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ColeSwindellHot summer nights are better with hot country music and Kewadin Casino Sault Ste. Marie is thrilled to announce Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling country superstar Cole Swindell is hitting the DreamMakers stage on Friday, Aug. 12!

Swindell is heating things up with all of your favorite hits including Chillin’ It, Hope You Get Lonely Tonight, Ain’t Worth the Whiskey, You Should Be Here, Middle of a Memory, Love You Too Late, Single Saturday Night and Never Say Never, a duet with his friend and rising star Lainey Wilson. This is one night of hot country music that you do not want to miss.

Tickets are on sale now at tickets.kewadin.com or at the Box Office for $65.

This is a standing room only show.
Doors: 7 p.m. / Show: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $65

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 July 5 at the Sault Kewadin Casino, in person.

Presentations on the agenda are: Certification of 2022 Election, Oath of Office, and Nomination of Officers.

July 5 Meeting Agenda

After a general election recount of Units I and III on June 29 by the tribal Election Committee, recount results were as follows:

Unit I: Robert McRorie, 1417; Isaac McKechnie, 1239; Nichole Causley, 1238; and Kim Gravelle, 1238.

Unit III: Shawn Borowicz, 620; Keith Massaway, 619.

Results are unofficial until certified.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —Sault Tribe Vice Chairman DJ Hoffman was appointed chairman by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors at its special meeting held June 27 at Sault Kewadin Casino.

“I am humbled and honored to serve as chairman of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians,” Hoffman said. “I realize we are a divided tribe, and members have strong feelings one way or another on who leads our nation. It is my hope I can help bridge this transition and move our tribe forward working with our tribal board.”

Hoffman’s appointment will cover the remainder of the chairperson term until the next election in 2024. Former Chair Aaron Payment resigned May 10.

The tribe’s Constitution establishes the board of director’s mandate to fill any board member’s vacancy, including a vacancy for the chairperson’s seat. According to the tribe’s general counsel, under certain conditions, the tribe’s Election Code allows for a special advisory election to help guide the board in carrying out the appointment for a vacant seat on the board. But the Election Code Sub. II, §10.204 (3) says that if a board vacancy arises “after the posting of a Notice of Election for a general election there shall be No Special Advisory Election.”

“As the vacancy for the chairperson’s seat arose after the tribe’s 2022 General Election notice was posted, a special advisory election could not be held pursuant to this restriction set forth in the tribe’s Election Code,” Jeremy Patterson, the tribe’s general counsel, said. “The tribe’s board of directors therefore proceeded to fill the vacancy in fulfilling its constitutional mandate by appointing DJ Hoffman as the chairperson of the tribe at the June 27 meeting.”

Serving as a board officer for eight years and additional time serving on various committees has helped Hoffman prepare for his new role. “I look forward to working with the current and future board members to work collaboratively to achieve positive results for our tribe,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman served as vice chairman from 2016 to 2022, as well as secretary for two years. He has served as the JKL Fiduciary Committee chair since 2020. Hoffman earned his Master’s in Public Administration from Northern Michigan University and his Master’s in Business Administration from Central Michigan University. He graduated from Lake Superior State University with a Bachelor’s in Business and earned an additional Bachelor’s in Human Resources from Michigan State University. He is a certified school board member and a certified parliamentarian.

For some units, the 2022 Sault Tribe General Election was a close race.

Two seats were available in Unit I. Robert McRorie had a clear majority with 1,421 votes. Tied for the second seat were Nichole Causley and Isaac McKechnie, with 1,238 votes each. Coming in next only one vote behind was incumbent Kim Gravelle with 1,237 votes.

In Unit II, Kimberely Lee was the clear winner with 470 votes to Paul Barbeaux’s 382.

In Unit III, Shawn Borowicz edged out incumbent Keith Massaway by two votes, 620 to 618.

Unit IV, newcomer Kimberly Hampton defeated incumbent Denise Chase, 564 to 371 votes.

In Unit V, Tyler LaPlaunt was the clear winner over incumbent Charles Matson 399 to 152.

