Saginaw Chippewa and State of Michigan to begin co-management of Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park


Ezhibiigadek asin//written on stone (Sanilac Petroglyphs) will mark the first state/tribal co-­management of a state park in Michigan. This comes during the centennial of the Michigan State Park Commission and the bicentennial of the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw, in which the Anishinaabeg ceded Land to the United States encompassing ezhibiigadek asin.

Saginaw Chippewa Repeals Union Ban

From the Morning Sun (H/T Sharon):

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe has repealed the law that essentially outlawed unions among Tribal employees.

“The Tribal Council took this step because it found that it was in the best interests of the Tribe to withdraw its ordinance to accommodate other important interests and relationships,” according to a statement issued by the Tribal Council. “It also makes no sense to engage in expensive litigation over the ordinance when our employees have shown no interest in a union.”

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NYTs: McCain and Indian Gaming Ties

Three of the top ten gaming donors to McCain are tribal (here).

The main article from the NYTs:

Senator John McCain was on a roll. In a room reserved for high-stakes gamblers at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, he tossed $100 chips around a hot craps table. When the marathon session ended around 2:30 a.m., the Arizona senator and his entourage emerged with thousands of dollars in winnings.

A lifelong gambler, Mr. McCain takes risks, both on and off the craps table. He was throwing dice that night not long after his failed 2000 presidential bid, in which he was skewered by the Republican Party’s evangelical base, opponents of gambling. Mr. McCain was betting at a casino he oversaw as a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and he was doing so with the lobbyist who represents that casino, according to three associates of Mr. McCain.

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LRB Member Recalls Mt. Pleasant Indian School in the 1920s

From the Morning Sun:

John Crampton, member of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, still remembers the days when he attended the Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial School at age 6.

Eighty-three years later, as he walked the grounds of the former school, he reminisced about the fond memories of his childhood.

“That was the big boy’s dormitory,” Crampton said. “Over there was a deer pen.

“The buildings for the teachers and staff was over there.”

The Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial School was in operation from 1893 to 1933.

An excerpt from an Oct. 1, 1889 report from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs shows what the U.S. government’s mindset was like at the time: “The Indians must conform to the ‘white man’s ways,’ peaceably if they will, forcibly if they must,” the report stated.

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Saginaw Chippewa Employee Gas Discount

From the Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun:

Tribal Council for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is offering Tribal employees a 10 cent per gallon discount.

More than 4,200 employees were notified Friday of the discount available at both Sagamok and Saganing Sagamok convenience store gas stations.

“I think (Tribal) council is aware of the tough economic times our employees are going through,” Tribal Chief Fred Cantu said. “And we know that there are people who work here that drive from as far away as Lansing and Saginaw.

“I think council felt their employees should share in the discount we offer to our (Tribal) members because we feel that our employees are like family to us.”

Better hope this isn’t taxable income….

Impact of Michigan’s Smoking Ban on Indian Casinos

From the AP:

DETROIT (AP) — If smoking is banned in Detroit bars, restaurants and workplaces, Betty Gilbert says it will hurt the city’s casinos.

Gilbert, who was smoking a cigarette Friday with members of her bowling team on a sidewalk near Greektown Casino downtown, should know. The 69-year-old from Cape May County, N.J. — who said she usually gambles weekly in Atlantic City — plans to cut back when that city’s smoking law goes into effect.

“If they cut out the smoking, they should also cut out the drinking,” Gilbert said.

A ban passed by the Michigan Senate on Thursday now heads to the House, which passed a narrower bill five months ago. If the new bill becomes law, smokers could pass up the trip downtown to gamble and head instead to Indian casinos, which aren’t affected, industry observers said.

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Update on SagChip Boxing Controversy

Our previous post on this question is here.

McKart-Marquez Judged a Draw, Not a Split Decision !
Keith Terceira

Last week we told readers of the difficulties surrounding the events that took place at Soaring Eagle Casino at Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The main event  between Bronco McKart and Raul Marquez appeared to be littered with controversy and official impropriety  after close scrutiny .

An appeal to  the Saginaw Chippewa Boxing Commission to provide the judges score sheets instead of the summary sheets went unanswered up until we received them today from Bill Miley via Gene McKart.

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Saginaw Chippewa Boxing Controversy


By Keith Terceira

This article first began to develop when we were contacted by the Bronco McKart camp asking me to look into irregularities on the fight card that took place on March 29 at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. This fight card was to take place under the oversite of the newly formed Boxing Commission of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Nation. I was provided with documents that were at best a product of bad math and at worst altered scorecards.

First in the interest of full disclosure, I have a particular interest in the political and economic concerns of the First People of both the United States and of Canada. My mother’s people can be traced to both the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia and the Caldwell Band of Potawatomis.  I myself am registered Metis in Canada and am proud of my ancestry. Therefore, it was with much trepidation that I wrote this report at all because in this country what reflects badly on one tribal nation reflects badly on all.

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Detroit News: Tribe Demands Remains from U-M

From the Detroit News:

ANN ARBOR — On the wooden shelves of a University of Michigan laboratory, thousands of relics — ceramic bowls, copper beads and stone and bone tools — await the careful eyes of researchers.

The ancient burial artifacts provide rich details about vibrant cultures that hunted, fished, raised crops and traded goods throughout the Great Lakes and beyond, archaeologists say.

But a group of Native Americans led by the Saginaw Chippewa of Mount Pleasant say hundreds of human remains, and the funerary objects buried with them, are being wrongly held and they are asking U-M to return them so they can be reburied.

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Interviews with Michigan Tribal Chairs @ United Tribes of Michigan Meeting

Here are videos of interviews with Fred Cantu (Saginaw Chippewa), DK Sprague (Gun Lake Band), Frank Ettawageshik (LTBB), Matt Wesaw (Vice-Chair, Pokagon), and Aaron Payment (Sault Tribe).

Link to videos on the Saginaw Chippewa website.