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Sales Tax Exemption info

The Accounting Department no longer processes Tribal Certificates of Exemption for Sales Tax and Use Tax for tribal members living in the Agreement Area or vehicle registrations for tribal members living on the reservation.

  Those in need of a Sales Tax Exemption form when building or remodeling a home, or buying a mobile home, car, van, truck, motorcycle, boat, snowmobile or off-road vehicle after can obtain the form from the Tribal Center receptionist.

The Exemption Certificate must be received before the paperwork for the purchase has been completed. A refund for Sales Tax cannot be given after the sale has been processed.

Those needing to renew, transfer or obtain vehicle registration for a vehicle or trailer also must go to the Tribal Center receptionist. You must be residing on the reservation to be in compliance with the Motor Vehicle Registration Ordinance.


Having an issue with coyotes in the neighborhood?
 Here are some guides to safely "haze" the animal:

— HSUS recommendations
— Project Coyote Guide
Reminder about the Education Incentive Program

In order to qualify for the Higher Education Incentive Program, you will need to submit to the Education Department the following information:   
  •     Fill out a program application
  •     Read, sign, and turn in the policy guidelines
  •     Submit a copy of your Student Aid Report from your FAFSA for the 2016/2017 school year.
  •     Fill out the Financial Need form
  •     Turn in acceptance letter from college/university
  •     Turn in class schedule
  •     Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver form (turn into Phyllis Malloy)

 All necessary forms can be picked up in the Education Department located in the Tribal Office.

Interested in receiving the tribal member update via newsletter each week?

Send an e-mail to newspaper@baymills.org with "Tribal Subscriber" in the subject line.

Every Thursday morning you will receive the update of events and news pertaining to Bay Mills Indian Community.


  • VIEW THE LATEST ISSUE (February) OF BAY MILLS NEWS HERE

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Tax Hours for tribal members

Monday, Feb 20 & Tuesday, Feb 21

First come, first serve

4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Please have photo ID and social security cards with you to file

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BMCC Presents:

Mike Ripley from CORA, will be speaking on Pipeline 5 (the oil pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac)

Please join Bay Mills Community College in learning about the potential impacts of Pipeline 5 on the Great Lakes. This event is open to all students, staff, faculty, and community members.

The talk will take place on Thursday, Feb 23,  from 2 to 4 p.m. in BMCC’s Mikanuk Hall room 110.

 

News from the Bay Mills Boys & Girls Club


  • The National Youth Outcomes Initiative Survey will be starting in the coming weeks. A parent opt-out form will be distributed if you DO NOT wish for your child/children to participate. This survey helps our Club collect important information to guide programming and request funding.

 

  • The Boy & Girls Club has been hard at work in implementing our Strategic Plan. As part of this effort an Advisory Council was formed. The work of the Advisory Council will be supported by committees. The need for these committees were identified through the strategic planning process. Each committee will be made up of Advisory Council members, Club staff, and important representatives from all walks of our community. The committees identified as being necessary are: Resource Development, Policy & Procedure, Facilities & Safety, Marketing & Membership, and Programming. If you are interested in being a part of one of these committees, please contact Sandra Walden at 248-8575 or sawalden@baymills.org to sign up.
Foot Care Clinics

Bay Mills Health Center is sponsoring two foot care clinics to be held Feb. 28 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and March 28 from 1 to 2:30 pm. You do not need an appointment to attend the clinic. At 1 p.m. on the day of the clinic simply check-in with the front desk so you can be added to the appointment list. Appointments can take approximately 30 minutes each and wait time will depend on the number of appointments that day


Babysitting Class 2017

Class will take place from Monday, June 12 to Thursday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will learn CPR and First Aid, safety measures, cultural awareness, healthy eating, and about behavioral health of children.  Classes are provided by the Bay Mills Health Start and Tribal Home Visiting Program. To sign up or for more information, contact Joann LeBlanc, MCH Nurse Coordinator, 906-248-8360 or Shelby Leapley, Family Health Educator, 906-248-8510.

