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August 11, 2020

Due to the extensive number of events on Sault Tribe’s schedule, a list has been developed to help tribal members navigate the many postponements. It will be updated at least twice a day as time goes on. Thank you.

New entries will be added to the top of list.

Enrollment drop box now available
The Sault Tribe Enrollment Dept. now has a drop box in front of its offices at 2428 Shunk Rd. in Sault Ste. Marie. The drop box will be checked hourly during the day and, until it is permanently installed, the drop box will be moved inside after hours. Any member that has information in a sealed envelope is encouraged to use it.

Big Bear Arena Re-Opening
Big Bear Arena re-opens on Aug. 2 with limited recreation activities available: ice and court rentals, meetings and walking track.

To schedule use of the above areas, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For facility access, call 906‑635‑7465 (RINK).

For available services and programs:
All-In-One Fitness Club (CLOSED): 906‑635‑7711
Physical Therapy: 906‑635‑4905
Community Health Education: 906‑635‑4994
Education/Adult Education: 906‑635‑7010
Higher Education: 906‑635‑7010
WIOA: 906‑635‑4767
YEA/Youth Development Fund: 906‑440‑9457

Updates can be found at www.BigBearArena.com.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Sault Tribe Health Division’s Pharmacy Update
Options for receiving your medications during Covid-19 Pandemic
Updated July 14, 2020
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/212-health-news/6898-sault-tribe-health-division-s-pharmacy-update

Sault Tribe Covid-19 RNA Testing
Please call Sault Tribe Health Center Triage Line to talk to a nurse about any Covid-19 symptoms and testing questions.
—Dial 906‑632‑5200 and press 1.
—Ask for the Covid-19 Triage Line.

Criteria for Testing: Patients are evaluated by Triage Nurse to determine if testing is necessary.
1) Moderate to severe symptoms are scheduled for an appointment.
2) It is recommended that Covid-19 RNA tests are administered 5 days or longer after a potential exposure.
3) If the symptoms are determined to be mild, patients will be asked to self-quarantine and monitor symptoms.
—A nurse will follow up with the patient the next day via telephone.

** If a Nurse has any uncertainties about patient care they will consult a physician supervisor. **

Asymptomatic Patients:
Sault Tribe Health Center only tests asymptomatic patients if they are undergoing pre-surgical screening, if they are returning to their group home and require a negative test result for re-entry, or if Sault Tribe Health Center receives a contact tracing request from the Health Department.

Enrollment office closed to the public
Until further notice, the Enrollment office will be closed to the public for walk-ins as of Tuesday, July 7. We will have staff in the office answering the phones and processing all requests as usual, just no walk-ins. We are working our regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Any questions please call the Enrollment office at 906‑632‑8552.

Sault Tribe powwows cancelled due to pandemic
The following Sault Tribe powwows have been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Sault Tribe Traditional Powwow and Summer Gathering in Sault Ste. Marie;
Sugar Island Traditional Powwow and Spiritual gathering on the Sugar Island;
Kitchi-Miniss Munising Annual Powwow in Munising;
Gathering of the Eagles Hessel Powwow in Hessel;
Rendezvous at the Straits Powwow in St. Ignace;
Gathering of the Clans Powwow in Manistique; and
Youth Empowerment Powwow in Rexton.

No decisions have been made about the Sept. 12 Newberry powwow, the Nov. 7 Honoring our Anishinaabe Veterans Powwow in Kinross, or the Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Powwow in Sault Ste. Marie. Please watch for announcements. 

Kewadin Casinos opens gaming operations Friday
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —Kewadin Casinos is opening gaming operations at its five properties in Sault Ste. Marie, St. Ignace, Hessel, Christmas and Manistique Friday, June 12. Everyone is welcome to come check out the casinos’ weekly promotions. 

