Tribal Council Candidate Statement
Name: Fred R Harrington Jr.
Aanii, my name is Gitchikun (Fred Harrington Jr.). My mom and dad were Fred
and Alice Harrington, grandparents were Jay and Louise Harrington. I am Migizii
Dodem and an eight-year veteran of the US Navy Submarine Service. I am a full
time professor of Information Technologies at North Central Michigan College
where I teach computer networking. My wife Julie and I have one daughter,
Paamse Migizii Kwe (Maria Sargent), her and husband Rob Sargent have one son,
Begizo, my little partner. It was my greatest personal honor and privilege to
serve you the last time I was on Council.
Among the reasons influencing my decision to run for Tribal Council
- I am committed to saving our language and promoting our culture.
- During my last 8 years on Council I voted consistently in favor of Indian
Preference. Why? Our economy; every job that requires a degree means an
extra $1,000,000 for that worker. Every job that requires a HS diploma
means an extra $250,000 for that worker. Giving those jobs away to
non-Tribal employees permanently removes that money from our economy. It
was my plan that minimized this loss by limiting non-Tribal employees to
short term contracts. Our jobs provide dignity, health care, and
retirement. I believe the best person for a Tribal job is a Tribal
- Why did I vote against the new casino? Had we stayed with a smaller plan
we’d be 10’s of millions ahead of where we are now. We need to be very
careful if looking at another class 3 casino that will increase our State
- It was my plan to stop paying the State 8% when Michigan authorized Keno
across the entire State. That plan saved us millions in slot revenue. We
need to protect that revenue gain.
- I wrote an Employee Rights Act but never got enough support to pass it.
This important legislation ensures our work force is treated fairly. Fair
treatment of our employees leads to a workforce committed to the success of
our business enterprises and governmental programs. I will push for this
- Among the laws I’ve written, I’m proudest of the Michelle Chingwa
Education Assistance Act. The Act provides college scholarships helping our
students obtain the skills we need to succeed in the future.
- I wrote the public documents act and have a plan to expand it.
With the adoption of the new Constitution the primary purpose of the Council
is legislation. I have written many laws in the past and I have a legislative
- If elected I will work to implement new laws which will promote;
language, culture, education, Elders support, tradition in our government,
support for Tribal entrepreneurs, and protection of Tribal jobs for Tribal
- I will work to enact laws that will prevent taxation of Tribal Citizens
without their consent through referendum.
- I will work for a law to shed light on Tribal Council spending.
- I will work to enact a law protecting water as a citizen’s right to
free clean water.
- How do I vote? I’m a Tribalist, if a law does something to our people,
I vote against it. If a law does something for our people, I vote for it. I
vote in favor of Tribal Citizens. I am ready for this work.
I build jiimaans
and give rides, I make paddles and drums for our children, I help people make
Technological University, Masters in Business Administration
Bay Mills Community
College, Diploma Anishnaabemowin Instructor’s Institute
University, Master of Arts Educational Technology and Instructional Design
Bay Mills Community
College, Certificate of Management
University, Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering
Michigan College, Associate of Science
I’m a staunch
advocate of Treaty hunting and fishing rights.