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      Grand Traverse Band distributes big bucks to local organizations

      Representatives accept checks to their organization from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

      The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians distributed $947,754.25 today to 52 local organizations as part of their "2 percent allocation." One hundred and four groups applied to be considered to receive funds from the Tribe, who allocates the money to local units of government twice a year.

      Under the terms of a consent decree settling Tribes v. Engler, the 2 percent allocation comes directly from gaming revenue. Since the 2 percent allocations began in 1994, the Grand Traverse Band has distributed $29,932,148.59 to hundreds of local organizations.

      A vote by the Tribal Council determined how much and which organizations received allocated funds. The guidelines considered in selecting groups were based on compensating local units of government for services provided to the tribes, and the impacts associated with the existence of the casino. There was over $4 million in requests from the applicants and the Tribal Council was able to award money to half of the groups who applied.

      "For us too be able to do this is somewhat of a miracle... I kind of view us as somewhat of a safety net for some of those organizations," Tribal Council Chairman Alvin Pedwaydon said.

      Pedwaydon gladly handed out checks to group representatives today at the Grand Traverse Resort. Many of those representatives gave quick thank you speeches and emphasized that the money received from the 2 percent allocations either completely fund their services or have helped them grow.

      Gov't to Gov't Agreement - Antrim County

      Prisoner Housing Contract.

      $12,775.00

      Gov't to Gov't Agreement - Benzie County

      Prisoner Housing Contract.

      $19,162.50

      Gov't to Gov't Agreement - Charlevoix County

      Prisoner Housing Contract.

      $12,775.00

      Gov't to Gov't Agreement - Leelanau County

      Prisoner Housing Contract.

      $63,875.00

      Acme Township

      Funding for continuation of the Bayside Park E.Coli Testing Program that is coordinated between Acme Township, the Grand Traverse County Health Department, and the Watershed Center; testing will take place once per week between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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      $4,825.00

      Acme Township

      Funding to purchase a beach groomer to till beach sand and remove small to moderate-sized debris from areas of public beachfront at Bayside and Salyer Parks.

      $15,000.00

      Antrim County Board of Commissioners

      Funding for the Antrim County High Tea for Breast Cancer Prevention Program to partner and collaborate efforts with the local Health Department of NW Michigan and Munson Medical Center to help increase support for patient services for the next 24 months.

      $20,000.00

      Benzie County Sheriff's Office

      Funding to replace/update the digital mobile video recording cameras in patrol cars.

      $12,968.22

      Benzonia Township

      Funding to help feed families in Benzie and Northern Manistee Counties.

      $10,000.00

      Benzonia Township

      Funding for the Special Olympics Athletes for the Summer Games.

      $5,000.00

      Benzonia Township

      Funding for a new roof to complete most of the renovation of the 5,000 sq. ft. building which houses the incubator kitchen for the "Grow Benzie" program.

      $12,000.00

      Blair Township

      Funding for the "Boots for Kids" program.

      $10,000.00

      Blair Township

      Funding for the purchase of a "splash pad" to be added to the playground equipment that is all handicapped accessible.

      $15,000.00

      City of Charlevoix

      Funding to accomplish a major upgrade to Mt. McSauba terrain park.

      $11,382.00

      City of Charlevoix

      Funding for Joppa House, a transitional home for homeless women and children.

      $7,405.00

      City of Charlevoix

      Funding for Third Day Fellowship & Outreach program.

      $9,000.00

      East Jordan Emergency Medical Services

      Funding to purchase a new rapid response vehicle, which will allow EMS to put a paramedic on the scene within a short period of time.

      $27,200.00

      Empire Township

      Funding to purchase a new 72" gas range to be used for the Red Cross Emergency Shelter that is open and available to all residents of Leelanau County.

      $3,075.00

      City of Frankfort

      Funding for the Frankfort City Fire Dept for the purchase of 2 additional dive rescue equipment.

      $6,000.00

      City of Frankfort

      Funding for the Frankfort City Fire Department for the purchase of body armor to replace the current body armor that is outdated.

      $4,000.00

      Glen Lake Fire Department

      Funding for the Lucas 2 automated CPR device.

      $14,754.28

      Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners

      Funding for the Traverse Health Clinic, which provides services to patient populations that have no insurance.

