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Jim Bohannan
10 PM - 1 AM
WSJM-FM 94.9

Posted: Tuesday, 18 February 2014 11:20AM

Pokagon Band Outlines Above And Beyond Economic Contributions

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is highlighting contributions to the Southest Michigan economy above and beyond the annual revenue sharing payments mandated by the Band's compact with the state of Michigan. In 2013, the tribe made additional contributions of $44 million along with an extra $35 million in 2012. Last year, $17 million was spent with vendors in Michigan and $1.8 million went to vendors in Indiana, and they bought the naming rights to the home of minor league baseball's South Bend Silver Hawks. They now play at Four Winds Field as a result of that investment. Additionally, the Pokagon Band notes $6 million was distributed to the New Buffalo Local Revenue Sharing Board from casino revenue, while another $1.1 million went to the Hartford Local Revenue Sharing Board. With the opening of the Dowagiac Four Winds Casino last year, that local revenue sharing board received just over $183,000.


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