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Photo by Aaron TwoCrow Group photo of the Clinic Strategic Planning Meeting, held on April 5th and 6th.


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GTB NEWS MAY 2017

A publication of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians All Rights Reserved ©

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June 7th - Peshawbestown Chambers


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• Tribal government is spending over $1 million in Tribal funds, which is over and above the 25% allocation we get from the Revenue Allocation Ordinance for government services. We have to be financially responsible, spend within our means, and strategize how we can become more efficient in government.

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Office of the Tribal Chairman: Thurlow “Sam” McClellan Aanii Boozhoo GTB Membership!! For the past couple of weeks I’ve been hearing from many members, their appreciation for the newsletter articles I’ve been doing, and I would like to address those members and some of the sitting Council, who are wondering why I am diligent on presenting issues that have occurred in the past or go unaddressed week after week. These members and Council wonder why I don’t just “let go” of the past issues. I was elected as the Chairman for the Grand Traverse Band because my focus is transparency, honesty, communication, and integrity for the TRIBAL MEMBERS and our Tribe. The last I heard the Tribe is made up of 4,175 Tribal members and my job is to do the best I can, so we can be the BEST, as a TRIBAL NATION. I cannot do this without addressing and discussing recent past decisions by previous Councils and even decisions that are being made now by the majority of Council. We are coming on a new election period and as I looked back at the past few years, I see a common practice occurring among the incumbents who seats are up and will be up in the election cycles, it’s called: Let’s hurry-up and get something done so we can get re-elected. I say this with conviction because if we were to honestly look at what propaganda we’ve seen as members in past couple of elections about building the future of GTB, it’s resulted in nothing but hype and a significant loss of TRIBAL funds, here are some prime examples: •

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I am not saying that I support or don’t support any of these projects, but I can tell the membership that I have NOT seen any project development presentations with realistic cost benefit analysis that would show we should have invested in any of these projects. I cannot support a mentality of: if we build it, they will come. As I have said in previous articles, it is imperative that we make SMART decisions with our investments for GTB and GTB members. These smart business decisions can only be made based on cost-benefit analysis, input from the membership, and working with our business partners that are professionals in business. We need to know if they would use their own $ if presented with some of these projects—if not we know what our answer should be. Recently the majority of Council voted yes as EDC Board members to build a gas station at the TCCH site, as much as I would like to see a successful new gas station be built there, I have not seen any documentation to show that it will be a stand-alone business. And what does this mean to the membership? Once again, do we need another business that is drawing funds away from our gaming enterprises? I strongly believe every business and enterprise we own must be a stand-alone successful business ON ITS OWN, or we should not be running it. We can’t afford to continue to invest into projects that will not financially make it. Our most recent EDC report from the EDC CEO, reported that gaming revenues are down by at least $2.4 million and the Grand Traverse Resort is down about $900,000.00. This is just not acceptable for our Tribe. If EDC is not successful it affects not only percap, but also our government operations and the services that we are providing to membership. I would fully support business development with the complete endorsement of a bank and trusted business partners and would want all of the membership given opportunity to provide input as well.

I recently heard from the GTB Elders during an open forum meeting, they said GTB Members FIRST! We are making the outside contractors richer and seeing money going out the door, we need the voice of the people of our Tribe heard. I will continue to report on everything I can and have reported on in past newsletter articles. I would Eagle’s Ridge Microbrewery—at least $3 million like to stay focused on better management at EDC to see lost and it is has been closed permanently in revenues increase, developing healthcare into a business, less than a year! develop housing in Traverse City, bringing new businesses to our Tribe, stay engaged in water protection, and most Village at Grand Traverse—at least $4-8 mil- importantly present Constitutional reform. lion invested and we have come no closer to seeing a shovel in the ground or a return on I encourage you all, as members to get involved in our investment. Tribe, attend the open forum meetings, the community meetings, and those of you who don’t live close enough New casino, marina, and hotel in Peshaw- to attend, to please email me and the Council at the GTB bestown—at least $3 million invested to-date. member login site @ gtbindians.org. We need to hear from the membership, and my intentions are to share as Not to mention the constant remodeling and much as possible with you as Members so you can have refinancing of the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa and our Casinos—we are not seeing the the input and feedback from the leadership to create a returns on these investments that would justify brighter present and future. the millions of Tribal dollars being invested.

Please feel free to call my office any time, 231-534-7129 or email at Thurlow.McClellan@gtbindians.com


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WELCOME NEW EMPLOYEES GTB News would like to acknowledge the employees that were recently hired. Welcome, and the best of luck on your new career paths.

Kellie Barton Teacher

Nadine Stark Behavioral Health Counselor

Jamie Haring Maintenance I - Housing

Veronica Wilson Court Clerk/Assistant Probation Officer

Emilio Sanchez HS Assistant Teacher

2017 Tribal Council Meetings

Tribal Council Meetings are held twice a month: Tribal Council Regular Session - The third Wednesday of each month. Tribal Council Special Session - The last Wednesday of each month. Deadline to TMO by 10:00 a.m. on:

January

TCRS 01/18/17 TCSS O 1/25/17

Wednesday Wednesday

9:30 AM 9:30 AM

01/10/17 01/17/17

February

TCRS 02/15/17 TCSS 02/22/17

Wednesday Wednesday

9:30 AM 9:30 AM

02/07/17 02/14/17

March

TCRS 03/15/17 TCSS 03/29/17

Wednesday Wednesday

9:30 AM 9:30 AM

03/07/17 03/21/17

TCRS04/19/17

Wednesday Wednesday

9:30 AM 9:30 AM

04/11/17 04/18/17

TCRS 05/17/17 TCSS 05/31 /15

Wednesday Wednesday

9:30 AM 9:30 AM

05/09/17 05/23/17

June

TCRS 06/21/17 TCSS 06/28/17

Wednesday Wednesday

9:30 AM 9:30 AM

06/13/17 06/20/17

July

TCRS 07/19/17 TCSS 07/26/17

Wednesday Wednesday

9:30 AM 9:30 AM

07/11/17 07/18/17

August

TCRS 08/16/17 TCSS 08/30/17

Wednesday Wednesday

9:30 AM 9:30 AM

08/08/17 08/22/17

September

TCRS 09/20/17 TCSS 09/27/17

Wednesday Wednesday

9:30 AM 9:30 AM

09/12/17 09/19/17

October

TCRS 10/18/17 TCSS 10/25/17

Wednesday Wednesday

9:30 AM 9:30 AM

10/10/17 10/17/17

November

TCRS 11/15/17 TCSS 11/29/17

Wednesday Wednesday

9:30 AM 9:30 AM

11/07/17 11 /21/17

December

TCRS 12/20/17 TCSS 12/27/17

Wednesday Wednesday

9:30 AM 9:30 AM

12/12/17 12/19/17

April May

Moved to April 5th

TCSS 04/26/17 Moved to May 3rd


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Youth Services has opening this summer!!! Camp Counselors at Alden-must be at least 18yrs old

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Camp Cooks-must have experience

Summer Youth Workers-must be at least 16yrs old Please keep a look out with the GTB Government job postings. More information please contact TaShena Sams at 231-534-7231

2017 Summer Distribution:

Peshawbestown

May POW WOW meetings

May 9th and 23rd at 5:30 – 6:30

Thursday May 11, 2017

Wednesday May 17, 2017

ACF deadline and the Deadline for

next to the Pow wow

Grounds.

QUARTERLY MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

5:30 p.m.

with questions, comments, or concerns. Election Board Members:

Lawrence “Camp” Bailey Acting Chairperson Election Board Vice Chairperson

Anthony “Tony” Sineway Election Board Member

Krystina Alveshire Election Board Secretary

William “Bill” Fowler Election Board Member

Reopen Enrollment

May 3rd - Charlevoix Office

June 20, 2017

Open Forum

Friday June 2, 2017

The dates for the next group of community meetings held from 4-7 pm at each site with a lite dinner provided.

ELECTION BOARD

Tribal Members are encouraged to attend the

CANCELLING Direct Deposit of per Capita checks

Dates for Community Meetings with light dinner provided:

GRAND TRAVERSE BAND OF OTTAWA AND CHIPPEWA INDIANS

Peshawbestown, MI

Stop processing applications

Email OMB # of enrolled members

Located at the Culture Building

Tribal Council Chambers

Friday May 10, 2017

June 7th - Peshawbestown Chambers July 12th - Traverse City Office August 2nd - Charlevoix Office September 13th - Benzie Office October 4th - Antrim (Kewadin building)

The Elder’s open Forum The Elder’s open Forum meetings are every second Tuesday from 10-Noon before the Elder’s Advisory Meeting.


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PUBLIC NOTICES

NOTICE OF REGISTRATION AND OPPORTUNITY TO OBJECT/OBJECTION TO REGISTRATION OF FOREIGN JUDGMENT AND REQUEST FOR HEARING NOTICES NOTICE OF REGISTRATION OF FOREIGN JUDGMENTS IN THE MATTER OF ADAM CHIVIS The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Tribal Court 2605 N. West Bay Shore Drive, Peshawbestown, MI 49682 (231) 534-7050 Case No. 2017-002757-CV-FJ Plaintiff: Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Court 6954 East Broadway Road Mount Pleasant, MI 48858 (989) 775-4807 vs. Defendant: Adam Chivis 153 60th Street Kentwood, MI 49548. 1. You are being sued. 2. You have 28 days to file an answer with Grand Traverse Tribal Court and to serve a copy on the other party or take other lawful action. 3. Failure to file an answer or take other action within the time allowed may result in a default judgment being entered against you for the relief requested in Plaintiff’s complaint. This Judgment expires 7/15/2017.

