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The Mary Murray Culture Camp is hosting a Winter Open House on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Mary Murray Culture Camp on Sugar Island.

Come enjoy Hot Chocolate and Cookies! Make a Craft! Pick up some Information on the Sault Tribe Cultural Division and upcoming events!

Free and open to the community, transportation on your own.

For more information, contact Lisa Moran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Colleen Medicine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Dream catcher workshop for Unit 4 tribal members will be held Jan. 5, 12-4 p.m., at the Sands Township Hall, 987 S M-553, in Gwinn. Presenters will be Patti Teeples and Janet Krueger from Youth Activities and Education.

Please bring your family and enjoy the day at the dream catcher workshop. (Youth 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult.) All dream catcher materials will be provided.

Lunch, drinks and incentives will be provided. Sault Tribe sweatshirts for each participant. (Remember to call in shirt sizes when registering.) To register or for more information, call Darcy Morrow, (906) 298-1888, or Denise Chase, (906) 203-2471.

Sponsored by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Unit 4 Education and Cultural Enhancement Fund.

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The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors meeting schedule for 2019:

Jan. 8 – Sault Ste. Marie
Jan. 22 – Sault Ste. Marie
Feb. 5 – Sault Ste. Marie
Feb. 19 – Sault Ste. Marie
March 5 – Sault Ste. Marie
March 19 – Manistique
April 2 – Sault Ste. Marie
April 16 – Munising
May 7 – Sault Ste. Marie
May 21 – Sault Ste. Marie
June 4 – St. Ignace
June 18 – Sault Ste. Marie
July 2 – Escanaba
July 16 – Sault Ste. Marie
Aug. 6 – Sault Ste. Marie
Aug. 20 – Sault Ste. Marie
Sept. 3 – Sault Ste. Marie
Sept. 17 – Sault Ste. Marie
Oct. 1 – Sault Ste. Marie
Oct. 15 – Sault Ste. Marie
Nov. 5 – Sault Ste. Marie
Nov. 26 – Hessel
Dec. 3 – Sault Ste. Marie

Per the Constitution and Bylaws, Article 1 – Meetings of the Board of Directors, Section 1:
…..provided that at least one meeting per year shall be held in each of the five election units established pursuant to Article V, Section 1 of the tribal constitution.

General meetings of the Board of Directors are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. All general meetings start at 5 p.m. All Sault meetings will be held at the Kewadin Casino and Convention Center, other locations to be announced.

All special meetings will be announced.

For further information please call Joanne Carr, ext. 26337 or Linda Grossett, ext. 26338 at the Administration Office, 800‑793‑0660 or 906‑635‑6050.

Board of Directors 2019 Calendar

The 2019 tribal newspaper deadline schedule and print dates are now available. Please download and save.

2019 Tribal Newspaper Schedule

Breakfast with Santa is on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Kewadin Casino Grand Ballroom in Sault Ste. Marie. Arts and crafts, Christmas movies, Christmas music and cookie decorating. Ages newborn to 2 free, 3-11 $7 and 12 and over $13. For more information, call 1-800-KEWADIN or visit www.kewadin.com.

Breakfast with Santa Flyer

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 - five vacancies - three males (4-year term), two female (4-year term)
Child Welfare Committee - four vacancies (4-year term)
Election Committee - six vacancies (4-year term)
Higher Education Committee - two vacancies (4-year term)
Health Board - six vacancies (4-year term)
Conservation Committee - one vacancy (fisher) (1-year term)
Special Needs/Enrollment Committee - six vacancies (2-year term)

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

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

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at Kewadin Casino starting at 5 p.m. on Dec. 11. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 5 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are establishing Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, American marten budget; Tribal Opioid Treatment and Recovery grant budget; Tribal Opioid Prevention grant budget; Perinatal Opioid Use Disorder grant budget; Big Bear – Pro Shop budget; Continuing Funding – Governmental Schedule C;  Northern White Cedar/MTU-ITC; Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan; USDA Rural Development Agency Grant/Loan; Depart of Commerce – Economic Development Agency; Srinergy Solar Project – Kewadin Sault, Chi Mukwa, Shores; Child Protection Background Investigations; Auth. Full Settlement – Tribal Ct. Case WC-17-01; Litigation Support Funds –CORA and Open Deposit Acct – Flagstar Bank.

