SAULT STE. MARY, Mich. — The Sault Ste. The Board of Directors of the Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians accepted the resignation of Chairman Aaron Payment at their May 10 meeting, effective immediately. The board said it was grateful for Payment’s service to the tribe and wished him well in his future endeavours.
The Board of Directors will consider next steps at its regular meeting on May 17.
Payment served 20 years in elected office, 16 years as president, two terms as vice president and two terms as a member of the board of directors.
“My commitment going forward is to devote my attention and my education with three master’s degrees and a doctorate in education to finding solutions to the persistent low level of high school and college diplomas for American Indians”, said payment. “American Indians are the only Americans with a constitutional and treaty right to education, but they have the worst outcomes. I am dedicating the rest of my career to finding solutions to improve those outcomes.
Payment said he would continue to hold a presidential position on the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, including as co-chair of the NACIE Annual Report Committee, which is not dependent on being a chief. chosen tribe.