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Tribal Observer Issue: July 1, 2006

Tribal College representatives honored

Vivian Aldrich—representing the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College—was awarded the American Indian College Fund Faculty Member of the Year Award.

The honor was bestowed on Aldrich during the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College’s sixth commencement ceremony on May 5.

Credit union logo contest

The Eagle Community Credit Union is more than just an idea for a new business in our Tribal neighborhood. Plans for establishing a credit union on the Isabella Reservation are closer to becoming a reality than ever before.

Annual Tribal Auction July 22 at 10 a.m.

Lower level of the parking garage at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

Tribal Council has approved holding a public auction to sell of Tribal assets that are no longer used or needed. They are also encouraging any Tribal member of Tribal organization to sign up and reserve a spot to sell their wares that day. The deadline to sign up as a vendor is July 10 so a layout for all the vendors can be determined and set up. An organized concession area is needed to maximize the traffic flow and allow every vendor the same exposure in trying to sell their products so this deadline must be adhered to. To sign-up as vendor, contact Mike Rademacher at (989) 775-4165 or Richard Everest at (989) 775-4169.

Summer Fun Golf Outing to take place on Aug. 4

Summer Fun Golf Outing, sponsored by the Isabella County Commission on Aging is going to take place on Aug. 4 at Pleasant Hills Golf Club, with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

The event will be an 18 hole, 3 person scramble. The cost for the day will be $65 per person.

Indian Affairs says Abramoff fraud doesn’t show need for new laws

WASHINGTON (AP)—A Senate panel concluded existing laws are sufficient to deal with the sort of massive fraud perpetrated by lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a former aide to then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

In a 373-page report, the Republican-controlled Senate Indian Affairs Committee said that with regard to Abramoff and ex-DeLay aide Michael Scanlon collecting tens of millions of dollars from Indian Tribes, “without doubt, the depth and breadth of their misconduct was astonishing.”

Youth to compete in multi-sport celebration

Eight members of the Saginaw Chippewa community will be joining about 8,000 other athletes at the North American Indigenous Games in Denver from July 2-9.

The delegation—who will be playing for the Michigan Basketball Team—includes Eli Bennett, Terrence “Bear” Isham, David Perez III, Lucas Sprague, Jordan Wilson, Monica Gonzalez, Erica Jamison and Alicia Wilson.