JUNE 2017 PER CAPITA PER CAPITA ADDRESS CHANGE DEADLINE IS MAY 17TH. PLEASE CONTACT MEMBERSHIP OFFICE (231) 534-7101 REGARDING ANY ADDRESS CHANGES.

PER CAPITA DIRECT DEPOSIT • If you have not already signed up for direct deposit of your per capita checks, Friday, May 5h is the deadline to sign up for a direct deposit of your JUNE 2017 per capita and all future per capita checks. The form must be received in our office by May 5th. • This deadline (May 5th) also applies to those that are currently signed up for direct deposit and wish to change the bank information. • Please Note: If you do not have a valid address on file with the membership office, your per capita direct deposit will be suspended until a valid address is received in the Membership Office. • If you need to change the information for your direct deposit, please submit a new Direct Deposit Agreement form. To request one, you may contact Christina Loucks at (231)534-7131. This form is also available on www.gtbindians.org. • Once completed, the Direct Deposit Agreement form must be mailed in or dropped off at the Government Accounting building. FAXES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. • If you wish to cancel your direct deposit, you need to submit this request in writing to the Per Capita Office or fill out the Direct Deposit Cancellation form. If not using the form, please write that you wish to cancel your per capita direct deposit, sign, date, and include tribal id number and/or social security number. The deadline to cancel your current direct deposit is Wednesday, May 17th.

2017 ELDERS DISTRIBUTION ELDERS DISTRIBUTION ADDRESS CHANGE DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 20th. PLEASE CONTACT MEMBERSHIP OFFICE (231) 534-7101 REGARDING ANY ADDRESS CHANGES.

ELDERS TRUST FUND DIRECT DEPOSIT • If you have not already signed up for direct deposit of your elders distribution checks, Friday SEPTEMBER 1st is the deadline to sign up for a direct deposit of your 2017 elders distribution and all future elders distribution checks. The form must be received in our office by September 1. • This deadline (September 1) also applies to those that are currently signed up for direct deposit and wish to change the bank information. • Please Note: If you do not have a valid address on file with the membership office, your elders distribution direct deposit will be suspended until a valid address is received in the Membership Office. • If you need to change the information for your current direct deposit, please submit a new Direct Deposit Agreement form. To request one, you may call Christina Loucks at (231)534-7131. This form is also available on www.gtbindians.org. • Once completed, the Direct Deposit Agreement form must be mailed in or dropped off at the Government Accounting building. Faxes will not be accepted. • If you wish to cancel your direct deposit, you need to submit this request in writing to the Government Accounting office or fill out the Direct Deposit Cancellation form. If not using the form, please write that you wish to cancel your elders distribution direct deposit, sign, date, and include tribal id number and/ or social security number. The deadline to cancel your current direct deposit is Wednesday, September 20th. • Mailing address: Grand Traverse Band Attn: Accounting 2605 N West Bay Shore Dr Peshawbestown MI 49682


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SORNA: Zones of Restriction The GTB Code pertaining to registered sex offenders has identified certain areas on Tribal Lands that are restricted zones as follows: “…any school building, on real property comprising any school, or in any conveyance owned, leased, or contracted by a school to transport students to or from school or a school-related activity when persons under the age of eighteen (18) are present in the building, on the grounds or in the conveyance…” Registered sex offenders are prohibited from being present in, loitering, working or taking up residence within 300 feet of these areas, which have been identified as follows: • • • • • •

Benodjenh Center Benzie Satellite Office Camp Alden Charlevoix Satellite Office M-22 Building Youth Opportunities Building

Maps for referencing these restricted zones are available for viewing on the SORNA page of the GTB website and will be posted in buildings throughout the area. The SORNA page can be accessed on the GTB website by clicking on the link for the Public Safety page. The SORNA page will be updated with current information related to the GTB Sex Offender Registry Code, links to community notification websites, and links to community resources. Please contact Denise Johnson, SORNA Coordinator, at 231-534-7370 with any questions.

SORNA: Who needs to register with GTB? The GTB Code pertaining to Sex Offender Registration has designated who must register with the Grand Traverse Band Tribal Police Department. The following individuals are required to register with GTB Tribal Police:  A sex offender who has been convicted by GTB Tribal Court, regardless of whether or not that person is or will be residing on Tribal Lands.  A sex offender who is incarcerated by the Tribe while completing any sentence for a covered sex offense, regardless of their location.  A sex offender who resides within Tribal Lands, is homeless within Tribal Lands, or is transient within Tribal Lands.  A sex offender who is employed by the Tribe in any capacity or otherwise employed within Tribal Lands.  A sex offender who is a student in any capacity within Tribal Lands.  A sex offender who is visiting Tribal Lands. Registration requirements pertain to ALL convicted sex offenders, regardless of the court or location they were convicted in. Registered sex offenders who are visiting Tribal Lands are now required to register their presence with Tribal Police PRIOR to entry onto Tribal Lands, and may register up to 72 hours prior to their visit. This includes entering onto Tribal Lands for ANY PURPOSE with the exclusion of patronizing gaming establishments or Eagletown Market, and visiting Tribal Court for a valid purpose. You are strongly encouraged to contact the Tribal Police Department at 231-534-7777 prior to arriving in order to ensure that someone is available to assist you with registration. If you are unsure if you are required to register with GTB Police Department, please contact Denise Johnson in the SORNA Office at 231-534-7370. You can also contact GTB Tribal Police Department: 231534-7777.


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MAY 2017 CHARLEVOIX ELDER’S Activity Calendar

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Virginia Fields (Gene) (O) 231.534.7066 © 231.492.4351

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MOM, I love you

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Crafts Chx 10-12:00 pm

Exercise Petoskey 10-12:00 pm

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Sewing Chx 10-12:00 pm

Home Visits

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5 Staff Meeting 3-M 9:30 am

11 12 All Sites Mother’s Gov’t Staff Mtg Day Lunch/ GT Resort & Bingo, 3-M 8:00 am 11:30-3:00 pm

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15 Language w/Isadore & Patricia, Chx 11:30-2:00 pm

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All Sites Crafts 3- M 1:30-3:00 pm

Game Day Chx 10-12:00 pm

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Sewing Chx 10:00-1:00 pm

Tribal Council Peshawbestown 9:30-12:00 pm

Home Visits

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Resale Shopping Chx 10-2:00 pm

Puzzle Day Chx 10:00-2:00 pm

31 Birthday Bash 3-M 1:00-2:00 pm

All Activities are All Activities are Subject to change. Alcohol & Drug Please call ahead. Free Events!

Pat Putney 231.631.0284

Meal Site is Charlevoix Senior Center, Serving Monday—Thursday From 12-12:30 pm

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LUNCH 11:30 MINI BINGO 12:30-1:30

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LUNCH 11:30 LANGUAGE W. PAT & ISADORE 12-1

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GOVT. OFFICES CLOSED MEMORIAL DAY

LUNCH 11:30 MINI BINGO 12:30-1:30

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PAT PUTNEY ELDER 231-631-0284 COORDINATOR: GLORIA PTAK CELL: 492-4358 OFFICE: 534-7824

ALL ACTIVITIES ARE DRUG & ALCOHOL FREE. PLEASE CALL AHEAD .

STAFF MEETING T.C. 9:00

ALL SITE POOL ALL SITE MOTHGOVT. STAFF ER’S DAY LUNCH & TOURN./PIZZA MEETING BINGO. 11:30-3 G.T. RESORT 8:30 11:30-3 (LV. @ 10) (LV. @ 10:30)

T.C. ALL SITE LUNCH 11:30 MOVIE 11:30-4 GAME DAY 12-2 (LV. @ 10:30) TRIBAL COUNCIL 9:30

ALL SITE CRAFT T.C. 1:30 (LV. @ 12:30)

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LUNCH 11:30 ALL SITE EUCHRE GAME DAY 12-2 T.C. 1-4 (LV. @ 11)

ALL SITE CRAFT T.C. 1:30-3 (LV. @ 11)

BREAKFAST/ MANISTEE SHOP 9-12 (LV. @ 8:30)

Fri

THRIFT SHOP DAY T.C. 9-2 (LV. @ 9)

LUNCH 11:30 ALL SITE EUCHRE GOVT. OFFICES GAME DAY 12-2 T.C. 1-4 CLOSED (LV. @ 11) FED. RECOG.DAY

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ALL SITE B.DAY BASH T.C. 1-2 (LV. @ 11)


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Leelanau May 2017 Sun

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2 LUNCH AT DEX’S 11:30-12:45

3 LUNCH AT DEX’S 4 LUNCH AT DEX’S 11:30-12:45 11:30-12:45 TC STORE RUN 9AM TC EUCHRE 1:00

5 STAFF MEETING 9:30 TC

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8 LUNCH AT DEX’S 11:30-12:45 ALL SITE CRAFTS 1:30 TC

9 LUNCH AT DEX’S 11:30-12:45 ELDER ADVISORY/ TRIBAL COUNCIL OPEN FORUM 10AM

10 LUNCH AT DEX’S 11:30-12:45 POOL TOURNAMENT 11:30 TC

12 GOVERNMENT STAFF MEETING GT RESORT 8AM

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23 LUNCH AT DEX’S 24 LUNCH AT DEX’S 25 LUNCH AT 11:30-12:45 11:30-12:45 DEX’S 11:30-12:45 LEELANAU BINGO TC STORE RUN 9AM TC EUCHRE 1:00 1:30

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30 LUNCH AT DEX’S 31 LUNCH AT DEX’S 11:30-12:45 11:30-12:45 BIRTHDAY BASH TC 1:00

11 NO DEX’S LUNCH/ ALL SITE LUNCH/BINGO TC 11:30 AM

17 LUNCH AT DEX’S 18 LUNCH AT 11:30-12:45 DEX’S 11:30-12:45 TRIBAL COUNCIL 9:30

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May 2017

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HEALTH CARE Mino Gizhep!

