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Aaron Payment: Candidates must understand and respect tribal sovereignty
Aaron Payment: Candidates must understand and respect tribal sovereignty (July 31, 2019)

For too long, partisan politics have taken the Native Vote and needs of Indian Country for granted.


Supreme Court passes on more Indian law petitions as decision looms in big case
Supreme Court passes on more Indian law petitions as decision looms in big case (June 11, 2019)

After a blockbuster season in which tribal treaties have been front and center, it looks like the Supreme Court is taking a little break from Indian Country.


AUDIO: Assistant Secretary Sweeney won't commit to advance appropriations
AUDIO: Assistant Secretary Sweeney won't commit to advance appropriations (May 1, 2019)

Tribes and lawmakers support forward funding for Indian Country but the Trump administration is not on board.


Sault Ste. Marie Tribe becomes second to legalize marijuana in Michigan
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe becomes second to legalize marijuana in Michigan (April 18, 2019)

Adult citizens of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians can use marijuana and grow small amounts under a new law.


Amy Goodman: Tribes fight the invisible crisis of opioids in their communities
Amy Goodman: Tribes fight the invisible crisis of opioids in their communities (April 12, 2019)

Drug overdoses among rural Native Americans and Native Alaskans increased by 519 percent, more than twice the national average.


Cronkite News: Lawmakers, advocates say shutdown's impact hits hardest in tribal areas
Cronkite News: Lawmakers, advocates say shutdown's impact hits hardest in tribal areas (January 17, 2019)

Even though she saw six opioid overdoses in recent months, two fatal, Kerry Hawk Lessard closed the medical and behavioral health clinic she runs for Native Americans.


Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs works through government shutdown
Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs works through government shutdown (January 15, 2019)

The Trump administration wants tribes to know that Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney has not been furloughed.


Recap: Indian Country shares #ShutdownStories as government impasse continues
Recap: Indian Country shares #ShutdownStories as government impasse continues (January 15, 2019)

Democrats in Congress heard from Indian Country witnesses on the 25th day of the federal government shutdown.


Tribal leader tapped for legal transition team in Michigan
Tribal leader tapped for legal transition team in Michigan (November 15, 2018)

Chairperson Aaron Payment of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe will be helping Dana Nessel prepare to serve as Michigan's Attorney General.


'Two weeks away from making history': Tribes ready to welcome Native women to Congress
'Two weeks away from making history': Tribes ready to welcome Native women to Congress (October 25, 2018)

Indian Country leaders and advocates continue to express optimism that not one but two Native women will soon be walking the halls of Congress.


'We were here first': Tribes say Line 5 pipeline tunnel ignores treaty rights
'We were here first': Tribes say Line 5 pipeline tunnel ignores treaty rights (October 15, 2018)

Tribes want a seat at the table in talks over a pipeline that runs through their treaty territory.


Aaron Payment: Innocent children victmized again by our government
Aaron Payment: Innocent children victmized again by our government (June 20, 2018)

There are so many parallels to the current crisis of internment of innocent immigrant children with Indian boarding schools and forced reservation policy.


Michigan's highest court accepts case affecting tribe's status as 'local' government
Michigan's highest court accepts case affecting tribe's status as 'local' government (May 25, 2018)

A citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians whose criminal past is hurting his political ambitions is taking his case to a higher power.


Michigan appeals court classifies Sault Tribe government as 'local' in new decision
Michigan appeals court classifies Sault Tribe government as 'local' in new decision (October 24, 2017)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is considered a 'local' government under the Michigan constitution, the state's appeals court ruled.


Sault Tribe vows fight after Trump team rejects land-into-trust applications
Sault Tribe vows fight after Trump team rejects land-into-trust applications (July 27, 2017)

The Trump administration has made its first major land-into-trust decision and it doesn't look good for Indian Country.


Sault Ste. Marie Tribe hosts Olympian Billy Mills for fun run and walk
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe hosts Olympian Billy Mills for fun run and walk (May 3, 2017)

Billy Mills, a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is still the only American to ever win the Gold medal in the 10,000-meter race.


Bad River Band calls for removal of aging pipeline on reservation
Bad River Band calls for removal of aging pipeline on reservation (January 12, 2017)

The Line 5 pipeline has been transporting oil through the reservation since 1953.


Grand Traverse Band objects to settlement for oil pipeline spills
Grand Traverse Band objects to settlement for oil pipeline spills (September 20, 2016)

The Michigan tribe is calling for a full environmental review of an oil pipeline that crosses through treaty territory.


Pokagon Band set to reclaim ancestors from museum in Illinois
Pokagon Band set to reclaim ancestors from museum in Illinois (September 13, 2016)

The Lake County Discovery Museum is following the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.


Aaron Payment re-elected as chairman of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe
Aaron Payment re-elected as chairman of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe (June 24, 2016)

Chairman Aaron Payment was among a slew of incumbents who were re-elected by voters of the Michigan tribe.


