Scott Sprague, chairman of the Gun Lake Tribe
Published December 22, 2017
BRADLEY, MICHIGAN – Today, the Gun Lake Tribe (Tribe) announced a donation to the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) in the amount of $5,000, and a donation to the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) in the amount of $10,000.
“The Tribe is proud to support the protection of tribal sovereignty and keeping our families together across Indian Country,” said John Shagonaby, Senior Director of Governmental Affairs. “It is especially meaningful for us to make these donations during the holiday season.”
The donations were made pursuant to a legal agreement to direct unclaimed or forfeited funds left at the Gun Lake Casino to non-profit organizations or charities. The Tribe selects which charitable organizations receive the funds.
“The Native American Rights Fund is grateful to the Gun Lake Tribe for this thoughtful donation,” said NARF Executive Director John Echohawk. “NARF’s role in protecting Native natural resources, cultural practices, and tribal sovereignty depends largely on the generosity of tribes.”
NICWA board president Gil Vigil said, “It is gifts from individuals and tribes like Gun Lake that give NICWA the resources to stand up to attacks on ICWA from well-resourced opponents who are intent on striping away its protections. We thank the Gun Lake tribal leadership for investing in the Native children and families now and for generations to come by making this generous gift to NICWA.”