In response to the issue of the syringes/needles found on our Tribal Housing property we would like to share some information. We want to say miigwetch for bringing this information to our attention so our community members can make sure their housing area is safe for all of our children. It will take all of us to create positive change within our community.

Dear Community Members,

It has come to our attention that syringes/needles were found on the ground in The Behavioral Health Counselors are all our Peshawbestown Tribal Housing complex. professionally qualified and State Certified to provide We are informing each one of you of this potential hazard to request your assistance.

Please check the area Around your homes thoroughly To ensure the safety of our children.

ongoing outpatient treatment and will also assist with arrangements for residential, inpatient alcohol/drug treatment when needed. We do have a diverse array of funding sources that are available, dependent on your individual situations, regarding insurance or eligibility for State of Michigan funding sources or ATR IV.

• If you find a syringe/needle • Do not pick it up • Call Tribal Police at 534-7777 to provide disposal.

Unless the Court is involved we cannot force anyone to treatment but we are here to help everyone that needs our assistance to win their battle with alcohol and drugs. You do not have to do this alone! So as a community lets reach out to those that are struggling and need our compassion and support. Give them support to walk in our door to seek help.

Together we can keep our community safe! Miigwetch!

It begins with one step… and one day at a time. Miigwetch! Behavioral Health Department Manager & Staff

GTB Behavioral Health Department

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Caregiver Program WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR FAMILY CARE GIVER SUPPORT SERVICES? • Informal, unpaid family Caregivers of older adults. An older adult is the age used on your Title VI Part A application that was determined by the tribe to be an elder. . • Grandparents and relative caregivers, age 55 and older, who are the primary caregivers of a child not more than 18 years old because the biological or adaptive parents are unable or unwilling to serve as the primary caregiver of the child. They must be related to the child by blood, marriage, or adoption and live with the child.

Diabetic Appointments Satellite Offices

The OAA requires that the Family Caregiver Support Program give priority to: • Caregivers who are older individuals with the greatest social need. • Older individuals with the greatest economic need, particularly low income individuals. • Older individuals providing care to individuals with severe disabilities, including children with severe disabilities. 1. Must be a federally recognized tribal member 2. Must have two or more impairments in their activities of daily living (must be documented and submitted along with application)

Starting in May, 2017 Kathy Bowers RN, MSN, CDE diabetes clinical nurse specialist will be seeing patients in the satellite clinics as follows: 3 Mile Office: The second Tuesday of every Month. Benzie Office: The third Tuesday of every month. Charlevoix Office: The fourth Tuesday of every month. If you would like to schedule an appointment at one of the satellite offices with Kathy please call Eric Ferrere, scheduler at the medicine lodge at 231-534-7200 to schedule an appointment.

Completed application and submit along with your supporting documents to Tanya Raphael. Contact information: Tanya,Raphael2@gtbindians.com and/or 231·534·7762

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MAY ELDERS BIRTHDAYS GTB News would like to acknowledge this months Elders birthdays! We hope you all had joyous and memorable birthdays filled with friends, family, love, peace and happiness.

“Mino-Dibishkaan!” - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Sincerely, GTB News Staff & The Membership Department.

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Hidalgo Fernando 3-May Swanson Clifford 3-May Stevens Michael 3-May Ulrich Margo 3-May Philo Cathy 4-May Shawnoskey Merlin 4-May Warren Anthony 6-May Hernandez Rita 7-May Nelson Jesse 7-May Gant Shirley 8-May Green Kem 8-May Penland Linda 9-May Scheiding William 10-May Williams Paula 11-May Esquivel Jose 11-May McSawby Marie 12-May Miller Randolph 12-May Finch Tim 12-May Bellows James 12-May Baker Annette 12-May Castaneda Patricia 12-May Yannott George 13-May Raphael Howard 15-May Raphael Helen 15-May Bryant Robert 16-May Raphael Katherine 16-May Wright Christine 16-May Clay Beverly 17-May Johns Thomas 18-May

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Ance Mabel 18-May Robinson Sherri 18-May Agosa Wayne 20-May Kutchey Michael 21-May Anderson Charles 21-May Snyder Marion 22-May Whipple Venetia 22-May Homminga Jane 22-May Shuttle Charles 22-May Beaver John 23-May Holden Ninniece 23-May John-Keller Therese 23-May Felice Carmen 23-May Bennett Ritchie 24-May Cabinaw Joseph 24-May Kennedy Sharon 24-May Davis Linda 25-May Kenoshmeg Donald 26-May Veloz Roseann 27-May Yannott Florine 27-May Jeffrey Thomas 27-May Bailey Cynthia 29-May Howell Adelaide 29-May Case Benjamin 29-May Gauthier Darrell 29-May Traylor Suzanne 30-May Stevens Katherine 31-May Petroske Ricky 31-May Landerville Claude 31-May

ELDERS ADVISORY RAFFLE FRIDAY MAY

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PRIZES TO BE INCLUDED ARE TRIBAL PENDLETON BLANKET LSC BINGO PACKET 1 NIGHT STAY WITH DINNER AT TURTLE CREEK CASINO AND HOTEL


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Anna Marie Brunk Lansing, MI.

GTB Tribal Elder

INTRODUCING ANTRIM COUNTY’S ELDERS MEAL SITE AND LANGUAGE ACTIVITY ND

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ANGUAGE, AFTERNOON MEAL, ACTIVITY)

LOCATION: HARRY AND IDA JOHN COMMUNITY HALL 7250 CAIRN HWY, KEWADIN, MI 49648 OPEN TO ELDERS FROM ANY COUNTY.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SITE COORDINATOR AHEAD OF TIME TO CONFIRM ACTIVITIES AND

FOR TRANSPORTATION IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND.

ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ANGIE MARTIN ROBBIN RAPHAEL 231-492-4352 231-534-7710

Respectfully Acknowledging Our Loss

MAY WORD SEARCH N S N O N M E B I N E G I I Z I S L

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U N A E A H Saturday, X F X April M Y15 2017 1:00UP.M. E V D T I V V until C Gtime R of service Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Lansing I L R Y F E N W U N Q 520 E. Mt. Hope Ave N O K S A A W Lansing, O T NMI U 48910 A S I D N H D D L B A I Z M A S T Z Z D N E E T A A W N I Funeral M H IService A M K I E C I Saturday, F E M April Z G15 2017 N T M D Q M D A 2:00 E WP.M. O Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Lansing G I I Z H I G520 A E.TMt.SHope E Ave F F I G L K K Lansing, L U KMI W 48910 S M Q W O O S T L S G Z J E N A O B Z I P F Y L I E A N K J I Q I Z M I Q O M N P F T J A K X D F L V A G S E I O E E E E D G U S L Q C L B O K S Y N K E

FIND THESE WORDS. NGAASHI-GIIZHIGAT (MOTHERS DAY)

WIINGAASHK (SWEET GRASS)

MIINKAANAN (SEEDS)

MINWAATE (IT IS SUNNY)

NMEBINE-GIIZIS (MAY)

WAASKONYIN (FLOWERS)

MNOOKIMI (SPRING)

(TREES)

DAMINO

(S/HE IS PLAYING)

BINIIGEN (BLOOM)

MTIGOOK


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PUBLIC SAFETY UPDATES EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Starting June 5, 2017 and ending June 3, 2018 Region 7 Homeland Security Planning Board (17 counties and 3 Tribes: GTB, LTBB, and LRBOI) has initiated another year of Emergency Preparedness Public Service Announcements campaign with Midwestern Broadcasting in Traverse City, Michigan. The campaign will run on WTCM 103.5 FM, 93.5 FM, and News Talk 580 and on all Midwestern Broadcasting stations to inform the public on Emergency Preparedness. Spring Has Sprung! Get Ready for Some of America’s Wildest Weather!

Spring Safety Date Posted: March 1, 2016

forecast.2. Take Action! Assemble an emergency supplies kit with 72 hours’ worth of food and water. In an emergency (such as after a tornado or some other hazard event), you may be stuck at home without electricity for three days or more. Make sure that you’re prepared. Also, ensure that everyone in your life knows how to stay in touch with an emergency communication plan. This plan lists meeting places and alternate ways of communicating in case of emergency.

3. Be A Force of Nature

Tornadoes, lightning, floods, rip currents and early season heat - spring is three months of danger that can imperil the unprepared. It roars in like a lion, rampaging across the United States throughout March, April and May. And there’s one hazard that can strike the coasts at any time: tsunamis.

Inspire others by sharing your weather-ready story on social media with the hashtag #Spring Safety. It can be a simple as posting a photo of your emergency supplies kit or letting your friends know how to reach you during an emergency. Together, we can build a Weather-Ready Nation, one that is ready for any extreme weather, water, or climate event.

Spring hazards include:

SPRING HAZARDS

Severe Weather/Tornadoes

Floods

Lightning

You are not powerless in the face of extreme weather and water events. Learn about the hazards most common to spring - and some that are threats yearround - and what you can do about them.

Tsunamis

+Severe Weather/Tornadoes

Rip Currents/Beach Hazards

Heat

Nobody knows the hazards of this dynamic season more than NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS). We ask that you get weather-ready for spring with just a few simple steps: 1. Know Your Risk Check weather.gov every morning. It is a simple action that will ensure that you’re ready for the day’s weather. Don’t leave home without knowing the

Spring is a time when severe weather and tornadoes are a threat for much of the Southeast and Great Plains. Since 2005, 49 states have come under a tornado warning; all 50 states have come under severe thunderstorm warnings; and lightning strikes occur in every state. While tornadoes can strike almost anywhere, the Great Plains is particularly prone to tornadoes in the spring. The 2013 Moore, Oklahoma tornado, which killed 24 people and injured hundreds, struck in May of that year. What to Do: You may have only minutes to find shelter before a tornado strikes. Practice a family tornado drill at least once a year.


