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Tribal Observer Issue: August 1, 2000

Tribes Must "Take Control of Their Own Educational Destiny"

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College staff are giving students lessons in academic growth while the college grows in numbers and size.

200 Attend Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth Conference

Elders and youth circled issues to find points of intersection and understanding at a traditional conference which took place Aug. 9 to 13.

Wellness Conference Examines Herb, Mineral Health Benefits

Learning about the benefits of herbs and minerals was the purpose of a recent wellness conference at the Nimkee Memorial Wellness Center.

“The use of cast iron pans is not a natural form of iron; it is a metallic from of iron,” stated Kathy Warner of HERBS etc. on July 5. Warner was the primary speaker on the topic of herbs and minerals at the Physical, Mental and Spiritual Wellness Conference.

Homecoming for Out-of-State At-Large Members Held

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe hosted a homecoming for At-Large Tribal members living outside of Michigan in conjunction with an annual cultural event.

The homecoming for the 16th Annual Little Elk’s Retreat Powwow scheduled for At-Large members was a success according to Amy Alberts, At-Large Program director.

Tribe in Compliance With EPA Water Quality Standards

A federal agency has concluded there is no threat to human health or the environment from past releases associated with the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe's snowmelt systems at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in a June 29 letter from the Region 5 office in Chicago, also said there is no evidence of violations of "any environmental standards for drinking water."

Niibing Summer Program in 6th Year, Benefits Adolescents

The Niibing Summer Program 2000 started on June 26 and ended on July 27. Activities took place in the afternoon during Monday through Thursday. The students were six to 14 years old and had to be eligible for Tribal Education Services to participate.