SAULT STE. MARIE — DJ Hoffman has been appointed the new chairman of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians following the resignation of the previous chair.
Hoffman was appointed as chair by the board of directors during a special meeting on June 27 at Kewadin Casino. Hoffman has been the Vice Chair of the tribes board of directors since 2016 and spent two years as secretary for the group. Hoffman also served as a board officer for eight years and served in several committees including JKL Fiduciary Committee that he has been chair of since 2020.
“I am humbled and honored to serve as chairman of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians,” Hoffman said in a statement. “I realize we are a divided tribe, and members have strong feelings one way or another on who leads our nation. It is my hope I can help bridge this transition and move our tribe forward working with our tribal board.”
Hoffman was appointed instead of elected to this position because he is replacing former chairperson Aaron Payment who resigned in May after he was censured. The tribe’s Constitution establishes the board of director’s mandate to fill any board member’s vacancy, including a vacancy for the chairperson’s seat.
Because he was appointed to replace a chairman who was in the middle of his term Hoffmans appointment will last the remainder of Payment's original term until the next general election in 2024.
Payment was censured by the board after he filed a petition challenging the financial decisions of the tribe. The board later released a statement that they had lost confidence in the chairperson.
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Hoffman is a Sault local and attended received degrees from multiple universities and has experience with tribal government. He graduated from Lake Superior State University with a bachelors degree in business, he also attended Michigan State University where he earned a bachelors in human resources.
Hoffman attended two other schools for post-graduate degrees, he has a master in public administration from Northern Michigan University and a masters in business administration from Central Michigan University.
Hoffman is also an economic development director at the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan Inc. and is a member of the Sault Area Schools school board.
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