Quorum met, GTC meeting held

For the first time since April 2016, the General Tribal Council met a quorum of the membership on Jan. 25. The regularly scheduled quarterly meeting had a number of items on the agenda, from adoptions to employee policies.

After approving the minutes from April, a motion was made to approve the adoptions that were recommended by the enrollment committee. Those that were denied membership were found to have no ties to the community.

Discussion then moved to the proposed Animal Control and Protection Ordinance. The ordinance was designed to address problems on the reservation in regards to dogs running at large, vaccinations, care, and licensing. Tribal members asserted they were concerned over the cost to license their dogs through Chippewa County among other issues. According to tribal member Laura Parish, who worked for the last several months with legal on the ordinance, the idea to use the county was based upon the fact they already have a licensing system in place. This brought on a discussion of why the tribe did not have its own licensing system or animal control officer. Ultimately the ordinance was tabled for consideration of the use of a tribal-based system.

Tribal members brought three employment policies that were previously approved by the Executive Council on Jan. 23 to the agenda.

The drug policy has been reinstated. The GTC agreed that drug testing should take place and also discussed what substances they thought should be included in testing. Anyone who tests positive will be provided the opportunity to get treatment.

The social media policy was also discussed. The policy was adopted based on the current policy utilized by Bay Mills Police Department. One point in the policy was to not use tribal logos or information on social media, which tribal members felt was restrictive as many departments promote their own events and happenings on Facebook. After a vote, the policy was approved, however Tribal Chairman Levi Carrick said the council would work on “cleaning the policy up” so the members’ concerns were addressed.

Enterprise will also have another change to their policies in regards to attendance and disciplinary procedures.

The Plantation Hills project was next on the agenda. Tribal members were encouraged to reach out to Della Keenan if they had previously put in for a lot in that area. While lots are not being assigned, contact information is needed for all parties for future plans. Also, anyone no longer interested in a lot should contact Della to have his or her name removed from the list. Keenan can be reached at 906-248-8124 or dkeenan@baymills.org.

 While a quorum count was called and the meeting officially ended, council stuck around to provide additional information to those who remained.

During this informational discussion, tribal members said they would like to see the minimum wage of the tribe match the state. Treasurer Albert Bertram said human resources has been tasked with a study to see what the cost would be to do so and the council would have more information in the near future. The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.


Change in Management

Bay Mills Executive Council  recently accepted the resignation of Bay Mills Resort and Casinos General Manager, Michael Starr.  Starr left for another management opportunity. The Council wishes him the best. In the interim, Richard LeBlanc will be fulfilling the duties of GM.


Black Lake Sturgeon Harvest Application Period

The application period will be Feb. 1st – Feb. 28th for Black Lake Sturgeon. The season will begin in early May and will take place on Black Lake in Cheboygan County. There is one permit available and a drawing will take place on March 1st. Interested tribal members may apply at the Bay Mills Conservation Dept.


Plantation Hill Lots

Any tribal member who had previously put their name down for a lot with Della Keenan in the Plantation Hills project should contact Della (248-8124) to give her your contact information and let her know if they are still interested in a lot. Lots are not being assigned at this time, but council would like the contact information up-to-date for those parties involved.


Home Radon Test Kits Available

Bay Mills Biological Services, courtesy of Inter-Tribal Council, now has radon test kits available.
Research shows that the air within homes and buildings can be more polluted than outdoor air. The
average person spends approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. A potential indoor air pollutant of
concern is radon.
Stop by the department, located in the Conservation Building on Plantation Road,  for your kit today.
Colorless and invisible, the only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test for it. Do-it-yourself test kits are accurate and readily available at most hardware and home improvement stores.


