Over 2.1 million given during Fall 2016 two percent semi-annual distribution 11-17-16
Joseph V. Sowmick - November 17, 2016
In an effort to provide bonus coverage, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council joined government and community leaders at the Tribal Operations Seniors Room for the Fall 2016 Semi-Annual Two Percent Distribution. The funds distributed is derived from Class III gaming at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort and the total two percent distribution for Isabella County was $2,195,656.19 (a $55,869.49 increase from last year’s figures). The breakdown includes $1,159,892.93 distributed to units of government and $1,035.763.26 for local area schools in Isabella County.
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Chief Frank Cloutier and Tribal Council spent many hours in reviewing the number of requests that tend to increase every year. “The Tribal Council takes great pride in being able to award over three million dollars to our local schools and governments this fall. We remain committed to maximizing these dollars by making sure that the impacts can be felt by members in all communities,” Cloutier said. “We are able to help create state of the art learning environments by providing the latest technology in our local schools preparing all youth to become our future leaders.”
SCIT Public Relations Director Erik Rodriguez presided as emcee over the distribution and announced the amounts to the appreciative community leaders. Rodriguez credits the successful gaming operations and employee customer service is behind the increase. “The sellout crowds who came to the SECR Outdoor Summer Concert series and the continued popularity of Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort gaming operation was the economic driver attributing to the increase,” Rodriguez said. “It shows we do gaming and entertainment well and the future looks bright.”