Tribe gives nearly $680,000 in 2 percent distribution
STANDISH — The Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe allocated $677,959.06 to local government and schools during its fall 2 percent class-3 gaming revenue distribution Monday.
Local government received $440,673.39 in allocated funds, while $237,285.67 went toward local education.
Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe Public Relations Director Frank Cloutier said Saganing Eagles Landing Casino and surrounding counties, townships, and businesses have a good relationship and help each other. He added that between Isabella and Arenac counties, the tribe has now given out more than $200 million since 1994.
“We (the casino) bring a lot of people to this community,” he said. “We hope that your businesses and schools see the benefits. We have a great partnership.”
Arenac County received $288,500 in allocated funds. Chairman of the Arenac County Commissioners Raymond Daniels said the county will give the money to the Arenac County Road Commission and to the Arenac County Sheriff’s Department.
The city of Omer received $13,086. Mayor Alice Sproule said the money will go toward the completion of the Omer Library.
“We will use the money to furnish the shelving inside the library,” she said. “I was not expecting this at all.”
Standish Township received $52,480. Of that total, $50,000 was turned over to the Standish Area Fire Authority for the construction of its new fire hall.
Others receiving allocation were: the city of Pinconning, receiving $27,281; AuGres Township receiving $21,480; Pinconning Township receiving $13,480 and the Village of Twining, reciving $7,000.
The Townships of Arenac, Deep River, Lincoln, Mason, Sims, Turner, and Whitney all were given $2,480.64.
Area schools were also given allocation funds. Arenac Eastern Schools received $95,506.51; AuGres-Sims received $45,616.38; Pinconning Area Schools recived $47,493.94; and Standish-Sterling Schools received $48,668,84.
Cloutier said the partnership with the tribe and the surrounding communities is a true partnership.
“We share such a collaboration with each other,” he said.
Sproule was nearly brought to tears when she spoke and thanked the tribal council.
“That really validates what (the council) does,” Cloutier said. “This means so much to people here.”
He added that the tribal council had to look at 454 requests for money between Isabella and Arenac counties. In Arenac County, 80 requests were received from area schools, and 56 from local government.
“What they (tribal council) do is not easy,” Cloutier said. “They look at each request and take this seriously.”
He added that the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe is looking forward to what the future holds in Arenac County.
“There will be more to come,” he said. “We are looking forward to the future.”