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Drive Thru Mobile Food Pantry, April 2, Big Bear Arena, 2 Ice Circle in Sault Ste. Marie. Take Bahweting Drive off Shunk Road, follow around to the Big Bear Arena.

You CANNOT exit your vehicle. During the distribution, food boxes will be placed in the trunk of your vehicle. There must be room. Volunteers WILL NOT move items to make room for food boxes.

There will be no public restrooms available.

Distribution will begin at 11 a.m. and end when food is gone.

Please contact Kristen Corbiere at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Mobile Food Pantry Flyer

Due to the Covid-19 Emergency Closure, the April 7, 2020, Board of Director’s meeting has been canceled. The next meeting of the Board of Directors is currently scheduled for April 21, 2020. That meeting is scheduled to be held in Munising, Mich., at the Tribal Center. If anything should change, notice will be given.

WASHINGTON – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, signed into law by President Trump on Friday, March 27, provides critical relief for Indian Country to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including over $500 million in direct appropriations to Indian Affairs and an unprecedented $8 billion for tribes, according to a Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs release.

Until further notice, our Membership Liaisons will be available via phone and e-mail to assist our Tribal Members. Listed below is the contact information for each one of our Membership Liaisons:

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —Since the tribal Board of Directors declared a tribal State of Emergency, the Housing Authority accelerated its planning efforts and steps taken in response the emergency and COVID-19 pandemic.    

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —Sault Tribe's government has extended the temporary closure of all governmental offices, reopening April 13. All government employees are considered on call with many working from home. The closure started March 24.

Sault Tribe began emergency planning for COVID-19 pandemic in early March, with leadership and Health

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —At its March 24 regular meeting, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors unanimously voted to authorize access to the tribe's $5.5 million in Contract Support Cost Settlement Funds to cover team member wages during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

The approved resolution ensures compensation for Sault Tribe and Kewadin Casino team members during the state of emergency. The funds will be made available to "back fill for cost of wages incurred during the casino shut down and governmental move to essential operations during the state of emergency," as outlined in the resolution.

The Contract Support Cost Settlement Fund is the tribe's share of a federal settlement with U.S. tribes. For decades, the federal government routinely shorted contracts it signed with tribal governments. After the US Supreme Court reaffirmed the shortfall, a settlement was negotiated between the tribes and the federal government.

According to Sault Tribe Economic Development Director Joel Schultz, in some circumstances, the Governor's Executive Order to "Stay Home, Stay Safe" applies and tribal enterprises will suspend operations. In others, he said, "We perform a valuable function to benefit tribal citizens and local customers like private rentals, our Midjim convenience stores for household provisions and tax exempt tribal benefits like gas."

The tribal Board of Directors and Chairperson shared a direct message to all tribal government, enterprise and Kewadin team members: “You are our everyday heroes. Often, we do not fully appreciate the scope of our tribal operations as a government. During a crisis, a government must operate. We depend on you to perform a sacred trust and duty to our people. For that, the Tribal Board and our Administrative Team are immensely grateful. We are taking every precaution to ensure your safety."

March 31, 2020

Due to the extensive number of events on Sault Tribe’s schedule, a list has been developed to help tribal members navigate the many postponements. It will be updated at least twice a day as time goes on. Thank you.

New entries will be added to the top of list.

Following the recommendations of public health officials, Kewadin Casinos has extended the temporary closure of all five Kewadin Casinos through April 13 with an expected opening of April 14. We have continued to monitor our current state and will make necessary changes as needed.

At this time, we’d like to take a moment to thank our Tribal Board of Directors who have been working alongside Kewadin Management during this unprecedented time to provide wages to our team members during the planned closure.

Lastly, Kewadin Casinos has been a community partner for over 30 years and we have built valued relationships with our customers over this time. We want you to know that we will sincerely miss seeing you but we know that we will get through this and look forward to seeing everyone soon. In the meantime, stay home unless you need to be out, stay safe and keep washing your hands.

Respectfully,
Allen Kerridge,
Kewadin Casinos Interim CEO

The attached PDF is a Program Phone Directory for ease of reference during the COVID-19 Pandemic beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, until further notice.

Sault Tribe Program Phone Directory

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