Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Chairperson Aaron Payment Resigns

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Chairperson Aaron Payment has resigned from his position.

The Board of Directors accepted his resignation at its May 10 meeting. They say they are thankful for Payment’s service to the tribe and wish him well in future endeavors.

Payment served in elective office for 20 years. Sixteen years were spent as chair, two terms as vice chair and two terms as board member.

“My commitment going forward is to dedicate my attention and education with three Master’s and a doctorate in education to finding solutions to the persisting low high school and college graduation for American Indians,” said Payment. “American Indians are the only Americans with a constitutional and treaty right to an education, yet have the worst outcomes. I’m dedicating the rest of my career to finding solutions to improve those outcomes.”

The board will consider their next steps at its May 17 meeting.

Payment will continue to serve in a presidential appointment on the National Advisory Council of Indian Education, including serving as co-chair of the NACIE Annual Report Committee.