NHBP Shared Revenue to Help Michigan Schools Scrap Native Mascots

Written by: Sarah Donnelly

Primary Source : Turtle Talk, January 4, 2017.

Link: New state-tribe agreement may help schools nix Native American mascots by Emily Lawler from MLive.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi and the State of Michigan amended their gaming compact to allow up to $500,000 to be put in the Michigan Native American Heritage Fund:

The federal government on Dec. 12, 2016 approved another amendment that puts a portion of state revenue sharing into a special fund dedicated to promoting understanding, history and good relationships with the state’s Native Americans.

One use could be for monetary help transitioning schools away from Native American mascots.

“This fund demonstrates our commitment to providing Michigan schools, colleges and universities with the funds needed to improve curricula and resources related to Native American issues and mascot revisions,” said NHBP Tribal Chair Jamie Stuck in a press release. “We understand that schools often don’t have funds available for these types of projects and we are dedicated to removing that obstacle.”

Up to $500,000 per year from the tribe’s revenue sharing to the state could go into the new Michigan Native American Heritage Fund. It will be run by a board consisting of two people appointed by the tribe, two people appointed by the governor and also the Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director or his designee.

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Sarah Donnelly
Sarah Maev Donnelly is the Program Coordinator for the Indigenous Law & Policy Center at Michigan State University’s College of Law. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville before completing her Juris Doctor at Michigan State with a certificate in Indigenous Law.