Last week, the Isabella Conservation District received approximately 175 thousand dollars from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe!
As part of an agreement with the State of Michigan, the Saginaw Chippewa
Indian Tribe distributes 2% of its earnings from electronic gaming at
its two casinos to local governments and schools. To get any of this
money, government agencies and schools have to submit a grant proposal
that details what they propose to do, how it will benefit the local and
tribal community, and includes a detailed budget for the project.
The money that the Isabella Conservation District received will allow us to run a community Household Hazardous Waste disposal program in 2014. More importantly, from my perspective, it will also allow our Environmental Education Program to operate for two more years. This means that we will be able to provide classroom programs on environmental and conservation education in local schools through the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. Since 2009, our programs have been presented to over fifteen thousand students in the local schools. This year I expect to provide more than 300 classroom programs, and expect to do the same for each of the next two years.
Thank you to the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council and all employees of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe who support the Isabella Conservation District Environmental Education Program!