‘Let Run’ order issued for Bay Mills
All residents within Bay Mills Indian Community reservation boundaries are being advised to put their water on “let run” until further notice. Customers are being asked to run their water at a pencil width to prevent freezing of water lines. This advisory includes those on the community water system and those with well/septic systems. Any questions, please contact Mike Baragwanath at 906-440-9227.
Notice about elder payments unclaimed
Elder payments have not been claimed for the following deceased members: Gary Payment and Clifford Saboo. The personal representative or executor for each person’s estate may obtain payment upon presentation to the Bay Mills Accounting Department of a copy of the court-issued letters of authority to that individual, which is certified as a true copy by the court. Any funds that are unclaimed by April 1, 2015, will be subject to a petition for escheat filed with the Bay Mills Tribal Court.
Also, checks for the following members were mailed and returned for incorrect addresses: Annette M. Olsen, Janesville, WI; Karen S. Kay, Lansing, MI: and Robert Verlander, Kent WA. If anyone has updated information, please contact Eric Hillman at 906-248-8502.
Winter carnival to be held on March 7
The Bay Mills Behavioral Health Department is hosting a winter carnival to take place on Saturday, Mar. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Waishkey gym, Lakeshore Drive in Bay Mills. This free family sobriety event will offer indoor and outdoor games and exhibits and food will be provided.
Snow sculpture contest planned
Anyone in the Brimley/Bay Mills area can enter a snow sculpture by calling 906-248-8352 or emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. and providing your name and address. Judging will take place on Mar. 6 and winner will be announced Mar. 7 at the winter carnival.
A women’s gathering will be held the weekend of Feb. 27 to 28 at Migizi Hall at Bay Mills Community College’s West Campus in Brimley, Mich. The free event includes talking circles, traditional cooking and crafts, and information on healthy life choices. For more information or to RSVP, contact Anna Rogers-Stott at 906-248-8311 or email to email@example.com.
The Respect Challenge is a contest for students K through 12 to show how they respect themselves, their families and their community. Entrants can either create a poster/picture of their vision of respect or create a short video, no longer than 5 minutes, that shows the participant respecting themself or others. Material must be appropriate. Submit the video to the Behavioral Health Program by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; submit posters to your school office. Deadline is March 2. Winners will be announced at the March 7 Winter Carnival. Posters will be distributed throughout the community and the winning video will be shown on Bay Mills Behavioral Health websites. For more information, contact Tara Tremblay at 906-248-8352 or Anna Rogers-Stott at 906-248-8311.
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 HIS 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.
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:
- Feb. 18th – Informational Meeting
- March 18th – Informational Meeting
- April 22nd - Regular General Tribal Council
- May 20th – Informational Meeting
- June 24th – Informational Meeting
- July 22nd - Regular General Tribal Council
- Aug. 19th – Informational Meeting
- Sept. 23rd – Informational Meeting
- Oct. 21st - Regular General Tribal Council
LINK TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ONLINE TRIBAL EXEMPTION APPLICATION
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.
Prescription Lock Box Program offered
Free lock boxes will soon be available for tribal members, with funding coming from Indian Health Services and Bay Mills Indian Community. The boxes are intended to keep medications under lock and key for the safety of small children and to prevent theft. There are two options, a large fire proof case or a bag. Social Service Director Amy Perron and Lucy DeWildt, pharmacist at Bay Mills Health Center (L-R) display the two options. The free lock boxes will be distributed through the pharmacy and will also be for sale for non-tribal members or for those who want more than one. Those interested should call the pharmacy at 906-248-2031.
A-Team Youth Group meets each Sunday
The Bay Mills A-Team Youth Group meets every Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Bay Mills EMT & Paramedic classroom at 3466 S. Pine Village. This is an opportunity for area youth to talk about issues, get help with homework and participate in positive activities. If you need a ride to the meeting, call Rachael Kronemeyer at 906-248-2021 or 906-203-0802.
Foster Families Needed
Contact Bay Mills Social Services at 906-248-8399 for more information or to fill out an application.