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Austin Lowes' Unit I report for January 2022 was inadvertently left out of the January newspaper issue. It is posted at the end of the January online edition.

Bayliss Public Library invites you to its February Poetry Café
Feb. 15, 6 p.m., Bayliss Public Library
906‑632‑9331

We would like to invite you to our first open mic night of the year. Amy Klco, local teacher, writer and publishing company owner, will be our featured poet for the evening. Anyone and everyone can perform their poetry. Poets can read any poems that they have written. Join us for a night of wonderful writing.

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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 Jan. 18 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: ARC - Shift Differential Policy; Budget Mod: Health - HRSA COVID Funding; Budget Mod: ACFS - Victim’s Assistance; Open Bank Acct. - ARC; Contract Approval COMP ONE; Trust Land Lease - Thibert/VanDyke and Authorizing Temporary Management Agreement Sault Tribe Inc.

Under New Business, the Board Concerns.

January 18 Meeting Resolutions

Due to the amount of misinformation provided to a few local news outlets, members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors wish to publicly address the recent censure of Chairperson Payment.

On Jan. 4, 2022, at a duly called meeting of the board, the board took action on the (properly noticed) agenda item, Conduct of the Chairperson. The following action was approved by a 10-2 positive majority tribal board vote:
—The Sault Tribe Board of Directors finds that the Tribal Chairperson, Aaron Payment, has:
—Violated his duty to create an environment that fosters respect and dignity;
—Violated his duty to maintain an environment free of harassment and intimidation;
—Intimidated, harassed, and publicly attacked employees;
—Continually committed malicious public attacks upon tribal members;
—Violated the Medical Privacy and Procedures of Individual Tribal Members;
—Violated Resolution 2012-222 Privacy of Board Member Phone and Computer Records;
—Breached /Released confidential information, violating Tribal Code, Chapter 96;
—Campaigned prior to the Notice of Election pursuant to Tribal Code, Chapter 10; and
—Violated tribal Resolution 93-123 Code of Professional Conduct.

The Sault Tribe Board of Directors hereby:
—Censures Aaron Payment, Tribal Chairperson;
—Publicly notices the Tribal Board of Directors has NO CONFIDENCE in the Tribal Chairperson;
—Removes the Chairperson from any/all internal committees (with the exception of those established in Tribal Code) and external committees that are a result of the Tribes;
—Membership within their respective organizations. Notice of which shall be provided by the Tribes Executive Director;
—Expressly and equivocally makes it know that the conduct of the Chairperson is not protected by the Tribe or any of the Tribes Sovereignty. The Chairperson, Aaron Payment is personally liable for his respective actions;
—Authorizes the Executive Director, with the assistance of the Tribes Legal Counsel, to contract and retain an external Firm to investigate and address the Conduct of the Tribal Chairperson; and
—Authorizes the Executive Director to implement all necessary Budget modifications administratively regarding the Firm.

The Sault Tribe Board of Directors has a duty to protect the assets of the tribe, which includes our tribal, team, and community members. The Sault Tribe Board of Directors wants to relay to its members, team members and community partners that we remain committed to our communities and will address the membership with the full details upon their conclusion.

We believe it in the best interest of our tribe that we do not comment any further on ongoing and active investigations. The chairperson’s actions have led to this decision and, contrary to other statements, his actions alone resulted in Tuesday’s censure.

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

Sault Tribe is requesting all residents (tribal and non-tribal) to complete this Broadband Survey, which will provide the tribe with the information required to compete for federal funds for the St. Ignace and Kinross area to add and improve broadband connection to households and businesses.

Please complete the survey while directly connected to your home network router, and, if possible, please perform during peak internet times (5 - 7 p.m.).

If you are outside the area defined your responses are also welcome as it will help with future funding.

Anyone completing this survey with a valid Sault Tribe address will automatically be entered into a random drawing for one of 10 $50 gift certificates.

Sault Tribe Broadband Reconnect Survey (alchemer.com)

We strongly encourage your responses and thank you for your participation!

Feeding America West Michigan Mobile Food Pantry is coming to Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

West Michigan is scheduled to bring 10 Mobile Food Pantry distributions to Sault Ste. Marie, held on the second Tuesday of each month except for July and August.

The first distribution will provide approximately 30,000 pounds of groceries, enough for 600 households. It is scheduled to occur at the Big Bear Arena in Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Mobile Pantries are like farmers markets on wheels – delivering a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and baked goods to communities with a high need for food support. Because of the pandemic, all Mobile Pantries are providing drive-thru service at this time.

● Attendees will not be asked to show identification or proof of income to receive food; however, they will be required to provide basic contact information and affirm their need for food.

● In order to pick up food for a household other than your own, you must have written permission that includes: household name and address, how many people live in the household, how many are children, how many are senior citizens/elders, and how many are veterans.

Details about the event are outlined below.
Location: Big Bear Arena, 2 Ice Circle Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Volunteer arrival time: 2 p.m.
Attendee arrival time: 3 p.m.
Distribution start time: 4 p.m.

This is one of roughly 100 Mobile Pantries Feeding America West Michigan provides each month. Information about other Mobile Pantries can be found at FeedWM.org/mobile-pantry-schedule.