Aaron Payment: Affordable Care Act boosts Indian Country health
Aaron Payment: Affordable Care Act boosts Indian Country health (March 21, 2016)

American Indians and Alaskan Natives, long recognized as having the highest poverty rates of any ethnic group, have better access to medical care more than ever before. We can thank the Affordable Care Act.


Chair of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe calls for action on court nominee
Chair of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe calls for action on court nominee (March 17, 2016)

Senate Republicans are refusing to consider Merrick Garland as Indian Country awaits decisions in cases that affect tribal courts, tribal jurisdiction and protections for Native women.


Aaron Payment: Tribal sovereignty hangs in the balance at Supreme Court
Aaron Payment: Tribal sovereignty hangs in the balance at Supreme Court (February 29, 2016)

Today, some U.S. Senators are threatening to turn their backs on Constitutional requirements to hold hearings to consider the President’s nominee for U.S. Supreme Court.


Leader of Sault Tribe removed from office after drug conviction
Leader of Sault Tribe removed from office after drug conviction (January 15, 2016)

Rita Glyptis was convicted in tribal court but had refused to step down from her position on the tribe's board of directors.


Sault Tribe approves bonuses and pay raises for all employees
Sault Tribe approves bonuses and pay raises for all employees (December 11, 2015)

The bonuses will be paid before Christmas and the 3 percent raise takes effect in January 2016.


Obama picks two for National Advisory Council on Indian Education
Obama picks two for National Advisory Council on Indian Education (August 26, 2015)

Doreen Brown, who is Alaska Native, and Aaron Payment, the chairman of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan, will serve on the council.


Sault Tribe member recognized for work at U.S. Attorney's Office
Sault Tribe member recognized for work at U.S. Attorney's Office (June 19, 2015)

David Adams developed and implemented a program to combat violence against Native women in New Mexico.


Sault Tribe signs agreement to work more closely with county
Sault Tribe signs agreement to work more closely with county (June 10, 2015)

The tribe will send representatives to a new Joint County-Tribal Liaison Committee in Chippewa County.


Michigan tribes warn of disaster from pipeline spill in Great Lakes
Michigan tribes warn of disaster from pipeline spill in Great Lakes (May 28, 2015)

The pipeline was built across the Straits of Mackinac in 1953 and one tribal leaders is worried about an 'imminent' oil spill.


Leader of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe convicted of drug possession
Leader of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe convicted of drug possession (May 12, 2015)

Rita Glyptis was convicted in tribal court of one count possession of marijuana.


White House Blog: Recognizing tribal Climate Action Champions
White House Blog: Recognizing tribal Climate Action Champions (April 24, 2015)

Native American communities have a long history of determination and hard work to maintain their cultural and economic resilience. As it turns out, these same traits are needed for climate resilience.


White House recognizes two tribes as Climate Action Champions
White House recognizes two tribes as Climate Action Champions (December 4, 2014)

The Blue Lake Rancheria in California and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe in Michigan were selected for their efforts to address climate change.


Sault Ste. Marie Tribe to work with German museum on  scalp study
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe to work with German museum on scalp study (September 4, 2014)

The scalp was reportedly purchased from the family of a Dakota chief, who said he took it from a Chippewa warrior during a battle.


Museum in Germany balks at repatriating scalps to tribes in US
Museum in Germany balks at repatriating scalps to tribes in US (August 18, 2014)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians has asked for a scalp believe to have come from an Ojibwe ancestor.


Michigan Tech News: Short film explores indigenous identities
Michigan Tech News: Short film explores indigenous identities (July 7, 2014)

Kalvin Hartwig, a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is raising funds for a short film about indigenous identity.


Soo Tribe apologizes to Saginaw Chippewa Tribe for racist call
Soo Tribe apologizes to Saginaw Chippewa Tribe for racist call (June 3, 2014)

Call was made by a telecommunications executive who is a meme of the Sault Tribe.


Firm executive on racist voice message is member of Sault Tribe
Firm executive on racist voice message is member of Sault Tribe (May 30, 2014)

Saginawa Chippewa Chief Steve Pego doesn't want to meet with the telecommunications firm.


Sault Tribe leaders bar newspaper from special board meeting
Sault Tribe leaders bar newspaper from special board meeting (May 15, 2014)

The Soo Evening News was ordered to leave a meeting that was being recorded.


Tribes seek return of scalps on display at museum in Germany
Tribes seek return of scalps on display at museum in Germany (March 12, 2014)

The Karl May Museum in Germany is refusing to repatriate a collection of 17 scalps despite a request from tribes in the U.S.


Aaron Payment: Soo Tribe faces cuts if shutdown continues
Aaron Payment: Soo Tribe faces cuts if shutdown continues (October 7, 2013)

Aaron Payment, the chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan, discusses the shutdown of the federal government.


