Under the current tax treaty, the tribe member must have the right to obtain a letter of authorization or a certificate of tax exemption legally. The Sault Tribe runs its own government with regular elections for presidents and members of the Council. Council members represent the tribe`s five units in seven counties on Michigan`s Upper Peninsula.  More than half of the registered members of the tribe live outside the five units, but vote in these established units. They choose in a unit where they have important ancestors or historical ties. The tribe operates two midjim convenience stores, one in Sault Ste. Marie and the other in St. Ignatius. They offer cheap gasoline and cigarettes for tribe members.  On February 20, 1975, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs formally declared the trust reserve country for the tribe, with the notice published in the federal registry on February 27, 1975. The reserve is located in both the town of Sault Ste. Marie as well as Sugar Island Township, sugar Island (Sugar Island at 46-28`19` N 84-12`44`W / 46.47194-N 84.2122-W / 46.47194; -84.21222) to the east of the city. SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – Effective September 1, 2007, all registered Sault Tribe members residing in the territory of the tax agreement and therefore entitled to tax refunds under the National Tribal Tax Convention must now apply for an “exemption certificate” before launching a major transaction or purchase that would allow a member of the tribe to benefit from a refund or a vat exemption in Michigan. The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (pronounced “so Sainte Marie”), generally reduced to Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians or the more familiar tribe, is a federally recognized tribe of Indians in the upper Michigan peninsula. The tribal headquarters is located in Sault Ste. Marie, the largest city in the region, located along the St.
Mary River. All other provisions of the current tax treaty remain in force. In 1979, the Tribal Council passed a resolution allowing members of the Mackinac Band to register with the tribe, which doubled the number of registered members. In the 21st century, the Sault Tribe is made up of more than 20 groups. There is also an important and historical relationship with Garden River First Nation, also known as Ketegaunseebee (Gitigaan-ziibi Anishinaabe in the Ojibwe language), an Ojibwa group at 14 Garden River near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. The tribe runs its own police department  and the tribal court.  In 2012, current President Aaron A.
Payment was elected with the largest majority in the tribe`s modern history. In 1996, he was first elected to the Tribal Council. He was elected president in 2004. In 2008, he lost his re-election race to Joe Eitrem, but was re-elected in 2012, 2016 and 2020.  The Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians is the largest recognized federal tribe in Michigan and surpasses the nearest tribe, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, on a scale of about 10 to one.