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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS +Floods Due to snowmelt and heavy rain from thunderstorms, flooding is common across much of the U.S. in the spring. In May of last year, widespread flooding in Texas left 17 dead. Flash flooding is the number one killer associated with severe weather. A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. What to Do: It’s simple: Turn Around Don’t Drown®. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters. +Lightning In 2015, there were 26 lightning fatalities - five in Florida alone. 62% of fatalities were men. Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year. Although most lightning occurs in the summer, people can be struck at any time of year. What to Do: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! No place outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area. +Tsunamis Since the beginning of the 20th century, 34 tsunami events have caused more than 500 deaths and over $1.7 billion (2015 dollars) in damage to U.S. coastal states and territories. A tsunami can strike any ocean coast at any time. We cannot predict where, when or how destructive the next tsunami will be, however, we can be prepared. What to Do: If you live, work or play on the coast, prepare for a tsunami by learning about tsunami warnings and evacuation routes.

+Rip Currents/Beach Hazards Rip currents are powerful currents of water moving away from shore. They can sweep even the strongest swimmer away. Rip currents are deadliest during the spring and summer, claiming the lives of 41 people in 2015 (preliminary figures). They are also south Florida’s deadliest weather-related hazard. Other beach hazards include extreme heat and dangerous waves. Stay safe this Spring Break and year-round. What to Do: Break the grip of the rip! Check water conditions before going in by looking at the local beach forecast before you leave for the beach and talking to the lifeguard at the beach. Only swim at a beach with lifeguards. The chances of drowning at a beach with lifeguards are 1 in 18 million (U.S. Lifesaving Association). +Heat Extreme heat comes early to the Southwest. Last year, Phoenix hit 100 degrees on May 1. Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of deaths each year. What to Do: During a heat wave, reschedule strenuous outdoor activities for the coolest time of the day, drink plenty of water and spend time in locations with air conditioning.

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PUBLIC SAFETY UPDATES CONT. Continued from page 15

Spring Weather Safety Tornado Safety

Before a Tornado • Make sure all family members know the tornado safe location in your home. • Store an emergency kit in your safe location. • Identify where to go if you are at work or school. • Make a family communications plan. During a Tornado • Go to a safe location away from windows on the lowest level of a sturdy building. • If you are caught outside, get in a car, buckle up, and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. • Go to a storm shelter if you are in a mobile home. After a Tornado • Beware of downed power lines, broken gas lines, and sharp/dangerous debris. • Avoid damaged areas. • Stay off the roads to allow rescue workers clear passage. • Follow instructions from officials. Preparing Your Pets • Get your pets ready at first sign of an approaching storm. • Put your dog on a leash and your cat in a carrier. • Move all pets to the shelter well ahead of the storm. • Include pet food and medicines in your emergency kit. Lightning Safety When You Are Caught Outside in a Storm… There is NO safe place outside when it is lightning but these actions may slightly reduce your risk of being struck. • Avoid open fields, the top of a hill or a ridge top. • Stay away from tall, isolated trees or other tall objects. • Stay away from water, wet items, and metal objects.

Note: A tent or open air building will not protect you from lightning. When You Are Inside During a Thunderstorm… • Don’t touch electrical equipment or electronics plugged into the wall. • Stay off corded phones and avoid plumbing. • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches. Do not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls. When You Are Inside a Car During a Storm… You are safe from lightning inside a car as long as you do the following: • Roll up the windows so that they are closed. • Don’t touch metal objects inside the car. • Pull over on the side of the road and put your hazard lights on. Flood Safety

Before a Flood • Learn whether your home, school or place of work is at risk of flooding. • Find alternate routes to important locations. • Make a family communications plan. • If evacuation orders are issued in advance, follow them. During a Flood • Never drive or walk into flood waters. • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. • Get to higher ground. • Get information from local tv/radio or your mobile phone. After a Flood • Avoid damaged areas and flood waters. • Heed road closed and other cautionary signs. • Wait for the “all clear” to enter a flood damaged structure. • Contact your loved ones via text or social media to keep phone lines clear. Building a Weather-Ready Nation weather.gov/safetycampaign

UPDATE FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS Aanii,

Our CTAS-PA 5 (Women’s Domestic Violence) grant extension of 6 months has ended March 18th. This grant supported Sequetta Brand’s position as the Domestic Violence Project Coordinator and DV Counselor. We have re-applied for the CTAS –PA 5 grant and will know in September regarding re-funding. This DV grant program would then resume October 1, 2017. In the meantime, if you need assistance please contact Sharon Wasageshik, as she has the Family Violence Prevention Grant, which has some domestic violence client services funds available to those who meet the criteria. She can be reached at: 231-534-7247. Miigwetch!

Arlene Kashata Department 7 Manager-Human Services Arlene Kashata MA, CSAC Department 7 Manager – Human Services Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians 2605 N West Bay Shore Dr Peshawbestown, MI 49682 Office: 231-534-7255 Cell: 231-866-6080


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Dear GTB Tribal Members: The GTB Family Violence Prevention Program “Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa services are delivered in several ways one is weekly Indians is committed to ending the high rates support groups. (See flyer of weekly support groups) of violence against women and families in this community and ensuring safety of all tribal This outreach activity one at each four satellite site members”. If you are a victim of the four crimes will conduct an awareness presentation of “Violence stated above you may be eligible for “direct is Not Traditional”. At these weekly meetings emergency assistance services”. educational materials on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking are provided To apply please come to the weekly support as well as strengthen bonds between women and meetings in your area or come to my office of the girls to reduce isolation often occurs in rural areas. Medicine Lodge in the Human Services Department for an intake application. There will be a star quilt activity for the girls and women so they can learn to sew together. Please Miigwetch bring your sewing machine if you have one. Also this is a pot luck dinner activity to share with each Sharon K. Wasageshik other. Family Violence Prevention Program Director 231-534-7247 Sharon.Wasageshik@gtbindians.com

Family Violence Prevention Weekly Support Meetings“Violence is Not Tradition” Presentation Girls & Women Star Quilt Activity

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GTB CLINIC STRATEGIC PLANNING

- Photos by Aaron TwoCrow The GTB Tribal Health department took a quick two day break from seeing patients on April 5th and 6th to get together as staff and talk about the future of the GTB health department. Using a consensus based strategic planning process the GTB health were asked; What does quality health care look like at GTB Health Clinic in 2022, five years from now. In other words, how can the staff work together to improve the services of the GTB health clinic. The staff worked together to talk about the environmental scan; what is happening right now. They moved on to identifying elements of a practical vision, contradictions to achieving the practical vision, strategic direction, and implementation plans. The critical piece of the two days was to identify the

direction that the GTB health department will be moving toward. The staff identified three critical areas that can be addressed within the next five years. These three areas were to Enhance Patient Advocacy, Renovate Clinic Environment and Empower Team Foundations. The planning chart can be referred to in the table below. The full document of the two days of work is still in draft form and is still a work in progress. There are more implementations plans to build, but the clinic staff agreed that there is much work to be done in order to offer complete professional services to the GTB tribal members. - by Mary Pelcher, Tribal Manager

Enhance Patient Advocacy • Improving Patient Care Through Professionalism • Communication Rejuvenation

Renovate Clinic Environment • Optimizing Space for Patient flow • Building a professional team

• Expanding Patient Advocacy

• Augmenting health technology

Empower Team Foundations • Clarification of clinical roles • Focus on full staff communication • Pursue full tribal management support


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GTB COMMUNITY EASTER PARTIES

Several Easter parties were hosted by GTB Youth Services the week preceding Easter Sunday. The community Easter parties were held from 5 to 7pm at Strongheart Fitness Center in Peshawbestown on April 10th , Tuesday at the Traverse City three mile office, Wednesday in Charlevoix and Thursday at the Benzie office. The community was encouraged to bring a dessert or dish, although it was not required to join in on the fun. Each site offered activities for children such as creating Easter Bunny masks, coloring Easter eggs and the ever exciting Easter egg hunt. Salads, sandwiches and beverages were also provided at each event. Many families showed up to participate in the festivities and brought potluck dishes. Each community celebrated the blessing of being together for Easter. Friends and relatives had some great bonding over some wonderful food just before the holiday. These events were a great way to get people out of the house as the sun begins to shine. The gatherings were just the beginning of GTB Spring and Summer activities. Many healthy opportunities of getting the people active are soon to follow. - by Jared Sonderegger, Editor

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SHOUT OUTS

GTB Tribal member Sabrina Summer Rose Kenwabikise has won an art award. Sabrina won 5th place, honorable mention for her sand painting entitled ‘Medicine Man’ at the Charlevoix Circle of the Arts show. Sabrina sold this piece and one other. Sabrina will be graduating this spring from Beaver Island Community School.

- Submited by Cheryl Phillips

CELEBRATING 27 YEARS TOGETHER

Michelle Burfield, what a gift it is to celebrate 27 years of marriage and love with you on May 5th. Our lives complete each other because our hearts beat as one. I am so overjoyed and grateful as I look back on the 27 years you have been with me. I could not be more happy and proud to be your husband. I always view our anniversary as a chance is to celebrate the things we know we can count on in each other, because great marriages don’t happen by luck or by accident. They become great as a result of consistently investing in each other, being thoughtful, having forgiveness, always being affectionate, having mutual respect, and especially having love that cannot be measured. Happy Anniversary on May 5th! Love your Husband, Joe - Submited by Joe Burfield

Have you ever attended classes at NMC? Are you a Tribal Citizen? If the answer to both questions is “YES” We would like to invite you to the FIRST

NATIVE AMERICAN ALUMNI BRUCNH Northwestern Michigan College* May 13th 2017 Please RSVP * Space is Limited Email tparker@nmc.edu or call 1-231-995-3025 Native American Student Services


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YOUTH SERVICES PHOTOS

L-R: Nakisha Floyd, Anna Floyd-Vasquez, Janelle Sams, Migizi Stevens, Jayden Sams, Zack Wilson, & Victor Olvera

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L-R: Migizi Stevens, Janelle Sams, George McClellan (IT Director), Nakisha Floyd, Victor Olvera, Jayden Sams, & Anna Floyd-Vasquez

L-R: Janelle Sams, Jayden Sams, Nakisha Floyd, Migizi Stevens, Youth coloring easter eggs at the Strongheart center. Anna Floyd-Vasquez, Victor Olvera, Zack Wilson, with a representative from MI Works

Here are some pictures from the Leelanau Easter party on 4/10/17. They had a great time by coloring eggs and then they had an Easter egg hunt.

