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Every January, Sault Tribe mails checks to its elders 60 and older. According to the tribe’s CFO, 6,082 elders will receive a check for $477. This year’s interest came to $2,902,696.

After the tribe received its share of the Michigan Indian Land Claims Settlement Act funds in 1997, funds were put into an interest bearing account for seniors. Because it is derived from a settlement, interest payouts are non-taxable. 

Elders’ checks are not affected by the federal government shutdown. Checks will be mailed out Jan. 11.

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