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 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) 1 vacancy (expires 5-23)
Conservation Committee - one vacancy - Fisheries (term expiring 3/3/2023)
Election Committee - four vacancies (4-year term)
Higher Education Committee - two vacancies (4-year term)
Health Board - five vacancies (4-year term)
Housing Commission - one vacancy - Unit 1 (4 year term) one vacancy – Unit 2 (4 year term)
Special Needs/Enrollment Committee - six vacancies (2-year term)

Michiganders over age 50 with medical conditions and disabilities and caregivers of children with special health care needs will be eligible March 8; all Michiganders over age 50 eligible March 22

LANSING, Mich. —To help reach the state’s goal of vaccinating 70 percent of Michiganders over age 16 and bring a quicker end to the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) officials announced March 3 the state is expanding vaccination eligibility beginning Monday, March 8. This change follows the announcement by President Joe Biden that ramped-up production will provide enough doses for 300 million Americans by the end May. 

MDHHS is moving forward with the vaccination of Michiganders age 50 and older with medical conditions or disabilities and caregiver family members and guardians who care for children with special health care needs. Beginning Monday, March 22, vaccine eligibility will again expand to include all Michiganders 50 and older. To date, more than 40 percent of Michiganders age 65 and older have been vaccinated.

California Tribal Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Colorectal Cancer Talking Circle

Time: March 4, 2021 at 10 a.m. PST

Join us for a talking circle! This month, we raise awareness for colorectal cancer. This talking circle will provide you with a better understanding of colorectal cancer and provide you with valuable insight on the experiences of tribal patients and community members.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErd-mpqTwoHNBxZ5pI8YdyiHvEw8f_ZEMC

This is a great opportunity for a federal internship which has the potential to become a fulltime federal job after graduation from college. Everyone should apply, even if they do not see their major on the list in the announcement; this program is flexible. Applicants should be 18 or over and enrolled in college.

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/592339300 

United Way hosts month-long reading event

To celebrate 2021 March is Reading Month, United Way of the EUP and its Retired and Senior Volunteer Program are hosting a reading event. Volunteers from the Coast Guard, Lake Superior State University, our very own RSVP Reading Buddies and many more will be recorded reading a children's story. That story will then be posted to our YouTube Channel every day throughout the month of March. These videos will be shared across social media and in our classrooms to help promote reading and literacy in our EUP area. The daily videos can be seen at: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3dxByTTncuD5Spa_PSTKwkLyqoNcwpwU

Read across the EUP Flyer

Kinross Twp Hall Community Gardens is seeking community members interested in maintaining a raised bed garden this summer. Garden sites will include a raised bed, soil and compost, and water access.

For more information, please contact Jim Moore at 906‑440‑3840.

Kinross Community Gardens Flyer

Research shows that AI/AN populations are more misclassified as another race than other racial groups in things like cancer registries or cardiovascular disease mortality rates. This misclassification likely results in an underestimated burden of chronic illness and COVID-19 in our communities and makes it hard to document health disparities.

Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan has been working to bring to light the importance of mitigating racial misclassification by encouraging individuals to "check their race(s)" when asked on health or other standard forms, and to understand the perspectives of Native Americans when being recorded by their racial identity.

ITC wants to hear thoughts and perspectives of Native Americans on this topic. Please take our three-question racial misclassification survey: https://forms.gle/Y93N3iPZUREg3usw5

Have an old phone you don’t use anymore? The United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula will be hosting a used phone donation drive through the end of March. These donations will benefit clients in recovery at Great Lakes Recovery Center Inc. as well as clients seeking help from other local human resource organizations.

COVID-19 has taken its toll on all of us and in this time of “by appointment only,” being without a phone becomes a barrier for those trying to schedule job interviews, participate in telehealth appointments, or reconnect with family.

Drop off bins will be located in Chippewa, Luce and Mackinac counties. To donate your used mobile phone, please first be sure to delete any sensitive information and factory reset your phone. Phones along with chargers can be dropped off at the following locations: 

• The Hope Chest, 250 Ferry Lane, St. Ignace, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
• Newberry Community Action Agency, 207 Newberry Ave., Newberry, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; or
• Outside United Way’s office, located on the second floor of 511 Ashmun St. (the Huntington Bank building) in downtown Sault Ste. Marie. The building is accessible 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

All phones are accepted, “unlocked” or pay-as-you-go phones are preferred. You may also donate prepaid phone cards. Cards should be mailed directly to United Way of the EUP, PO Box 451, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 or dropped off at our office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information or questions, contact David Brey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 906‑632‑3700, ext. 4.

St. Michael, Marquette Virtual Parish Mission March 7‑8 Open To All

Everyone is invited to join the parishioners of St. Michael Parish, Marquette for a free virtual parish mission. Dominick Albano, Catholic author, speaker and consultant, will present “Choosing Hope: A Lenten Parish Mission on Making Godly Choices” Sunday and Monday, March 7 and 8, at 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CT.

The live-streaming link, “St. Michael Parish Mission,” will be posted at: StMichaelMqt.com and Facebook.com/StMikesMqt. Those without Internet access are invited to view the live-stream at St. Michael’s parish center by calling 906‑228‑8180 before March 5 to reserve your space at St. Michael Parish, 401 W. Kaye Ave., Marquette. Masks must be worn.

Albano notes, “God has a plan for your life, and when your choices align with that plan, your life is filled with hope, light, and grace. Choosing Hope is about learning how to include God when you make choices and have the peace that comes from knowing you made the best choice you could.”

This parish mission is based on Albano’s book, The Essential Guide to Prayerful Decision Making. Anyone who wishes to purchase the book before or after the mission, can use the special coupon code, "STMICHAEL," to receive 20% off any of the books on Albano’s website. Visit DominickAlbano.com and click on Store.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will hold a virtual regular meeting at 5 p.m. on March 2. Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the meetings are not open to the public.

“Matters Raised by the Membership” will be held at 4 p.m. by virtual attendance. Please check the Sault Tribe website for the meeting link and Membership Form that must be completed.

Resolutions on the agenda are, under Budget Modifications: GLRI- Whitefish Recruitment, Gitchi Auto Home/RV and Grant and Establish Budget; MERS 2021 Defined Benefit Plan Addendum; CTAS Grant; Authorization to Utilize Seymour Rd. for NADP Site; Trust Land Cancellation - Carpentiers Lot 131; Trust Land Cancellation - Carpentiers Lot 165; Trust Land Lease Carpentiers/McLean; of Tribal Charter for Sault Tribe Business Alliance; Subcontract for Admin/Biological CORA; and Amending Chapter 21: Hunting and Inland Fishing Sec. 21.522.

Under New Business is Board Concerns.

March 2 Meeting Resolutions

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