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Tribal Observer Issue: January 15, 2004

Santa's helpers deliver gifts and hope to Pine Ridge Anishnabe

(The Pine Ridge Reservation is located in the southwest corner of South Dakota and covers the two poorest counties in the nation with an 86 percent average unemployment rate. For the sixty-three percent of Native Americans living below the federal poverty level on the reservation, everyday struggles leave little hope for a prosperous Christmas.)

Plowing through sleet and snow, four Saginaw Chippewa community members fought the bitter cold to bring a bit of warmth to 178 Anishnabe youth.

Saginaw Chippewa community meeting planned for Jan. 18

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal members from all three districts will have the opportunity to meet the new Tribal Council at the Jan. 18 community meeting.

Taxability on income derived within Indian Country explained

Any individual who is a Michigan resident and has income from state resources is required to file a Michigan income tax return in accordance with MCL 206.315 (1).

This provision requires every person who is required to file a return under the Internal Revenue Code to file a return under the Michigan Income Tax Act if his or her adjusted gross income is in excess of the personal exemptions allowed under the act.

Upcoming events at Seventh Generation

The Seventh Generation and Behavioral Health programs would like to invite everyone to some evening programming designed for this Tribal community just for wintertime. Traditional wintertime activities historically have been specific. Because of the weather limitations, most communities were prepared for inside work during the long winter months. As most of you know, some things just don’t change much and so it is today we need to get together and work on some things that are not as practical for the summer months. Most families are very busy with gardening or gathering, while others plan their vacations and powwows trips during the summer months.

Center to enlighten the world on heritage and history of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe

Their mission is to provide an enriched and diversified educational experience at the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways.

Slated to open in the spring, the 32,000-square-foot facility located at 6650 East Broadway in Mt. Pleasant, will feature programs that gives hands-on and interactive instruction designed to help better understand the Anishinabe people.

ZCS offering charter memberships to center

A unique opportunity is being offer for those individuals wanting to be a part of history by supporting the Ziibiwing Center mission.