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Thanksgiving Holiday - Sault Tribe Governmental Offices and Health Centers are closed Nov. 26 and Nov. 27.

DeMawating Development will be transferring over to a new telephone system. This transfer will take place the week of Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Our phone and fax numbers will change slightly. All other contact information will remain the same.

The new numbers are as follows:
906‑498‑9800 Office
906‑498‑9346 Fax

Please see the attached Sault Tribe Environmental Program Public Announcement updated Nov. 20, 2020.

Environmental Program Public Announcement

Please see the attached Sault Tribe Administration Building Public Notice updated Nov. 19, 2020.

Administration Building Public Notice

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —In a continued effort to reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID19) throughout Michigan, and with regard to the recent announcement by Gov. Whitmer, Kewadin Casinos will be voluntarily closing all five Kewadin Casinos for three weeks. The closures will be effective at noon on Wednesday, Nov.18; all casinos will reopen on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

All hotel guests are being required to checkout by 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Guest reservations between Nov. 18 and Dec. 8 will be automatically cancelled. Guests with questions should call Kewadin Casinos at 1-800-KEWADIN.

Kewadin Casinos will continue to follow all health and sanitation guidelines in place as well as the tribe's current phase chart, which outlines restrictions based on positivity rates in each county.

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. —Today, Sault Tribe leadership applauded the announcement by Michigan’s Governor Whitmer that the state bottomlands easement for the Line 5 twin crude oil pipelines has been revoked, effective immediately.

“The Sault Tribe is enormously relieved that this ongoing threat to the health of the waters of Lake Michigan is ending,” Sault Tribe chairperson Aaron Payment said. “We have been asking the state of Michigan to take action on this matter for many years and today is a day to celebrate.”

The Sault Tribe first called on “any government” to take the necessary action to stop the flow of oil through Line 5 in a resolution dated February 2015. Since then, the tribe has pursued this through all legal channels, in hearing rooms and meeting rooms as well as at information gatherings, demonstrations and peaceful protests. Often led by women, these protests have informed the public about the importance of tribal lifeways and culture and the tribe’s values of respect for water, land and other beings.

“In our culture, women bear the responsibility for protecting the water, with men’s assistance,” Hessel area tribal board representative Catherine Hollowell said. “Our tribal fishing grounds are under direct threat of an imminent catastrophe from these aging pipes.”

Payment said, “Our tribal ogitchidaakwe (warrior women) have been persistent voices for stopping the oil before a disaster strikes, especially those on our tribal board of directors – both those currently seated and those who previously served. They’ve led the way to shut down Line 5. Therefore, it is particularly satisfying that the women leading the state of Michigan have taken this responsibility seriously and taken this action today.”

The Sault Tribe congratulates Governor Whitmer, Attorney General Nessel and the rest of the Michigan government for this historic and wise action, and looks forward to the day, 180 days from now, when we no longer have to worry about a breach in those pipes.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting at 5 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Sault Kewadin Casino. Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the meetings are not open to the public.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Under budget modifications: Tribal Bldg – Hessel, Eldercare Ramps, Eldercare Services, ACFS – Social Work, Foster Care, Child Care, HC - Soo Medical Nursing, Walk-In Clinic, 3rd Party, HC-Soo Maintenance, 3rd Party, HC – Maintenance, Improvements, Cap Outlays, 3rd Party, HC – Rural Clinics; liquor licenses for the Midjims and casinos; Authorization for Marquette Ave. easement and COSA accreditation.

Under new business, the board will consider: Board Concerns.

November 17 Meeting Resolutions

GRESHAM, Wis.—The Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes (MAST) congratulates President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris for their successful campaign, which projected a very strong Native platform. While MAST is a non-partisan Native organization advocating on behalf of 35 sovereign tribal nations across Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, we recognize the value of the Native vote and impact on the outcome of the 2020 Presidential election.

American Indians and Alaska Natives make up 1.2 percent of the state of Wisconsin’s population, or about 70,000 people, according to the U.S. Census 2019 estimate. In this election, President Donald Trump garnered about 18 percent of the votes in Menominee County (within the Menominee Nation Territory) while Biden took 82 percent. Biden also won 57 percent of the Bayfield County votes (in northern Wisconsin within the Red Cliff Ojibwe Nation’s territory).

Shannon Holsey, President of the Stockbridge Munsee Band of the Mohican Nation, said, “We worked hard to facilitate the Native vote in the Midwest understanding what was at stake and really turned out the vote. Especially at a time of epic challenges. Tribal nation citizens participated and fought for truth and reconciliation and supported leadership that understands that power must come with accountability and the ability to bring us together, and move us all in a forward direction. Representation truly matters.”

In 2016, traditionally blue states in the Midwest voted Republican as presidential candidates largely ignored the needs of Indian Country. In 2020, the Biden-Harris Campaign, however, developed a comprehensive platform that reached out to tribal communities. This appears to have made a difference in key battle ground states for which Native American mobilization and the Native Vote appears to have made the difference. Tribal leaders in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota took an active role in facilitating GOTV and encouraged Native voters to inspect presidential, senate and congressional candidates’ platforms for a demonstration of support to uphold the treaty and trust responsibility. While these efforts were not partisan, candidates who had clearly articulated tribal platforms, prevailed as tribal voter participation made the difference.

Melanie Benjamin, Chief Executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, added, “The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe congratulates President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris on their election victory, and are excited to work with them. This is also a day of celebration because this is a profound moment in history. The glass ceiling is forever shattered and our little girls now know their dreams can come true. I'm excited for the day when I meet Senator Harris again and get to say, ‘Madame Vice President.’”

Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment and Acting MAST President concluded, "While Native Americans represent just over 2 percent of the total US population, we represent the margin of victory in key battleground states so we can and did make the difference in this election.”

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 - three vacancies (4-year term)
Election Committee - three vacancies (4-year term)
Higher Education Committee - two vacancies (4-year term)
Health Board - five vacancies (4-year term)
Housing Commission - one vacancy-open to all units (4-year term)
Special Needs/Enrollment Committee - five vacancies (2-year term)

Due to COVID-19, Michigan Indian Legal Services is hosting a virtual clinic to serve income-eligible Veterans from Nov. 19‑21, 2020.

Veterans meet via phone or Zoom with an attorney for brief advice about their legal issues.

To reserve a time slot with an attorney, please call Michigan Indian Legal Services at 231‑947‑0122, by Nov. 17, 2020. Ask for Norika Kida Betti or Hank Fields.

Cases handled include family law, estate planning, landlord-tenant, driver's license restoration, criminal records expungement, probate, employment issues and more.

Income eligibility thresholds are 200 percent of the 2020 Federal Poverty Guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Individuals with household income less than 500 percent of poverty are eligible to discuss estate planning

Same-day call in appointments on days of events may be available, but availability is not guaranteed. Call now! 231‑947‑0122.

Veterans Legal Clinic Flyer

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