Pow Wow T-shirt Contest under way

Bay Mills Pow Wow Committee is holding a T-shirt design contest for the 2017 pow wow. The winner will be awarded $100 with artist credit on shirts. The design should include the following: Bay Mills Indian Community 26th Annual Honoring Our Veterans Pow Wow — June 23-25, 2017. Artwork can be hand drawn or digitally created. If hand drawn, the committee will need original artwork. Digital files can be pdf. or jpeg. Artwork can be sent by email to bmpowwow17@gmail.com with subject line labeled T-shirt contest, or mailed to Sarah Bedell, Bay Mills Indian Community Pow Wow Program, 12140 West Lakeshore Drive, Brimley MI 49715. The deadline for entries in the contest is Friday, Feb. 24.


Notice to tribal members regarding tax exemption

    If you are State Tax exempt and enrollment does not have your social security number on file, you are not listed on the tax exemption list that goes out monthly. As a result, you will have your return  rejected from the State when you file.  Please contact Phyllis Malloy in enrollment to update your information.

Cultural Events


• Women's Cultural Gathering Feb. 17 & 18. To sign up contact Anna at 906-248-8311.



Tentative 2017 GTC/Informational Schedule released

  • February 22nd – Informational Meeting
  • March 22nd – Informational Meeting
  • April 26th - Regular
  • May 24th – Informational Meeting
  • June 28th – Informational Meeting
  • July 26th - Regular
  • August 23rd – Informational Meeting
  • September 27th – Informational Meeting
  • October -25th – Regular
  • November 22nd – Informational Meeting
  • December 27th – Informational Meeting

All meetings are held at 6 p.m. in the Horizons Conference Center.




LIEAP Information
The Low Income Energy Assistance Program will be available as of Monday, Nov. 14. You must have the following items when applying for assistance:


  1. A copy of tribal card of each applicant, social security cards for each member of the household.
  2. Past 30 days income. All income must be provided. If you have no income a 0 must be filled out for each household member that is over the age of 18 and not working.
  3. Complete copy of itemized energy bill.
You must call to schedule an appointment. The numbers for appointments are 906-248-2527 or 2528. If you do not have all the required information, your application cannot be processed or accepted. You must also be the custodial parent or have 51% custody in order to claim children.




 



Attention Students:
Looking for ways to fund your education? Please check out the scholarship opportunities available to you by clicking here to view them. 


Special fuelwood permits available

Preference is given to elders that use fuelwood as their primary heat source and then with elders using fuelwood as a secondary heat source.  There are opportunities for non-elders as well.  Contact Bay Mills Conservation Department for more information.


Bay Mills Pharmacy News

Bay Mills Pharmacy offers online refill service
Tribal members can click the above link to request their refills online. Smartphone users can also download an app for refills at the link. More information about the pharmacy's latest upgrades will be announced in the Nov. 19 issue of Bay Mills News.


Attention Commodity Foods, G.A., MEAP, LIEAP clients

Due to the increase in clients and programs tribal members are being asked to call the office and schedule an appointment.  

 You can set up an appointment with Jason or Kris.  Office hours are as follows:

 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. open for appointment

— 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. processing morning applications

 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch

 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. open for appointments

 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. processing afternoon applications

 THERE WILL BE DAYS THE OFFICE IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC TO UNLOAD FOOD TRUCKS AND HOME DELIVERIES FOR THE COMMODITY FOOD PROGRAM.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the office at 248-2527 or 248-2528 or e-mail - kschwiderson@hotmail.com


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Announcements



                             Indian Health Service is not health insurance
    Indian Health Service provides many services, but it may not cover all of your health care needs. There may be times when you need certain care that IHS does not provide or does not have the means to fund.
    New health insurance options can give you the peace of mind knowing you are covered. When you have insurance, you can still get care from your IHS, tribal, or urban Indian health care provider. Your Indian health provider can bill your new insurance for services, making more health care resources available for more people.    
    If you use IHS, a local tribal clinic, or an urban Indian program, and you do not want to buy health insurance, you need to apply for an IRS hardship exemption so you won’t have to pay a tax penalty. If you sign up for health insurance, you may qualify for free or low-cost health insurance.
    Questions? Contact your local IHS services- Angie: 906-248-8314; Shelly: 906-248-8318; or Dawn: 906-248-8326.

