DeTour Village President and Mayor Murray Fountain said after DeTour received $10,000 to improve bathrooms at the Community Pavilion.

“The Sault Tribe’s financial support and substantial contributions for improvements has made an immense difference,” Fountain added. “We are very grateful and thankful for the Sault Tribe’s continued support.”

Marquette City Manager Mike Angeli said the tribe’s contributions help provide services that are a lifeline to many in the Marquette area. “Whether it’s money to help bring meals to seniors, provide a top-notch children’s museum for area youngsters or make fresh food available for patients and families that travel across the U.P. to receive specialty medical care at U.P. Health System who stay at Beacon House, the Sault Tribe’s financial support makes a huge difference,” Angeli said.

For more information about the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, please visit www.saulttribe.com. For more information about Kewadin Casinos, please visit www.kewadin.com.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at the Munising Tribal Center at 5 p.m. on April 17. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 5 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are, under budget modifications: Tribal Gaming Commission, Establishing Budget for FY 2018 Prosecutor’s Office and Tribal Attorney, Ruffed Grouse Project Establishment of FY 2019 Budget, Natural Resources – Circle of Flight Establishment of FY 2018 Budget, MIS – Space Cost, MIS, YEA and Big Bear (two versions); Acceptance of 2017 Northern Casinos Audit; Health Division Professional Staff; Trust Land Status – Brown Parcel; Trust Land Status - State Land Auction; Gitchi Enterprises Corporate Charter; Directing Legal -Background Check Policies; Amending purchasing Policy to Protect Authentic Indian Arts and Crafts; Limited Delegation of Authority to the Chairperson; Authority of Chairperson; Delegation to the Chairperson / Supervision Support Staff.

Under New Business is a relinquishment, a committee request, Nestle, Conservation chair cell phone, rescinding co-captain and board concerns.

April 17 Meeting Resolutions

Michigan Tribal governments urge your support for the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (TLSA). Only two or three more votes are needed to enact a law that treats tribes as sovereigns, consistent with the U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8, paragraph 3 “with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes.” Please contact your US Senator today. 

The TLSA legislation is currently a part of a collection of tribal technical amendments and seeks to remedy an inequity that arose from an abrupt 2004 change to the interpretation of the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 (NLRA). Michigan tribes unanimously support the TLSA.

The NLRA establishes the framework for labor organizations and bargaining in private industry. Federal, state, and local governments are expressly excluded from the scope of the NLRA. For 70 years, tribes were treated in the same manner as other governments. In 2004, the National Labor Relations Board unexpectedly switched gears and ruled that tribes would not be treated as governments under the NLRA, which created the inequity in the treatment of tribes as corporations rather than as sovereign governments. Tribal sovereignty is recognized in the U.S. Constitution and has been consistently re-affirmed in numerous U.S. Supreme Court cases, treaties and federal law and policy.

Congressional support of Indian country programs and budgets has been laudable, respecting our sovereignty demands standing up for our sovereignty even when it is inconvenient. Now we need our representatives to support the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act. Please call your representatives and ask them to support the TLSA.

Please contact your Senator(s) today. Type in your zip code at https://whoismyrepresentative.com for contact information.

SAULT STE. MARIE – Aaron Payment EdD, chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, called for the immediate and permanent shutdown of Enbridge Line 5 at the Straits for the second time in a week, over new revelations of pipeline damage from last week’s anchor strike.

“This damage shows the 65-year-old lines are too vulnerable to continue operating while the state drags its feet,” said Payment. “Obviously, aging infrastructure carrying oil under the sacred waters of the Straits is not a good idea, as we saw last week,” Payment said. “Now, Enbridge wants us to believe there is no concern with their dented pipes. Enbridge has a track record of repeated lies about safety issues. The Governor must immediately require Enbridge to cease the flow of oil through those suspect lines.”

On April 2, American Transmission Company reported a spill of some 400 gallons of cooling dielectric oils from damaged electric power cables running under the Straits. Challenging weather conditions and the condition of the cables meant it took two days to determine the actual location of the breaches, and it wasn’t until this week that the response action was able to determine that the problems were caused by a strike or drag of an anchor or anchors. Subsequent investigations led to a statement by Enbridge that several dents have been observed in both of the dual pipes in the vicinity of the cable breaches. 

Governor Snyder has called for fast-tracking the risk analyses and moving forward with a tunnel option under the Straits. “This is the wrong lesson to be taking from this experience,” Payment said. “A tunnel will not solve the matter of the 90 miles of Line 5 that runs along the US-2 corridor within a mile or two of the Lake Michigan shoreline, where a breach could never be stopped before it reached Lake Michigan.

Investing in more carbon infrastructure is foolhardy, Payment said. “Furthermore, tunneling under the straits does not solve the issue of oil infrastructure becoming stranded assets as we move away from a carbon economy. We cannot put all our carbon reserves into the atmosphere if we are to survive, so we must start now to slow and then stop the flow of oil. Investing in more infrastructure is foolhardy, both economically and environmentally.”

Payment added, “These old pipes need to be shut off, at least until proper investigations and the full analyses are finished. Governor Snyder should not be using this accident as an excuse to fast-track a tunnel.”

Unit I
Sheila Berger, 906‑635‑6050, ext. 26359
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sault Tribe Administration, 523 Ashmun St., Sault Ste. Marie

Unit II and III
Clarence Hudak, 906‑430‑2004 (cell)
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sault Tribe Lambert Center, 225 Wa Seh Dr., St. Ignace, 906‑643‑2124 (office)

Units IV and V
Mary Jenerou, 906‑450‑7011
April 9, 11, 13, 17, and 27 at Munising Health Center: 906‑387‑4721
April 10, 12, 18, 20, 24 and 26 at Manistique Health Center, 906‑341‑8469
April 16 at Escanaba Penn Star, 906‑786‑2636
April 30 at Marquette Tribal Health Center, 906‑225‑1616

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