Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 26, 2014

GT Band distributes 2% funds

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians recently distributed more than $900,000 to 51 local organizations as part of its 2 percent allocation of video gambling revenue.

A 1993 federal consent deal between the state and tribe requires the tribe to send 2 percent of electronic gambling proceeds to local units of government. It allocates the money twice a year, and organizations must submit applications to be considered.

The $909,295 in allocations ranged from $2,025 to help pay for a mechanical CPR unit for Elmwood Township Fire and Rescue up to $63,875 to Leelanau County for a prisoner housing contract. Here are some highlights:

The Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners received $50,000 to help pay for the Third Level Crisis 24-hour crisis intervention services available to area residents. The Board of Commissioners also received $45,000 toward the Father Fred Foundation, which provides food and utility services to those in need.

Leelanau Township received $35,000 to help pay for the Spirit Journey program that teaches Native American youth respect for self and others.

The City of Charlevoix received $20,916 as funding for the Joppa House, which offers a transitional housing program to address homelessness and low employment among women.

The Homestead Township Fire Department received $27,609 toward replacing outdated firefighter air packs and supporting volunteer firefighters.

The tribe sent $21,500 to Traverse Bay Intermediate School District for the “Michael’s Place/Journey’s Pilot Program” that is designed to meet the needs and challenges of grieving middle and high school students and to educate adults assisting in the grieving process.

The Traverse City At-Risk Boxing Program will use $15,000 to continue to promote physical fitness for at-risk youth through amateur boxing.

The Tribal Council selected the 51 recipients out of 96 applicants. The Grand Traverse Band will make its decision on the first 2014 two percent allocation in June.

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