 

LINK TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ONLINE TRIBAL EXEMPTION APPLICATION

https://marketplace.cms.gov/applications-and-forms/tribal-exemption.pdf




Health care referral policy explained

 The Ellen Marshall Medical Clinic will strive to provide the best quality health care to each patient it serves. However, the referral policy for Bay Mills Indian Community members states that, when you come into the Ellen Marshall Clinic for Medical or Dental services and the clinics cannot provide the necessary services required for treatment, the tribal physicians can refer you to a specialist, in which case, a voucher and written referral must be obtained.

 In all cases, a voucher must be authorized for any and all referred visits prior to the date of services. Failure to obtain a voucher prior to the delivery of service may result in denial of payment by the CHS program.

Vouchers must be picked up from the CHS administrator and taken to the referred physician prior to or on the date of the appointment. Mailing vouchers to patients or providers is discouraged. All vouchers are good for one year or three to five visits, depending on diagnosis. Please keep your referrals current.


Health program transportation assistance policy

    Effective Sept. 9, 2013, Bay Mills Indian Health program will provide financial assistance to BMIC members traveling to medical or dental providers. The patient transportation system is broken into two categories, transportation and lodging assistance. Both are intended to assist, not reimburse, tribal members with costs of traveling to providers. Financial assistance for transportation and lodging is subject to availability of funding.
    Financial assistance for transportation will be provided on a flat rate, determined by the distance of the appointment: 50-75 miles, $20; 76-125 miles, $35; 126-200 miles, $50; 201-250 miles, $65; 251-300 miles, $80; 301-350 miles, $100; 351-450 miles, $120; 451 plus, $150.
    To be eligible, a patient must be a BMIC member or eligible for membership (CHS requirements); reside within Chippewa County; have an appointment for services not provided at Bay Mills Health Center; be referred to the specialist by a BMHC provider; submit documentation of appointment, including physician name and location, prior to the appointment.
    Lodging assistance in the amount of $50 per night may be provided for appointments requiring more than a one-night stay. To be eligible, lodging must be for patients only (family members staying overnight while patient is in hospital are not eligible for assistance); patient must be a BMIC member; patient must be an elder; patient must be receiving other federal, state or tribal assistance programs that are income-based, such as Medicaid, SSI, or GA and proof of assistance must be provided when applying.
    For more information, call Dawn LeBlanc at 906-248-8326

Contract Health announcement
    
The Contract Health Services budget is being monitored weekly, please call Dawn LeBlanc at 248-8326 to see what list of priorities CHS is currently paying for.

Bay Mills Water Quality Report Released

Bay Mills Indian Community’s Utility and Resource staff have released the drinking water quality report for the BMIC water system for 2012. The system never violated a maximum contaminant level or any water quality standard from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2012.

Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan performed the assessment and determined BMIC source water has a low-risk to contamination. The Environmental Protection Agency requires the tribe to test its water on a regular basis to ensure its safety. More than 80 contaminants were tested for and found to be “not detected.”  

The water comes from groundwater in three wells located on the reservation and is pumped from the ground back to the surface so that it can be distributed throughout the community and consumed. Groundwater benefits from the natural filtering that occurs as it travels through soil and rocks.

Utility and resource staff will update the report annually and inform the community of any problems that may occur. The entire report is available by clicking here. For more information, contact Mike Baragwanath at 906-248-8173 or 906-440-9227.


Enrollment Notice:
Please keep your address current with enrollment. This is important in maintaining contact with the membership. Seasonal residents are also being asked to make sure enrollment has your current address. To make address changes call Phyllis Malloy at 906-248-8342.