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Chippewa Cree Tribe takes Original Americans Foundation money

A playground for the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana, funded by the Original Americans Foundation. Photo from Facebook

The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana, whose leaders, employees and associates have been ensnared in nearly a dozen corruption and bribery schemes in the past year alone, has eagerly embraced the Washington NFL team's racist mascot.

The tribe accepted a $200,000 playground from the team's Original Americans Foundation. The facility, which opens today, is branded with the team's logo and colors.

Children of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana watch playground construction. Photo from Facebook

"If us accepting the money makes (the team and its owner) sleep better at night, then fine, I wish them a good night's sleep," Mike Sangrey, the director of the tribe's wellness center, told USA Today. "What matters is our kids get to enjoy a new playground. And how can that be bad?"

One of Sangrey's predecessors was just found guilty of diverting $26,000 from the center for his own use. He even admitted that the tribe is not good at managing its finances.

"I'm proud to be from Rocky Boy, but we're not too famous for handling our own funds," Sangrey told USA Today. "They're not just kicking a dollar to the tribe. They're actually here, and that's what we need."

The tribe's relationship with the team doesn't end with the playground. The team is sponsoring a rodeo, a rodeo school, a youth rodeo, a basketball tournament and an "ultimate warrior challenge" on the Rocky Boy's Reservation this week.

A flyer for the NFL-team branded Ultimate Warrior Challenge. Photo from Facebook

"Our tribe is the poorest in Montana but we are the richest in culture," council member Gerald Small told USA Today.

The tribe's criminal scandals have put Montana on the top of the list for government corruption prosecutions, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Between October 2013 and April 2014, there were 18 active corruption cases in the state -- most of them stemming from theft, bribery and conspiracy charges at Rocky Boy's.

A flyer for the NFL-team branded youth basketball tournament. Photo from Facebook

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