We are thrilled to partner with Waséyabek Development Company on a new investment. The new opportunity, Zip Xpress / Green Transportation is an important reflection of our Tribal values and will continue to offer economic benefits for years to come.
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Today, the Board of Directors of Gun Lake Investments (GLI) has accepted the resignation of CEO Kurtis Trevan. Kurtis was an integral part of GLI’s growth of the last six years. We wish Kurtis well in his future endeavors and thank him for his service.
As we start the process for his replacement, the Board has engaged DWH’s Monica King to be interim CEO. Monica is a very experienced and dedicated professional that is no stranger to GLI. She has led the Board through a thorough and exciting strategic plan, as well as served as a contracted COO. As we move forward to our next phase, the Board would like to thank the amazing GLI employees, two of which are Gun Lake Tribal Citizens and Tribal Council, who put their faith in us. As to our business partners, we assure you we will continue to honor and strengthen our relationships
We are proud to be featured in the latest New York Times article regarding Native American Tribes and our efforts to build and grow our communities. Featuring our investment in McKay Tower with Waséyabek Development Company, the investment arm of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band, this article expands on how tribal nations are creating more opportunities in our Native communities through strategic real estate investments.
The seeds for the joint purchase of the iconic McKay Tower building in downtown Grand Rapids took root years ago when the CEOs at Waséyabek Development Co. LLC and Gun Lake Investments started talking about doing deals together.
“As soon as we asked to access their database of other Michigan minority-owned companies, they kicked us out from being a corporate member. When I contacted them to just help through what I thought was an obvious misunderstanding, they had explained that it was not a misunderstanding: Minority-owned companies cannot be corporate members,” Trevan said.
As such, Trevan said he is left wrestling with the “circular exclusion” on the part of the MMSDC.
“We are not permitted to be a corporate sponsor because in MMSDC’s judgment, we are minority owned, but MMSDC will not certify us as minority owned,” he said, adding “there’s just artificial or arbitrary obstacles that are being created for us to continue to help us promote our own values and access other diverse companies.”