September 18, 2014

Tribe releases funds to community

Over $622,862.29 granted to local community

Kevin Drescher
Omer City Mayor Alice Sproule speaks to the crowd at the Saganing Tribal Center on Friday during the %2 revenue sharing ceremony, alongside City Council member Robin Berry. The Saginaw Indian Chippewa Tribe gave the City of Omer $48,000 dollars. $20,000 of that is going to help the city complete it's new library.
Kevin Drescher
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Chief Dennis Keqoum, opens the %2 revenue sharing ceremony at the Saganing Tribal Center on Worth Rd. in Standish. The tribe gave away a total of $622,862.29 on Friday.
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STANDISH — The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, released their two percent gaming revenue funds from the Saganing Eagles Landing Casino today at the Saganing Tribal Center on Worth Road in Standish.

The tribe released a total of $622,862.29, splitting it up between townships, schools and cities in Arenac and Bay County.

“Two percent is money that we’ve reserved for local governments and local schools. We understand (that) our presence is a force to reckon with, and we want to make sure that we have money there to alleviate some of that stress,” said Tribal Public Relations Director Frank Cloutier. “That’s basically what the spirit of two percent is.”

Arenac County received the most with $87,277, and Pinconning Township received $65,615, while the City of Omer received $48,000 to round out the top three of 16 local governments that received the grants.

Local schools were a big winner also as Arenac Eastern School District received $87,277, Au Gres-Sims received $49,570, while Standish Sterling was awarded $55,984.52, and Pinconning got $27,489.84 to go towards their schools.

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