Monthly Meetings Scheduled
Bay Mills Executive Council will hold meetings each month in the Horizons Conference Center from 6 to 9 p.m on the following dates:
- Sept. 23– Informational Meeting
- Oct. 20 - Regular General Tribal Council
Mercury collection taking place
The BMIC Biological Services Department has received a mercury collection bucket from US Ecology, under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Mercury Collection Program. This is a free community-wide program designed for easy, safe, and efficient disposal of mercury-containing items. Please make an appointment during normal business hours for drop-offs (contact info. below). Some examples of mercury-containing items include:
- Gauges Containing Silver-Colored Liquid
THIS COLLECTION DOES NOT INCLUDE FLUORESCENT BULBS-THESE MAY BE DROPPED OFF AT THE BIOLOGICAL SERVICES OFFICE OR PROPERLY DISPOSED OF DURING THE FALL CLEANUP HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION.
By properly disposing of such items, we are minimizing the release of this dangerous substance into the environment around us. Do not worry if the bucket is full; the Biological Services Department will order a new bucket and will collect your items and store them for you if desired.
If you would like to make an appointment or have any questions about this program, the health and environmental effects of mercury, or what items may be collected, please do not hesitate to contact the Biological Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (906) 248-8652.
***IMPORTANT: This program ends at the end of September. Therefore, the collection will end on September 21st. Please take advantage of this program while it lasts!***
Extended clinic hours announced
Beginning Monday, Aug. 3, the Bay Mills Medical Clinic will be going to 10 hour days. The hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. Lunch hour appointments will be available also. At this time it is the medical clinic only. This does not include Pharmacy, Lab and Dental, which will continue at their current hours of operation. All other programs will operate at their current hours as well.
Appointment times will begin at 7:45 a.m. and end at 5:15 p.m. Please call the health center at 248-5527 to schedule an appointment.
Armella B. Parker Elder’s Center rate changes for reservations
Rental rates are:
Weddings --------------$300 - you clean get $100 back
Graduations ----------$150 - you clean get $50 back
Baby Showers -------$150 - you clean get $50 back
Birthdays ---------------$150 - you clean get $50 back
Fundraisers -----------$150 - you clean get $50 back
Birthday parties for Bay Mills Elders 80 years and above-free.
Beginning Aug. 1, 2015 if you wish to preserve dates for
future events a $50 deposit is now required. The $50 dollars will go towards
the rental fee if Center is utilized. If the event is canceled; deposit is NOT
RETURNED. To reserve, call Paula Carrick at 906-248-8458.
Farmer's Market opens July 30
- 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 2015/2016 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.
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.
Change in Education Incentive Program this fall
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It is with deep regret that the Bay Mills Indian Community must inform you that for the remainder of this fiscal year that ends December 31, 2014 no tribal dollars are available for the Bay Mills Indian Community Incentive Program. However, the tribe will be using Bureau of Indian Affairs Scholarship funds, (federal grant) to assist you with financial support. In order to be eligible for these funds you must submit a copy of your FAFSA application. It is up to the student to send a copy of the FAFSA application to the Bay Mills Indian Community Education Program when applying for Education Assistance.
This requirement begins with any new request for financial assistance, whether you are a new student or continuing student. Continuing students who need to turn in grades will not receive their payments without a copy of their most current FAFSA application. At this time we are not using income guidelines to determine any eligibility, but according to federal guidelines when using grant funds mandates that we must retain this type of information in your files when using federal dollars for scholarships.
At this date we do not know if the 2015 program will convert back to the Bay Mills Indian Community Incentive Program, or be federal grant assistance determined by income and unmet need. We will do our best to keep you informed prior to the January 1, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience, and will continue to promote and encourage our tribal members to achieve their educational goals.
If you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact Geraldine Parish at (906) 248-8129 or Shannon Belk at email@example.com or (906) 248-8128 in the Education Department.
NOTICE TO TRIBAL MEMBERS
Beginning Tuesday, April 1 the Accounting Department will no longer process 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 April 1, 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.
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.
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.