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March 31, 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.

Bahweting Spring Ceremony postponed
The Language and Culture Department is postponing the Spring Ceremony set for April 18, 2020, until a later date in the spring.

Drive Thru Mobile Food Pantry April 2
Drive Thru Mobile Food Pantry, April 2, Big Bear Arena, 2 Ice Circle in Sault Ste. Marie. Take Bahweting Drive off Shunk Road, follow around to the Big Bear Arena.

You CANNOT exit your vehicle. During the distribution, food boxes will be placed in the trunk of your vehicle. There must be room. Volunteers WILL NOT move items to make room for food boxes.

There will be no public restrooms available.

Distribution will begin at 11 a.m. and end when food is gone.

Please contact Kristen Corbiere at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

April 7 Board of Directors Meeting Canceled
Due to the Covid-19 Emergency Closure, the April 7, 2020, Board of Director’s meeting has been canceled. The next meeting of the Board of Directors is currently scheduled for April 21, 2020. That meeting is scheduled to be held in Munising, Mich., at the Tribal Center. If anything should change, notice will be given.

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.

Early Childhood Programs Plan - Revised March 30, 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 the closure until April 12.

At this time, The Sault Tribe Early Childhood Programs will remain closed with the anticipated re-opening on April 13, 2020.

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.

Program Staff will be calling to check in on families. 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..

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.

Enrollment Dept. Emergency Action Plan Update
Due to the Covid-19 Crisis, the Sault Tribe Enrollment Department will be closed to the public until further notice. We expect to reopen April 13, 2020. See the link for details. – Revised March 29, 2020.

Dental Operations during COVID-19
See the Sault Tribal Dental Program Operations Plan during COVID-19 Pandemic – Revised March 29, 2020.

Language and Culture Dept. COVID-19 Office Closure Update
See the Language and Culture Department COVID-19 office closure update – Revised March 28, 2020.

Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribal Court State of Emergency Administrative Order 20-02
In accordance with the extension of the Tribal state of emergency declared by the Tribal Board of Directors and extension of the temporary closure through April 12, the Court hereby ORDERS that the modifications of operations set forth in Administrate Order 20-01 in effect through April 5, now hereby extend through April 12, 2020.

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.

Manistique Elder Meal Site Closure
The Manistique Elder Meal Program will be temporarily closed for two weeks beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 and reopen Monday April 13, 2020 during the Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives period. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Big Bear Facility Closure Update
For the health and safety or our staff and patrons, the facility will be closed to the public until April 13 at 5 a.m. Recreation Management will monitoring email and voicemail during the closure and can be reached at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 906‑635‑7465 (RINK).

Feeding America drive-thru food distribution will operate as scheduled on April 10 at 4:30 p.m.

Updates can be found at www.BigBearArena.com.


Medical Imaging Department Plan of Operation
Please see the Medical Imaging Department (Radiology) attached COVID-19 state of emergency plan.

Kewadin Casinos extends temporary closure
Following the recommendations of public health officials, Kewadin Casinos has extended the temporary closure of all five Kewadin Casinos through April 13 with an expected opening of April 14. We have continued to monitor our current state and will make necessary changes as needed.

At this time, we’d like to take a moment to thank our Tribal Board of Directors who have been working alongside Kewadin Management during this unprecedented time to provide wages to our team members during the planned closure.

Lastly, Kewadin Casinos has been a community partner for over 30 years and we have built valued relationships with our customers over this time. We want you to know that we will sincerely miss seeing you but we know that we will get through this and look forward to seeing everyone soon.  In the meantime, stay home unless you need to be out, stay safe and keep washing your hands.

Allen Kerridge,
Kewadin Casinos Interim CEO

Health Center COVID-19 Notice
Please see the attached Sault Tribe Health Center COVID-19 Flyer.

Condensed Membership Services Phone Directory
The attached phone directory is an easy resource for members during this time.

Sault Tribe Pharmacy Services Plan During COVID19 Emergency
See the attached Sault Tribe Health Division’s Pharmacy Services Plan – Revised March 23, 2020.

All non-essential Sault Tribe offices to close
In accordance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21 to “Stay Home, Stay Safe,” all of Sault Tribe’s non-essential offices will close. The tribe’s essential services include: Tribal Health Centers, the Detention Center, Law Enforcement, the Domestic Violence Shelter, USDA, ACFS essential employees, and any other essential services. The Executive Order begins at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, March 24.

