Learn about becoming a home owner

Come celebrate with an informational session on Keys to Homeownership, presented by the Sault Ste. Marie USDA Rural Development Office. The session will take place on June 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bayliss Public Library with representatives from Sault Tribe and Bay Mills discussing their down payment assistance programs. You may also receive credit for a Homebuyer Education Course by attending. For more information call 906-632-9611, ext. 4.

Youth Sports Physicals for the 2017-18 school year

Scheduling for youth sports physicals at the Bay Mills Health Center is as follows:
 Thursdays: July 6, July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 17, and Sept. 7 and Tuesday: Aug. 10
Call for an appointment: 906-248-5527
Reminders: If you wear glasses or contacts, please bring them with you to your doctor’s appointment. Please remember to bring your sports health history form, with your health portion completed.  Also, note that wearing shorts to the physical makes the appointment easier for you.

Maintenance Vehicles Up for Bid

1) 1999 Chevy Astro Van: 43,300 miles. Some rust and wear, but it runs. Minimum bid-$1,000

(IT’s old van)

2) 2001 Chevy Suburban: 164,602 miles. Cracked frame, but motor and transmission still

worked. Recommended as a parts vehicle. Minimum bid - $1,000. (Maintenance’s vehicle)

3) 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 (Gray): 166,213 miles. The motor runs, but there is a lot of wear and

tear. The transmission is stuck in low range, but it runs and has four wheel drive. Minimum bid-

$1,500. (Public Work’s Truck)

4) 2004 Ford Econoline E350 Wagon: 114,196 miles. Very worn and rusted, runs with a jump,

but there is a broken window. Minimum bid- $500. (Resort’s Maintenance Vehicle)

5) 2004 Ford Econoline E350 Wagon: 224,044 miles. Very worn and rusted, the lift in the rear

doesn’t work. Minimum bid-$1,000. (Old Laundry Van)

6) 2004 Ford Econoline E350 Wagon: 291,572 miles. New tires, needs front end work.

Minimum bid-$1,500. (Boys and Girls Club van)

7) 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 (Maroon): 137,987 miles. The battery is shot and it may need a new

fuel pump, it just stopped running driving down the road. It has a Hemi. Minimum bid-$2,000

(Golf Course’s truck)

8) 1988 Stinger Tag Trailer: Minimum bid-$3,500 (Public Works)

9) Fisher Pro Caster Stainless Steel Salter: Truck attachment. Minimum bid-$350 (Public


10) Fisher Poly Caster Salter: Yellow truck attachment (plugs into truck). Minimum bid-$250

(Public Works)

11) 7’6” Straight Boss Plow: Plow and wire harness (Maintenance). Minimum bid-$200 (Public


The bids will start to be accepted on Monday, June 19th, and will be submitted as closed bids to Chuck Leapley. The bids will stop being accepted on Monday June 26th at 10 a.m. The bids must be closed to be accepted and should be opened at the Executive Council meeting on Monday, June 26th at 10:30 a.m. Chuck is the contact person and the vehicles are located at the garage down by the Boys and Girls Club. He can be reached at 248-8155.

Did you know about the text message service for health appointments?

Bay Mills Health Center patients can now get appointment reminders via text messaging. This text messaging reminder system allows patients to receive text messages instead of phone call reminders. Patients can respond confirming, rescheduling or canceling appointments with a short text message response.

To enroll simply complete a text message opt in/out form at your next appointment or print it out and return it to the health center. You will continue to receive phone calls and you will not receive text message appointment reminders until a form is received back.

Need to dispose of old tires?

Bay Mills Biological Services will be accepting tires until Oct. 15. Drop off old tires at the building on Plantation Road. Tires on and off the rim are accepted, Mon.- Fri.,  8 a.m to 4 p.m.  Questions? Call 906-248-8652. This collection is intended for community members.

