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Tribal Member News & Information

  • Check out the happenings of the Bay Mills/Brimley Farmer's Market here
  • Executive Council met for meetings on Aug. 28 and Sept. 11, read more.
  • Read the 2016 Bay Mills Water Quality Report here.
  • Read the Sept. 21 weekly tribal update here.
  • Read the September  issue of Bay Mills News here.

Dumpsters scheduled to arrive in October

The dumpsters will be in place beginning on Monday, Oct. 2 until Monday, Oct. 16. They will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. **The last day (Oct. 16) the dumpster will only be open until it is full.

Check out the online anonymous suggestion box

Bay Mills Executive Council has launched “Suggestion Ox,” an online tool that allows tribal members to provide feedback to the council on an anonymous basis. You can submit you comments/ suggestions online (see the upper right corner of this page) using the suggestion box provided. Please refrain from profanity or accusations. This suggestion box (at your right) is designed to answer community questions and keep the lines of communication open between the community and the leadership. Council will address the suggestion box when they meet for working sessions twice a month.

Questions and answers will be posted on the Tribal Member Access page every two weeks. This can be found under “Member Resources,” located on this web page.

(You can obtain the password to this section of the website by calling tribal administration at 906-248-3241.)

Candidate profiles for upcoming election

If you are a candidate in the 2017 Bay Mills Indian Community Election, you can submit your candidate profile, to be featured online, by emailing or dropping it at the reception desk at the tribal office. Please include your phone number for verification. Profiles are limited to 500 words and will not be edited. Candidate profiles are a great way to introduce yourself to the community and discuss the seat you are running for. Libelous material will not be published. Profiles will be posted as they are received. All profiles must be received no later than Sept. 30 at midnight. Late submissions will not be considered.


The Bay Mills Indian Community Election will be held on November 1, 2017.  If a Primary Election is required, it will be held on October 11, 2017.
A candidate for Tribal Offices must submit to the Election Committee at the Tribal Office Building a written notice of such candidacy by the last Wednesday in September, which is September 27, 2017.  The Committee will accept no petition after 4 p.m. on that date.

Any member of the Bay Mills Indian Community who is at least 21 years of age is eligible to hold Tribal Offices.
The following Executive Council Positions are up for election:  President, Vice-President, Councilman, Treasurer, and Secretary.

There are five (5) vacancies on the Conservation Committee that are four (4) year terms.
One (1) Chief Judge and one (1) Appellate Judge must also be elected at this time.  They must be 25 years of age and be of good moral character.

The Election will be held in the Armella B. Parker Building (Bay Mills Senior Center) on the dates listed above.  The polls will be open between the hours of 7:00 o’clock a.m. and 8:00 o’clock p.m.

Absentee Ballots:  Any voter who will not be able to cast his/her ballot in person may request the Election Committee to issue him/her an absentee ballot.  Such requests may be made:

  • In person
  • Email -
  • Fax (906) 248-3283
  • Mail – must be signed by the person requesting the ballot.  

Please include your mailing address on your request.
The request must be made thirty-six (36) hours before the Election.  Reason for requesting absentee ballot must be given, as absentee ballots are for individuals unable to vote in person.  Direct your request to the Bay Mills Tribal Office at 12140 W. Lakeshore Dr., Brimley, MI 49715  Attn:  Election Committee.  Please note:  Indicate on your request if you will be needing absentee ballots for both the Primary and General Election.  The Committee cannot assume an individual will need an absentee ballot for the General because he/she requested one for the Primary.
If there are any questions, please call the Tribal Office for more information.  The telephone number is:  (906) 248-8100.  Ask for Andrea Kinney or Kathi Carrick.

Note to update and newspaper subscribers:

IT has installed a new firewall, which means if you have a email address, you may not be receiving the updates. We are working to remedy the issue. In the meantime,  you can view the updates here, as well as the digital newspaper link (see above).  The other option is to subscribe with an external email address such as Hotmail, Yahoo, or G-mail if you have one. We appreciate your understanding as the newest technology is being deployed to cut down on spam e-mails.

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.


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.

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.

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, or 906.248.8399

 For more information or to be added to coalition email listings, please contact Connie Watson, 906.248.8363,


Tribal Member Updates

Interested in receiving the tribal member update via newsletter each week? Send an e-mail to 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.

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.