By Joel Schultz
SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. – Sault Tribe, Inc. (STI) believes in respect, humility, and honesty. In that spirit and as Chief Executive Officer, I am happy to respond to recent questions we have received because I am sure that other Sault Tribe members have similar thoughts.
At STI, we focus on capturing economic opportunities to benefit the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. We must make concerted and proactive efforts to educate tribal members and avoid confusion about our work. For example, we recently adopted a communications plan, created a new website, and established social media channels to provide current updates and information.
The questions we received include topics we plan to address in our current and future communications efforts. For now, I would like to address the following questions briefly:
What is Sault Tribe, Inc.?
Sault Tribe, Inc. is a corporation set up and owned by the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians under Section 17 of the Indian Reorganization Act. Its' purpose is to establish profitable subsidiary businesses that will contribute to the diversification of the tribal economy and reduce dependency on federal funding and jobs. Sault Tribe, Inc takes strategic guidance from our tribal Board of Directors and strives to maintain both a transparent and cooperative relationship with our tribal leaders.
What does STI stand for?
STI stands for a healthy and prosperous Sault Tribe community by pursuing scalable business opportunities and providing workforce training, high-paying jobs, and employee benefits. STI represents tribal sovereignty and strength, free from the authority of local governments that seek to regulate and tax commerce on tribal lands. STI represents the "Sault Tribe way of doing business" by incorporating our Seven Grandfather's Teachings into our corporate culture.
Who are STI's board of directors?
STI's board of directors consists of experienced leaders from various industries. Most are Sault Tribe members. Our president Alan Barr is a tribal member with over 30 years of experience as a business strategy consultant, helping leaders transform themselves, their teams, their organizations, and their communities. Our secretary Mike Griggs is also a tribal member and has over 25 years of experience in a leading software company and finding innovative finance solutions.
Each of our board members offers invaluable insight. We will be further profiling each of them in the coming months.
What is STI doing for the present and future of the Sault Tribe?
STI is making considerable progress in developing profitable subsidiary businesses and building joint venture partnerships that will result in contract awards, revenues and jobs and, dividend distributions to the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
Currently, our subsidiaries are working on large government contracts like the multi-year U.S. Army contract to develop multi-media training modules. The contract positions STI for future government contracts and will allow us to hire and train our people to perform the work.
Also, we partner with Sault Tribe member-owned businesses to utilize their experience and provide guidance and resources to pursue additional opportunities.
We will continue our work to create economic opportunities and benefits for the Sault Ste Marie Tribe in the form of revenue generation creating training, high-paying jobs, and dividends to support tribal programs. We will help diversify our economy so that we are not dependent on any one revenue source to fund and improve health, education, and culture initiatives. We will collaborate with community leaders to foster economic prosperity in our communities for years to come.
For more information, please visit www.saulttribeinc.com, subscribe to STI's coming newsletter, and follow STI on Facebook and LinkedIn for more updates.