The Department of Agriculture's Rural Housing and Community Development Service, in partnership with Fannie Mae, has signed an agreement with the Grand Traverse band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians to expand homeownership opportunities. Until recently, virtually no mortgage lending was available on trust lands.

Because of the shortage of housing units on the reservation, many of the band's 3,000 members are unable to reside on the reservation and are scattered throughout several counties in Michigan.

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