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Tribal Observer Issue: April 15, 2004

New process leaves lasting im'print' on criminal background checks

Direct electronic fingerprint submission is now possible for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe’s Gaming Commission.

The effort started about four years ago with the National Indian Gaming Commission setting up a pilot program for Tribes. At the onset of the program, up to four Tribes—including the Saginaw Chippewa—were going to be accepted.

Letter campaign initiated

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal leaders are soliciting members and employees to engage in a letter writing campaign to oppose pending legislation that would allow slot machines at Michigan horse racing tracks.

Community youth spring into Day Camp 2004 at the Elijah Elk Cultural Center

A group of local youth didn’t take a break from the learning process during their recent one-week spring vacation.

Spring Day Camp 2004, intended for Native American youth ages five to nine, helped them have a better understanding of the ‘traditional’ classroom on March 30 and 31.

Membership to be updated on various Tribal affairs

Fiscal responsibility while meeting needs of the Saginaw Chippewa community has been a priority of the current Tribal Council administration.

Tribal leaders plan on discussing their accomplishments at the April 18 community meeting in the Soaring Eagle Entertainment Hall. Registration for the event begins at 1 p.m., with dinner following an hour later.

Council invalidates recall petitions; lawsuit filed

After Saginaw Chippewa Tribal leaders voted to invalidate four recall petitions against Executive Council, the organizer of the removal drive filed a lawsuit for injunctive relief.

The four petitions were filed with the Tribal Clerk’s Office on March 8 by Patricia Peters against Chief Audrey Falcon, Sub-Chief Bernie Sprague, Treasurer Charmaine Benz and Secretary Ruth Moses. On March 19, Tribal Clerk Darryl Jackson delivered his final written determination regarding their validity to Tribal Council.