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Tribal Observer Issue: November 1, 2003

Customer Service Award winners announced

The votes have been tallied and the 2003 Customer Service Awards winners are official.

Breast cancer more deadly for Native Americans

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) —A year and three days ago, Anita Augustine got the shock of a lifetime when a mammogram revealed she had breast cancer.

Advocates sought for juvenile deliquency prevention program

Ngodewaangiziwin, “Helping Our Families,” focuses upon the philosophy of Intervention Before Prevention as the social and family services provider for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. In keeping with that context, the Tribal Youth Program, Msko Miikaan Naagidoowin (one who follows the Red Road), utilizes a juvenile justice diversionary tactic called the Mishoomis advocates for juvenile delinquency prevention.

Tribal members ensure continued success of gaming operation through employment

As shareholders of the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal members Chris Bailey and David Otto believe the strength of the operation is in its employees.

Rationale behind tree trimming and thinning process at campgrounds explained

The Saginaw Chippewa Campgrounds, located at 7529 E. Tomah Road, has been a favorite place of community members for over 35 years.

During mid season, the campground staff removed 30 dead and dying trees from key areas, followed by a sanitation cutting of about 200 trees.

The removal of so many trees is disturbing and is hard to accept, but their conditions warranted their removal.

Aanii fellow Tribal members

The Oct. 22 community meeting had one of the highest attendance rates to date. More than 450 Tribal members gathered to hear about the successes, threats and opportunities facing our Tribe and how several factors will impact our prosperity for generations to come.

Wastewater treatment plant recognized by EPA with regional and national awards

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe’s Wastewater Treatment Plant has been recognized with a national excellence award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for operation and maintenance—a first in Indian Country.

Protest dismissed

A protest filed by one of the District 1 candidates who did not advance to the general election was dismissed on Oct. 20 after an appeals judge ruled there are no provisions in the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe's election ordinance to contest a primary eletion.

Voters to select new Tribal Council Nov. 4

Saginaw Chippewa voters will chart the future of their Tribal Council as they head to the polls on Nov. 4 to elect 12 officials.