I'll take KARMA IS A BITCH for $1,000 ALEX
Frank Cloutier, tribal spokesman and former chief of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in central Michigan, said gaming revenue accounts for three-quarters of the tribe’s budget.
With the tribe’s Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort near Mount Pleasant entering its seventh week closed, Cloutier said some government programs could be on the chopping block as the tribe looks to balance its budget with fewer casino receipts.
“Most people hear about tribal gaming and they think slot machines and blackjack tables,” Cloutier said. “I’m talking about education. I’m talking about lunch programs for our youth. I’m talking about elder care, I’m talking about housing infrastructure, tribal court, fire and police.”
FUCK YOU Saginaw Chippewa
You let my friend Aunt Dolly DIE without justice
Shunning and stealing, apartheid is not custom or tradition. It’s totally amazing some “enrolled or recognized members believe it’s gonna be ok ? Our ancestors were forced by outsiders and some of us think it’s ok to practice that instead of custom and tradition.
These programs are mostly government funded. The feds provide grant money for lunch programs, education, housing, and elder care. Why would loss of gaming revenues effect these? Could it be that Saginaw Chippewa are playing violins to see if they can get more money? Or maybe the tribe has been using federal funds outside their earmarked purposes and now can't provide for the programs.
Wouldn't be the first time. It isn't it great how diligent BIA oversight is? I mean, you can point these things out over and over again but nothing ever gets done. Tribes use federal funds for discretionary spending. Then they divert gaming revenue to personal use. This is what tribal gaming was supposed to do right? Line the pockets of tribal leaders, lobbyists, BIA officials, lawyers, law enforcement, federal agencies willing to look the other way and then trickle down to tribal members. And of course the first ones to feel the bad effect if something goes wrong are the tribal members.
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