Communities throughout the Upper Peninsula are benefitting from nearly $165,000 in contributions from the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians that helps villages, cities, townships, counties and universities support senior and youth services and broader recreational and cultural opportunities for area residents.
The money is part of the twice-annual payments the Sault Tribe has distributed since 1993 to U.P. communities and organizations based on 2-percent slot revenues from Tribe’s Kewadin Casino properties in Sault Ste. Marie, St. Ignace, Hessel, Manistique and Christmas. In the past 24 years, nearly $42.5 million has been awarded throughout the U.P. based on the tribe’s 2-percent revenue.
The tribe disbursed close to $900,000 in its latest disbursement, with nearly a fifth going to support community amenities such as museums, skating programs, food pantries and adult day care.
Communities that benefitted from the latest distribution include:
- Lake Superior State University’s Gem of the North campaign to improve university facilities, $52,275
- Museum of Ojibwa Culture, City of St. Ignace, $13,281
- DeTour Village Community Pavilion bathrooms, $10,000
- Little Bear East Recreation Park, City of St. Ignace, $10,000
- Michilimackinac Historical Society, City of St. Ignace, $10,000
- Bay de Noc Community College for the Northern Lights YMCA, $10,000
- Kinross Charter Township after-school activities, $6,000
- Trout Lake Township Historic Community Park Building, $5,981
- County of Marquette NMU Pow Wow, $5,141
- Alger County Food Pantry, Munising, $5,000
- Hessel School House renovations in Clark Township, $5,000
- McMillan Township Recreation Center, $5,000
- Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, Marquette County, $5,000
- Superior District Library accessibility, $5,000
- Bishop Baraga Park roof replacement in Schoolcraft County, $4,500
- Alger County Adult Day Care program, $4,141
- Grand Marais Amateur Radio repairs, Burt Township, $4,000
- Mackinac County toy drive, $3,002
- City of Manistique open skate for community members, $3,000
- City of Marquette Beacon House Fresh Food Fund, $3,000
- City of Marquette Children’s Museum, $3,000
- County of Marquette Meals on Wheels funding, $3,000
- Schoolcraft County Community Christmas Program, $2,750
“Receiving the 2 percent funding from the Sault Tribe to support improvements and/or new projects for the community residents and visitors to our area has a big impact on how these projects are funded,” President Murray Fountain said after the Village of De Tour received $10,000 to improve bathrooms at the Community Pavilion.
“The Sault Tribe’s financial support and substantial contributions for improvements has made an immense difference,” he added. “We are very grateful and thankful for the Sault Tribe’s continued support.”
Marquette City Manager Mike Angeli said the tribe’s contributions help provide services that are a lifeline to many in the Marquette area.
“Whether it’s money to help bring meals to seniors, provide a top-notch children’s museum for area youngsters or make fresh food available for patients and families that travel across the U.P. to receive specialty medical care at U.P. Health System who stay at Beacon House, the Sault Tribe’s financial support makes a huge difference,” Angeli said.