Contact Kristen Corbiere if you have any questions at 231‑622‑5286 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Feeding America West Michigan 2022 Information

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 Jan. 4 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: DeMawating - Hessel Ridge, ACFS - Families First, ACFS Subpart IV-B, COVID-19 ARPA Vaccine Distribution, HC - Maintenance and Capital Outlays, SAMHSA STOPR, St. Ignace Medical Nursing, Trust Land Status - Bay Mills Land Exchange, Approve 2021 Reconnect Broadband Survey, USDA Reconnect Program Auth. Rep Request, Contract - Foster Garvey, Contract - Morisset, Contract -Lambros, Contract - Stewart & Sheridan, Trust Land - Tanglewood, Trust Land -Gardenville Rd., Property Acquisition, BIA - Endangered Species, BIA - Invasive Species, BIA - Circle of Flight, BIA - Hatchery Maintenance and Rehab, Rescind 2021-204 COVID Testing/Vaccination Clinics, Amend Covid 19 Commercial Fisher Assist Program, Fishers’ Relief, Elder COVID-19 Rescue Act Supplement Dividend, Est. Minimum Wage as a Sovereign Nation, Election Code Strict Adherence & Conformity, Tribal Voter Registration, Expand Sault Tribe’s PRC and Reopening Rolls to Eligible Individuals.                                     

Under New Business, the board will consider Conduct of the Chairperson and Board Concerns.

Resolutions

Missing Roger City, Mich., teen is Sault Tribe member.

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Tribal members NovemberNovember winners have been announced for Sault Tribe’s COVID-19 Rescue Act Vaccination Lottery. Three team member drawings and three tribal member drawings were by held, each winner receiving $5,000, for a total of $30,000 in November vaccination lottery prizes.

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors established a COVID-19 Rescue Act Vaccination Lottery, which will be held every month through April 2022, to encourage tribal members and team members to get vaccinated to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.  November tribal member lottery winners were Keith Landreville, Jesse Rhom and Courtney Zudell.

Zudell is from Otter Lake, Mich., a small village half in lower Michigan. “I am so thankful for winning the money before Christmas,” she said. “I have three kids ranging from 1-and-a-half to 9 years old and this will help me make their Christmas everything they deserve. I’ve never won anything like this so I am beyond grateful.”

Zudell said it wasn’t difficult to get a vaccine despite living “in the middle of nowhere.” She said, “I work in the medical field so luckily it wasn’t hard. I had to drive about 30 minutes to get the appointment but since I live in the middle of nowhere, everywhere is about a 25-30 minute drive.”           

Landreville, of New Hope, Minn., said it “was an awesome surprise to be one of the lucky vaccination lottery winners.” He added, “I might be spending a little extra for the family members on the nice list this year.” 

Rhom is from Cullman, Ala. “I believe it’s an absolute blessing to have received this lottery, especially around the holiday season,” he said. “While the primary purpose of the vaccine is to protect yourself and others from COVID, I feel that the lottery can be helpful to provide an additional incentive to become vaccinated.”

Team members winning the $5,000 vaccination lottery for November were Susan Snyder, Jessica Marble and Richard Dill, front desk worker at the Kewadin Casino Hotel in the Sault.

Marble, a health assistant at the Sault Tribe Health Center, said she was overwhelmed with gratitude. “Random Acts of kindness are on the way,” she said. “Thank you and Merry Christmas to all!”

To enter the vaccination lottery, participants must complete and submit only one entry form on the tribe’s website, saulttribe.com. Eligible participants will automatically qualify for the next month’s drawings if they did not win during the prior month.

To be eligible to participate in the lottery, tribal members and team members must be 18 and older as of the entry date. Drawing winners must provide proof they received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccination as of the date the entry form was submitted. Tribal member drawing winners must submit proof of their enrollment in the tribe as of their entry form submission date and winning date. Team member drawing winners must submit proof of their employment with the tribe as of their entry form submission date and winning date.  

Tribal members who are also team members are eligible to enter both drawing categories and are eligible to win up to one prize from each drawing category. All other eligible participants may win only once. 

The vaccination lottery drawing is being administered by the independent third-party accounting firm, Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth. To view the complete vaccination lottery rules and complete the lottery entry form, please go to https://fs29.formsite.com/SaultT/bpxrit2ewm/index.html beginning Nov. 5. 

The vaccination lottery program is funded with the tribe’s American Rescue Plan Act state and local fiscal recovery funds and other federally approved vaccination funding received by the tribe. 

Scheduling a wake or funeral at Niigaanagiizhik Ceremonial Building in Sault Ste. Marie

Contact: Sault Tribe Language and Culture Department
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Office: 906‑635‑6050, ext. 26142 (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., regular business hours)
Cell phone: 906‑203‑6085 (after hours number)

Guidelines for Use:
Must be:
—Sault Tribe member or family of a member
—Affiliated with another tribe
—Tribal employee (regardless of tribal status)

There will be a contract that a family member will need to review and sign regarding care of the facility prior to receiving the security code.

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Photo by Ken Bosma / CC BY