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Posted on: February 28, 2021

Township to Build New Docks, Native American Monument

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Tuscarora township will build docks at Marina Park in Indian River this year. The township was awarded a matching grant for the project from the Michigan Department of Agriculture Rural Development.  Land clearing and preparations begin next week.

The dockage will include space for up to 15 boats and signage inviting tourists to dock and visit downtown Indian River. There will be no charge to the public for tourism and recreational use of the docks. No overnight docking will be permitted.  Marina Park is one-block walk to downtown Indian River. 

The Monument will be a ten-foot-high sculpture of limestone and stainless steel with representations of a Sturgeon and a crooked tree. It will also have a small display to provide context and background on the cultural significance of the monument, as well as a brief history of Native Americans in the area. 

This was a community effort by the Parks Commission, the Board of Trustees, community members and local businesses.

Bridgewater Excavating and Fay Martin Resort will donate thousands of dollars in labor to build the project.  The Kramer family donated funds for the research and design of the Native American Monument. Sallie Snyder, former Chairperson of the Marina Park Commission and Mary Roberts of Indian River, enrolled citizen of Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, acted as advisors on the project.

Additional Info...see the TV story.
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