Sault Tribe evicts storage business due to   payment issues
Sault Tribe evicts storage business due to payment issues (May 10, 2013)

The Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan evicted a storage business from one of its properties, causing headaches for customers who kept belongings there. The tribe said Second Street...


Sault Tribe losing $1.7M in federal funds under sequestration
Sault Tribe losing $1.7M in federal funds under sequestration (April 3, 2013)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan is losing $1.7 million as a result of the sequestration of the federal budget. Chairman Aaron Payment said the tribe...


Michigan Radio: Tribes in  campaign to reverse wolf hunt law
Michigan Radio: Tribes in campaign to reverse wolf hunt law (January 23, 2013)

"Aaron Payment is the chair of the Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He said a wolf hunt would be an affront to tribal culture. “In our tradition, in...


IPR: Sault Tribe responds to another burial ground discovery
IPR: Sault Tribe responds to another burial ground discovery (March 30, 2012)

"More bones have been found at another construction site on Mackinac Island. Last fall, hundreds of human bones were unearthed during the excavation of the former McNally Cottage. Now just...


IPR: Ancestral remains to be reburied  at  cemetery in Michigan
IPR: Ancestral remains to be reburied at cemetery in Michigan (January 4, 2012)

"Human remains discovered at a construction site on Mackinac Island in November are being reburied this week. But an official on Mackinac Island says the city will not care for...


PR: Group questions removal of remains from Ojibwe ground
PR: Group questions removal of remains from Ojibwe ground (November 16, 2011)

"Authorities on Mackinac Island say no laws have been broken as human remains have been removed from a construction site over the last two weeks. But that's being questioned by...


IPR: Excavation continues at Ojiwbe burial ground in Michigan
IPR: Excavation continues at Ojiwbe burial ground in Michigan (November 11, 2011)

"A burial site discovered last week on Mackinac Island continues to be excavated. Representatives of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians say the remains are from their ancestors and they...


Michigan Radio: Sault Ste. Marie Tribe  will rebury ancestors
Michigan Radio: Sault Ste. Marie Tribe will rebury ancestors (November 9, 2011)

"The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will rebury human remains found last week at a construction site on Mackinac Island. Cecil Pavlot, Sr. handles repatriation for the tribe....


IPR: Excavation uncovers major Ojibwe burial site in Michigan
IPR: Excavation uncovers major Ojibwe burial site in Michigan (November 8, 2011)

"On Mackinac Island, developers of a new hotel discovered what appears to be a massive burial site last week. Police say it's now clear some of the bones unearthed in...


IPR: Sault Tribe cites treaty rights in opposition to moose hunts
IPR: Sault Tribe cites treaty rights in opposition to moose hunts (September 20, 2011)

"A special advisory council says Michigan's Upper Peninsula could handle a moose hunting season. The group presented its report to the state's Natural Resources Commission last week. The Sault Ste....


Michigan Radio: Sault Tribe objects to moose hunting in state
Michigan Radio: Sault Tribe objects to moose hunting in state (September 9, 2011)

"It's up to the Michigan State legislature to determine what game is available for hunting in Michigan. In late 2010, the legislature opened up the possibility of a moose hunt...


Sault Tribe board moves to appoint a new chairman next month
Sault Tribe board moves to appoint a new chairman next month (July 28, 2011)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan could have a new chairman in about a month. The board of directors plans to appoint a new chairman at...


Brothers from Sault Tribe to appeal fishing violation conviction
Brothers from Sault Tribe to appeal fishing violation conviction (June 28, 2011)

Two members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan are maintaining their innocence in an illegal fishing case. Brothers Troy and Wade Jensen were convicted of...


Board of Sault Tribe appoints Lana Causley as interim chair
Board of Sault Tribe appoints Lana Causley as interim chair (June 15, 2011)

Lana Causley will serve as interim chairwoman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan. Causley will handle all leadership issues for the tribe until the tribe's...


Sault Tribe offers to pay   $15K to cover city's boat ramp fees
Sault Tribe offers to pay $15K to cover city's boat ramp fees (June 8, 2011)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is offering to cover the cost of new boat ramp fees in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The city imposed the fees in...


Sault Tribe hires governor's former attorney as its   counsel
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Sault Tribe hires governor's former attorney as its counsel (June 3, 2011)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan has hired a new general counsel. John Wernet has extensive experience in Indian law, first with the Michigan attorney general's...


Sault Tribe won't hold special election to replace chairman
Sault Tribe won't hold special election to replace chairman (May 26, 2011)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan won't be holding a special election to choose a new chairman. Tribal leaders previously indicated they would ask voters to...


Darwin McCoy unexpectedly resigns from chair of Soo Tribe
Darwin McCoy unexpectedly resigns from chair of Soo Tribe (May 11, 2011)

Darwin "Joe" McCoy unexpectedly resigned as chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians on Tuesday night. McCoy didn't give a reason for his resignation, the tribe said...