All other employees are on call, and will be called in on an as-needed basis to support the governmental functions of the tribe. Please take everything home needed to work remotely, including contacts for your chain of command.

Those with questions should contact their Division Director for further guidance

Communications Services COVID-19 Emergency Plan During the Shutdown – Revised March 23, 2020
Communications will be operating during the closure but will not be open to the public.
To submit to the newspaper, website, Intranet, Facebook, or request assistance:
Email Jennifer Dale-Burton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Sherrie Lucas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Brenda Austin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Rick Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Secretary Sherrie Lucas, Staff Writer Brenda Austin and Staff Writer Rick Smith will be working remotely. Editor Jennifer Dale-Burton will be working remotely.

We appreciate your patience while we keep our community safe and work through the State of Emergency.

HR closed to the public
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. Please see memos for more information.

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.

ACFS Emergency Plan of Operations
ACFS services are available during closure. Please see link for more information.

USDA food distribution updates
See notice regarding adjusted hours and USDA food distribution protocol. See link for further details.

Sault Tribe Health Division’s Traditional Medicine Program Operation Plan during COVID-19 pandemic
Traditional Medicine will suspend all normal patient visits starting March 20, 2020, in an attempt to limit patient exposure to COVID-19. Please see link for more information.

Tribal Administration Building closed to the public
As a precautionary measure to protect staff and our Tribal Members from the COVID- 19 virus, the Sault Tribe Administration Building at 523 and 531 Ashmun Street in Sault Ste. Marie will be temporarily closed to the public beginning Monday, March 23, through Friday, April 3. Please visit the Sault Tribe website or call the main reception line at 906‑635‑6050 during this time period for program phone numbers. If paperwork needs to be dropped off, a secure mailbox will be available outside the front doors for convenience.

Tribal Tax Office Information
Phone: 906‑632‑6281
Cell: 906‑322‑2676
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 through Friday, April 3, 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.

Two Percent Applications update
With the closure of the Administration Building beginning Monday, March 23, hand delivered 2 percent applications cannot be accepted. Please U.S. mail the applications to Candace Blocher, 523 Ashmun St., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783. All applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Candace Blocher at 906‑632‑6281.

Prosecutor’s Office State of Emergency plan
Please see the State of Emergency plan for the Prosecutor’s Office.

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.

Elder Subcommittee Meetings
The following Elder Subcommittee Meetings have been cancelled.

    Thursday, March 19 - Escanaba Elder Subcommittee
    Friday, March 20 - Newberry Elder Subcommittee
    Monday, March 23 - Elder Advisory Committee (EAC)
    Thursday, March 19 - Escanaba Elder Subcommittee
    Thursday, March 19 - Munising Elder meal the third Thursday of the month
    Friday, March 20 - Newberry Elder Subcommittee
    Monday, March 23 - Elder Advisory Committee (EAC)
    Wednesday, April 1 - Sault Ste. Marie Elder Subcommittee
    Thursday, April 2 - Munising Elder Subcommittee
    Thursday, April 2 - Marquette Elder Subcommittee
Future cancellations will be posted as they occur. For more information call Elder Services at 906‑635‑4971 or 888‑711‑7356.

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.

Sault Tribe Health Center Hours
Sault Tribe Health Center Hours of Operation during COVID-19 Pandemic
Facility Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Walk-In Clinic Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (last patient could be registered at 3:15 p.m.)
Pharmacy Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (drive-up service available from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)
Please call 906‑632‑5200 if you have any questions.

Physical Therapy now at WMH Rehab Facility
Due to the Big Bear Arena being closed, Physical Therapy Services will be moved up to the WMH Rehab Facility. Please see link for more information.

Optical open for emergencies only
During COVID-19 pandemic, Sault Tribe Health Division’s Optical Department will be open for emergencies only. See link for more information.

TVSO available by phone and email
As a precaution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities Stacy King, TVSO, will not be working in the Tribal Health Centers until the pandemic’s restrictions are lifted. Stacy will be available by phone and e-mail during this time if you have questions or need assistance. Please see link for more information.

Gaming Commission COVID-19 Office Closure
Please see the attached Gaming Commission COVID-19 Office Closure notice.

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.

Tribal Court operations during the COVID-19 emergency
Please see the link for Tribal Court operations during the COVID-19 emergency.

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.

