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Don’t be a party to underage drinking! Underage drinking is not a minor problem. Town hall meeting on May 23 at the Manistique High School auditorium at 6 p.m. Call 906‑286‑0159 to register.

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at Sault Ste. Marie Kewadin Casino starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 5 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are 2020 Frogbit, WIOA Work Experience, Indian Highway Safety Program, USDA Reconnect Grant Application and Amending Ch. 90: Housing Ordinance.

Under New Business, the Board will consider Committee Request, Mission Reserve Land Update, Opposition to Crane Hunt and Board Concerns.

May 21 Meeting Resolutions

Feeding America of West Michigan brings fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy and baked goods to distribute to people in need on May 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the JKL Bahweting School, 1301 Marquette Avenue in Sault Ste. Marie.

Please bring boxes and bags to receive food.

Registration begins at 5 p.m. No early distribution. Please note that parking lots are not available until 4:15 p.m.

Please contact Kristen Corbiere at 906‑635‑5055, extension 122 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions.

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will hold a special meeting Tuesday, May 14, at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie at 10 a.m. On the agenda will be necessary amendments and/or administrative policy and procedures modifications to effectuate the previous marijuana ordinance change and Insurance: insurance plan document/summary plan description.

The USDA Forest Service is seeking preliminary input for the upcoming McNearney Vegetation Management Project, which will address vegetation management on National Forest System lands on the Sault Ste Marie Ranger District.

A project open house will be hosted by the US Forest Service on Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Superior Township Hall, 7049 South M-221, Brimley, Mich. Forest Service personnel will be on hand to answer questions and accept comments.

"We may utilize information gathered during this open house to help us develop the proposed action," said Acting District Ranger, Micah Reuber. 

He reminded the public that in keeping with the National Environmental Policy Act, additional formal public participation will occur after the proposed action is developed. 

Public input is most valuable if it is within the scope of the project area, is specific, has direct relationship to the project, and includes supporting reasons. 

Alternatively, send hard copy comments to Acting District Ranger Micah Reuber, USFS, c/o McNearney Project, W1900  US 2, St. Ignace, MI 49781. Or fax to 906‑643‑8759 or TTY711. Office hours for those who wish to hand deliver comments are 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except Federal Holidays).

For additional information contact Martha Sjogren, Team Leader, 906‑298‑0111.

MACKINAC CITY—Today in a meeting with members of Governor Whitmer’s staff and EGLE staff, tribal leaders reiterated what they’ve been saying since 2014: decommission that pipeline.

Sault Tribe was invited to a May 3 tribal consultation between the Executive Office of the Governor and each of Michigan’s 12 federally recognized Indian tribes to collect input regarding the future of Line 5 and a possible tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. Of the 10 tribes attending, all were united in their desire to see Line 5 shut down, in line with the United Tribes of Michigan resolution.

Gov. Whitmer has been negotiating with Enbridge regarding a tunnel to house Enbridge’s oil pipeline running through the Straits. But Sault Tribe says that is unacceptable. “I’m not looking for a deal to be struck with Enbridge,” Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment said. “I’m looking for the governor to stand up for the people of Michigan.”

Enbridge’s Line 5, a 30-inch-diameter pipeline built in 1953 that extends a distance of 4.6 miles beneath the Straits of Mackinac, is as dangerous as ever. Line 5 was designed for a 50-year life and is now 16 years beyond its design life. This pipeline at any given time contains nearly 1 million gallons of crude oil beneath the waters of the Straits of Mackinac. For 4 to 6 months of the year, the Straits are ice-covered, making spill response nearly impossible. Numerous small ruptures have already occurred on land portions of this line, including a spill in early December 2014, on the bank of the Manistique River just 1 mile from Lake Michigan.

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians passed a resolution in February 2015 entreating any regulatory authority, be it federal, state, or other, to take all action toward requiring decommissioning of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline at the Straits of Mackinac and specifically requesting the Michigan Petroleum Pipelines Task Force to include in its recommendations the decommissioning of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline at the Straits of Mackinac.

Sault Tribe’s position has not changed. “We have a new day, a new opportunity, a new governor,” said Payment.  “Unfortunately, the new governor has inherited this problem.”

Decommissioning Line 5 now is the only decision that makes sense. A catastrophic oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac would devastate the tribal fishing industry, as well as shut down water intakes for numerous communities and devastate the shoreline and island ecosystems and tourist industry—all for an investment that probably won’t be relevant by the time it is completed.

