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Soo Tribe apologizes to Saginaw Chippewa Tribe for racist call

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YouTube: Phone call to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Chairman Aaron Payment of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians apologized for a racist voice mail message that was left for the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan.

Payment wanted to distance the tribe from the actions of Kirk Shewchuck, a tribal member who works as chief financial officer for, a telecommunications firm. It was Shewchuck who left a message with racial slurs and offensive language for the Saginaw Chippewa planning department.

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe has refused to meet with because other company employees were also heard making disparaging comments on the message. The tribe believes the voices are of other top executives at the firm.

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Sault chief apologizes for racial slurs (The Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun 6/3)
Fallout After Racist Message, Tribal Chief Calls for Boycott of (Indian Country Today 6/3)
After derogatory comments caught on tape, Saginaw Chippewa Tribe criticizes Lansing telecom company (MLive 5/29)

Related Stories:
Firm executive in racist voice message is member of Sault Tribe (5/30)
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe denounces racist message from firm (5/29)

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