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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians invites the community and public to its 37th annual Traditional Powwow and Summer Gathering July 13 through 15 at its powwow grounds off of Shunk Road in Sault Ste. Marie. Admission is free and open to the public. Join us for a family friendly event with drumming and dancing, Native food and craft vendors, a kids’ carnival, traditional feast and more.

Festivities begin Friday, July 13, with a kids’ carnival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and open drumming and dancing at 7 p.m. On Saturday, July 14, grand entries are 1 and 7 p.m. with a free traditional feast at 5 p.m. and a hand drum contest at 6 p.m. Grand entry on Sunday, July 15, is at noon. This year’s celebration will feature singing and dance specials throughout the weekend in addition to jackpot spot dances and more fun.

Prior to the powwow, a spiritual gathering will take place on July 12 starting at sunrise.

The powwow theme this year is Miinaadendimowin Anishinaabe Bimaadiziwin Bawaating, “Respecting our way of life at Sault Ste. Marie.” Head Ogichidaa is Cecil Pavlat, Head Drum Judge is Justin Perrault Sr., Head Male Dance Judge is Ray Cadotte and Head Female Dance Judge is Julie Whitepigeon. Emcees are Jody Gaskin and Joe Medicine, and Arena Director is Bud Biron. No drugs or alcohol are allowed.

Camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis, with showers and restrooms available on site. Kewadin Casino and Convention Center, (800) 539-2346, is host hotel. For information about drums, dancers, vendors or the spiritual gathering, please call Sault Tribe Cultural Department at (906) 635-6050.


Pre-order a powwow t-shirt!

Powwow apparel sale to benefit the the Sault Tribe Gathering and Powwow July 13‑15. Order forms must be submitted no later than June 15, 2018. Please send all forms to the Big Bear Arena (ATTN. Lisa Moran), 2 Ice Circle Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783, fax them to (906) 632-6789 or email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Powwow apparel available are t-shirts, long sleeve shirts and crew neck sweaters, sizes small through 4XL, in men’s and women’s styles. All apparel is black with the powwow logo on the front. Prices and an order form are available at the tribe’s website, saulttribe.com.

Non-Sault Tribe members will be charged 6 percent sales tax.

If you would prefer to pay by check or money order, please make them payable to “Sault Tribe Powwow.”

 2018 powwow apparel order form

Just a reminder: our Summer schedule starts the week of May 28.
Summer schedule:
Mon – Fri: 5 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
The summer schedule runs Memorial Day until Labor Day.

Memorial Day Holiday Schedule
Fri, May 25 : Closes at 6 p.m.
Sat., May 26: Closed
Sun., May 27: Closed
Mon., May 28: Closed Have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

2018 Primary results

Sault Tribe’s primary election is complete and unofficial results posted:

Unit I: Incumbents Kimberle Gravelle and DJ Hoffman and newcomers Betty Freiheit and Nichole Causley will run for two seats. Unit III: Incumbent Keith Massaway and newcomer Geraldine Brow will run for one seat.

Since two candidates ran for one seat in Units II, IV and V, a primary election was not necessary. In Unit II, incumbent Catherine Hollowell faces Paul Barbeaux; in Unit IV, incumbent Denise Chase faces Lacey Kinnart; and in Unit V, newcomers Tyler LaPlaunt and Charles Matson face off. Unit V rep Anita Nelson decided not to run again.

Each general election candidate received a free half-page ad in this issue of Win Awenen Nisitotung. Election ads from Units V to I start on page 4.

Unofficial elections results:

Unit I
Candidate Votes
Kimberle Gravelle 1015
DJ Hoffman 835
Betty Freiheit 779
Nichole Causley 645
George Parrish 540
Charles Cook Jr. 534
Beverly Goetz-MacLaren 534
Unit III
Candidate  Votes
Keith Massaway 453
Geraldine Brow 422
Thomas Paquin 203
William Colegrove Jr. 174

Blank ballots for the General Election will be mailed June 7 and must be returned for the count by election day, June 28.

Sault Tribe Governmental Offices and Health Centers will be closed Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day. Thank you.

Parents interested in taking training to learn how to help shape local, regional and state program planning and policy development should plan to attend a two-day course in Grayling on Aug. 8 and 9.

The Parent Leadership in State Government (PLISG) initiative offers the Parents Partnering for Change training curriculum, which trains parents how to voice their views to decision-making bodies.

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

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

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

Meet the Bishop Day Mass & Dinner hosted by the Most Reverend John F. Doerfler and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, 2018. 

The event will begin with a Mass at St. Louis the King Church, 264 Silver Creek Road, Marquette, at 4 p.m., followed by a catered dinner in the parish hall. The event is open to individuals with disabilities and their families or caregivers. For information and registration visit www.dioceseofmarquette.org/calendar/6/2018 or contact MaryAnn Bernier at 906‑227‑9115 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The reservation deadline is May 25, 2018.

The Sault Tribe Purchasing Department is currently updating their files. We request all tribal member owned businesses contact our office to complete the potential vendor application.

The application allows the Purchasing Department to solicit membership owned businesses for contractual work or services. The tribe’s bid policy offers Native preference from one to five percent on goods and services procured from businesses at least 51 percent owned by members of a federally recognized by an Indian tribe.

Please contact the Purchasing Department at 906‑635‑7035 so you may obtain a vendor information packet. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tamara Roche. You may also request the form via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors will be held at the Munising Tribal Center starting at 5 p.m. on May 15. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 5 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are, under Budget Modifications, Tribal Forestry, Tribal Climate Change, Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country and IHS Special Diabetes; Amending Chapter 36. Juvenile Code; MEDC Grant for Renovation; Ratifying and Approving Gitchi Enterprises Management; Assignment of Management Auth.-Criderman Rd. Parcels; and Assignment of Management Auth.-North Airport Rd. Parcels.

A Committee Request and Board Concerns are under New Business.

May 15 Meeting Resolutions

Rock & Roller Thursdays will be offered in St. Ignace May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7, and June 21 from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at Little Bear East Arena.

Free pizza, soda pop, skate rental, and skating. Participants may use the arena’s skates or they can bring their own rollerblades or roller skates and helmets.

The program is sponsored by Mackinac County Child Protection Roundtable.

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