Saturday, February 20, 2010
The first payment from the Firekeepers casino to local revenue sharing communities was $1,933,683.41 for the five month period ending December 31, 2009.
Laura W. Spurr is the very popular tribal chairman of the Huron Band of Potawatomi, the tribe has a Class III gaming license with the State of Michigan. The Casino is located in BattleCreek, Michigan. In addition to the local revenue sharing check, a check for $3,867,366.79 was paid to the state that represents a fixed four percent of the electronic gaming profit. Most of the money will go towards a Michigan Investment Fund that has a 21st century Jobs Initiative.
Unfortunately Laura Spurr, who has been such a important figure for the Native American community for her entire life has went to a better place, she passed of a heart attack in California her family says, she was 64 years old.
She was in California to make a presentation on the design of FireKeepers casino when she collapsed and was transported by ambulance and passed a few hours later. Laura Spurr was very instrumental in getting the casino to her people for such badly needed programs like child care, elders care, health care, police protection, fire protection, emergency responders, language and cultural classes......
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