Article published at MonroeNews.com on Nov 6, 2010
Indian tribe seeks federal status in Huron Township
The Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Nation, which last summer bought seven acres adjacent to Pinnacle Race Course in New Boston, is seeking federal backing for a “sovereign nation status” that could benefit the Tribe in any land development efforts.
Huron Township Supervisor Elke Doom said she spoke to a representative from the tribe about two weeks ago and learned that the tribe had filed the necessary paperwork in Washington, D.C., to receive a federal designation as a sovereign nation. Native American tribes, as sovereign governments, are not subject to certain kinds of legal prosecution and state laws with the designation.
Mrs. Doom said there is speculation in the community that the tribe may be interested in building a casino near the race track. Getting a federal designation as a sovereign nation would be one of the hurdles that need to be cleared before any development can happen in the township, she said.
“The speculation is out there,” she said Thursday. “They may be getting their ducks in a row.”
Last month, both the Tribe and J.L.L.J. Corp. announced the two organizations were pursuing new opportunities to create “significant new jobs” and “investments on Indian lands” located in Huron Township. Sault Tribe Chairman Joe McCoy said the Tribe has nearly 4,785 members in Southeast Michigan who would benefit from the investments and economic development.
“We believe the lands adjacent to the race course are ideal for many different types of job creating opportunities,” Mr. McCoy said in a press release. “Opportunities could include businesses that seek to increase the region’s world trading activities, retail stores and much more.”
Jerry Campbell, founder of the race course and spokesman for J.L.L.J., said the sale of the seven acres would generate new jobs for a region in “desperate need” of more employment.
“The land is strategically located along a prime stretch of the Aerotroplis project,” Mr. Campbell said in the release. “The potential is here to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments along with hundreds or even thousands of good new jobs.”
The Tribe and Mr. Campbell said the two organizations are completing pre-development studies to determine the best uses of the land and what actions should be taken to “move the project forward.”
I now CHRISTEN thee Thoroughbred Horsemen/Women of Michigan the ” THE PEOPLE OF THE HORSE NATION ” as one Tribe.
There should be no reason in the world why Washington should turn The Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians down.
Enough of Detroit Politics.
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
In Conclusion I believe this precedes the MGCB Mission Statement.
What could go better together. This is how America Started. Indians and Horses. At one time, ” It Was All Their Land “. This is as it should be.