Advocacy Resource Center

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Advocacy Resource Center is to provide comprehensive, culturally honoring and trauma informed responses to those impacted by the abuse of power and control.

VISION STATEMENT
The vision of the Advocacy Resource Center is to empower survivors through the elimination of barriers to break the cycle of power and control for today and the next Seven Generations.

ADVOCACY VALUES
The Advocacy Resource Center delivers compassionate, respectful, and culturally honoring responses while maintaining the dignity and confidentiality of all those seeking support.

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Service Eligibility

The Advocacy Resource Center (ARC) provides services to the victim/survivor or a family member/friend of a victim/survivor and does not discriminate based upon actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Service Area

The Advocacy Resource Center provides services in the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indian's Seven County Service Area which includes Chippewa, Mackinac, Luce, Alger, Schoolcraft, Delta, and Marquette counties.

Service Fees

The Advocacy Resource Center does not charge for services.

Confidentiality


The Advocacy Resource Center maintains strict client confidentiality as protected under Tribal, State, and Federal Law.

If an individual is not eligible for ARC services, staff will assist with information regarding other available community resources.

Please note Advocacy Resource Center service availability is dependent upon funding and programmatic prioritizations.

Lodge of Bravery

Aakdehewin Gaamig

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Sexual Violence Services (SVS) Program

Naanda Nswi Kidwenan "Those Three Words"

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Criminal Justice Advocacy Services

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Legal Aid Services

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Crime Victim Compensation

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Crisis Intervention and Emotional Support

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Safety Plan Creation and Follow Up

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Referrals to Community Resources

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Transportation Assistance

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Financial Assistance

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Survivor Education

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Locating Employment and Safe Housing

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Survivor Support Groups

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Medical Appointment Accompaniment

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Community Education Services

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Culture The Key to Healing Services

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Culturally Honoring Healing Supplies

Traditional Medicines

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Staffed 24/7

The Lodge of Bravery is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to ensure immediate entry for those seeking safety from intimate partner violence.

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Secure Communal Living Facility

The Lodge of Bravery is secured with as state of the art security system and remains locked 24/7. Communal living space has 16 beds for temporary emergency shelter for all victims of domestic and dating violence and their children.

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Climate Controlled Pet Kennels

Pets are welcomed at the Lodge of Bravery in our six -run climate controlled kennel on-site for survivor's pets who need a safe escape from domestic violence.

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On-site Laundry Facilities

The Lodge of Bravery has washer and dryer facilities on site to use free of charge.

 

Mino-ayaawin Gamik

Survivors are welcome to utilize the Mino-ayaawin (the way of being well) Gamik (building) an on-site geodesic dome at the Lodge of Bravery. This is a gathering space available for use by residents for talking circles, meditation, a private place to pray, a place to visit with others, or a place to practice yoga and other grounding techniques. This structure has no floor, so you can connect with the Earth. Seating and furniture include cedar benches, chairs, and tables.

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Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Tribal Code # 34 Personal Protection Orders and Injunctions
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Tribal Code # 34 Personal Protection Orders and Injunctions

Explains the purpose for and process of obtaining a Personal Protection Order.

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Tribal Code #72 Sex Offender Registry and Notification Code
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Tribal Code #72 Sex Offender Registry and Notification Code

Outlines the Sex Offender Registry and Notification Act

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Tribal Code #70 Criminal Procedure
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Tribal Code #70 Criminal Procedure

Provides procedures for criminal cases in the Tribal Court.

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Tribal Code # 75 Crime Victim Rights
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Tribal Code # 75 Crime Victim Rights

Outlines and defines "victims" and rights of victims.

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Tribal Code #71 Criminal Offenses
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Tribal Code #71 Criminal Offenses

Outlines the definition of offenses, sentencing, and treatment of offenders.

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FULL LIST OF TRIBAL CODES
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FULL LIST OF TRIBAL CODES

For a full list of all tribal codes for the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Click the link inside.

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No, you do not.  The ARC provides services to the victim/survivor or a family member/friend of a victim/survivor and does not discriminate based upon actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Yes, children are welcome at the LOB.  
The Advocacy Resource Center does not charge for services.  All services are free of charge.
The ARC provides services in the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indian's Seven County Service Area which includes Chippewa, Mackinac, Luce, Alger, Schoolcraft, Delta, and Marquette counties.
The ARC maintains strict client confidentiality as protected under Tribal, State, and Federal Law.  If an individual is not eligible for ARC services, staff will assist with information regarding other available community resources.  

*Please note ARC service availability is dependent upon funding and programmatic prioritizations.
Yes, the LOB is able to accommodate a survivor's pets in an on-site six run climate controlled kennel.  Pets must reside inside the kennel.  