Emergency Plan for Medical / Nursing Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Please see the link below for Emergency Plan for Medical / Nursing Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Health Division Behavioral Health
See the link below from Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Health Division:

Postponed: Three Sisters Garden Workshop April 14
The Three Sisters Garden Workshop scheduled for April 14 at the Big Bear Arena is postponed.

Ribbon Skirt Workshop Postponed
The Sault Tribe YEA Ribbon Skirt Workshop scheduled for March 28‑April 2 has been postponed.

LSSU Honoring Mother Earth Powwow Cancelled
The Honoring Mother Earth Powwow scheduled for April 18 at LSSU has been cancelled.

All-In-One Fitness Club closure
The All-In-One Fitness Club at the Big Bear Arena in Sault Ste. Marie closes today, March 16, at 3 p.m. until 8 a.m. on April 1, 2020.

Postponed: Hessel diabetes classes
The Diabetes Group Class, at the Hessel Tribal Center, scheduled for Tuesdays, March 17, 24 and 31, are postponed.

Mukkwa Giizhik Drum practice canceled
The Mukkwa Giizhik Drum practice in Hessel is cancelled for the next three weeks beginning March 19, 2020.

Intro to Tapping Maple postponed
The Intro to Tapping Maple, scheduled for March 30 in the Manistique area, will be postponed. All registered will remain on the attendee list. We hope to select a new date in April or May 2020.

Advocacy Resource Center Cultural Events Postponed
—Women’s breastplate workshop, March 30, at the Niigaanagiizhik Ceremonial Building in Sault Ste. Marie.
—Three strand choker workshop, March 31, at the Newberry Tribal Health Center.
—Medicine Pouch Workshop April 8 at the Manistique Tribal Community Center.

Postponed: Predator & Prey Film
Sault Tribe Prevention and Addiction Treatment Services “Predator & Prey: A Film,” March 31 at the Manistique Tribal Center, has been postponed.

April MIEA meeting canceled
After careful consideration of the current health emergency, the Michigan Indian Elders Association Board has decided to CANCEL the April MIEA meeting. As our chairman, Jerry Curtis, states, we must, “Protect our elders that are already dealing with health issues and already weakened immune systems.” We will be in communication with everyone as more information becomes available. Miigwech for your understanding!

Canceled: Spring MIEA Meeting: April 27 - 29, 2020 hosted by Pokagon Band of Potawatomi in New Buffalo, MI.

Postponed: Traditional Medicine Program spring fasting
Postponed: Spring Fasting Camp “Mukade Kan” April 30‑May 4 at Mary Murray Culture Camp on Sugar Island, is postponed.

Postponed: Spring Releasing Ceremony May 1‑4
The Spring Releasing Ceremony scheduled at the Mary Murray Culture Camp May1-4 has been postponed.

Postponed: Women’s Fast for Mother Earth May 2
The Women’s Fast scheduled for the Mary Murray Culture Camp is postponed.

Tribal Court suspending trials
Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribal Court will suspend all jury trials for March and April 2020, effective immediately. Although none are currently scheduled, Tribal Court will not schedule any until at least May 2020. Those in the jury pool need not report for any jury duty before May 2020. If you have a matter scheduled before the Court in March and would like to request an adjournment or a telephone appearance, please contact your attorney if you have one to do so, or contact the court directly at 906‑635‑4963. Although Tribal Court will remain open for essential services and time-sensitive hearings, please do not come to the Court unless you are a party to a case being heard.

Attention all Sault Tribe Health Center patients and visitors
In order to protect its patients, staff, visitors and local community during the COVID-19 pandemic, effective 9 a.m. on Monday, March 16, access to Sault Tribe Health Centers will be limited.

—Visitors who are not seeking health care services and are not conducting approved business with Tribal Health Centers are prohibited from entering tribal health centers.
—Pediatric patients may be accompanied by one birth parent and one significant other.
—Prisoners may be accompanied by one prison guard / police officer.
—Mental health patients may be accompanied by one relative / friend / partner.
—A health evaluation of all visitors will be performed. Those who do not meet evaluation criteria may not be allowed to enter the tribal health center.

These restrictions will be re-evaluated on regular basis and are subject to change. We apologize beforehand for any inconvenience. Thank you for understanding.

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.

Wellbriety meetings canceled
The Sault Tribe Tribal Action Plan Wellbriety meetings that take place Tuesdays and Fridays at the Niigaanagiizhik Ceremonial Building in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. are canceled.

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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