The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi to Distribute $21.8 Million
(Battle Creek, Mich.) — The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP), owners of FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Mich., announced today that its fifth payment to the state of Michigan is over $16.5 million and its fifth 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 $58.0 million and $21.9 million by the FLRSB since FireKeepers Casino Hotel opened in Aug. 2009.
Two checks were presented from the NHBP today with the first one to the FLRSB for $5,266,401. The second check for $16,565,604 was presented to the state of Michigan, with Speaker of the House Jase Bolger in attendance to accept.
The funds distributed are part of a negotiated agreement between the NHBP and the state for operations at the NHBP’s FireKeepers Casino Hotel, located in Battle Creek Mich. over the operating year of 2013.
“The success of our business ventures instills not just pride in the members of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, but also allows for shared benefit across the community we have fostered here in southwest Michigan,” announced Homer A. Mandoka, Tribal Council Chairman of the NHBP. “We have come a long way in a relatively short amount of time, and I can attribute that growth to the vast amount of effort and vision set forth by the tribe’s leadership.”
Along with the distribution of $21.8 million, the NHBP’s FireKeepers Casino Hotel has contributed significantly to Michigan’s economy in 2013. 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 $36.3 million within the state of Michigan in 2013.
•Greater Calhoun County region – $5.8 million (Calhoun, Jackson, Branch)
•West Michigan – $7.9 million (Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Grand Traverse, Kalamazoo, Kent, Ottawa, Van Buren)
•Lansing Area– $9.5 million (Ingham, Eaton, Clinton)
•Metro Detroit – $2.7 million (Wayne)
•Other – $10.3 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 fifth distribution since the first distribution in Feb. 2009 when the NHBP presented a check to the FLRSB for nearly $2 million. For the second, third, and fourth distributions in Feb. 2010, Feb. 2011, and Feb. 2012 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
• City of Athens
• Battle Creek Public Schools
• Marshall Public Schools
• Lakeview School District
• Pennfield School
The Tribe has over 1,100 members, with 650 of them living in the service area and is led by Tribal Council members including Homer A. Mandoka, Jamie Stuck, Dorie Rios, Tony Day, and Christine Lanning. NHBP’s seven county service area covers Allegan, Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Kent, and Ottawa counties.
About Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
There are more than 1,100 Tribal members. 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.
About FireKeepers Casino Hotel
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 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.
FireKeepers Casino Hotel is owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
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