Also are photos from the UNITY group visiting the NMC IT Career Fair on April 19th. Missy Petoskey had set the trip up for them and they had a great time. Submited by Courtney Yaple,Youth Site Coordinator

TRIBAL COUNCIL EMAILS Exciting new changes have happened on the GTB website! Tribal members can now directly e-mail the Tribal Council their questions, concerns, suggestions, and general inquiries. Under the GTB member login on the www. gtbindians.org website, Tribal members can login, provide their e-mail address, then type in their comments, questions, or concerns with Grand Traverse Band operations for Tribal Council. You will receive a receipt of your

communication and shortly after receive a response. Tribal Council would like to encourage Tribal members to use this communication tool to maintain an interwoven relationship between Tribal Council and the membership. Megwetch to all Tribal members for your interest, as Tribal Council works to provide new communication opportunities with GTB membership!


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NATURAL RESOURCES

                    GREEN Committee                   

    

April 2017 

GREETINGS FROM THE GOVERNMENT GREEN COMMITTEE!  One  of  the  GREEN  Committee’s  initiatives,  as  identified  in  the  GREEN  Committee’s  Policy  book,  is  to  cultivate environmental awareness for our fellow employees and the community.   The GREEN Committee is dedicated to reducing the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians  environmental impact and increasing community awareness.    The GREEN Committee objectives are:    Decrease office paper consumption.   Draw more environmental awareness.   GREEN Committee presence at Tribal and Community events.   Shkagamik‐Kwe (Mother Earth)     

Committee Vacancies ‐ There are two vacancies on the GTB GREEN Committee. This 

is as volunteer committee, however GTB employees can get GPT incentives for joining the  committee  (GTB  time  each  year  you  are  on  the  committee  –  refer  to  the  GREEN  Committee policy).    If you are interested, please fill out the pledge form and return it to Steve Feringa. If you  are a GTB employee, please get your supervisor’s permission.   

GTB GREEN Committee 2017 Events (some dates yet to be determined):  Earth  Day  (April  22nd)  *  Cherry  Festival  Heritage  Day  (July)  *  GTB  Camp  Alden  (July)  *  GTB  Anishnaabemowin  Language  Camp  (August)  *  GTB  Health  Fair  (August)  *  Peshawbestown  Jiingtamok  Community  Feast  (August)  *  Peshawbestown  Traditional  Jiingtamok  (August)  *  GTB  Housing  Back‐to‐ School  Peshawbestown,  Charlevoix,  Benzie  (August)  *  GTB  Family  Anishnabemowin  Camp  (August)*  Michigan Flintknappers Fall Gathering at Pow‐Wow Grounds (September) * GTB NRD Feast (September) *  GTB Yearly Staff Meeting (September) * GTB Membership Meeting (October) * Veteran’s Day Celebrations  (November) * Northport “Leelanau Uncaged” (September).    The  GTB  GREEN  Committee meetings  are  scheduled  for  the  first  Friday  of  the month  at  11:00  a.m.,  at  the  GTB  Natural  Resources  Department  Conference  Room.  Please  verify  meeting  times  and  locations  with  Steve Feringa by phone (231) 534‐8410 or e‐mail steve.feringa@gtbindians.com     Shkagamik‐Kwe (Mother Earth)   

Natural Resources & Environmental Committee Meeting Please note: The NREC Regular Session Meeting’s are usually the first Thursday of the month but May’s meeting has been changed. See below for the date change. All Agenda requests are due to the Natural Resources Department front desk exactly one week before the meeting date by 5:00 p.m.

NREC Regular Session May Meeting When: Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 Time: 10:00 a.m. Where: Tribal Council Chambers All are welcome. Please remember to always check with the Natural Resources Department if you are not sure of a meeting date or time. Natural Resources Department (231) 534-7500

GRAND PRIZE

Ray Chippewa

Winners: Ervin Ludy Eugene Wabindato Sylvester Paul Thomas Brun William Traylor


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Top 5 Reasons To Shut Down Line 5 Under the Straits 1. WE CANNOT AFFORD AN OIL SPILL IN THE GREAT LAKES. ● ● ●

A catastrophic oil spill in the Great Lakes threatens the drinking water of 40 million people. A spill risks the health of Great Lakes fish, an essential local food source. One in five Michigan jobs – more than 800,000 jobs in all – is tied to having high quality and plentiful water, including shipping, advanced manufacturing, agriculture, tribal fishing, and more than 80 other water-using industry subsectors.

2. THE 64-YEAR-OLD PIPELINE POSES A CATASTROPHIC RISK TO THE GREAT LAKES. ●

The Straits are the worst possible place for an oil spill in the Great Lakes, according to the University of Michigan, with currents regularly changing directions and moving water quantities 10x greater than Niagara Falls. Enbridge’s data reveals cracks, dents, corrosion, and missing anti-corrosion coating, including an on-shore portion of the 64-year-old pipeline in the Straits that has lost 26 percent of its wall thickness to corrosion. Cleaning up a spill with ice cover would be nearly impossible. Enbridge’s emergency spill response plan was not approved by the federal government, as law requires.

3. LINE 5 IS AN ILLEGAL PIPELINE. ● ●

Enbridge is violating the Treaty of 1836 by severely threatening Tribal Fishing Rights; tribes were never consulted regarding Line 5. Enbridge has violated its 1953 easement with the State of Michigan in eight different ways related to pipeline design and structural integrity.

4. ENBRIDGE HAS A TERRIBLE TRACK RECORD IN MICHIGAN. ●

In July 2010, Enbridge caused the nation’s largest inland oil spill in Kalamazoo. Enbridge’s Line 6B burst and dumped more than a million gallons of heavy tar sands oil for 17 hours. Cleanup costs exceeded $1.2 billion and took over five years.

5. LINE 5 IS NOT NECESSARY ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE ●

Available capacity and flexibility to meet energy demand in the Great Lakes region already exists in the North American pipeline system operated by Enbridge and its competitors without threatening our public waters and Pure Michigan economy. FLOW’s expert reports show only 5-10 percent of the oil in Line 5 is used in Michigan and that decommissioning the 63-year-old oil pipelines to prevent a disastrous spill in the Mackinac Straits would not disrupt Michigan’s or the Midwest’s crude oil and propane supply.

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POPPY DAYS

them to wear the poppy as a tribute to the fallen. That was November 1918. World War I was over, but America’s sons would rest forever “in Flanders’ Fields.” Later she would spearhead a campaign that would result in the adoption of the poppy as the national symbol of sacrifice.

In Flanders Fields

“In Flanders Fields” is a war poem in the form of a rondeau, written during the First World War by • The Poppy Story Canadian physician and Lt. Col. John McCrae. He was From the battlefields of World War I, weary soldiers inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding brought home the memory of a barren landscape over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Alexis transformed by wild poppies, red as the blood that had Helmer, who died during the Second Battle of Ypres. soaked the soil. By that miracle of nature, the spirit of their lost comrades lived on. The poppy became a In Flanders fields the poppies blow symbol of the sacrifice of lives in war and represented Between the crosses, row on row the hope that none had died in vain. The American That mark our place; and in the sky Legion Auxiliary poppy has continued to bloom for The larks, still bravely singing, fly the casualties of four wars, its petals of paper bound Scarce heard amid the guns below together for veterans by veterans, reminding America each year that the men and women who have served We are the Dead. Short days ago and died for their country deserve to be remembered. We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, The poppy, as a memorial flower to the war dead, can Loved, and were loved, and now we lie be traced to a single individual, Moina Michael. She In Flanders fields. was so moved by Lt. Col. McCrae’s poem, “In Flanders Fields,” that she wrote a response: Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw . . . the blood of heroes never dies The torch; be yours to hold it high But lends a luster to the red If ye break faith with us who die Of the flower that blooms above the dead We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders’ Fields. In Flanders fields. On impulse, she bought a bouquet of poppies – all that New York City’s Wanamaker’s Department Store had – and handed them to businessmen meeting at the New York YMCA where she worked. She asked

– Lt. Col. John McCrae

Strongheart Sauna Hours

Open limited hours from 6:30 Am to 2:00 Pm Monday through Friday.

Eagletown American Legion Post #120 POPPY DAYS Armed Forces Day - May 20, 2017

Watch for our Veterans and Auxiliary Members at Eagle Town Market, Hansen’s and Chimoski Bakery!

Thank You For Your Support!

Sign in at front office door. Hours will change once everything is worked out to secure and monitor the system to avoid misuse and potential vandalism.


