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The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians has requested its EDC to identify all interested parties and bring forward proposals for the space formally known as the American Café, located in downtown at 531 Ashmun St., Sault Ste Marie, Mich.

This property is located on land held in trust for the Sault Tribe and thus falls under its legal jurisdiction. This potentially offers benefits to the business operator that could include certain federal designations (HUBZone, Foreign Trade Zone), benefits as defined in the Sault Tribe Tax Agreement with the state of Michigan, and connectivity to tribal, state and federal support systems.

The space is approximately 3,503 square feet previously operated as a café, with some residual equipment and infrastructure in place. Its common tenants would include the Ojibwe Learning Center and Library and the River of History Museum, as well as numerous departments with staffing of over 100 Sault Tribe employees.

The goals of the Sault Tribe’s economic development efforts will be applied in reviewing opportunities. It is our goal to create and enhance our tribal business infrastructure, make sound economic development investments to create revenue streams to benefit the tribe and to support and promote Sault Tribe member owned businesses.

Please call or email Joel Schultz, Economic Development Director, at (906) 635-6050 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to discuss your potential project.

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