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Apply now for 2019 Native American Heritage Fund dollars

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2019 Board Members
Jamie Stuck, NHBP Tribal Chairperson
Dorie Rios, NHBP Tribal Vice Chairperson
Elizabeth Kinnart, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Citizen
Melissa Kiesewetter, MDCR Tribal Liaison/ Native American Specialist
Kimberly Vargo, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Vice Chair

April 26, 2019: Press release annoucing application process for 2019
 
 
 

The Michigan Native American Heritage Fund (NAHF) was created as part of the Second Amendment, approved in 2016, to the 1988 Tribal-State Gaming Compact between the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP) and the State of Michigan.  The NAHF is a public body politic established by an Interlocal Agreement pursuant to the Urban Cooperation Act of 1967 and in accordance with the Compact.

Up to $500,000 per year from NHBP's state revenue sharing payments go into the new Fund, which is dedicated to promoting understanding, history and good relationships with the State's Native Americans.  The funds will be distributed in the form of grants to schools, colleges and universities, and local governments to assist with initiatives to improve curricula and resources related to Native American issues, and mascot or imagery revisions, ideally in collaboration with Michigan's Federally recognized Indian tribes.  

The Fund is governed by a five-member board:  two members appointed by the NHBP; two members appointed by the Governor of Michigan; and the Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights or their designee.  Calhoun County's administration currently provides financial and communication support services to the NAHF Board through an intergovernmental agreement.  The NAHF Board meetings are open to the public.
 
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