“It has been a challenging time and we are thankful to have such a great team who were ready and able to adapt to the many changes over the last few months,” Acting CEO Allen Kerridge said. “We are ready and excited to safely open the doors again and welcome all our guests."
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/6873-kewadin-casinos-opens-gaming-operations-friday

Camps Postponed
It is with heavy hearts that the Traditional Medicine Program and the Language and Cultural Division have decided that it is in everyone’s best interest to postpone the Annual Warrior camp and Ogichiidaa Kwe camp. We have the safety of the youth in mind when making this decision and are concerned for the health and wellbeing of all involved.

We are working together to come up with an alternative plan for later in the year to do many of the activities that were planned during this time. We will keep everyone posted as to what the dates will be and what events will be planned.

Higher Education Scholarship and Grant Applications Deadline Extended
The Higher Education Scholarship and Grant Applications have been extended to July 15, 2020, due to COVID-19. For questions contact Loriann Fabry at Higher Education, 906‑635‑7784, ext. 26312, or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MidJim stores now requiring masks
The MidJim Convenience Stores value each and every one of our customers. We have made the decision to require customers to wear face coverings at this time, and have instructed our staff to not provide service to anyone not wearing one. We will have a limited amount of masks to give out to our customers. This is not meant to disrespect any of our customers, nor to impose directives without cause…it is simply our decision to address a very sensitive, unique challenge. Please do not direct your frustrations to our staff, they are simply following directives. We all can be together in hoping for this challenge to quickly pass and giving our staff the opportunity to see each of your smiling faces in the near future!! Thank you.

Sault Tribe government offices re-opening June 1
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —Sault Tribe government offices re-open Monday, June 1. While the Kewadin Casinos, re-opening June 12, has more work ahead to make its facilities safe for all staff and customers, the tribal government operates differently and is ready to serve its people with safety procedures in place. Sault Tribe and Kewadin Casinos first priority is the safety of its tribal members, team members and customers.
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/6856-sault-tribe-government-offices-re-opening-june-1

Traditional Medicine Program Opens June 1
Starting June 1, 2020 the Traditional Medicine Program will be opening the schedule back up to seeing more clients.  We will only be working out of the Sault Ste. Marie Clinic during phase one of the reopening but will assist other locations as needed.  Please have anyone that is interested call the Traditional Medicine Program at 906‑632‑0236 and we will get an appointment time set for you.

The hours will be the same as the Health Centers and appointments will have to be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Fri and you will need to call to schedule an appointment first before just coming in. No walk-ins at this time as we need to phase back to the normal schedule.

Miigwetch and if you have any questions or comments please give us a call.

Sault Tribe Health Division opens for routine care May 29
Sault Tribe Health Division will be open for routine patient services from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday starting on May 29, 2020. The Health Division kindly asks patients to call ahead before the visit. All patients will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.

At this time, the Sault Tribe Pharmacy will remain a drive up service opened from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Due to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders 2020-9 and 2020-100, the All In One Fitness Center in the Big Bear Arena will open at a later date, on June 14 at 9 a.m. The Fitness Center’s hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Fitness Center is closed on Saturdays until Labor Day. 

Please call 906‑632‑5200 with any questions.

2020 Jr. Police Academy canceled
Sault Tribe Law Enforcement has made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 Jr. Police Academy. This decision was not made lightly, but because this is a very interactive Academy and STLE relies on other community agencies to help make this academy successful, with the continuing COVID-19 health emergency, we felt it was in the best interest of our staff, volunteers, and the youth we serve, to cancel this year’s event. Sault Tribe Law Enforcement’s No. 1 priority is the health and safety of its staff, the kids who attend and the communities we serve.