BMIC Enrollment Services- Temporary office hours

During the months of JUNE and JULY the office will be open on Tuesday & Friday

Monday: CLOSED, Tuesday: OPEN (*Closed July 4th), Wednesday: CLOSED, Thursday: CLOSED, Friday: OPEN

Applications available; see Andrea at front desk. Regular office hours will be available for processing enrollment applications and issuing ID cards on Tuesday & Friday only. Questions please send to Enrollment email: phyllism@baymills.org or leave a message at (906) 248-8131.


Reminder About Lunch Program

It is required that we follow the Administration on Aging (AoA) Title VI Nutrition Services (Elder Lunch Program) established guidelines. This is a reminder that we must deliver lunches to only those Elders eligible under the program and follow the safety standards for home delivered meals.

As stated in the Title VI Resource Manual: Elders should only be on the home delivered meal program if they are unable to leave their homes without great difficulty due to illness, disability or general frailty, and have a physicians  signature and statement on file. Delivered meals will not be left at the home if the participant is not there.

Congregate lunch meals are served at noon at the Armella Parker Elders Center on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Breakfast is offered on Friday mornings (9 a.m.  to 10:30 a.m.). We encourage all elders to attend.

Drill Conductor Training held at the Bay Mills Resort & Casino for commercial fishermen

Michigan Sea Grant, Wisconsin Sea Grant, the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission are coordinating two Drill Conductor Training courses that will be held at Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan) and Red Cliff Indian Reservation (Wisconsin) this summer.

These courses will help Great Lakes commercial fishing vessel captains fulfill U.S. Coast Guard regulations related to instruction, drills and safety orientations, and onboard emergency instruction.
Required training

Commercial fishers are required to practice monthly emergency drills that cover 10 contingencies spelled out in the regulation. Persons conducting these drills must have passed a Drill Conductor Training course.

Contingencies covered include:

  •     Abandoning vessel
  •     Fighting fire in different locations on vessel
  •     Recovering an individual from the water
  •     Minimizing effects of unintentional flooding
  •     Launching survival craft and recovering life boats and rescue boats
  •     Donning immersion suits and other wearable floatation devices
  •     Donning fireman’s outfit and self-contained breathing apparatus if equipped
  •     Making a voice radio distress call and using visual distress signals
  •     Activating the general alarm
  •     Reporting inoperative alarm systems and fire detection system

Other requirements: Both drills and instructions must be conducted each month. Operators are required to give comprehensive orientations to all new persons coming aboard before departure. Commercial fishers need to have written safety information onboard. Depending on crew size this information needs to be posted if four or more crew members are onboard or kept as an available booklet if less than four crew members. AMSEA provides copies of the required information as part of the Drill Conductor class.

Emergency instruction must identify:

  •     Survival craft embarkation stations aboard vessel and survival craft to which each individual is assigned
  •     Fire and emergency signal and abandon ship signal
  •     If immersion suits are provided, the location of suits and illustrated instructions for donning
  •     Procedures for making a distress call
  •     Essential action that must be taken in an emergency by each individual
  •     Procedures for rough weather at sea, crossing hazardous bars, flooding, and anchoring of the vessel
  •     Procedures to be used in the event an individual falls overboard
  •     Procedures for fighting a fire

Who should attend?

The commercial fishing vessel operator or captain should be the one to attend a Drill Conductor class. If space is limited, we encourage the operator or captain to be the only participant from the crew. However, if there is room in class, we encourage crew members to participate, too. Most of our classes include both operators and crew. The schedule for the upcoming classes include:

  •     July 11, 2017- Bay Mills Resort and Casinos, 11386 W. Lakeshore Drive, Brimley, Mich.
  •     July 13, 2017- Legendary Waters Resort and Casino, 37600 Onigamiing Drive, Red Cliff, Wis.

All Drill Conductor classes run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and you must register at the AMSEA web site to attend one of the Drill Conductor classes. For additional information you can contact Ron Kinnunen (Michigan Sea Grant) at (906) 226-3687 or kinnune1@msu.edu.

