Local Indigenous groups receive funding from Michigan government

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More than $30 million in distribution payments have been made by Michigan’s 12 federally recognized tribes toward local units of government and schools during fiscal 2019.

The money comes from casino gaming revenue.

According to the Michigan Gaming Control Board, revenue sharing was up 1.1 percent over 2018.

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe provided the largest overall distribution payments at $6.1 million.

Allegan County’s Wayland Township received the largest single local government unit distribution payment – $1 million – from the Gun Lake Tribe, which also sent an $892,000 payment to Allegan County.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians distributed $1.4 million in payments to New Buffalo Township and Berrien County.

From the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, the city of Mount Pleasant, Arenac County, and Isabella County accepted a combined $2.2 million in distribution payments.