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Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan

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The tribe's board of directors has earmarked $320,000 from business revenues to help 27 families with failing sanitation system needs. "Federal funding is getting harder to get, said tribal housing director Jolene Nertoli. During the 1998-99 fiscal year, the 27 individual sites did not rate high enough under the national competitive Sanitation Deficiency Systems guidelines to receive federal funding, Nertoli told The Evening News. Under federal guidelines, the 27 sites were rated as priority one or two. Priority one sites are those threatened by a health hazard.

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