PUBLIC NOTICE: Notice of Intended Disposition



Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.6 (c), of the intent to transfer custody of Native American human remains in the control of the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) 


Advisory Councils seek volunteers


Jan. 21, 2021

Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Councils are seeking candidates to fill vacant seats for both the eastern and western U.P. councils. The councils, composed of about 20 members each, bring numerous constituent issues to the discussion table. The councils serve as an advisory body – making recommendations – to the DNR on a wide range of issues. New members must reside in an U.P. county and will represent the general public interested in natural resources. Apply prior to Feb. 1. For more information, call or email Kristi Dahlstrom at 906-226-1331, or apply here by clicking on "Application Form" posted under the map.

BMIC responds to Dirt Divers request

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Jan. 5, 2021

BAY MILLS — On Dec.  14, 2020, Bay Mills Indian Community received a letter from Dirt Divers Cultural Resource Management, seeking out tribal cultural resource information surrounding and within the Straits of Mackinac.


Dirt Divers is working for Enbridge Energy, which owns and operates the Line 5 pipeline under the Straits.

At this time, officials from BMIC will not assist Dirt Divers, or Enbridge, until the Tribe is notified on how sensitive cultural histories, ceremonies, sites, artifacts, and burial grounds will be protected during and after the survey.

“More often than not, throughout history, tribal resources and artifacts have been looted and stolen, only to be sold to museums for profit.” said BMIC Tribal Attorney, Whitney Gravelle. “Bay Mills Indian Community will only proceed when the proper safety measures have been identified to protect that which has been left to us by our ancestors.”

If any Bay Mills Indian Community residents are contacted by Dirt Divers Cultural Resource Management they are encouraged to inform the Bay Mills Legal Department immediately. You can reach the Legal Department at 906-248-8120 or by email at

Bergman sworn in to the 117th Congress


Jan. 3, 2021

Today, Rep. Jack Bergman was sworn in to the 117th Congress to serve his 3rd term. He released the following statement:

"I’m grateful and honored that the constituents of the First District have entrusted me to serve as their Representative in Washington for another term. Since day one, we’ve successfully fought to cut taxes and red tape, get a new Soo Lock underway, support our workers and small businesses, protect our rights, preserve our way of life, and keep our Great Lakes beautiful. I’m excited to serve in this new Congress and will continue to show up every day to fight for every First District constituent.”


The First District currently consists of 44% of the land mass of the State of Michigan. Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Jack Bergman was a small business owner, airline pilot, and spent 40 years in the United States Marine Corps where he fought in Vietnam. Rep. Bergman is the highest ranking combat Veteran ever elected to Congress. 

COVID-19 Terminology Tops Lake Superior State University’s Annual Banished Words List

Dec. 31, 2020

SAULT STE. MARIE — Enough already with COVID-19!

People across the U.S. and around the world let Lake Superior State University know that they’re tired not only of the coronavirus pandemic but also of hearing, reading, and talking about it—especially when the communication is bad or excessive.

Emergency Relief Package Extends Federal Unemployment Benefit Programs

Dec. 28, 2020

LANSING — A COVID-19 emergency relief package has been signed into law that continues and expands federal unemployment insurance (UI) programs.

BMRC reopens for business

Dec. 28, 2020

BAY MILLS — After a brief closure due to the pandemic, Bay Mills Resort & Casino has reopened to patrons, operating at limited capacity.






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