“A half-billion dollar investment in a tunnel will be either a stranded asset (never used), or it guarantees climate disaster,” said Payment.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at Sault Ste. Marie Kewadin Casino starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 5 p.m.
Resolutions on the agenda are 2019 Budget-Frogbit; 2019 Budget-Climate Change/GLRI; 2019 Budget- Judicial Services, etc.; 2019 Budget-Tribal Transportation; 2019 Budget-Horne Step Increases; 2019 Budget-H C Administration; 2019 Budget-HC Medical Nursing/Third Party Revenue; 2019 Budget-St. Ignace Dental; 2019 Budget-Munising Pharmacy; 2019 Budget-Saving Lives Project; 2019 Budget-BOD; two Partial Waivers; three Michigan Elders Association; Award Contract Health Center Redevelopment Project; Award Contract for Tree Planting Project; Award Contract for Bahweting Project; six Request Reservation Status; Grant Application-Economic Development Agency; 2019 Indian Housing Plan Amendment #2; Sault Tribe Insurance Plan Doc/Summary Plan Description; Waiver-Greektown Holdings LLC; Amending Ch. 90: Housing Ordinance; Authorization to Enhance Land Claims Self Sufficiency; Authorization for Internal Loan Land Claims Self Sufficiency; BIA Request for Tribal Assistance; Trust Land Lease to Sault Tribe EDC; and Amending Res. 2018-185: Property Acquisition.
Under New Business, the board will consider Disenrollments, Committee Request, Letter to Cheboygan Schools, Forest Service, Org Chart and Board Concerns.

May 7, 2019, Agenda and Resolutions

The Sault Tribe’s Elder Employment Program is accepting applications for a part-time Community Health Program Clerk at the Escanaba Tribal Community Health Center. Applicants must be a Sault Tribe member age 60 or over and reside within the seven-county service area. Application and job details may be picked up at the Escanaba Tribal Community Health Center, 1401 N. 26th St., Suite 105, or by contacting Brenda Cadreau at 906‑635‑4767. The deadline to apply is June 7, 2019.

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 –three males (4-year term), three female (4-year term)
Child Welfare Committee - four vacancies (4-year term)
Election Committee - nine vacancies (4-year term)
Higher Education Committee - two vacancies (4-year term)
Health Board - five vacancies (4-year term)
Housing Committee - Unit I-one vacancy (4 year term) Unit IV-one vacancy (4 year term)
Special Needs/Enrollment Committee - six vacancies (2-year term)

Elder Advisory Committee
Unit I - Sault (4-year term), one regular vacancy
Unit II - Hessel (4-year term), one alternate vacancy
Unit II - Naubinway (4-year term), one regular, one alternate
Unit II - Newberry (4-year term), one alternate
Unit III - St. Ignace (4-year term), one alternate vacancy
Unit IV - Escanaba (4 year-term) one regular
Unit V - Munising (4-year term), one regular vacancy, one alternate vacancy
Unit V - Marquette (4-year term), one alternate vacancy

Elder Subcommittee
Unit I - Sault (4-year term), one regular vacancy
Unit ll - Hessel (4-year term), one regular seat vacancies, one alternate seat vacancies
Unit II - Naubinway (4-year term), three regular seat vacancies, two alternate seat vacancies
Unit IV - Escanaba (4-year term), two regular seat vacancies
Unit IV - Manistique (4-year term), one regular seat vacancy 
Unit V - Munising (4-year term), three regular seat vacancies
Unit V - Marquette (4-year term), two regular seat vacancy, one alternate seat vacancy

The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center is inviting Veterans, their families, Veteran Service Organizations and community health care partners to the following Veteran Town Halls May 20‑22, to learn about and discuss the VA Mission Act and how it impacts VA Community Care.
   —Drummond Island on May 20 at 5 p.m. (Drummond Island Resort and Conference Center, 33494 S. Maxton Rd.)
   —Mackinaw City on May 21 at 11 a.m. (Joint town hall with Saginaw VA at American Legion Post 159 at 106 S. Huron Ave.)
   —Brimley on May 21 at 2 p.m. (Superior Town Hall, 7049 S. M-221)
   —Sault Ste. Marie on May 21 at 5 p.m. (American Legion Post 3, 3 Legion Dr.)
   —Paradise on May 22 at 10 p.m. (Whitefish Twp. Community Center, 7052 M-123)
   —Grand Marais on May 22 at 2:30 p.m. (Burt Twp. Community Center)
   —Manistique on May 22 at 5:30 p.m. (VFW Post 4420)
   —Newberry on May 23 at 10 a.m. (American Legion Post #74)

For those that are unable to come in person, the Sault Ste. Marie town hall will also be streamed live on the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/VAIronMountain) and the video post will be available for later viewing. 

Leaders from the VA Medical Center, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and area County Veterans Service Offices will be on hand to present the VA Mission Act, scheduled to be implemented June 2019, and how it better serves Veterans and answer questions attendees may have.

“The VA Mission Act puts the VA at the center of Veteran care to ensure Veterans receive the best care possible, whether in VA facilities or through a community provider,” Brad Nelson, Public Affairs Officer at the Iron Mountain-based VA Medical Center, said.

The town halls are also opportunities for attendees to provide feedback on or ask any question about VA services and benefits.

“These town halls are not limited to those who use our services,” Nelson said. “We welcome any Veterans and their families who may not be enrolled in VA health care to come and ask about services we provide.”

Any questions can be directed to VA Public Affairs Officer Brad Nelson at 906‑774‑3300, ext. 32001.

VA Town hall May 2019

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