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SFC. CHERETTE, SCREAMING EAGLE

Sergeant First Class Michael Cherette

in turn is used to create a better fighting force for Afghanistan. At this time, SFC Cherette will be returning home to Fort Campbell, KY in July. He will have two years left until he is able to retire at 20 years of total service. At that time he will return to either Michigan or Wisconsin. He still loves the Great Lakes and still comes home to the Traverse City area when he can. He was born in Charlevoix, MI. A possibility of working for the tribe is definitely in his thoughts. You can reach him at mcherette81@hotmail.com

SFC Cherette is a Grand Traverse Band tribal member that is currently serving in the US Army. SFC Cherette is a Platoon Sergeant in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Rakkasan), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). His unit is deployed in support of Operation Resolute Support in Southern Afghanistan. He has been there since early December. His Brigade is made up of a few thousand Soldiers that are spread out throughout Afghanistan conducting various support missions. These can range from logistics, firesupport, municipal improvements, route clearance, and medical training. As the senior enlisted Soldier in his Company while deployed, he has filled various roles. His responsibilities are the everyday health and welfare of the junior enlisted Soldiers as well as making sure each mission is accomplished within the Commanders intent. During this deployment, he was also able to go to other areas in Afghanistan to assist the Afghanistan National Army in a mentorship role. Utilizing a translator, proper operations cycles were developed and discussed with their leadership. This


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Grand Traverse Band (GTB) Gneejawnisananik “Our Children’s Camp” Application 2017 DEADLINE JULY 7TH, 2017

(MAY BE EXTENDED)

Gneejawnisananik “Our Children's Camp” Is an experiential learning summer camp for youth who will come together to celebrate their Native heritage and culture while having fun as they are challenged to follow the teachings of the seven Grandfathers’. Programs/Activities To provide Learning & Recreational experience’s in a culturally-based setting where children can explore cultural values, social relationships in a safe non-judgmental nurturing environment. Recreational programs offer sports, games, swimming and in a fun-competitive format. All activities are age specific. Creative expression and planning skills are encouraged in our craft workshops.

Counselors

CAMP DATES & AGES

In order to provide positive role models staff are selected and trained to model outstanding qualities for our campers. They are experienced and committed to helping our children to flourish mentally, physically and spiritually. Counselors work with each camper to develop goals while giving encouragement and support along the way. Counselors were selected to be part of camp because they are friendly, have a genuine love of children and value Native American cultural and heritage.

July 30-Aug. 5th Ages 8—12yrs AUG 6-12TH AGES 13-17YRS

Camp Setting

Campers Campers are assigned to clans of no more than 10 campers. Each clan is led by individual counselors who are responsible for ensuring the well-being of each camper and keeping the fun-level high!

The camp is an indoor/outdoor facility with showers and indoor toilets, an indoor meeting area and mess hall. The camp has cabins for the campers to sleep in. It has a fire pit, nature trails, small creek, cultural workshops and programs. “Our Children’s Camp” is for GTB Youth ages 8 to 14 years old living in the six county service area of the GTB which include the counties of, Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Manistee.

For more Information contact: Camp Director

Assistant Camp Director Jamie Kalush

Department Manager Dawn Shenoskey

TaShena Sams

231-866-1769

231-534-7753

231-534-7231 231-866-6043 ©

Jamie.Kalush@gtbindians.com

Dawnm.Shenoskey@gtbindians.com

TaShena.Sams@gtbindians.com CAMP IS LIMITED TO 40 CAMPERS PER SESSION AND ENROLLMENT WILL BE BASED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS PLEASE RETURN CAMPER ENROLLMENT FORM TO THE GRAND TRAVERSE BAND YOUTH SERVICES ATTN:

TASHENA SAMS 2605 N WEST BAY SHORE DR, PESHAWBESTOWN, MI 49682. All enrollment forms will receive a date stamp upon receipt

The GTB ~ Gneejawnisananik camp is funded by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians.

Grand Traverse Band Gneejawnisananik “Our Children’s Camp” Application 2017 DEADLINE July 7th 2017 (MAY BE EXTENDED) Campers Name:

Likes to be called:

DOB:

Age:

Tribe:

Tribal ID #

☐ Female ☐ Male N/A

Shirt Size:

☐Yth Sm ☐ Yth Med ☐ Yth Lrg ☐ Small ☐ Medium ☐ Large ☐ XL ☐ XXL

Parent /Guardian: Campers Address:

Home Phone:

Cell Phone:

Text Message:

YES NO

Medical Information & Medical Authorization

In case of an emergency, accident or illness to the camper mentioned above the GTB ~ Gneejawnisananik ~ —Our Children’s Camp” Staff is authorized to seek medical attention and to contact the following:

Contact Name: Phone #:

Relationship: Alternative Phone #:

List any health conditions or concerns that may need special attention (bee sting, allergies, epilepsy, diabetes, chronic health problems, etc.). Is there any physical disability (s), which would prevent your child from participating in certain activities? Attach additional paper if needed.

Date of last tetanus shot?

Will camper need medication while at camp? Yes No If yes, please list:

Liability Release In consideration of my child’s opportunity to participate in this program. I do herby agree to relinquish the ~ Gneejawnisananik ~ —Our Children’s Camp” staff, and contractors harmless and free from any liability which may arise from or be incurred as a result of any transactions and/or occurrences directly/indirectly associated with my child’s participation in the GTB overnight camp program. I give permission for my son or daughter to participate in the ~ Gneejawnisananik ~ —Our Children’s Camp”. I have read and completed this form and understand there are inherent risks associated with physical activity and recognize it is my responsibility to provide complete health history information. I will not allow my child to attend if they are not in good physical condition or if they have been exposed to any contagious disease prior to the camp start date. To the best of my knowledge there are no contraindications to my son or daughter’s participation in all camp activities both on and off the camp ground location

Parent/Guardian Signature: Parent/Guardian Name (Print):

Date: Date:

I give permission for information to be released to other programs within the tribe and/or medical personnel as deemed necessary by camp staff and only pertaining to camp sponsored activities. I also understand the Grand Traverse Band Programs retains the right to use for publicity and advertising purposes, photographs and videotapes of the participants.

Parent/Guardian Signature: Parent/Guardian Name (Print):

Date: Date:

Camper I understand participating in the ~ Gneejawnisananik ~ Our Children’s Camp ~ is a privilege and that I will participate and that my attitude shall be to give 100% at all activities. I also pledge to be a good citizen while at camp as well as in community, by being a positive role model. I also pledge to remain substance/alcohol and drug free and have no confrontations with county, state, federal and tribal law enforcement. I agree to follow the rules set and discussed prior to and upon arrival at my camp session. I understand that if I break the rules set for me I will be asked to leave the camp and my parents will be notified to pick me up.

Camper Signature:

Date

CAMP IS LIMITED TO 40 CAMPERS PER SESSION & ENROLLMENT WILL BE BASED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS PLEASE RETURN CAMPER ENROLLMENT FORM TO THE GRAND TRAVERSE BAND YOUTH SERVICES ATTN: TASHENA SAMS 2605 N WEST BAY SHORE DR, PESHAWBESTOWN, MI 49682. All enrollment forms will receive a date stamp upon receipt Office Use

☐ Reviewed application with camper & Parents ☐ Notified parent of pick up time on Saturday ☐ Horseback Riding Waiver ☐ Reviewed the process if camper is asked to leave camp for not following rules set in place for campers

Staff Signature

Date:


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Date of Birth:

Home Phone:

Address: Parents’ / Guardians’ Name(s) and Phone Number(s):

Alternate Emergency Contact: Name:

Phone:

Is this student allergic to any foods? Y Any other allergies? Y

N

N

Relationship:

If so, what foods:

If so, what:

Mild?

Moderate?

Severe?

What symptoms does student have when exposed to/eats food containing that allergen? What action is usually taken when child is exposed to/eats food containing that allergen?

Is student currently taking any medication?

Y

N

If so, what?

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Student’s Swimming Ability Level (circle)

Are student’s skills at or above grade level in:

Strong Math?

Moderate

Non-Swimmer

Reading?

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Date: Parent or Legal Guardian Signature

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NORTHPORT SCHOOL NATIVE AMERICAN PARENT MEETING

Mrs. McCann will be hosting a parent meeting on Tuesday, May 2nd from 5:15 – 6:30. Parents do not need to attend for the whole time period, but can meet with her to sign-in and give input regarding the Title VI grant. She hopes this flexible timing will accommodate parents picking up their children from Girl Scouts and The Afterschool Program, as well as workday schedules.

Two parent meetings are required to submit this grant. The second meeting will be held in late May. Questions? Please contact Mrs. McCann at bmccann@northportps.org or 231-386-5153, ext. 111


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American Indian Science Scholars Program July 23—August 2, 2017

A FREE educational event held at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee for Native American high-school students *Hands-on sessions

(Past activities included looking at blood cells of infection, blood typing, DNA necklaces, learn the physics of medical imaging, visiting a field station, and more!)

*Educational field trips to multiple campuses *Room and board at UW-Milwaukee dorm provided *Cultural activities *Milwaukee Brewers game For more information: Natalia Graf GLNARCH Student Development Prog. ngraf@glitc.org 800-472-7207 ext. 118

Amy Poupart GLNARCH Program Coordinator apoupart@glitc.org 800-472-7207 ext. 177

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc PO Box 9 Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538 Apply at: http://www.glitc.org/programs/narch-studentoptions

10 Days!

~MOVIE NIGHT~ May 17th - 6:00 p.m.

Double Feature Standing Rock “ Sacred Water” part 1 Standing Rock “Red Power” part 2

30 th Annual

Michigan Indian Family Olympics Save the Date

ONE VOICE CAN CHANGE AN OPINION, MANY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.

