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Tribal Member News & Information


Support the Pow Wow!

Although the 29th Annual Honoring Our Veterans Pow Wow is canceled this year, we still wanted to take the opportunity to share our design with everyone! Our t-shirt design is extra special this year for two particular reasons - because it honors the ogichidaag of our past while tying together our present as we reclaim this history for our Tribe.   With the artistic gift of Kendra Elizabeth, the Bay Mills Pow Wow Committee was able to help craft this design. A medicine wheel for healing during these difficult times. Clan warriors for protection. Ojibwe florals as a gift to the creator. With the lighthouse silhouette as a reminder of our past and present. The back of the design also tells the story of the Battle of Pt. Iroquois Lighthouse.   We hope you can continue to support our Pow Wow by purchasing this commemorative t-shirt! The t-shirts will be a light grey, and come in various sizes. Please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/qhfbuVH16JD59vej8 so we know what size t-shirt/hoodie you would like.   This form only works for one individual, so if you are ordering multiples or for a friend/relative please fill it out again. The Bay Mills Pow Wow Committee will have the t-shirts ready for payment and pick up outside the Pow Wow Grounds / Baseball Diamond at 12099 West Lakeshore Drive, Brimley MI 49715 the weekend of June 27th, 2020.


BMRC to reopen on June 12


COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP

Seasonal dumpsters will be available starting Friday, May 29th through June 15th. Hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.. To ensure social distancing, our staff will limit access to the dumpsters to one vehicle at a time. Please do not wait until last minute to dispose of goods. New dumpsters cannot be ordered over the weekend if they are filled. This service is for BMIC members only.

Message from the Boys & Girls Club Director

We are moving into the second stage of gathering information for our re-opening plan. Please take a moment and complete the brief survey below. This information will be extremely helpful as we form our action plan. Currently, our plan is to open the Bay Mills site only. We have set a very tentative target date of July 6. First and foremost, in every aspect of our planning will be the safety of our members, their families, our staff, and our community.

It is important for us all to realize that with the re-opening of Club, the experience is going to look a lot different. However, please know that our staff are going to do all that we can to ensure that the feelings that the Club has always provided will be there for our young people and their families: safety, love, support, kindness, belonging, and FUN. Please join us Wednesday, June 3rd at 5pm for a Town Hall, via Zoom, where we will share information from the discussions that have taken place so far, answer questions, and continue the re-opening conversation. For security purposes, the Zoom link will not be posted. If you wish to join, pm the Club page or email sawalden@baymills.org and we will send you the link.  https://forms.gle/HyMF1kSYfDwoFcdW7

>>>Read the May 29 Weekly Tribal Update here<<<


BMCC Graduation postponed

Bay Mills Community College will not host graduation ceremonies on May 15 due to the pandemic. Students and their families will be invited to attend a ceremony once the risk to public health is cleared.


Masks required

All patrons of Bay Mart gas station and Four Seasons Market will be required to wear a mask before entering the building. Those without a mask will not be permitted to enter the building.  All patients entering Bay Mills Health Center will also be required to wear a mask before entry.


BMRC closure extended until June 1

Bay Mills Resort and Casino has extended the closure and is now scheduled to open on June 1. Bay Mills Executive Council voted to extend the closure until that date due to concerns about the coronavirus. Additionally, the BMRC boat launch has opened, but is limited to tribal members and their spouses only at this time.  There is also no overnight mooring allowed at the boat launch at this time. 

Guidance on extension of license plates for tribal members

The Executive Council has adopted a resolution to temporarily extend the validity of all Bay Mills tribal license plates until June 30th. If your tribal license plate expired after February 1st, you do not need to renew until after June 30th. For people who need new license plates, we can work with you by appointment. The details are in the graphic attached here.


Commercial Fishing Notice:

Commercial fishing licenses can still be issued by appointment.  Please call Justin Carrick at (906) 322-3453 to schedule an appointment.  Once the license is received at the conservation office, the member will need to take the paperwork to the BIA office to complete the process.  The BIA office hours have changed.  The BIA will be completing fishing licenses on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All other treaty activity licenses will still be available by scheduling an appointment.  Please use the contact information provided above.


Changes made to Bay Mart and Four Seasons operating hours

BAY MILLS- Beginning Monday, March 23, there will be further temporary restrictions in place at BMIC retail locations. For Bay Mart

* Hours will be changed so that they are open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

* Customers purchasing fuel only will be asked to stay in their vehicle, our staff will complete the payment process and provide a receipt.

