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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 Sept. 21 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 are: Bldg- 2021 and 2022 Bud Mod, Sanitation BE-21-M18, Home Improvement – ARPA, GLRI – Whitefish Experimental Rearing, GLRI Lake Whitefish Rearing Project, GLRI Lake Michigan Deepwater Fish, ACFS – Child Cared Dev Funds, ACFS – Tribal Victims Services, ACFS – OVC Tribal Victims Services Set Aside, ACFS – Domestic Violence – Cares Housing, ACFS – Domestic Violence – ARPA, ACFS - Family Violence ARPA, Colon Cancer Screening Grant, Gladstone Clinic, St. Ignace Med Nursing/PRC/3rd Party Revenue, St. Ignace Dental Clinic, Sault Walk In Clinic, Sault Medical Nursing, Sault Health Admin/3rd Party Revenue, Continuing Funding Auth for Health Division, Medicaid Non-Federal Share Public Funding Agreement, Trust Land Status – Sault Ste. Marie (3), ARC Workplace-Related Sexual Misconduct, etc, Treatment as a State – Clean Water/Clean Air, BIA Midwest Tribal Wild Rice Coordination and Planning, Contract Approval Meritain Health and Delta Dental, Open Acct. First National Bank St. Ignace, Re-Negotiate Long Term Agreement with City of SSM, Re-Open Rolls to Eligible Individuals, Weekly Draws for the Vaccinated and 2020 401 K Audit Approval.

Under New Business, the board will consider Committee Request Golf Scholarship Funds and Board Concerns.

September 21 Meeting Resolutions

The Sault Tribe Board of Directors meeting scheduled for Oct. 5 has been canceled due to board travel. The board workshop scheduled for earlier that day is also canceled.

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Drive-thru mobile pantry, Thursday, Sept. 23, distribution from 4 to 6 p.m., Big Bear Arena, 2 Ice Circle Drive in Sault Ste. Marie.

When coming to the distribution, turn onto Bahweting Drive (off of Shunk Road). Do not block driveways. Be patient and remain in your vehicle at all times.

Volunteers will place food items in your trunk. It MUST have room, volunteers will not be making room in your vehicle. You will remain in park while receiving food until a volunteer releases you.

Contact Kristen Corbiere if you have any questions at 231‑622‑5286.

Beginning on Thursday evening, Sept. 16, and continuing for the next nine Thursday evenings, Families Against Narcotics will be hosting a special 10-part virtual seminar that introduces people to our Stronger Together family recovery plan. Your loved one’s life is likely being destroyed by their use of drugs or alcohol. But that doesn’t mean your life has to be destroyed as well. Join Stronger Together program creator Jackie Sanders for this special 10-part seminar and learn how to respond to your loved one in a healthy way that will help return a sense of normalcy to your life. No pre-registration is required. Zoom meeting information is included below.

Thursday Evenings, Sept. 16 – Nov. 18
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (ET)
Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82310931872
Meeting ID: 823 1093 1872
Passcode: 867978
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CHIPPEWA County, Michigan – Chippewa County Health Department (CCHD), in conjunction with Bay Mills Indian Community, Office of Emergency Services, Lake Superior State University (LSSU), Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and War Memorial Hospital (WMH), are strongly urging the community to follow safety mechanisms which have proven effective in the fight against COVID-19.

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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 Sept. 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 are: Am. Rescue Plan – Head Start, COPS-TRGP, Enterprise – Emergency Housing, Judicial Services, Manistique Med. Nursing, Munising Health Admin, 2021 Indian Housing Plan – Am. Rescue Plan, 2022 Indian Housing Plan, NCAI Annual Convention, 2020 Governmental Audit and Rescinding Res. 2020-261.

Under New Business, the board will consider Oct. 5, 2021, meeting, committee request, health screen and board concerns.

September 7 Meeting Resolutions

Thanks for the memories Mr O 1Nick J. Oshelski resident of Sault Ste. Marie, MI passed away peacefully on August 25, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family. Nick was born on August 22, 1947 in Youngstown, Ohio. He moved to Sault Ste. Marie in 1971 and eventually moved his parents here making Sault Ste. Marie his hometown.

Nick was a kind and loving husband for over 45 years to his wife Patti. He was also an amazing father to his daughter Lynn (David) Ross and his son Chris (Sabrina) Oshelski. Nick’s greatest joy was his four grandchildren: Tyler (Danielle) Wollan, Ryan (Taylor) Wollan, Carter and Ahnaka Oshelski. Nick was a family man who spent much time with his mother-in-law Phyllis Jones, sisters-in-law Terri (Steve) Peller, Jan Walton (Curtis Crawford), Tami (Jeff) Baldwin and Connie Wallis. Nieces and nephew include: Todd Peller, Dale LaBombard (Stephanie), Jill Peller, Michael Baldwin (Emily), and James Walton. Great nephews and nieces include: Brandon, Kolbe, Logan, Kanyon, and Elise.

Nick was predeceased by his parents Nick and Barbara Oshelski and father-in-law Robert Jones.

Nick was truly an extraordinary man. He was so caring, hardworking, and loved to serve others. Nick touched the lives of countless children and adults who had the privilege of knowing him and the honor of having his guidance, teaching, and leadership in their lives. Nick was in education for over 45 years as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. He worked for Sault Area Public Schools, JKL Bahweting, EUPISD, and Lake Superior State University. He was affectionately known as “Mr. O” to staff and students. You could always find Nick welcoming kids and parents every morning with a smile, joke, or hug. Nick spent countless hours volunteering at Tender Care Nursing Home and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He also spent time visiting friends at War Memorial Long-Term Care. Nick supported the community in many ways, he especially loved attending Sault High Athletic Events and youth events.

We were all so blessed to have Nick touch our hearts. He was so easy to love and adore. His presence will be truly missed because he was always the one to light up the room. Nick was a man of many accomplishments, but becoming a Grandpa was what made him the most proud and happy for these past 30 years. A private memorial service has already been held. Memorials may be given in Nick’s name to Sault High Athletics or EUP Hospice. Clark Hovie Galer Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Unit I Director Mike McKerchie’s unit report was accidentally left out of the August 2021 WAN issue. It has been attached to the end of the August 2021 online edition at https://saulttribe.com/newsroom/sault-tribe-newspaper. WAN apologizes to Director McKerchie for the error.

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