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SAVE THE DATES 2018 COMMUNITY MEETING January 23, 2018 Peshawbestown Council Chambers
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Office of the Tribal Chairman: Thurlow “Sam” McClellan
Aanii Boozhoo GTB Membership!! Happy New Year! I pray that you all had a wonderful Christmas Season with family and friends. It is hard to believe that 2018 is already upon us and we are faced with new opportunities to grow and succeed. As the Chairman of our Tribe, I believe that true leadership engages the constituents they represent. I strongly support your participation into the decisions that we make, especially when we are looking at new economic developments because it involves you and affects you. We, Tribal leaders need to be vigilant in protecting the interest of our Tribes and our Tribal enterprises, to stay competitive and on the cutting edge of technology advances. Looking to the future and working with the federal and state governments, economic development on tribal lands is very important. This puts us in a position to question, how much more of our sovereign rights will we be asked to sacrifice to attain these opportunities, grants or funds? For many years the membership has not been informed on the true financial health of the Tribe and the only way to build credible trust is to show you, the membership, without bias, the truth. The truth can be very unpopular but still remember it is STILL the truth. From here we can grow. This past year has been a difficult one, especially learning that we have had financial losses in 8 out of 10 businesses for several years and no action has been taken to address the losses. I am committed to doing what is best for our Tribe and our membership, with that I would like to see that management develops plans, with timelines, to eradicate the losses and break even at best. We must follow the Revenue Allocation Ordinance, and not in a manner that merely suits a few elected officials political will. Actually the Revenue Allocation Ordinance was written very well and if followed properly we would be sitting even better than we are now.
Published on Jan 4, 2018