Presentation planned

Lynn Maroon, Loan Specialist with the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, will be at Bay Mills Housing Authority on Wednesday,  July 26 at 11 a.m. to do a presentation on the Veterans Affairs Native American Direct Loan Program.  Any Native veteran interested in a mortgage on or off the reservation is encouraged to attend to learn about the program and process. 

Social Services in need of foster homes

Native American foster homes are needed. For more information on how to become a foster home, call Bay Mills Social Services at 906-248-8303.


Executive Council meets to discuss business

BAY MILLS — Bay Mills Executive Council met for regularly scheduled meetings on April 24 and May 8. Read the full story by clicking here.

• Read the latest digital issue of Bay Mills News here

Mark your calendar for the 2017 Pow Wow, June 23-25!

Community Coalition Opportunities

If you have an interest in the following areas, we would love for you to join us at a meeting:

  •  Spirit Stone Trail: focuses on developing and implementing a 9-mile non-motorized trail project from the Brimley State Park to the Point Iroquois Light House. Last Wednesday of every month at Bay Mills Conservation Department 2:30pm-4pm contact Connie Watson
  •  Wiisinidaa Mnomiijim Let’s Eat Good Food: focuses on increasing food access, food justice, food sovereignty, and food polices around traditional and local foods. Second Thursday of every month at the Waishkey Bay Farm 6-8p contact Connie Watson
  •  Semaa Coalition: focuses on increasing smoke-free areas, quit attempts, and promoting the traditional use of tobacco. Third Monday of each month at the Bay Mills Health Center 1:15p-2:30p contact Angie Johnston, ajohnston@baymills.org or 906.248.8399

 For more information or to be added to coalition email listings, please contact Connie Watson, 906.248.8363, cwatson@baymills.org.


Tribal Member Updates

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. If you have signed up for the update and not received it, please check your "Junk" or "Spam" filters.


Executive Council holds meetings

BAY MILLS — Bay Mills Executive Council met for regularly scheduled meetings on Feb. 27 and March 13.

All council members were present at the Feb. 27 meeting. No old business was on the agenda, so the council moved right into new business.   Read More

Plantation Hill Lots

Tribal members who had their name on the original request for lots in Plantation Hills, and confirmed that interest with Della Keenan in the last few weeks, may now ask the Executive Council for lease assignment. Those who were on the waiting list, also being called the secondary list, should contact Keenan and let her know if they are still interested, 906-248-8124.

News from the Bay Mills Boys & Girls Club
  • Boys & Girls Club Director Chronicles:
     I think BUSY is going to be our word of the summer!  Programming has been going so well and we have welcomed over a dozen new Club members in the last two weeks.  Staff and members are having so much fun…check out our Facebook page and see for yourself!  Our two events last week went pretty well; they were Ties and Tiaras and the Lupine Fest Kids Corner.  Thank you to all our participants and volunteers!  You will find us at the Bay Mills Pow Wow this weekend selling caramel apples, popcorn, and T-shirts.— Director Sandra Walden

    Reminder:  Club will be CLOSED July 3rd, 20th, and 21st…We will be hosting a Community Picnic on July 20th (details coming soon)

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.

Read More

License Plate Hours

If you need to renew or acquire tribal license plates you can do so at the tribal administration building Mon- Thurs., 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Fridays until noon.

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.

Sales Tax Exemption information

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.


Bay Mills Farmer's Market begins July 27

The Farm Market will begin July 27 and run until Oct. 2. Vendors are wanted. For more information, click here. 

GTC/Informational Schedule released

  • June 28 – Informational Meeting

  • July 26 - Regular

  • Aug. 23 – Informational Meeting

  • Sept. 27 – Informational Meeting

  • Oct. 25 – Regular

  • Nov. 22– Informational Meeting

  • Dec. 27 – Informational Meeting

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

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.