BAY MILLS - On Monday, May 10, Bay Mills Indian Community's Executive Council passed a resolution that banishes Enbridge Energy, Inc.'s Line 5 dual pipelines from the BMIC reservation and the lands and waters of their ceded territory - including the Straits of Mackinac.
As part of the Treaty of 1836, BMIC reserved for all time the right to fish, hunt, and gather in the ceded land and waters of the state of Michigan - including the ceded waters of Lake Superior, Huron, and Michigan, which includes the Straits of Mackinac.
Banishment is not a practice taken lightly by tribal government. Banishment is a traditional, historical, and customary form of tribal law that has existed since time immemorial and is only exercised by the tribe when egregious acts and misconduct have harmed tribal citizens, treaty rights, territories, and resources.
BMIC challenges pipeline approval
April 27, 2021
Bay Mills Indian Community has challenged a permit issued to Enbridge Energy by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) that would allow Enbridge to build a massive tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac to house a new segment of its Line 5 pipeline. EGLE, despite recommendations from the MI State Historic Preservation Office and opposition from Tribal Nations, granted the permit before the key cultural and archaeological studies were completed — studies that were required by law as part of EGLE’s evaluation of the tunnel permit application.
Bay Mills Indian Community commends Newland for his service, applauds DOI nomination
April 22, 2021
BAY MILLS — "We are very proud of Bryan and his service to Indian Country," said Whitney Gravelle, Bay Mills Indian Community Chairperson. "During his time as BMIC chairman, Bryan worked hard to represent and serve the interests of our community and our people. I believe he would be a valuable asset to the Dept. of Interior in this new role."
Newland served as chairman to BMIC for 3.5 years. During his tenure in Bay Mills, his administration secured funding for several infrastructure projects, including a $15 million health care facility that will serve the needs of those residing in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. He left BMIC in March to take a role in the Biden administration, where he has been serving as principal deputy assistant secretary of Indian Affairs.
“A great leader is not just someone who just makes decisions, but someone who believes in the potential of others, nurtures their ability, and helps them reach their own goals. Great leaders nurture other leaders. Bryan nurtured all of Bay Mills, and I have no doubt now in his new role he will nurture all of Indian Country," Gravelle concluded.
Newland was born and raised in Bay Mills and is a graduate of Michigan State University and Michigan State University College of Law.
April issue on the stands!
The print issue of Bay Mills News is now on the stands. It can be found at the following locations: Bay Mart, AOT, Four Seasons Market, EZ Mart - Sault, Woody's One Stop, Bay Mills Resort & Casinos (hotel lobby), and Kewadin Casino (lobby). Distribution has been limited due to the pandemic, we hope to return to our regular outlets in July.
CCHD updates on vaccination program progress
Feb. 24, 2021
SAULT STE. MARIE – Since December, 2020, between the Chippewa County Health Department (CCHD) and its partners, over 9,000 Chippewa county residents (or more than 23% of the county population) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. While these numbers are positive, there is still a long way to go before the county reaches the goal of having 70% of our county fully vaccinated.
The health department continues to vaccinate individuals in Priority 1B, Groups A and B, which includes: critical infrastructure employees, preK-12 teachers, first responders, and the aged 65 and older population. For individuals in those groups, appointments are available at CCHD. Please call 906-635-3572 to schedule. CCHD
encourages anyone who is currently eligible to get vaccinated.
Administrative Law Judge Orders Narrow Scope in Public Service Commission's Line 5 Tunnel Replacement Permit Decision
Feb. 23, 2021
LANSING — Today, an Administrative Law Judge in Michigan issued a decision determining what evidence could
be presented before the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) in its upcoming hearing over whether to grant Enbridge an operating permit for its Line 5 tunnel construction project in Straits of Mackinac.
Chairman Newland resigns, takes post at Dept. of Interior
Feb. 22, 2021
WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior today announced additional members of the agency leadership team working to steward America's natural, cultural and historic resources, and honor our nation-to-nation relationship with Tribes.
“As we work to advance President Biden’s vision for a clean energy future that creates good-paying jobs, protects the environment, and powers our nation, we are thrilled to welcome our newest teammates. The diverse experiences of our staff will help us address the four intersecting challenges that the president has made a priority for his administration: COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity and climate change — all of which disproportionately impact Tribal communities with whom we have a critical trust responsibility,” said Jennifer Van der Heide, chief of staff.
Previous leadership announcements can be found here and here. Interior’s political team proudly reflects the diversity of America, with more than 50% identifying as BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of color) and 80% as women.
The appointees are listed below in alphabetical order along with their new role:
• Shakiyya Bland, Ed.D. - Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, Office of the Secretary
• Daniel Cordalis - Deputy Solicitor, Water
• Nada Culver - Deputy Director, Policy and Programs, Bureau of Land Management
• Bryan Newland - Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs
CCHD announces possible exposure site
Feb. 22, 2021
CHIPPEWA COUNTY – Through contact tracing, Chippewa County Health Department (CCHD) has determined the following location is a possible exposure site for COVID-19:
-Jacks’s Grub & Pub in Brimley, Feb. 17, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
CCHD is recommending if you were at this location during the listed time period to monitor for symptoms for 10 days from the possible exposure. Anyone that is self- monitoring as a result should keep away from family, close contacts and roommates as much as possible. If you develop symptoms, please contact your medical provider or the health department at 906-635-1566.
BAY MILLS — Due to the resignation of Chairman Newland, BMIC has called a special election to fill the seat.
Each day we will update BMIC tribal members on the candidates for the Special Election for the chairperson's seat on the tribal website www.baymills.org.
Thus far, the following individuals have submitted letters of intent:
• Whitney Gravelle
• River Hascall
• Levi D. Carrick, Sr.
Candidate profiles can be found on the homepage of www.baymills.org, under the special election notice. Click on names to review profile submissions. Candidates have until March 1 at 4 p.m. to submit a letter of intent to run for the seat.
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