      $12,770.00

      Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners

      Funding for the Grand Traverse County and Child and Family Services program that partners with Safe Haven Supervised Visitation and Exchange Program.

      $13,596.96

      Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners

      Funding for the Third Level Crisis Intervention Center, Inc. so they can provide for 24-hour crisis intervention services.

      $30,000.00

      Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners

      Funding for the Goodwill Homeless and Housing Services for outreach services.

      $75,000.00

      Grand Traverse Metro Emergency Services Authority

      Funding for the purchase of a rehabilitation vehicle for the region.

      $16,284.00

      Hayes Township

      Funding for the Charlevoix Area Community Pool, which provides services through affordable programs for all ages with disabilities.

      $10,000.00

      Leelanau Conservation District

      Funding to re-establish the 5th grade field day by providing transportation costs and lunches for K-12 students in Leelanau County.

      $2,500.00

      Leelanau County Board of Commissioners

      Funding for the Project Unity for Life Program.

      $21,250.96

      Leelanau County Board of Commissioners

      Funding for the Christian Neighbors food pantry program.

      $25,000.00

      Leelanau County Board of Commissioners

      Funding for the Leelanau County Sheriff's Marine Patrol.

      $27,000.00

      Leelanau County Board of Commissioners

      Funding to purchase a security camera for the Leelanau County Veterans Memorial site.

      $7,070.00

      Leelanau County Fire Chiefs Association

      Funding for firefighter training classes: 1) Positive Pressure Attack Course and 2) Coast Guard Boat Operations and Rescue class.

      $13,000.00

      Leelanau Township

      Funding to purchase a hydraulic extrication unit for use during vehicle accidents.

      $12,339.60

      Leland Township

      Funding for dredging of the channel entrance of Leland Harbor.

      $25,000.00

      Mancelona Public School

      Funding to purchase a robot, software and support for participation in the annual competition at the Mancelona High School for the Lego Robotics Team that has moved up to the High School.

      $2,743.00

      Milton Township Fire Department

      Funding for a new self-contained breathing apparatus.

      $25,000.00

      Northwestern Michigan College

      Funding for the 2013 SAE Baja collegiate design competition, which is an international competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

      $7,869.11

      Peninsula Township Fire Department

      Funding for the purchase of 1) a Lucas 2 chest compression system, 2) a Lucas 2 power supply w/cord, 3) a Lucas 2 battery.

      $13,860.00

      St. James Township

      Funding for the construction of a pole barn.

      $25,000.00

      Suttons Bay Bingham Fire & Rescue

      Funding for the purchase of self-contained breathing apparatus.

      $50,000.00

      Suttons Bay Public Schools

      Funding for the First Robotics Competition.

      $3,000.00

      Suttons Bay Public Schools

      Funding for the Anishinaabemowin curriculum.

      $40,920.00

      Traverse City Area Public School

      Funding for the "Olweus Bullying Prevention Program" for all 19 of the district's schools.

      $10,000.00

      Traverse City Area Public School

      Funding so that approximately 75 students with mild cognitive impairments and/or autism spectrum disorder can attend one-hour weekly swimming lessons.

      $9,000.00

      Traverse City Area Public School

      Funding for the FIRST Robotics Competition to be hosted and held by the Traverse City Central High School, Feb. 28 - March 2, 2013.

      $3,000.00

      The City of Traverse City

      Funding for the Father Fred's heating and utility assistance program.

      $60,000.00

      The City of Traverse City

      Funding for Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan, Inc.

      $12,551.00

      The City of Traverse City

      Funding for the purchase of a second Lucas Chest Compression System.

      $13,983.40

      Traverse Bay Intermediate School District

      Funding for Michael's Place's "Journeys: Paths to Healthy Healing for Youth" which is a 3-proged approach to providing grief support to underserved youth in our region.

      $21,456.00

      Traverse City Police Department

      Funding for a Chevy Tahoe 4x4 which will be used in conjunction with crime scene investigation with their canine officer "LUK."

      $52,295.41

      Village of Bellaire

      Funding for the Bellaire Community Youth Center for the purpose of after school youth program.

      $10,067.81

      Total Second Half 2012 2% Allocation

      $947,754.25