Sault Tribe Law Enforcement looks forward to seeing everyone in 2021! Stay safe everyone!
Robert Marchand
Chief of Police

Tribal Court State of Emergency Update
In accordance with the extension of the Tribal state of emergency declared by the Tribal Board of Directors and temporary closure of tribal operations until June1, the Court hereby ORDERS that the modifications of operations set forth in Administrate Order 20-01 and subsequently extended through May 18, 2020, by Admin. Orders 20-02, 20-03, and 20-04 are now extended until June 1, 2020.
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/208-court-news/6837-tribal-court-state-of-emergency-update-2

Language Conference Postponed
Boozhoo:
After much thought and consideration, the Language & Culture Department has decided to postpone our 10th Annual Baawting Anishinaabemowin Conference until fall time 2020. An official date will be announced at a later time. Please continue to utilize our social media pages and our livestream page for access to Anishinaabemowin lessons at this time.
Facebook: @SaultTribeLanguageandCulture
Instagram: @saulttribelanguageculture
Livestream: @https://livestream.com/saulttribelanguage

Treaty rights and licensing during COVID-19 pandemic
Sault Tribe Law Enforcement (STLE), along with other tribal departments, programs and services, has implemented changes to the way we typically process treaty licenses for Sault Tribe members. STLE is closed to the public until further notice, but staff have been processing all applications received through the US mail every day. STLE thanks our tribal members for their patience as we all work through this global pandemic together, with rules and guidance changing sometimes day to day. STLE would like to provide an update on additional ways members can obtain the various licenses Sault Tribe offers. Details regarding each specific license and the process to obtain are detailed below under each applicable heading.
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/213-law-enforcement-news/6805-treaty-rights-and-licensing-during-covid-19-pandemic

Mukkwa Giizhik Drum Practice Postponed
The Mukkwa Giizhik Drum Practice in Hessel is postponed until after the Stay Home, Stay Safe order is lifted.

Manistique Elder Meal Site Closure
The Manistique Elder Meal Program will be temporarily closed until further notice during the Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives period. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Elder Subcommittee meetings cancelled
All Elder Subcommittee meetings have been cancelled until further notice.

Early Childhood Programs Plan – Update April 8, 2020
Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order directing all Michigan businesses and operations to suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The Sault Tribe’s government has extended our closure until further notice. At this time, The Sault Tribe Early Childhood Programs will remain closed until further notice.

Families enrolled in our programs will be receiving information via the U.S. Postal service. Program Staff will be calling to check in on families, providing educational activities and support to families. We have a list of resources that we are able to refer families to, and will assist in any way possible. If assistance is needed please email Anne Suggitt, Early Childhood Programs Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please check out www.saulttribe.com to see what services are available to tribal families during this time; and visit the Sault Tribe Early Childhood Programs Facebook page for updates.

Sault Tribe Human Resource Dept. Update
The Sault Tribe Human Resource Department is closed to the Public. Temporary changes have been made to our daily operations within the Sault and St. Ignace area Human Resource Departments. – Revised April 1, 2020.
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/6773-sault-tribe-human-resource-dept-update

Elder Service Division Operations Plan - Revised March 30, 2020
Elder Service Division offices are closed to the public in order to protect and ensure the health of tribal elders and team members. Offices are closed to the public until further notice. We will continue to provide all essential services to elders. Please see the attached memo for more information.
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/210-elder-services/6768-elder-service-division-operations-plan-revised-march-30-2020

Sault Tribe Law Enforcement Closure Update
Attention Sault Tribe members, a message from Sault Tribe Law Enforcement: Updated Friday, March 27, 2020. Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, Sault Tribe Law Enforcement will be closed to the public until further notice. Please see the memo for details on services.
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/213-law-enforcement-news/6765-sault-tribe-law-enforcement-closure-update

Language and Culture Dept. COVID-19 Office Closure Update
See the Language and Culture Department COVID-19 office closure update – Revised March 28, 2020.
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/209-cultural-news/6762-language-and-culture-dept-covid-19-office-closure-update

Membership Liaisons Update
Until further notice, our Membership Liaisons will be available via phone and e-mail to assist our Tribal Members. Listed below is the contact information for each one of our Membership Liaisons:
Unit I – Sheila Berger
Phone (C): 906‑259‑2983
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Units II & III – Clarence Hudak
Phone (C): 906‑430‑2004
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Units IV & V – Mary Jenerou
Phone (C): 906‑450‑7011
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Condensed Membership Services Phone Directory
The attached phone directory is an easy resource for members during this time.
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/6746-program-phone-directory-during-covid-19-pandemic

Enterprise services offered during closure
DeMawating Development Office at 42 Wood Lake in Kincheloe will be closed to the public until further notice.

