HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 20Issue 24Grand Traverse Tribe Makes Local Distributions

On Friday, August 8, 2014, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (“Tribe”) announced that the Tribe had allocated over $689,000 to local units of government as part of its local revenue sharing payments. The funds were awarded to 37 separate causes, including funding for educational programs, fire and EMS services, and other public needs.

The Tribe provides semi-annual payments of 2 percent of its revenue from slots and other electronic games to local units of government in accordance with a consent decree entered by the US District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Funds are to be used to compensate local units of government from public mitigation costs associated with the operation of a gaming facility. The Tribe allocated funding for 37 projects after reviewing proposals from 80 applicants. Awards included funding for prisoner housing in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, and Leelanau Counties, Indian education programs in several area school districts, equipment for local fire fighters, and contributions to local public assistance programs, among others.

According to information from the Michigan Gaming Control Board, between 1994 and November 2013 the Tribe has made over $31.5 million in revenue payments to local units of government. The next 2 percent funding determination by the Tribe is scheduled to be made in December.

The Tribe operates the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel in Williamsburg, as well as the Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge in Suttons Bay.


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