NHBP to Distribute $20.4 Million to Benefit the State of Michigan and Local Communities
(Battle Creek, Mich.) — The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP), owners of FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Mich., announced today that its sixth payment to the state of Michigan is nearly $15.4 million and its sixth payment to the FireKeepers Local Revenue Sharing Board (FLRSB) is over $5 million. This brings the total amount received by the state of Michigan to $73.4 million and $26.9 million by the FLRSB and creates a combined contribution which exceeds $100 million since FireKeepers Casino Hotel opened in Aug. 2009.
Two checks were presented from the NHBP today with the first one to the FLRSB Chairman Tim Hill from Emmett Township for $5,004,207. The second check for $15,380,280 was presented to the state of Michigan, with State Representative Al Pscholka, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in attendance to accept the check.
The funds distributed are part of a negotiated agreement between the NHBP and the state for 2014 operations at the NHBP’s FireKeepers Casino Hotel, located in Battle Creek Mich.
"From Day One, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi leadership committed to a fair and balanced partnership with the community, to create quality jobs and to revitalize the social and economic welfare of the local community,” announced Homer A. Mandoka, Tribal Council Chairman of the NHBP. “Today, we sustain our commitment to the community with disbursements that will surpass life-to-date contributions of $73 million dollars to the State of Michigan, and $26 million dollars to the FireKeepers Local Revenue Sharing Board. Our Tribe takes great pride in revitalizing the Calhoun County region and the State of Michigan through our actions, and this $100 million dollar commitment is just one example of our partnership." The Tribe and FireKeepers Casino Hotel strive to excel through the proud hiring of local residents who deliver quality service for our guests, and through the support of valued community partners. Examples of our many charitable endeavors are our financial gifts to the SAFE Place Shelter, numerous Food Banks, the FireKeepers Golf Championship in Battle Creek and numerous Native American causes, to name a few.”
Along with the distribution of $20.4 million, the NHBP’s FireKeepers Casino Hotel has contributed significantly to Michigan’s economy in 2014. Just this past December it was announced that FireKeepers Casino Hotel had achieved another major financial milestone of reaching $200 million in cumulative paid labor costs that include total wages, health insurance, 401(k), and incentives to the 1,800 full and part-time team members since opening.
The NHBP has made a concentrated effort to focus FireKeepers Casino Hotel on supporting local businesses and suppliers and extend contributions to the local economy beyond the FLRSB and the distribution to the state. The Tribe’s commitment to local spending has resulted in awarding contracts in excess of $30.1 million within the state of Michigan in 2014.
•Greater Calhoun County region – $5.2 million
(Calhoun, Jackson, Branch)
•West Michigan – $7.7 million
(Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Grand Traverse, Kalamazoo, Kent, Ottawa, Van Buren)
•Lansing Area– $6.4 million
(Ingham, Eaton, Clinton)
•Metro Detroit – $3.3 million
•Other – $7.5 million
(Bay, Genesee, Gratiot, Isabella, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Mecosta, Midland, Monroe, Montcalm, Oakland, Saginaw, St. Clair, Shiawassee, Washtenaw, Wexford)
The check presented to the FLRSB is the sixth distribution since the first distribution in Feb. 2010 when the NHBP presented a check to the FLRSB for nearly $2 million. For the second, third, fourth and fifth distributions in Feb. 2010, Feb. 2011, Feb. 2012, Feb. 2013 and Feb. 2014 a check was presented for nearly $5 million each year of operation. The funds distributed have benefited the following groups:
• Harper Creek Community Schools
• Calhoun County Road Commission
• Emmett Township
• Calhoun County
• Calhoun Intermediate School District
• Kellogg Community College
• Willard Library
• Athens Township
• Marshall Township
• City of Marshall
• City of Battle Creek
• Athens Area Schools
• Village of Athens
• Battle Creek Public Schools
• Marshall Public Schools
• Lakeview School District
• Pennfield Schools
There are more than 1,100 Tribal members. Tribal Council members include Homer A. Mandoka, Jamie Stuck, Dorie Rios, Tony Day, and Christine Lanning. The Huron Potawatomi primary Indian Health and Bureau of Indian Affairs Service Area covers Allegan, Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Kent and Ottawa counties. The Tribe’s administrative office is located at the Pine Creek Reservation in Athens Township with a satellite office in Wyoming, Mich. to better serve members.
FireKeepers Casino Hotel is located just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104 in Battle Creek, Mich. The property features a 111,700-square foot gaming floor with over 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, a live poker room and bingo room. FireKeepers also offers a resort-style hotel with 242 rooms, a functional multi-purpose event center capable of seating up to 2,000 guests, six distinctive dining destinations and multiple lounges and entertainment venues. For more information visit http://www.FireKeepersCasinoHotel.com.