Kewadin Cares – Two for You
Since the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Kewadin Casinos has been granting two-percent (2%) of its slot earnings to community governments, their impact on local communities has been astonishing. From bringing emergency response vehicles into rural areas to increasing the educational opportunities available for community and Tribal members, the two-percent (2%) contributions help improve our lives in ways that many do not even know.
The Tribe annually contributes two-percent (2%) of its Casino slot earnings to local governments. This money is used to support local activities that affect Tribal and non-Tribal families. The seven counties who are recipients of these grants include Alger, Chippewa, Delta, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette and Schoolcraft.
The two-percent (2%) distributions began in 1993 after the Sault Tribe and the State of Michigan entered into a Stipulation for Entry of Consent Judgment and a Tribal-State Gaming Compact. In this Consent Judgment, the Tribe agreed to make semi-annual payments to local units of state government (Local Units) located in the immediate areas of its casinos in the amount of two-percent (2%) of the net win derived from all class III electronic games of chance. In the agreement, the Tribe has the right to determine which Local Units receive these two-percent (2%) payments.
The Tribe's process for reviewing requests to receive two-percent (2%) funds begins with a written request that is submitted to the Tribe. The Tribal Board of Directors reviews the written requests on a semi-annual basis, selecting which Local Units receive funding and establishes funding levels based on established priorities. Major priorities include civic services including law enforcement, fire protection and emergency-response; educational services; recreational services and health services. A primary factor in determining eligibility for funding is the potential positive impact of the funding on both the Tribal and non-Tribal communities. In addition to reviewing these requests, the Tribe has many long-term commitments already in place with various city and governmental organizations.
The two-percent (2%) contributions directly affect many services that we count on daily. Monies are earmarked for projects such as street construction, police and fire upgrades, the purchase of emergency response vehicles and school projects. To date, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe has awarded $25 million in two percent (2%) distributions to Local Units.