Quarterly General Tribal Council Meeting, NEXT Wednesday, July 26, 6 p.m. @ Horizons
  • Read the 2016 Bay Mills Water Quality Report here.

Beach Advisory issued

Routine water quality monitoring at Bay Mills Riverview/Ballpark Beach indicates the presence of E. coli bacteria at a level that is unsafe for swimming.  Continued monitoring will be completed until levels indicate that conditions are once again safe.  Please refer to signs at the beach entrance to see if levels are once again safe.  In the meantime, please swim at your own risk.


The high bacteria levels in this area are often due to bird or other wildlife fecal inputs.  The bacteria can cause skin and eye irritation or cause infections in cuts or wounds already present.  If the source of bacteria is of human origin, there may be an increased risk due to more harmful strains of E. coli, other bacteria, parasites or viruses.


If you have any questions please contact Brian Wesolek at 906-248-8648.

Health Center to hold Coloring Contest

Bay Mills Health Center is having a coloring contest as part of the National Health Center Week, being celebrated Aug. 13 to 19.  Everyone is welcome to enter.  Please submit entries back to Bay Mills Health Center Front Desk or Bay Mills Pharmacy.  Entries are due by Aug. 11.  Prizes will be given out for ages 0-4 years old, 5-9 years old, and 10 +.  Feel free to print out the page here or come to the Health Center and grab one.  Entries will be on display and the winners selected during National Health Center Week.  Please make sure we can see read their name on the bottom and that it has the age and phone# filled in. They will be hung up without contact information or name showing.  

Election Committee vacancy posted

There is a vacancy on the Bay Mills Indian Community Election Committee.  If you are interested in becoming a member of this Committee, please submit a letter to:

Bay Mills Executive Council

12140 W. Lakeshore Drive

Brimley, MI  49715

Attn:  Kathi Carrick

All letters should be submitted by Friday Aug. 11,  @ 4:30 p.m.

Elk Application information

The application period for the 2017 elk hunting season is now open, and will close on July 31st.  Interested and eligible tribal members may apply at the Bay Mills Conservation office.  Bay Mills will have a total of four elk hunting licenses available (one bull/three cow tags). The drawing is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. (subject to change).  For more information or to apply, please stop by or call: Bay Mills Conservation, 11801 W. Plantation Rd. Brimley, MI  49715   Phone: (906) 248-8645

Public notice: Opportunity to comment

BAY MILLS — Bay Mills Community College is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will host a visit Oct. 2 and 3, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. Bay Mills Community College has been accredited by HLC since 1995. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college to the following address:

Public Comment on Bay Mills Community College

Higher Learning Commission 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411  

The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at www.hlcommission.org/comment . Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. All comments must be received by Sept. 1, 2017.

Bike Program open for the summer

It's BACK! The Mukwa Health and Fitness Center is happy to announce that the Summer Bike Rental Program is back. There are many bikes yet to be rented. This program is 100% free and is here to benefit the community. It is as easy as going to the Mukwa Health and Fitness Center and signing a few papers and you will be riding off with your own bike for the summer.
For more information or any questions, please contact the Fitness Center at 906-248-9009. Hope to see you soon!

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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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

  • 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.