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The Sault Tribe Youth Facility is hiring Detention Officers!
—Paid Training Provided
—Competitive Wages
—Excellent Benefits
—Paid Holidays
—Opportunity for Advancement
—No education or experience required.

Visit the Sault Tribe website at www.saulttribe.com to review the complete job description and to apply.

Please contact the Human Resource Department with questions:
Sault Tribe Human Resource Department
3015 Mackinac Trail
St. Ignace, MI
2186 Shunk Rd.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Detention Officer Job Opportunity

Child Abuse Prevention Month Drive Thru Event
April 21, 5-7 p.m.
Big Bear Parking Lot
2 Ice Circle, Sault Ste. Marie

Free T-Shirts & Goodie Bags

Brought to you by Anishnaabek Community and Family Services.
Contact Ashley Morrow with any questions at (906) 495-1232.

Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Flyer

Unofficial results of today's Unit I Special Advisory Election are as follows:

Joanne Pavlat-Carr: 1032

Sheila Berger: 653

Nichole Causley: 646

The following Sault Tribe 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 Jessica Dumback at 523 Ashmun Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783, or call 906‑635‑6050 with any questions.

Anishinaabe Cultural Committee - Ten vacancies - five males (4-year term), five females (4-year term)
Child Welfare Committee - Four vacancies (4-year term)
Election Committee - Five vacancies (4-year term)
Health Board - Two vacancies (4-year term)
Housing/Utility Authority - One vacancy (4-year term)
Special Needs/Enrollment Committee -
Unit I - Three vacancies
Unit II - Two vacancies
Unit III - Two vacancies

Elder Advisory Committee
Unit I - Sault - One alternate vacancy (4-year term)
Unit II - Hessel - One alternate vacancy (4-year term)
Unit II - Naubinway - One regular vacancy (4-year term)
Unit III - St. Ignace - One alternate vacancy (4-year term)
Unit V - Munising - One regular vacancy (4-year term)
Unit V - Marquette - One alternate vacancy (4-year term)

Elder Subcommittee
Unit I - Sault - One alternate vacancy (4-year term)
Unit II - Hessel - One regular vacancy, one alternate vacancy (4-year term)
Unit III - St. Ignace - One regular vacancy (4-year term)
Unit IV - Escanaba - Two alternate vacancies (4-year term)
Unit V - Munising - One regular vacancy, two alternate vacancies (4-year term)

2023 SWM Logo

The theme for 2023 is Social Work Breaks Barriers 

Sault Tribe Behavioral Health celebrates this year’s Social Work Month in March with the theme “Social Work Breaks Barriers,” to highlight how social workers have enriched our society by empowering people and communities to overcome hurdles that prevent them from living life to the fullest. 

The annual Social Work Month campaign in March is a time to inform public, policymakers, and legislators about how social workers have always broken barriers when it comes to the services they provide in an array of sectors, including hospitals and mental health centers, federal, state and local government, schools, community centers, and social service agencies. 

People become social workers because they have a strong desire to help others and make society a better place. Social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). More than 700,000 professional social workers are hard at work nationwide, but that number is expected to rise to more than 800,000 by 2030, BLS said. 

Social work began more than a century ago. The profession can trace a large part of its origins to Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Star, who in 1889 opened Hull House in Chicago to provide social services to the area, which had a large immigrant population. 

Other social work pioneers include anti-lynching advocate and women’s rights activist Ida B. Wells and George Edmund Haynes, a social worker who was co-founder of the National Urban League. In the 1960s, past NASW President Whitney M. Young Jr. worked in collaboration with President Johnson and other leaders during the turbulent Civil Rights era to break down the barrier of employment discrimination so Black people could get access to better paying jobs. 

Social workers have helped drive significant, positive changes in our nation. Frances Perkins, the first female Labor Secretary during the Great Depression, and others, helped secure benefits we continue to see used today, such as the 40-hour work week, minimum wage, and Social Security benefits. 

Here are the Sault Tribe Behavioral Health social workers who are continuing to break barriers today: 

– Mallinda Lumsden, LMSW Clinical Social Worker, Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor 
– NeTausha Moran-Bergsma, LMSW Clinical Social Worker
– Denise Lyons, LMSW Clinical Social Worker
– Rafael Aguirre, LMSW Clinical Social Worker
– Alexa Jones, LMSW Clinical Social Worker
– Kristin Kempf-Roffers, LMSW Clinical Social Worker
– Nicole Kozal, LLMSW Clinical Social Worker
– Rebecca Patzwald, LMSW Clinical Social Worker
– Mark Senkus, LMSW Clinical Social Worker
– Christina Reynolds-Burlak, LMSW Clinical Social Worker
– Rebeckah Zaragoza, LMSW Clinical Social Worker
– Candace Dennis, LMSW Clinical Social Worker
– Lenny Carpentier-McLean, BH Counselor

Each day, these social workers break barriers and continue to help our people live the best lives possible. During Social Work Month we urge you to educate yourselves about this amazing profession, thank the social workers in your lives, and help support the profession.

