Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   People elected to tribal offices are exempt from a portion of the Michigan Constitution that involves who can run for state and local offices. 

The Michigan Supreme Court issued an opinion Monday.

The constitution says that if a person is convicted of a felony involving dishonesty or fraud, and that stems from their position in state, local or federal government, then that person can’t run for another elective office in Michigan. The court said in its opinion that tribes do not count as “local governments.”

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   An ice sculpture of an American Indian in headdress has been removed from the front of a hotel in the Upper Peninsula.

The sculpture was created as part of Sault Ste. Marie's Ice Festival. Aaron Payment, chairman of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, said it could be considered offensive.

Mary Lou Kreig, co-owner of Ramada Plaza Ojibway Hotel, says she believed the sculpture would honor American Indian culture. She says it's "very sad" that the Ice Festival Committee voted Wednesday to remove it.

Tribe says 'no' to Nestle water

May 9, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (MPRN)--   The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians has declared a moratorium on bottled water from Nestle. 

The moratorium was announced Monday after the tribe’s board of directors unanimously approved the ban at all tribally owned and operated facilities.

The board called on tribal members to uphold the moratorium. They say they have shared their resolution with other tribes.

Aaron Payment is the chairperson of the Soo Tribe. He says the tribe is opposed to the expanded water withdrawal permit approved for Nestle by the state.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (AP)--   An Indian tribe says it will continue its efforts to build gambling facilities in Lansing and near Detroit Metropolitan Airport following a new setback. 

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians says it received a letter this week from the U.S. Department of the Interior saying that the tribe's applications to put land into trust for the projects have been denied. The tribe on Thursday says the denial is based on flawed legal analysis.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians has contributed more than $850,000 to local groups and organizations as part of its fall “2-percent” donations.

Since 1993 the Tribe has donated 2-percent of its slot revenues from its Kewadin Casino properties in the Soo, St. Ignace, Hessel, Manistique, and Christmas.  This fall’s recipients include Lake Superior State University, Sault Area Public Schools, hospice care in Marquette, a food pantry in Munising, and fire and police agencies.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   A  wildlife biologist will talk about the deer harvest at an upcoming Department of Natural Resources Citizens’ Advisory Council meeting in Manistique.  

Eric Clark is a non-tribal staff member with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.  He’ll give a presentation on the status of the herd and potential harvest.

The council will also hear answers to questions the DNR is frequently asked about Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson sport fish restoration efforts. 

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is looking for public input on a new, five-year Community-wide Tribal Health Improvement plan.

The plan brings together agencies and individuals throughout Tribal communities in the seven-county service area.  Sault Tribe Community Health officials say the goal is to identify ways to dedicate resources to address the Tribe’s most pressing health needs. 

A series of four community workshops to collect feedback is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at Tribal health centers in the Eastern U.P.

MUNISING, MI--   A member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors has been removed from her position. 

According to the Tribe’s website, a decision to remove Rita Glyptis from Unit V in Munising was issued Thursday.  Glyptis had been convicted in Tribal court for possession of marijuana last May. 

The removal opinion and order states the Tribe “has a zero tolerance policy as to illegal drugs, an interest in a membership that is free from illegal drugs, and keeping illegal drugs off the reservation.”  It says that warrants Glyptis’ removal.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (AP)--   A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to block a Michigan Indian tribe from seeking federal approval for proposed gambling facilities in Lansing and near Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians wants to build a casino near downtown Lansing and another project Wayne County's Huron Township.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Jonker on Wednesday dismissed the complaint filed by the state, which opposes the projects and is reviewing the ruling.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Sault Ste. Marie man has been convicted in Marquette federal court on sexual abuse charges. 

They stem from a June 27 incident in which Lynn Michael LaVictor, 44, sexually assaulted his then-girlfriend at his mother’s house on the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians reservation.  The injuries she received in the attack required surgery.  LaVictor was later accused of trying to influence the victim’s testimony against him.