Grand Traverse Band announces distribution of $ 590,000


The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and the Chippewa Indians announced a donation of nearly $ 600,000 to local government units. A total of $ 590,130.05 has been allocated to local government units as part of the two percent allocation of the tribe’s gaming revenues. The distribution takes place twice a year. The following people were among the winners.

A prisoner housing contract for $ 44,712.50 was awarded to Leelanau County, one of four counties to have received such sums.

Many schools have received funds for various programs. Indian education programs were funded to the tune of $ 49,000 to Northport Public School, $ 125,000 to Suttons Bay Public School and $ 78,000 to Traverse City area public schools. . Suttons Bay Public School also received $ 2,500 for the school leadership team, $ 15,000 for the purchase of a 10-passenger van for sports teams and student clubs, and $ 5,000 to upgrade the experiential STEM lab aboard the tall ship schooner Inland Seas. . Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy received $ 5,000 for expanding the school’s capacity in quality child care programs, which requires building renovation, room design class, teacher training and purchase of materials. Northwestern Michigan College received $ 9,093.16 for its Native American student program.

Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) received $ 2,500 in support of Michael’s Place for bereavement counseling.

The Township of Acme received $ 2,500 for TART trail maintenance. The Township of Blair received $ 7,194 to upgrade the closed circuit security camera system at the Township of Blair Park. The Grand Traverse County Council of Commissioners received $ 5,500 for TART trails for the Recycle-A-Bicycle program; $ 10,000 for Reining Liberty Ranch programs serving veterans who have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and / or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); and funding of $ 12,500 for Safe Haven.

The Northwest Regional Fire Training Center received $ 10,000 to enable those trained last spring to become instructors and accommodate Fire Inspector 1 and the Plan Review Class. The Peninsula Township Fire Department received $ 24,856 to purchase a Stryker Grant Charging and Electrical Compatibility Kit, Stretcher / Cot. Suttons Bay Bingham Fire & Rescue Authority has received funding for the purchase of a Cascade system for self-contained breathing apparatus refilling in the amount of $ 25,631.16. The Township of Whitewater Fire Department received $ 7,300 to replace an obsolete Thermal Imaging (TIC) camera, which is used to locate people in distress in low visibility areas.

Since the start of the two percent allocation in 1994, the Grand Traverse Band has allocated $ 42,785,368.59 to local organizations.

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