-Sault Tribe Retail Facilities remain open with safety precautions.
-Midjims announce new hours during COVID-19 closure.
-Sawyer Village Office at 250 Voodoo in Gwinn will be closed to the public until further notice.

See link for more information.
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/6729-enterprises-services-offered-during-closure

ACFS Emergency Plan of Operations
ACFS services are available during closure. Please see link for more information.
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/203-acfs-news/6728-acfs-emergency-plan-of-operations

USDA food distribution updates
See notice regarding adjusted hours and USDA food distribution protocol. See link for further details.
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/203-acfs-news/6727-usda-food-distribution-updates

Tribal Tax Office Information
Phone: 906‑632‑6281
Fax: 906-632- 6587
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Address: 523 Ashmun Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Beginning Monday, March 23, please follow the instructions below for tax- related inquiries:
• Questions regarding State income taxes, registration in tax agreement area, or change of address –
        Contact Tax Office with contact information listed above.

• Exemption Certificates for personal use vehicles, recreational watercraft, snowmobiles and off-road vehicles –
-If purchasing from dealer, please have the dealer fax or e-mail information to the numbers listed above. 
-If purchasing through private party sales, use same contact information listed above.  Once exemption is completed, the Tax office can send the document back to you via fax, e-mail, or US mail.  Please provide where you would like the document sent.  If requested, the Tax Office can directly fax the document to the Secretary of State.
• Exemption Certificate for construction materials –
Contact the Tax Office with contact information listed above.  Please provide the name and address of vendor and their fax number.

Prosecutor’s Office State of Emergency plan
Please see the State of Emergency plan for the Prosecutor’s Office.
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/6716-prosecutor-s-office-state-of-emergency-plan

Sault Tribe Housing Authority Operations Plan
The Housing Authority is taking precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of housing residents, tribal membership and our staff. Please see link for more information.
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/207-housing-news/6715-sault-tribe-housing-authority-operations-plan   

Sault Tribe Fisheries Management Program closed to the Public
Please see link on Fisheries services during the COVID-19 crisis, such as Great Lakes Harvest Reporting and Inland Walleye Spearing Permits.
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/214-natural-resources-news/6707-sault-tribe-fisheries-management-program-closed-to-the-public

Gaming Commission COVID-19 Office Closure
Please see the attached Gaming Commission COVID-19 Office Closure notice.
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/6702-gaming-commission-covid-19-office-closure

Environmental Program COVID-19 Announcement
In order to maximize the safety and health of our staff and our community, the Sault Tribe Environmental Program building at 206 Greenough Street will be closed to the public until further notice.
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/6700-sault-tribe-environmental-program-covid-19-announcement

Sault Tribe Wildlife Program closed to the public
Please see link below on Wildlife services during the COVID-19 crisis, such as inland reporting, fur harvest registration and other needs.
https://www.saulttribe.com/newsroom/214-natural-resources-news/6698-sault-tribe-wildlife-program-closed-to-the-public

Language classes canceled
At this time, the Language & Culture Department will temporarily suspend all community language classes at all locations until further notice, effective Monday, March 16, 2020. This is to ensure the safety of our language learners and instructors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Language Team will be available for remote questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be sure to also check out our livestream lessons for continued learning during this suspension of language classes at: https://livestream.com/saulttribelanguage. We appreciate your understanding and look forwarding to seeing everyone again soon. Miigwech.

Northern Hospitality deliveries suspended
Northern Hospitality has suspended delivery services until further notice. Northern Hospitality will complete the deliveries it currently has scheduled. Northern Hospitality will announce when it will begin scheduling deliveries.

Escanaba Community Health Center new number
Please take note that the Escanaba Community Health Center has a new telephone number.  They can be reached at 906‑341‑1836.

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