The Election Committee will automatically hold a recount for the tied vote in Unit I. According to the tribe’s Election Ordinance, candidates may request a recount if the vote is closer than 2 percent or 50 votes. With their unofficial results well within 2 percent of the vote, Gravelle and Massaway have both indicated they requested recounts. Recount requests must be submitted in writing to the Election Committee chairperson within three days of posting the unofficial results of the election. The deadline for the contests relating to the vote count is June 27. After that, the results are certified and become official pending recounts, contests and complaints.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will hold a special meeting beginning 3 p.m. on June 27 at the Sault Kewadin Casino, in person or via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/96906911516.

Those who have already registered for Zoom meetings need not register again unless they have a matter for the board.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Permanent Endowment of Golf Scholarship, Native Am Elder Needs Assessment Survey, Cultural Rematriating Anishnaabe Art, COPS TRGP 2018, Stonegarden Grant/Establish Budget, ACFS- USDA Budget Mod, Tamarack II, Manistique Pharmacy, St. Ignace Dental/Third Party, and COVID 19 Lost Reimbursement.

Under New Business, the board will discuss Vacant Chairperson Seat.

June 27 Meeting Resolutions

Monster TruckMonster Truck Throwdown RETURNS to Kewadin Casino St. Ignace for one HUGE day of fun and destruction on Saturday, Sept. 17, as a part of Truck Show Weekend!

See the iconic SAMSON, Reptoid, Sinistar, Reckless Driving and more! Plus, the thrills of Freestyle Motocross and your chance to take a ride on a real MONSTER Truck! Each ticket is a TRACK PASS! Join us at 1 p.m. for the FREE Track Party for your chance to meet the drivers, get up close and personal with the trucks, stock up on merchandise, collect autographs and more!

Gates open at noon, Track Party at 1 p.m., Engines Fire at 3 p.m.!

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m. at tickets.kewadin.com, at the Kewadin Casino St. Ignace Gift Shop or at the Box Office. Adult (13+) tickets are $25*, children 3-12 are $15* and children under 2 are FREE.

*Fee included in ticket price for Monster Truck Throwdown event.

Magic of Michael GrandinettiKewadin Casino Sault Ste. Marie is excited to announce a magical night of illusion and mystery on Saturday, July 30 with The Magic of Michael Grandinetti—Illusion on the Cutting Edge.

Michael has had starring roles on NBC's The World's Most Dangerous Magic II, five seasons of The CW's Masters of Illusion and POP's Don't Blink, and his magic has been featured on the Emmy-nominated FOX series Bones, The Today Show, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, SportsCenter and The Bold and the Beautiful. Michael was also a featured guest on CNBC's Make It, a series about people who have achieved success in challenging industries.

The Magic of Michael Grandinetti brings breathtaking wonders from Michael's extraordinary career to the DreamMakers Theater with legendary magic plots of levitation, escapes, sawing in half, teleportation and more!

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 24 at 10 a.m. at tickets.kewadin.com or at the Box Office for only $25.

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 June 20 at the Sault Kewadin Casino, in person or via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/96906911516.

Those who have already registered for Zoom meetings need not register again unless they have a matter for the board.

The June 21 meeting was moved to June 20 due to 1836 Consent Decree negotiations.

“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 1 p.m. on meeting day. The link is https://zoom.us/j/96906911516.

Resolutions on the agenda are: ARPA Covid Testing; Contact Tracing, Monitoring, etc.; ARPA Maintenance and Improvements, Leasing, etc.; HC–Maintenance, Improvements, Cap Outlays, etc.; Auth. to Establish Environmental Community Gardens; Letter of Intent UPCAP; Am. Ch. 14: Rules of Parliamentary Procedures; Partial Waivers; ARPA Parking Lots; and ARPA Natural Resource Building.

Under New Business the board will consider Committee Request, Am. Chapter 90, Tanglewood Management Agreement, S.T. Inc. Agreement, Honorary Membership, Board Retirement, Board Social Security, Procurement Exclusion, Vacant Chairperson Seat, and Annual Contract Renewal Authority.

June 20 Meeting Resolutions

The attached election complaint finding is being published per Tribal Code Ch. 10 at Section 10.120(2)(c).

Decision of Election Committee - Sheila Berger

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