Under new business, the board will consider disenrollments, committee request, 2019 board calendar and board concerns.

December 11 Meeting Resolutions

SAULT STE. MARIE—On Dec. 3, the City of Sault Ste. Marie donated historic land back to the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The land, called the Methodist Mission Reserve, is 240 acres contiguous to the existing tribal reservation to which the tribe has significant historical ties.

The Sault City Commission unanimously approved the donation at its Dec. 3, 2018, meeting. Mayor Tony Bosbous said, “The City of Sault Ste. Marie is very appreciative of the spirit and cooperation that the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and city have experienced over these past 25 years! During our historic 350th celebration as a city and settlement, it is with great pleasure we return the property known as the Methodist Mission Reserve back to the Anishinaabek people.”

Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment said, “It is through long-term mutual cooperation that we are able to arrive at this monumental act of good faith in this donation of land.”

The land is made up of two triangle shaped parcels in between the tribe’s land on Shunk Rd. and Riverside Dr. in Sault Ste. Marie. The tribe has pledged to uphold existing conservation easements and will seek to put the land into trust. As city land, the two parcels are already exempt from taxes.

In August, the tribe resolved to request that the Methodist Mission Reserve be transferred to the tribe. It was the city’s 350th anniversary; the city had no plans for the reserve aside from conservation. “I would like to personally thank the City Commission, Mayor, as well as the entire Sault Tribe Board of Directors for their respective parts in making this historic land transfer to occur,” said tribal resolution sponsor, Unit 1 Director and Vice Chairman DJ Hoffman.

SAULT STE. MARIE – Aaron Payment, chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, today issued a statement calling on the Michigan legislature and current Governor’s office to end its controversial lame-duck actions.

“The Snyder administration has just withdrawn its ill-considered proposal to shackle the Mackinac Bridge Authority with ownership, operation and liability for a pipeline tunnel at the Straits of Mackinac,” Payment said. “Michiganders’ howls of outrage have gotten through. However, this government seems to be hell-bent on pushing through unpopular measures on its way out the door.”

Legislators are writing new language to create an authority to own and manage the proposed tunnel in time for the end of the legislative session. The governor-elect and attorney general-elect, to be sworn in in January, have both stated opposition to the dual pipelines.

“A tunnel option would simply allow Enbridge to continue operating the aging, dented, damaged pipelines, endangering our fisheries and tourism, for an additional 10 years while they study and try to obtain permits for the tunnel. This is unacceptable,” Payment said. “Pump and Pray is not the way to manage Michigan’s and the tribes’ resources.”

In addition to fast-tracking a tunnel agreement before the end of the session, officials are also rushing through other controversial measures that would tie the hands of the incoming administration. State Bill 1211 would remove protections on half of Michigan’s wetlands by redefining what a wetland is. Other measures include stripping some of the voter-approved election fairness provisions and altering minimum wage proposals.

“This lame duck session has to stop trying to ram through regressive policies that Michiganders do not want,” Payment said. “There is a reason the other candidates won and this administration is coming off as sore losers by behaving this way.”

Sault Tribe is hosting a two-day moccasin making class with instructor Jackie Minton for Sault Tribe members 16 and up. The class is Jan. 12 and 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the St. Ignace Elders Complex, 3017 Mackinac Trail, St. Ignace, Mich. Lunch each day is on your own. This class is free but limited to the first eight registrants.

All materials will be provided to make your own pair of Plains style moccasins. Participants must be able to sew by hand. Lunch each day is on your own.

All registration forms must be submitted by December 26 to reserve your spot! To register please contact Jackie Minton: (906) 322-6423 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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