Jami R. Moran, LBSW Wiin/She/Her/Hers

Program Director

Hali McKelvie

Grant Coordinator Assistant Manager for Sexual Violence Services

Jane Cadreau

Lodge of Bravery Manager

Jessica McKerchie

ARC Case Supervisor

Kayla Pelter

Legal Aide

Ashley Gravelle

Case Manager

Crystal Martin

Case Manager

Stephanie Shannon

Case Manager

Laura McKechnie

Case Manager

Jess Gillotte-King

Community Educator

Open Position

Cultural Healing Educator

Sylina Kozeyah

ARC Secretary

Open Position

SVS Secretary

Paula Crouch

Shelter Worker

Jennifer Cook

Shelter Worker

Sawyer Dowd

Shelter Worker

Julie Kinney

Shelter Worker

Erin McMahon

Shelter Worker

Brenda Little

Shelter Worker

Rebecca Nertoli

Shelter Worker

Open Position

Shelter Worker

Chris Belonga

Shelter Worker

Volunteer Program

Volunteer Program

ARC is looking for volunteers to assist with events, filling traditional medicines, and other productive jobs in need of assistance.

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Cultural Healing Educator APPLY ONLINE: www.saulttribe.com# 2024A015

Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA - JOB POSTING # 2024A015
POSITION SUMMARY: The Cultural Healing Educator, under the direction of the Grant Coordination Assistant Manager, is responsible for the planning, developing, and implementing of education and outreach activities involving culturally honoring healing guidance practices, community presentations, and outreach activities to address trauma from sexual violence and to promote healing of survivors, their families, and the community. The position develops, coordinates, and administers culturally honoring guidance and education services throughout the 7 county service areas.

DO NOT APPLY AT ARC WEBSITE.  RESUMES and APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED HERE. 

APPLY ONLINE:                  www.saulttribe.com
                                               or
Sault Tribe Human Resource Department
2186 Shunk Road
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
(906) 635-4937
 Toll Free (866) 635-7032 Fax (906) 635-4992
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Position light with the lifting of 20 pounds and frequent lifting/carrying up to 10 pounds. Physical factors include constant sitting, use of hearing, near/midrange/far vision, depth perception, color/field of vision; frequent standing, walking, driving, typing; occasional pushing/pulling, climbing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, manual handling, use of smell and bending. Working conditions include occasional exposure to weather, extreme heat/cold, wet/humidity, and noise and air quality. Potential hazards include constant computer use; frequent client contact and potential exposure to high-risk and volatile situations, infectious exposure, needles/syringes, and equipment use.        
REQUIREMENTS:

Education: High School diploma or GED required. Associate’s Degree in Native American Studies preferred.

Experience: Two years of experience working in the social service field or with a victim services program is required. Knowledge of Anishinaabe Bimaadiziwin Kinoomaagewinan (Ojibwe life teachings) beyond general Anishnaabe understanding is required.

Certification/License: Will be required to undergo and successfully pass a background check. Must maintain good moral character standing. Must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable by the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Must comply with annual driver’s license review and insurability standards with the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Will be required to complete and pass pre-employment drug testing.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In-depth knowledge of various types of victimization affecting Native American communities. Demonstrated knowledge of historical and contemporary issues impacting the Sault Tribe, Michigan Native communities, and regional First Nations communities required. Must be able to work in high-stress environments and handle difficult situations. Must have and apply sound judgment and personal initiative under duress and be able to maintain effective working relations with the public and co-workers. Must be able to handle client service and public relations issues and concerns. Must be able to effectively handle frequent interruptions, be able to multi-task, and interact with a wide variety of people of various and at times difficult and complicated issues. Strong analytical ability to make qualitative judgments of education and development resources in all types and formats required. Strong public speaking, collaboration, and interpersonal skills to effectively engage, educate and inform audiences with diverse backgrounds are required. Must have advanced written and verbal communication skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations, and provide guidance and documentation if required. Must be able to work in a high-stress environment and handle difficult situations. Must have and apply sound judgment and personal initiative under duress and be able to maintain effective working relations with the public and co-workers. Must be able to handle client service and public relations issues and concerns. Must maintain confidentiality. Native American preferred.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)
  • Develops, implements, and maintains effective and culturally sensitive curriculum to promote the healing of survivors, their families, and the community.
  • Presents individual and small group interactive instruction on a variety of topics regarding indigenous culture and history to promote an understanding of both past and present trauma.
  • Designs specific training on traditional healing practices.
  • Selects or develops teaching aids such as training handbooks, demonstration models, multimedia visual aids, computer tutorials, and reference works.
  • Maintains resource library, educational materials, cultural materials, and audio-visual aids.
  • Assists with the planning and implementation of departmental culturally specific goals.
  • Enhances knowledge in the training and organizational development area by reading relevant journals, going to meetings, and attending relevant courses.
  • Participates in meetings, committees, and on the project team to ensure traditional Anishinaabe Bimaadiziwin values are maintained as a core program and service delivery model.
  • Develops media and outreach materials to widely reach the Native American community on the dynamics of Sexual Violence.
  • Provides culturally specific workshops and training to community groups and service providers. 
ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)
 