Friday, July 21, 2017 Central Michigan University’s Bennett Track & Field For more information, please contact: Jaden Harman at 989.775.4694

For more information please contact

*This event is open to all Native Americans and their family members. **This is a drug, smoking and alcohol-free event.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan

“Working Together for Our Future”

7070 E. Broadway Mount Pleasant, MI 48858 989-775-4000 www.sagchip.org


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Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians 2016 Tribal Community Survey Reporting Highlights

April 5, 2017

*A PowerPoint presentation is available on the www.gtbindians.org website - Member Login. The 2016 GTB Tribal Community Survey was a great success! 843 adult tribal members participated… more than a quarter of the entire adult membership of GTB. In community surveys, a response rate of 5% or less is often considered enough, so this is excellent. The mix of respondents is also good. 59% of respondents are currently living in the six-county service area and 41% living outside the area. Our community does face some challenges and barriers: • Median Household Income for GTB members ($37,500) is significantly lower that the U.S. ($53,713) and Michigan ($49,576) Median Household Income. (U.S. Census – American Community Survey 2015) • The unemployment for GTB members is 13.7%, which is significantly higher than the national rate of 4.8%. (Bureau of Labor Statistics – October, 2016) • More than 40% of GTB members experience one or more barriers to work – the most common is a physical disability (13.5%) that makes it difficult or impossible to work. • About 40% of GTB elders have some level of functional limitation and need help with activities and daily functions. • GTB home ownership is lower than the statewide average. 47.8% of GTB members own their own home as compared to the Michigan average of 70%. (U.S. Census – American Community Survey 2015) • Nearly a quarter of homes (24%) GTB members live in are in need of substantial rehabilitation. 15% of adult GTB members live in homes they consider to be overcrowded. • About 40% of GTB member report one or more barriers to home ownership. Chief among these is bad credit. • More than 60% of tribal members feel they have one or more barriers to financial success, including bad credit (28%) and/or a low paying job (26%). • Large numbers of tribal members reported one or more health conditions. The most common being allergies (47%), back problems (42%), arthritis (40%) and high

blood pressure (38%). The incidence rates are above the U.S. averages for allergies (30%), arthritis (23%) and high blood pressure (33%). • The majority of adult tribal members report being overweight or obese, which is consistent with the region, the state and the country. Most are trying to lose weight. • 40% of tribal members do not have a personal doctor or health care provider. • 88% of tribal members are currently covered by health insurance, but 12% (about 1 in 8) are not. • The majority of members report that one or more issues such as scheduling, cost and wait times have kept them from medical care in the last 12 months. • 51% of adult tribal members report drinking alcoholic beverages. This is somewhat comparable to the 47% who reported drinking in the 2002-2003 GTB Community Health Needs Assessment. • 35.5% currently smoke cigarettes which is well above the U.S. overall adult average of 15.1% (Centers of Disease Control, 2015), though it is less than the 44.8% who reported being smokers in the 20022003 GTB Community Health Needs Assessment. • 74% of tribal members report being exposed to second hand smoke. • 33% of tribal members report feeling depressed at least some of the time and 4% feel like taking their own lives. • 8% of tribal members identify as something other than heterosexual, and 10% of members report being exposed to derogatory/anti-LGBT statements in their community. Many GTB members report receiving active support from friends, family members and GTB: • More than a third of tribal members (35.6%) who live in the 6-county service area are currently living on land owned by GTB. • More than 75% of tribal elders report receiving support from friends and family. Most often this is emotional support (providing companionship, listening to problems), but many Elders are also getting help with household chores, snow shoveling, errands and the like.


M a y 2 0 1 7 / N m e b in e Giiz is ( S u c ker M o o n ) 31 • GTB members reported they would like the • About 76% of those who have childcare or Housing Department to focus on services need childcare, report having childcare that for Elders such as rehabilitation services meets their family’s needs. The Benodjenh for disabled elders (74%), develop more Center, along with parents, grandparents housing for elders (72%) and develop and and other caregivers, is helping provide assisted living center (66%). this support. 1.7% of all adult tribal members have an unmet childcare need. • Nearly 40% of tribal members are interested in participating in a Grand Traverse • 52% of members living in the 6-county Band Individual Development Account service area have visited the GTB Family (IDA) and saving money to use towards Health Clinic in the past year. Though there home ownership, higher education or startare some requests for changes to service, ing/expanding a business. more than 70% report being “satisfied” or “very satisfied.” • 75% of tribal members who are parents/ guardians of minors with per capita ac• 11% of members living in the 6-county counts think it should be mandatory for service area have received outreach health the minor to attend financial management services. 88% report being “satisfied” or training before receiving minor trust fund “very satisfied” with the services. distributions, which is consistent to current tribal law. • 16% of tribal members living in the 6-county service area have visited GTB • In terms of overall health issues, the conBehavioral Health for counseling services in ditions most widely seen as continuing the last year. 81% report being “satisfied” issues or challenges to GTB are alcohol or “very satisfied” with the services. abuse (69%), diabetes (63%), drug addiction (62%), obesity (61%) and smoking tobacco (61%). GTB members, looking to the future, are thinking about the following needs and priorities: • Of the 41% who do not currently live in the 6-county service area, 25% are planning to move back within the next 10 years.

May 2017 COORDINATED COMMUNITY RESPONSE What is Coordinated Community Response (CCR)? Coordinated Community Response (CCR) is funded by the Office of Violence Against Women. The CCR Project Coordinator assists victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking, and Sexual Assault. The CCR Project Coordinator’s office is located at Grand Traverse Band Tribal Court. What Assistance can you get from CCR? The CCR Project Director provides client services such as attending court hearings with clients, limited financial assistance as the need arises, assistance with Petitioning for Personal Protection Orders, and helping clients with other needs. Coordinated Community Response Project Director Office hours in satellite offices Traverse City Office Hours Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 (9:30am - 12:00pm) Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 (9:30am - 12:00pm) Benzie Office Hours Wednesday, May 3th, 2017 (1:30pm - 3:30pm) Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 (1:30pm - 3:30pm) Charlevoix Office Hours Monday, May 8th, 2017 (11am-12pm & 1pm - 2pm) Please call ahead to ensure that the CCR Project Director will be available at the locations as office hours. Other times are available upon request. Please call Yvette Weese, the CCR Project Coordinator at 231-534-7053 to schedule an alternate date, time and/or location.


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Elders Open Forum Minutes

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Chairman McClellan began discussion by asking those in attendance if they enjoy having the additional, separate Elders open forum meetings. The response was unanimously yes. Chairman McClellan said that these meetings and also the community meetings would continue. Bonnie Inman added that these meetings are very proactive and easier for the Elders to get to. She then asked how a GTB member goes about doing a referendum. She said she has asked this several times already. Chairman McClellan said he recalls that when a referendum was done several years ago, the individual just came before Council and asked to send it out. Sonya Zotigh, Executive Assistant to Chairman McClellan replied that the Legal department is looking into this in more detail. There is some information about referendums in the GTB Constitution. Tribal Council Vice Chair Vargo stated that General Counsel John Petoskey is looking into this, and mentioned that a referendum may have to go through the Election Board. Sonya Zotigh spoke to add that the Election Board just sets up the election. Chairman McClellan stated that Council will get back to members once they know for sure about referendums.

Tribal Council, it becomes a very political situation with some Councilors potentially not wanting to make changes because they may lose votes. She mentioned that a lot of other tribes are organized into districts, so everyone has a voice and nobody is left out.

David Wabanimkee asked as to what can be done to keep young people here and working for the tribe, and whether gaming revenue can be turned around into something that will help members more directly. Vice Chair Vargo replied that housing is key, and once the Herkner road property is established there will be more housing available and people may be more likely to stay. Bonnie Inman spoke up again, asking if anything is being done to recover money that GTB has lost in various business ventures (The Ridge, etc.) Chairman McClellan stated that he wants to look into this and said that there was a plan the LLC board was supposed to follow, GTB Elder Leonard Corey was the next person to but they never followed it. An individual named Lance speak. He asked if any Council members had listened Morgan from the Ho-Chunk tribe and has been very to the recording of the last Election Board meeting. He successful at starting businesses, drafted the LLC plan mentioned that if the EB procedure were followed the for us, Chairman McClellan mentioned, sometime around Council and Election Board would not be under fire, the 2012 but this plan was never followed. GTB Elder Pat people put a lot of effort into signatures and circulating Putney spoke up to ask why the plan was not followed. the petition, then thrown out because of a word. Leonard Chairman McClellan replied that he wants to start over mentioned the EB had said they will not do anything to with the LLC board, putting people in charge who have help clarify the process of the recent recall and asked years of experience and results. how anything with a recall in the future will be properly addressed. Chairman McClellan mentioned that the Leonard Corey spoke up to ask if it is true that The membership has the power to change this. He went on Ridge is going to be closed permanently. Chairman to say that he believes accountability is crucial. There McClellan and Vice Chair Vargo responded yes, it will be needs to be a way for GTB members to hold the GTB closed and dismantled. GTB Elder Jim Petoskey spoke legal and Tribal court accountable, who is the boss and more on this issue, mentioning that a previous LLC who is the employee? CEO started a brewery without a license and without a market survey done and did not have the approval of Bonnie spoke up again in support of an idea GTB the Board. A license is needed to open a brewery on an Member Tina Frankenberger had mentioned at another Indian reservation. Chairman McClellan added that no meeting. That idea was to have a lower, mid, and high Cost Benefit Analysis was done on The Ridge. He said court, which would serve as an avenue to hold people that we have to learn from our mistakes regarding The accountable and to have recourse. Chairman McClellan Ridge and future business endeavors. He stated we need shared an idea of his own, for all GTB committees to to clear the LLC board, mentioning that outside people be made up of people who do not work for the tribe. and not GTB employees should make up this board. Jim Chairman McClellan then mentioned revisiting the Petoskey added that the EDC board should be the same nepotism clause. way, instead of being made up of Councilors. Chairman McClellan mentioned there is forensic audit being Discussion moved on. Chairman McClellan stated that performed on the LLC expenses. he is concerned about the tribe’s revenues. There was discussion about the recent contract renewal for Rich Discussion took place of a former IT director who Bailey as EDC CEO with a 4-3 vote by the EDC Board. stole money from GTB and sold computers and other Revenues have been going down since 2012 and gaming equipment for personal benefit. Bonnie Inman asked is very competitive in this area. Leonard Corey spoke what the recourse was on this issue. Chairman McClellan up again, saying that we have to figure out a way to and Vice Chair Vargo stated that that individual has increase our revenues, suggesting that we put a business been federally charged, so it is in the hands of the feds. like Subway or Hard Rock CafÊ inside Turtle Creek, to They stated that Council will look into this further and draw in customers with a name they recognize. Leonard bring back an answer on whether he was made to pay also suggested that the constitutional reform committee restitution or serve probation time. should be reinstated and the constitution examined. Vice Chair Vargo replied that when the EDC board is also


