November 27, 2014

Tribe allocates $625,629.64 to area government and schools

James Kuch
Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe Public Relations Director Frank Cloutier speaks at the Saganing Tribal Center during the tribes 2 percent class-3 gaming revenue distribution Friday.
By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH — Local government and area school districts received a total of $625,629.64 during the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe spring 2 percent class-3 gaming revenue distribution Friday.

Local government received $406,660 in allocated funds, while $218,969 went toward local education.

Arenac County received the most funding with $272,101 in allocated funds. Chairman of the Arenac County Commissioners Mike Snyder said the county will distribute the funds through out the area.

“We will make the most of this funding,” he said. “We really appreciate all of this.

Standish Township received $76,185. Of that total, $50,000 was turned over to the Standish Area Fire Authority for the construction of its new fire hall.

Standish Township Clerk Dale Raymond said the township is thankful for the tribe distribution.

“I think it’s just wonderful,” she said. “They have really helped us out.”

Standish Area Fire Authority Chief Mitch Oliver said the $50,000 for the department will help finalize funding for the construction of the fire hall.

“We were close to our budget because our engineering figures were all over budget,” he said. “This gives us a cushion.”

Oliver said the department has now received a combined $100,000 from the tribe during the previous two distributions.

Turner Township received $15,343. Township Supervisor Herbert Keeley said some of the funding may go to the Mason-Twining-Turner Fire Department and road construction.

“We request $40,000 every year from the tribe,” he said. “For $40,000 we can construct one mile of road and improve ditches alongside of the road.”

Others receiving allocation were: the city of Pinconning, receiving $20,100; the City of AuGres receiving $ 10,000; Mason Township receiving $3,317.

The Townships of Arenac, AuGres, Deep River, Lincoln, Pinconning, Sims, Standish and Whitney all were given $1,372.

Area schools were also given allocation funds. Arenac Eastern Schools received $86,000; AuGres-Sims received $43,000; Pinconning Area Schools received $37,346.72; and Standish-Sterling Schools received $52,622.92.

Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe Public Relations Director Frank Cloutier Saganing Eagles Landing Casino and the tribe will continue to look to aid area governments and schools. He added that between Isabella and Arenac counties, the tribe has now given out more than $219 million since 1994.

“The Tribal Council looks at every request they receive,” he said. “It’s a daunting task.”

Cloutier said that the tribe is proud to aid governments and schools with funding. He said the construction of the Omer Little Eagle’s Nest Library, which opened on March 1, in Omer, was a perfect example of what a partnership between the tribe and the community can do.

The Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe gave a total of $91,086 to the city of Omer for the construction of the library during its last three allocation grants.

“What a sense of pride for the Tribal Council to be able to aid in that construction from start to finish,” he said. “Because of this, we are able to aid in the education of children for years to come.”

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