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Tribal Observer Issue: July 1, 2003

Officials swept off their feet with county program's initial success

A fleet of local girls are putting their best foot forward for a county wide program that’s proving to be anything but run-of-the-mill.

After only two months “Girls on the Run of Isabella County” has produced awesome results and been a positive impact on 108 elementary students including 27 Native youth, according to council director Jen Crawford.

Deadline nearing for princess contests

The Naanooshke Women’s Circle is seeking applicants for the Jr. Miss Saginaw Ojibwe Princess contest to represent the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, as well as Miss Three Fires Princess participants to represent the Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi Nations.

Aanii fellow Tribal members and interested readers

The political environment affecting our Tribal nation has become more dynamic in recent months. The horse track industry has begun lobbying efforts at the state capitol to legalize the operation of Class II—and in some cases Class III—gaming machines at their facilities. This effort will clearly harm the economic sovereignty of our nation and if successful, take from us the very resources that have allowed us to regain self-sufficiency and provide our people with better health care, education and an overall higher quality-of-life.

Conference to empower community youth for success

Several Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal departments have pulled together for a two-day empowerment seminar to prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s success.

The Second Annual Our Youth, Our Journey Conference, which is slated for July 16 and 17 at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, focuses on bridging the generational gap to make this a reality.

Award recipients attribute success to a nuturing support network

Eagle Spirit Achievement Award recipients received words of encouragement and support along with plaques and certificates at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort on June 20.

The annual banquet honored Tribal members who have graduated from college degree programs or earned a grade point average of 3.5 or better. Song for the event was provided by High Spirit.

Program offers unique opportunities

The Tribal Leadership Program is intended to create opportunities for tribal members to acquire the necessary education, experience and skills to perform in positions of leadership and responsibility for the tribe.