  • Researches culturally appropriate material to purchase.
  • Attends various meetings and conferences.   
  • All other job-related duties as assigned.
CONTACTS: Immediate peers, peers in other departments, immediate supervisor/manager, managers in other Departments, executives, Board of Directors, outside vendor/service providers, Federal, State, Tribal, and local governments and agencies, the general public, and Tribal members.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Position light with the lifting of 20 pounds and frequent lifting/carrying up to 10 pounds. Physical factors include constant sitting, use of hearing, near/midrange/far vision, depth perception, color/field of vision; frequent standing, walking, driving, typing; occasional pushing/pulling, climbing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, manual handling, use of smell and bending. Working conditions include occasional exposure to weather, extreme heat/cold, wet/humidity, and noise and air quality. Potential hazards include constant computer use; frequent client contact and potential exposure to high-risk and volatile situations, infectious exposure, needles/syringes, and equipment use.         
REQUIREMENTS:
 
Education: High School diploma or GED required.  Associate’s Degree in Native American Studies preferred.
 
Experience: Two years of experience working in the social service field or with a victim services program is required.  Knowledge of Anishinaabe Bimaadiziwin Kinoomaagewinan (Ojibwe life teachings) beyond general Anishnaabe understanding is required.
 
Certification/License:  Will be required to undergo and successfully pass a background check.  Must maintain good moral character standing. Must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable by the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Must comply with annual driver’s license review and insurability standards with the Sault Tribe Insurance Department.  Will be required to complete and pass pre-employment drug testing.  
 
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In-depth knowledge of various types of victimization affecting Native American communities. Demonstrated knowledge of historical and contemporary issues impacting the Sault Tribe, Michigan Native communities, and regional First Nations communities required. Must be able to work in high-stress environments and handle difficult situations. Must have and apply sound judgment and personal initiative under duress and be able to maintain effective working relations with the public and co-workers. Must be able to handle client service and public relations issues and concerns.  Must be able to effectively handle frequent interruptions, be able to multi-task, and interact with a wide variety of people of various and at times difficult and complicated issues. Strong analytical ability to make qualitative judgments of education and development resources in all types and formats required. Strong public speaking, collaboration, and interpersonal skills to effectively engage, educate and inform audiences with diverse backgrounds are required.  Must have advanced written and verbal communication skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations, and provide guidance and documentation if required.  Must be able to work in a high-stress environment and handle difficult situations.  Must have and apply sound judgment and personal initiative under duress and be able to maintain effective working relations with the public and co-workers.  Must be able to handle client service and public relations issues and concerns.  Must maintain confidentiality.  Native American preferred.   
 
 
 
 
REMUNERATION: $ 20.882 per hour



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Culture: The Key to Healing Workshops

Culture: The Key to Healing Workshops

Culture: The Key to Healing Workshop is designed to focus your energies on healing and creativity. 30 project kits are free to participants for the online classes, held typically twice monthly on Facebook live @ www.facebook.com/saulttribeARC. Watch ARC's Facebook page for new kits to be posted each month. In-person events are announced online and are held in various locations throughout the seven-county service area. Please take advantage of this wonderful program.

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MIIZH- "to give"

The Advocacy Resource Center uses donated funds for many services for our clients. Donations are used for client needs when other funding is unavailable and to assist in our events to promote awareness.

At this time, we are only able to accept CASH, CHECK or MONEY ORDER for donations. Receipts will be provided upon request. Please send donations to P.O. Box 1576/Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783. Thank you for your generosity!

When donating items to the Lodge of Bravery Shelter, we ask that you please get in touch with our office at (906) 632-1808 before doing so. Our space is limited, and we must plan accordingly—many thanks in advance.  We appreciate every donation-as do our residents.  
Brochures Available

Brochures Available

ARC program brochures are available for free and can be displayed at your business or for personal use. Please contact ARC to request your brochures today. Brochures can be placed in hair salons, bars, restaurants, nail salons, schools, college campuses, doctor's offices, laundromats, gyms, etc.