July 2019


Let me begin by thanking everyone who voted in the General Election.  Thank you to those who voted for me as I am always humbled by the votes received. Kchi Miigwetch.

I am always thankful to all who voted and thankful to everyone who decided to put their name in to run for an office of the Tribe in this election.

Specifically, I want to congratulate Tom Guenthardt, Sandra Lewis, Cindy Champagne, Ron Wittenberg, Angela Sherigan and Karen Love.

As we start this new term of office it is my plan to put together a questionnaire for every Tribal Member as to what they see as the good points and the bad points of our Tribe. I would like to know what each member would like to see as goals for the Tribe in the next four years. I’m hoping to get the questionnaire out within the next 90 days and it will include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Once the questionnaires are received back, we will be reviewing with them the Legislative Branch. The plan is to have a report on the findings at the Fall Membership Meeting.

The Muskegon Casino Project is still moving forward. After the final December Hearing held at Fruitport Schools, there was a required comment period that was to be concluded in early January. Due to the Federal Government shutdown, the close of the comment period was extended until the third week in April which has now closed and the comments are being reviewed.

As announced at the Spring Membership Meeting, we are working on an effort to bring a satellite clinic and pharmacy to Muskegon later this year. The plans and efforts are not final and there is still work that needs to be done. We will keep you informed but the effort could be very beneficial.

Another issue that should be seriously looked at is a succession plan for the future of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. With enrollment files closed and our population aging, how do we continue existence into the future? The reality of that scenario is not too far off. I know there are several options available to us which I am looking at now and will be sharing with our Tribal Council and hopefully with all Tribal Members.  Again, thanks and congratulations and until next time…



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