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Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe receives $456,000 in FEMA funds for community safe room and emergency generators
BOWLER, WISCONSIN (June 28, 2017) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $456,307 in Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) funds to the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, located in Bowler, for the construction of a community safe room and the purchase of seven emergency generators.
“Our tribal government’s number one priority is the safety and security of our nearly 1,500 tribal members, especially the 500 tribal members who live on our Bowler reservation,” says Stockbridge-Munsee tribal council president, Shannon Holsey. “The community safe room and emergency generators will be invaluable to our community, our popular North Star Mohican Casino Resort, and the surrounding area in case of severe weather or other disasters in Shawano County.”
FEMA’s PDM program provides grants to state, local and tribal governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures. Through PDM, FEMA will pay 90 percent of the $507,008 eligible project cost. The remaining 10 percent of the funds, $50,701, will be provided by the Stockbridge-Munsee Community.
“The Pre-Disaster Mitigation program enables communities to implement critical mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate the risk of loss of life and property,” said Janet M. Odeshoo, acting regional administrator, FEMA Region V. “The construction of this community safe room will protect the lives of vulnerable citizens by providing a secure location to seek shelter from tornadoes and other high-wind events. The seven generators will be permanently installed at critical facilities throughout the tribal reservation, ensuring that essential operations can continue during power outages.”
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that the nation works together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
About the Stockbridge-Munsee
Tribe The Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Tribe is one of 11 tribes in Wisconsin and has approximately 1,470 tribal members throughout the state, 34 percent of whom live on the tribe’s reservation in Shawano County. The Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe is the largest employer in Shawano County and operates the North Star Mohican Casino Resort, which features 1,200 slot machines and 22 table games. The Tribe is committed to being a good steward of economic, environmental and intellectual resources in the region and strongly believes in the power of education. Each year, the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe contributes more than $100,000 in funding to the area’s two largest school districts and more than $200,000 to support neighboring communities and other Wisconsin Indian tribes. For more information about the Tribe, visit the website at http://www.mohican.com/ or the tribal Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/smcmohican/