From GTB Chairman Derek Bailey (Bailey Blast July 31 2009):
This past Wednesday, July 29th, the 7&4 News channel did an excellent feature story on the Grand Traverse Band’s recent 2% allocation. The positive message is a necessary reminder of how through 2% allocations, citizens of northern Michigan truly benefit from tribal gaming. To view the 7&4 News broadcast, please click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_9PEjiKTyk. Especially during these tougher economic times, the tribes continued financial contributions to schools, organizations, counties equates to communities, families and individuals being better served and living with more opportunities.
This cycle’s allocation amount was $791, 179.75 and was awarded to 34 applicants (65 applications were received with a totaled request of $2,642,065.00). Twice a year, 2% gaming revenue allocations are made to local units of government, resulting from terms of the consent decree which settled Tribes v. Engler (Case no. 1:90-CV-611, U.S. District Court, Western District Michigan).