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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 Aug. 21. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 6 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: under Budgets, Culture Camp/Mary Murray Culture Camp, Health Center-Medical Nursing and Health Center-Emergency Preparedness; Lease Cancellation-Erickson; Trust Land Lease-Gardner; Waiver of Sovereign Immunity Lake Forest Bank; and Position Description Best Practices

Under New Business: board concerns.

August 21 Meeting Resolutions

Hosted by Kewadin Casinos and sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the Border Town BBQ Brawl will be held Aug. 17 and 18 at Kewadin Casino Sault Ste. Marie. Three contests will be held Friday and Saturday! The first is Friday night, a non-sanctioned back yard rib contest open to anyone who wishes to compete. The next contest is a professional BBQ contest with a $6,500 prize pool sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. It will be held on Aug. 17 and 18. The event winds up with a fundraiser, the people’s choice event, with all proceeds going to a cure for cancer. For a list of the 25 KCBS teams competing, and more information, visit http://bordertownbbqbrawl.com/.

Anishinaabemowin Symposium Sept. 7 and Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways Gchi Giigidiwigamig (Big Discussion Room), in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. 

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Continental breakfast to start each day. Lunch served at noon.

The Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department is putting on this event to promote the importance of Anishinaabemowin in our community.

For more information, please contact:
Isabelle Osawamick. Language Outreach Specialist at 989‑775‑4110
Mary Perez, Administrative Assistant II at 989‑775‑4026

Look for updates on our webpage at: www.sagchip.org – Culture – Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department.

Anishinaabemowin Symposium

Win Awenen Nisitotung August issue is now available here. As a special second section to WAN, the Sault Tribe 2017 annual report is now available here.

This special issue is being sent to every tribal household. For those tribal members who don’t already have their free subscription to WAN and would like to sign up for their free monthly issue, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 906‑632‑6398. Non members may also subscribe for $18 per year; $11 for seniors 60 and older.

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 male (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)
Special Needs/Enrollment Committee - six vacancies (2-year term)

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

The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center will be hosting its sixth annual Mental Health Summit on Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bay College West Campus located at 2801 North US Highway 2 in Iron Mountain, Mich.

Local government human services, community mental health agencies, hospitals, Veterans and their families and any other interested organizations or individuals are invited to participate.

The purpose of the Mental Health Summit is to bring together these key stakeholders in the community, including Veterans and their families, with the goal of enhancing the mental health and wellbeing of Veterans and their families

“We are building bridges to serve those who served us,” Amy Fowler, this year’s summit coordinator, said.

Topics at this year’s Mental Health Summit include suicide prevention, access to mental health care, eliminating mental health stigma, VA’s new Whole Health Program and women Veterans health care.

“We have found these Mental Health Summits to be beneficial in addressing the mental health needs of our Veterans, especially in our rural patient areas,” Medical Center Director Jim Rice said.

Rice added, “We cannot do it alone, especially in tackling the VA’s top clinical priority, suicide prevention.”

For more information or to register for the Mental Health Summit please contact Amy Fowler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 906‑774‑3300 extension, 32742.

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 Aug. 7. The meeting will be preceded by “Matters Raised by the Membership” from 4 to 5 p.m.

Resolutions on the agenda are: Under Budgets: ACFS-USDA, HC-Laboratory, HC-St. Ignace Clinic, COPS TRGP 2014, Conservation Management, Public Safety Enforcement and Juvenile Detention Repairs and Maintenance, BE-15-J54 Sanitation, Education-Higher Ed, Tribal Attorney and School Fiduciary Committee; Continuing Funding Authority; Trust Land Status-Riverside; NCAI-Annual Dues; Waiver-Environmental Mitigation; Amending Ch. 21: Marten Regulations; Tribal Practices for Wellness Indian Country; Statement of Policy: Grant Applications; Transfer of Northern Hospitality Building to EDC Property.

Under New Business, the board will consider Enrollment Special Needs, Committee Request, Property Tax Lands, Scholarships, Mission Indian and Board Concerns.

August 7 Meeting Resolutions

Below is a listing for 2018 farmers’ markets in the Sault Tribe service area in the eastern Upper Peninsula. For information on farmers’ markets in other counties of Michigan, visit mifma.org/findafarmersmarket.

The Mackinac County Child Protection ROUNDTABLEi s partnering with the St. Ignace Public Library to bring breakfast and afternoon snacks to the library’s summer programs. Breakfast and snacks are available to all children and youth age 0-18.

JULY
July 16: 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m.
July 17: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
July 18: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
July 20: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
July 27: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

AUGUST
Aug. 3: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Aug. 11: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Aug. 10: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Aug. 17: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Aug. 20: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Aug. 21: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Aug. 24: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Aug. 31: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

The Meet Up and Eat Up, is operated at the local level by Feeding America West Michigan and is administered in Michigan by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Health and Nutrition Services.

See the attached flyer and the 2018 Summer Programs for Kids Schedule at the St. Ignace Public Library.

MEET up and EAT up 2018-SI Library

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —A regular meeting of the Sault Tribe Board of Directors will be held at the Quality Inn in Escanaba (2603 N. Lincoln), starting at 5 p.m. on July 17. 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: Employee Recognition, Education – Higher Education, Tribal Opioid Treatment and Recovery Initiative Grant, Health Center Manistique Clinic and Health Center Munising Clinic; Acceptance of 2017 Governmental Audit; Letter of Credit No. 1 Sault Tribe Construction; Letter of Credit No. 2 Grand Marais; Letter of Credit No. 3 Epoufette; Lease for Escanaba Tribal Community Health Center; MOU with Fannie Mae and Other Lending Institutions; Amending Chapter 83: Evictions or Foreclosures; Audit Committee; and 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program.

Under New Business the board will consider Relinquishment, Committee Request and Board Concerns.

July 17 Meeting Resolutions

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