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Come meet with other providers of veteran services to network and learn of other services offered and to discuss any veteran related issues. All groups and veterans are welcome to attend. We will have reports from healthcare, education, employment, and quality of life committees as well as the U.P. Regional Coordinator. Educational presentations and networking opportunities for veteran service providers. Free lunch offered.

May 10, 2018, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sault Tribe Cultural Center
11 Ice Circle
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Sign-up deadline is May 1, 2018: www.eventbrite.com/e/upper-peninsula-veterans-community-action-team-vcat-spring-conference-tickets-43616923392.

Courtesy of Veteran Community Action Team

Veterans Community Action Team Spring Conference flyer

The Hiawatha National Forest Spring 2018 Cleanup for Mackinac County is scheduled for Saturday, May 12.  Help us celebrate our 27th year of forest cleanup, together we can make a difference. To date we have removed over 125 tons of trash from our public lands, but there’s always more.

Please join us on Saturday, May 12; we will meet in St. Ignace at 9 a.m. in Castle Rock parking lot. We generally work until 2 p.m., but you are welcome to spend whatever time you have to share.

Dress appropriately for the weather, as we’ll be cleaning up rain or shine! Tools, gloves, other safety equipment, and lunch will be provided for our volunteers. If you have questions, call Justin Bomers at 906‑643‑7900 ext. 137 or Tom Briggs at 906‑748‑6567.

Pictured Rocks Days is a free two-day festival in Munising. It is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and June 10 at Binsfeld Bayshore Park. There will be bands, more than 90 vendors, food, petting zoo, bounce houses, kayaking demonstrations and more! If you would like more information, call the Alger County Chamber, 906‑387‑2138

Also that weekend is Yoopers Ride Free Days where U.P. residents are able to take the Pictured Rocks Cruise for free. If you are interested in taking the free cruise, live in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and weather-permitting, cruises will depart every hour on the hour from the Munising City Pier on Saturday, June 9 and 10 starting at 9 a.m. and running until 7 p.m. Tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10 with a limit of 1,500 free tickets available per day. In order to obtain your free ticket, you must present in person a photo ID with an Upper Peninsula address at the Pictured Rocks Cruise ticket office those days. A child must be accompanied by a parent in the ticket office to receive a ticket.

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.

For deliveries of five or more orders call or text 906‑259‑2560.

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.

Please see attached flyer with order form.

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

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