M a y 2 0 1 7 / N m e b in e Giiz is ( S u c ker M o o n ) Discussion took place as to GTB’s involvement with the Forever Cleare Company which was selling reverse osmosis (RO) water filtration units. This was Chet Dunican’s company (previous LLC CEO). Upon looking into the company further we discovered that they had no inventory. Pat Putney asked who received money from GTB for Forever Cleare. Vice Chair Vargo replied that money was given to the LLC board to buy RO machines from original LLC funding. Shortly thereafter additional funds were requested, an additional $2 million for more RO machines, even though we asked for more information, Council approved the funding. Before the funds were disbursed, we discovered the representative who said he worked for Forever Cleare did not actually work for that company, and was a school teacher. Vice Chair Vargo stated that the Motion to give money to the company was rescinded. Chairman McClellan spoke up to mention that this incident is why it is important to do a Cost Benefit Analysis for each business endeavor. Vice Chair Vargo also mentioned that she believes the LLC should come under the Council’s direction until further notice. GTB Elder Eva Beers spoke next, stating the need for all departments to be held accountable. Chairman McClellan agreed, saying that he wants to see an audit done on all committees. He added that all committee members should receive training. Discussion moved on. The question was asked if 3% raises could be put on hold while we try to recover some of the money we have lost to bad business investments. Vice Chair Vargo said this is a possibility, but added that Government employees are still working on the 2009 wage grid and citing the need to bring these employees up to a more current competitive wage.

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GTB Elder Sharron Schneider asked if there is any way to do a full vote of the Membership regarding the proposed new casino/marina project. Vice Chair Vargo replied that this is what a referendum is. Bonnie Inman said as long as members are asking for referendums, they should be done. Membership and their requests should be priority number 1. Eva Beers spoke up to ask why there is so much empty space at Leelanau Sands Casino. There are lots of missing slot machines that have not been replaced with anything in that space. Chairman McClellan replied, saying that we pay for the machines on a daily basis. If a machine is broken or isn’t getting used regularly, we still have to pay for it. He stated that some machines are rented and some GTB has bought. Chairman McClellan promised to bring back more information on when we switched from owning to renting the slot machines. Eva then mentioned that it is sometimes difficult to get a shuttle back from LSC. Chairman McClellan said this has been looked into several times, with Vice Chair Vargo saying that Council will mention this at their next round table meeting with the EDC board. Eva also mentioned she has no problem hiring family members IF they are doing their job (in reference to the EDC CEO), but if they are not then they need to go. Chairman McClellan added that the EDC CEO position is a business decision not a buddy or pal decision.

Eva then discussed promotions at the casinos. She said that our marketing could be better, and more signs are needed on the highway. The existing signs for Turtle Creek are hard to see. Eva wants to see just as many Turtle Creek and LSC billboards and advertisements as there are for Little River and Soaring Eagle casinos. GTB Elder Ernie Gablow spoke next. He stated that he needs a Life Alert button. Council approved the Elders Betty Gibbs, asked, who is responsible for purchasing getting Life Alerts and he has not received his yet, and promo vehicles for giveaways at Turtle Creek Casino. is asking why. Pat Putney spoke up to add that legal Recently TCCH was giving away two snowmobiles; is currently reviewing a contract. She added, however, when the winner tried to sell them back, they could only that the Elders should ask for a check to get the buttons get half of what the vehicles were said to be worth. now. There are ten Elders that are in extreme need of a It was mentioned that GTB paid too much for these Life Alert button. Pat stated that the problem has been snowmobiles in the first place. Chairman McClellan stated trying to get a company to work with GTB on a better that he would find out more information and bring an price. She also stated that currently they are waiting for answer back to the Elders. a check to at least get the ten buttons that are needed most. Eva Beers spoke up again, asking why GTB does not have a representative or lobbyist in Washington, DC. Vice Discussion moved on to the topic of Line 5. Chairman Chair Vargo stated that she asked for a work session with McClellan stated that he wants to get information out Legal department to discuss this. Denton law firm offered to all the satellite offices regarding what GTB is doing to be a lobbyist for GTB for a low fee. They could set up against Line 5. Sonya Zotigh spoke up to add that there meetings with Senators and representatives. Chairman will be a Water Protector symposium at LSC soon. More McClellan stated the importance of having someone in details and information will follow. Washington to be our eyes and ears. There will be a meeting on this soon. Discussion in Elders Open Forum ended with Pat Putney discussion the new Elders shuttles. She said that Discussion took place at length as to how GTB could they just got back from their first big trip using the new recover lost money from failed or ill-advised business shuttles. They are experiencing lots of problems with the ventures, and how to get the right people in place to shuttles, including a rough ride. The other problems with make sure our future business ventures are successful the shuttles were discussed at length. and planned out. Jim Petoskey spoke again to say that if GTB gives out 2% donations, the places/entities given the donations should show results. He mentioned a 2% donation GTB gave to a local school for Anishinaabemowin language education. Isadore Toulouse left that school’s employment, but the money was not given back to GTB.


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ANISHINAABEMOWIN BIBEZHIK KIDWINAN (One Word at a Time)

Bgambiisaa.    [B gam bii saa]    The rain comes.

Gimiwnaaboo    [G miw naa boo]    rain water.

Biisabiisaa.    [Biis bii saa]    It is drizzling.

Boonibiisaa.    [Boon bii saa]    The rain stops / is stopping.

Gaanjbiisaa.    [Gaanj bii saa]    It is raining harder.

Giziinjii.    [Gi ziin jii]    She is washing her hands.

ELDERS/CULTURE DEPARTMENT – 1 SPIRIT ANNOUNCEMENT OPPORTUNTIY

20-WEEK ANISHINAABEMOWIN CLASS - ANA GRANT ENROLLMENT FORM – Open to all Ages NAME_________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS_____________________________________________________________ ________________________________________ MI ZIP _______________ EMAIL ADDRESS_______________________________________________________

Classes start in April and will be offered: Mondays (6-8pm) - Tuesday ( 7-9pm)– Wednesdays. 6-8pm Forward your enrollment form to Sammi or Isadore CONTACT: SAMMI DYAL – Sammi.Dyal@gtbindans.com or 534-7758 ISADORE TOULOUSE – Isadore.Toulouse@gtbindians.com or 534-7758 This form is good only for the event and date noted above.

NMEBINE GIIZIS 2017 (May) NAME-GIIZHIGAT Sunday

SHKWAA-NAMEGIIZHIGAT 1

NIIZH-GIIZHIGAT Tuesday 2

ZOOZEP GIIZHIGAT Wednesday 3

SPINGANWAN Thursday

JIIBAATOO GIIZHIGAT Friday

MAANII GIIZHIGAT Saturday

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TC Youth 3:30-5:00

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PTOWN YOUTH ACTIVITY 4:00-5:00

Traverse City Class, 5:30-7:30 pm

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Peshawbestown Class, 5:30-7:30pm

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TC Youth 3:30-5:00 PTOWN YOUTH ACTIVITY 4:00-5:00

Traverse City Class, 5:30-7:30 pm

Patricia Osawamick and Isadore Toulouse NOTE: Schedule subject to change


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Expressive Culture Series Event Strawberry Moon Bazaar The Eyaawing Museum Strawberry Moon Bazaar will be held on Saturday, June 3rd 2017 at GTB’s Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center. From 9:00 AM—3:00 PM The Bazaar is being held to give artists and crafters the opportunity to display and sell their work. Please put this date on your calendars and support these amazing artists. If you would like to be a vendor, please contact the museum at 231-534-7768.

Find us on Facebook! Scan the code below or go to: www.facebook.com/ eyaawingmuseum

@EyaawingMuseum

Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center and Odawa Gamik (Museum Store) Open to the Public WEDNESDAY SATURDAY 10AM - 4 PM

Stop in and check out all of our new exhibits! Lots of new artifacts are on display. Also don’t forget to take the time to view the sturgeon display before it comes down in early June.

In collaboration with the GTB Natural Resources Department and part of Eyaawing Museum’s Expressive Cultural Series, please join us for a GTB Spring Foraging Walk When: May 20th 12pm (?) Time: 12-3pm Where: Meet at Eyaawing Join local experts on a free guided walk to learn about the many wild foods and medicines growing in Leelanau County that you can harvest in the spring. Bring a bag or basket to be sure that you can bring something home. Don’t forget a water bottle! The event will begin at Eyaawing Museum, and the group will caravan to a nearby location around 12:15. GTB’s traditional food system sustained clean water—2017 workshop collaborations between Eyaawing Museum and GTB’s Natural Resources Department will explore how we can restore this food system on behalf of the water.

Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center Contact Information

2304 N. West Bay Shore Drive Peshawbestown, MI 49682 Mailing Address: 2605 N. West Bay Shore Drive, Peshawbestown, MI 49682 Director: Cindy Winslow (231) 534-7764 Curator/Archivist: Grace Soave (231) 534-7768 Cindy.winslow@gtbindians.com — Grace.soave@gtbindians.com — http://www.gtbindians.org/eyaawing.asp


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Aaron TwoCrow

Eagle Town Post #120 Samantha TwoCrow

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