HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 22Issue 36Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Contributes $878,424 to Local Governments

On December 9, 2016, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (“LRBOI”) announced a contribution of $878,424 to the Manistee County Local Revenue Sharing Board (“LRSB”). According to LRBOI, this second payment of 2016 brings the total amount of local revenue sharing payments to $32,147,224 since the casino opened in 1999. The first contribution of this year, made in June, was for $710,408.

The payment figure is derived from two-percent of the slot revenues over the last six months from the Tribe’s Little River Casino Resort. Biannual payments to the LRSB are a part of the gaming compact and amendment agreed upon between the LRBOI and the State of Michigan. The LRSB used the funds to reimburse local units of government for costs due to the casino, such as law enforcement and emergency services, and to provide a payment in lieu of property tax. Additional funds are distributed among local governments and schools in the area.

In the first cycle of 2016, the LRSB considered 20 grant applications and was able to grant revenues to each of them, including:

· $23,100 to Manistee County Firefighters Association for partial funding to properly outfit a training facility.

· $20,150 to Medical Care Facility to purchase and install cameras and recording equipment to monitor all entrances and exits at the facility.

· $9,000 to Cleon Township Fire Department for the purchase of refurbished hydraulic extraction equipment components.

· $9,000 to Bear Lake Township Fire Department for partial funding to purchase 12 SCBA MSA carbon fiber bottles.

· $7,300 to Manistee County District Health Department for partial funding to upgrade the security system for the health department office.

· $7,000 to Cleon Township Fire Department for the purchase of firefighter protective equipment replacement components.

· $5,782 to Manistee Township Fire Department for personal protective equipment.

· $5,000 to Casman Alternative Academy for partial funding to purchase upgraded lighting around the property.

· $5,000 to Manistee County 19th Circuit Court – Family Division for funding a juvenile diversion program.

· $5,000 to Manistee Fire Department for partial funding to be used as matching funds for a grant from FEMA in the Aid to Firefighters category.

 “Tribal gaming continues to provide a positive economic impact to both the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and our local community,” said Tribal Ogema Larry Romanelli. “We are pleased to see how the revenues benefit both our Tribe and our neighbors.”

The three members of the LRSB include representatives from Manistee County, the City of Manistee and Manistee Township. Additionally, in accordance with the state gaming compact and amendment, the Little River Band has paid the state of Michigan more than $85 million for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.


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