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Tribal Observer Issue: November 15, 2005

Reservation curbside trash collection update

The Tribal Council is committed to keeping the Reservation a clean and sanitary place for its members, employees and guests. To that end, they have decided to provide curbside trash pick up, as a free service, for the members living on lease lots and HUD lots.

Fitness Center’s annual event yields a healthy turnout

What a wonderful day we had at this year’s Run on the Rez! The forecast predicted a few showers all week long but fortunately, the clouds opened up giving us a glimpse of the sun on the brisk morning of Oct. 22. Not only did we have great weather, we also had a turnout that was outstanding.

Higher Education

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and its Education Department unveiled an awesome showcase entitled, “The Higher Education Hall of Fame” on Nov. 18, 2003. The showcase, located in Tribal Operations, highlights Tribal members who have achieved academic success by completing certificate and degree programs.

Sister cities interlace spirituality for a unique sunrise ceremony

Sharing cultural values and creating new opportunities for business outreach, 11 Mt. Pleasant area residents recently traveled to the sister city of Okaya, Japan.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal member Joseph Sowmick conducted a sunrise ceremony that combined Native American and Japanese spirituality.

Classes offered for new Tribal business ventures

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Business Board will provide two workshops for Tribal members interested in starting their own business.

The workshops will include guidance on establishing and developing a business plan.

Nimkee offers HIV testing in honor of World AIDS Day

In recognition of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, the Nimkee Memorial Wellness Center is offering a walk-in clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

If you have ever wondered if you have HIV or are concerned about someone in your past, we invite you to get an HIV test.

Bills protect key veteran funding

Rep. Bill Caul’s initiative to save emergency assistance for Michigan veterans and their dependents is one step closer to becoming law after the state Senate recently announced unanimous approval of the bills.

Membership elects new Tribal Council

A special run-off election for a District 1 seat on Tribal Council has been scheduled for Nov. 29 between candidates Lorna Call and Jeanette Leaureaux.

The pair each received 245 votes in the Nov. 8 general election, thus tying for 10th place. Of the 12 seats on Tribal Council, 10 belong to District 1.