If you are struggling with substance use or your mental health, the Sault Tribe Behavioral Health Program is always available for assistance. Please call (906) 635-6075. A screening can be done for services or Urgent Care services are available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Behavioral Health offers therapy services, prevention services, and sober living homes for those in need. Please call for a more detailed description of services.

KEWADIN CASINOS—Sault Ste. Marie is kicking off summer with Country artist Dustin Lynch in the DreamMakers Theater on Friday, June 16.

You want to be “Where It’s At” on June 16! Pre-sale for Dustin Lynch begins Wednesday, March 15 at 10 a.m. until Thursday, March 16 at 10 p.m. General on-sale begins Friday, March 17 at 10 a.m.

Lynch, a Grand Ole Opry member, hits the DreamMakers stage for the first time, bringing several number one hits from his four Top 5 albums and incredible fifth studio album, Blue In The Sky, featuring platinum No. 1 Thinking 'Bout You (featuring MacKenzie Porter) along with hit singles Party Mode and Fish In The Sea. Since his platinum breakout Cowboys and Angels in 2012, Lynch has headlined packed venues and toured with Country's biggest names like Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley and Kane Brown.

Hotel plus Show and Gaming Packages are available by calling 1-800-KEWADIN BEFORE purchasing tickets.
The Box Office
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 17, at 10 a.m. EST
All Tickets: $65 USD
Doors: 7 p.m. / Show: 8 p.m.
*This is a Standing Room Only show*

The Sault Tribe Board of Directors has canceled its March 21, 2023, regular meeting.

Attention those using Zoom: Please see below for new Zoom link

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will hold a special meeting beginning 5 p.m. on March 14 at the Sault Kewadin Casino, in person or via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/83640619761

On the agenda under Resolutions is: Continuing Funding Authority for FY 2023 Jan to Dec, Continuing Funding Authority for FY 2024 Apr to Mar, Tribal Attorney.

Under New Business, Board Concerns. 


Attention those using Zoom: Please see below for new Zoom link

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 March 7 at the Sault Kewadin Casino, in person or via Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/83640619761.

“Matters Raised by the Membership” will be held at 5 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/83640619761.

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

On the agenda under Resolutions is: Child Care Development Fund (CCDF), FY 2023 TVSSA Program, 2023 OVW Tribal Government, ACFS - Transitional Housing, Elders - St. Ignace Meal Program, Employment - WIOA Works Experience, Employment - WIOA on the Job Training, Employment - WIOA Administration, Heath Division - Medical Nursing and 3rd Party Revenue, Health Division - St. Ignace Optical and 3rd Party Revenue, Health Division - Administration, Health Division - Hepatitis C Elimination Program, Health Division - St. Ignace Dental, Transportation - EUPTA Transit Agreement, Transportation - Manistique Transit Agreement, Extension of Letter of Credit, Establishing Authority to Direct Election Committee, Directing Election Committee to Conduct New Special Election, Emergency Power to Direct Election Committee, and Juul Settlement - Investment in Land Claims Fund.

Under New Business, the board will consider Committee Appointments, Preliminary Investigative Report on DJ Hoffman, and Board Concerns.

March 7 Meeting Resolutions

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Chairman Austin Lowes joined tribal leaders from across Michigan March 2 in calling on lawmakers to support newly introduced legislation that would ensure children involved in tribal court systems and their guardians receive access to the same support as those in state courts.

Senate Bills 137 and 138 were introduced today by Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Sen. John Damoose (R-Harbor Springs). They would make Michigan families eligible for the Guardianship Assistance Program regardless of the court that orders a child’s guardianship. Children with guardianship orders from tribal courts are not currently eligible for the program, and neither are children who have guardianship orders from other states.

“Children who are appointed a guardian often have been through some underlying family issues, and they deserve equal treatment under the law regardless of which court has heard their case,” said Lowes. “This legislation will guarantee that a Native child and their guardian have access to the same financial assistance and support services through the Guardianship Assistance Program as anyone else in Michigan, and I urge the legislature to move these bills quickly to ensure that no one is denied the resources they need."

The Guardianship Assistance Program provides financial support for families who provide permanent guardianship for children when adoption or family re-unification are not appropriate options. The amount of assistance is pegged to foster care rates. Guardianship, as a permanent option that often takes place within the child’s extended family, usually provides a more secure placement that keeps children better connected to their communities.

Lowes, who is also a trained social worker, notes that there is a sense of urgency around the issue for many Native families. “We know of at least 10 Sault Tribe families and many other Native families from around the state who have been impacted by the current laws on Guardianship Assistance Program benefits because their cases involve a tribal rather than a state court,” Lowes said. “When this happens, children remain in unfamiliar foster homes rather than in the home of a close relative, and those foster families may not uphold tribal cultures or customs.”

The legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Civil Rights, Judiciary and Public Safety where a hearing is expected to be held in the coming weeks.

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