HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 26Issue 47TRIBES DISTRIBUTE REVENUE SHARING PAYMENTS TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

Tribes across Michigan have reported their fall revenue sharing distributions to the State of Michigan and local governments.

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Tribe of the Pottawatomi (Gun Lake Tribe) made revenue sharing payments of $5.7 million this fall. The Tribe reported that $3,293,020 was distributed to the State of Michigan and $987,906 was distributed to the local revenue sharing board. The payments are determined from electronic gaming revenue reported from April 1 to September 30. Gun Lake Casino was closed for three months during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Tribe's commitment to make a positive impact on our local community has never been stronger as we all persevere through the pandemic," said Bob Peters, Chairman of the Gun Lake Tribe. "This distribution would not be possible without the dedication of our executives and team members at the casino. We thank them immensely and congratulate them for helping us surpass $150 million in revenue sharing."

The Gun Lake Tribe has shared more than $98 million with the State of Michigan, and over $150 million total with State and local governments over twenty distributions. 

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe distributed $2,309,748 in total, which is 2% of its slot revenues. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe had 186 applications for distribution requests of almost $7 million. Among the chosen recipients were Isabella Government, Isabella Education, Arenac County, and northern Bay County.

"To date since May of 1994 the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe has provided 2% grants to local units of government and public education districts in excess of $263,197,742 dollars," said Tribal Chief Tim J. Davis. "These contributions showcase a strong commitment to our local communities and speaks to our collaborative efforts in the region. On behalf of the Tribal Council, we wish each one of you a joyful holiday season and best wishes for a prosperous and happy new year as you continue to stay healthy and safe."

Payments made to the State of Michigan are directed to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to fund grants awarded to businesses to invest in Michigan and create jobs. Revenue sharing payments are dependent on the continued preservation of the Tribe's exclusive gaming rights within its competitive market area, as defined by its tribal-state gaming compact.

 

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