* They will only allow 4 customers into the building at a time (please maintain a distance of AT LEAST 6 feet from other customers, including those in line, and do not touch any items unless you intend to buy them).

* You will have the option to call ahead (248-3675) to get your items ready for purchase, there will be a 20 minute time limit for holding these items.

For Four Seasons Market & Deli

* They will be open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m - 5 p.m (10 a.m.– 12 p.m.are designated for ages 60 and over)

* They will be closed on Sundays

Both locations will no longer accept bottle/can return until further notice.

Closures/Cancellations:
  • Effective March 17, noon, Bay Mills Tribal Office/Administration building is closed to the public. Employees will be working remotely. For the time being, BMIC is also suspending all customer-service activities at the Tribal Administration: payroll advances, license plates, commercial fishing licenses, tax exempt forms, tribal IDs, and education incentives. They are working on ways to provide some of these services remotely, or by appointment (without physical contact).
  • Bay Mills Public Transportation will cease operations temporarily in light of recent closures. Updates will be posted as changes are announced.
  • Kings Club Casino is closed. 
  • Bay Mills Tribal Court is closed to the public, some operations are still taking place. 
  • Bay Mills Police Dept. is closed to the public- officers remain on duty taking calls. 
  • Bay Mart will operate from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.- gas will be full service only.
  • Bay Mills Health Center is open from  8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until further notice. This includes medical, community health, pharmacy, and behavioral health services. NO dental services are available at this time. 
  • AOT is closed to the public until further notice. 
  • Mukwa Health and Fitness Center is closed to the public until further notice. (WMH physical therapy is still scheduled unless patients are notified otherwise by their provider)
  • The Inter-Tribal Basketball Tournament has been canceled.
  • Public K-12 schools in the state of Michigan are closed until April 5.
  • The Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills/Brimley is closed until further notice. 
  • Bay Mills Resort & Casino dining is also closed. 
  • Bay Mills Commodities: Due to the coronavirus outbreak, as of Tuesday this week (17th) we will be no longer open as a store front. we will be doing phone orders only until further notice. As of Wednesday you will phone in your COMPLETE order and schedule time for pick up. All pickups will be in the afternoon or the following morning so we have the time to be able to help everyone we can. If your trunk is open and empty we will load your trunk while you stay in the car, if your order will be going into your vehicle we will put your order on the cart and you will be responsible for loading it yourself. If things go downhill there is only 3 of us and if any get sick were all considered sick so please try to work with us until further notice. once again order in the morning, pick up afternoon or following morning.
  • BMCC Library is closed. They will remain closed to the public until at least Monday, April 6th. If you currently have any of their materials, you can either return them in the outdoor dropbox (located in the connector hallway) or hang onto them fine free until they reopen. There will be NO late charges accrued during this period.
Food Pantry available to BMIC tribal members

The Bay Mills Food Pantry is available to assist Bay Mills tribal members in need. The program is not income based. Bay Mills Commodities will be in charge of the pantry, which is located at the Waishkey Center at this time.

“We recognize that there are times when people come up short and have a need. We hope the pantry helps to assist families in those emergency situations,” said Kristine Schwiderson, Commodity Food Program director.

The program will eventually move to the commodities building. Schwiderson is currently working with community resources to acquire additional offerings. She hopes to have fresh vegetables and meat later this year.

Anyone in need of access to the food pantry can call Schwiderson or her staffer John Napoletano at 906-248-2527 or 906-248-2528 to make an appointment. Community members who wish to donate to the program can utilize the above contact information as well.

BMIC has a new cardboard compactor available for use

Have you heard the news? Recycling cardboard just got a whole lot easier! Bay Mills Maintenance Department is now accepting all corrugated cardboard from both tribal and non-tribal folks free of charge! You can feel twice as good about recycling with Bay Mills because your cardboard supports other maintenance and waste management efforts at BMIC!   Drop off your cardboard in the white garage behind the BMIC trash compactor. Open same hours as the trash compactor.   For more information contact 906-248-8154.


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 (above left) is designed to answer community questions and keep the lines of communication open between the community and the leadership. 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.)
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.


ATTENTION ELDERS!
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.

                

 

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.
 


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.

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Brimley, MI 49715

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