HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 20Issue 30Upper Peninsula Tribe Meets with Public to Gauge Support for Casino Project

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, the town of Wakefield, Michigan held a public meeting to gauge support for a proposed casino to be built adjacent to the Indianhead Mountain Ski Resort. The Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (“Lac Vieux”) and Indianhead Mountain are in preliminary talks regarding an off-reservation casino that would include a hotel and convention center.

According to Township Supervisor John Cox, who is in support of the project, the meeting was attended by more than 100 people who provided overwhelming support. “This project would be an economic driver for the area,” stated Mr. Cox. “In addition to the proposed hotel and casino offerings, the area would also be marketed to attract those looking for outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, skiing, and snowmobiling.”

During the meeting, organizers noted that a hotel and convention center could be built within two years, with casino construction being completed one year later. The project has a projected cost of $20-$30 million and would include a 100-150 room hotel.

Next steps include completing a feasibility study regarding the size and scope of the project and beginning the land-in-trust process with the federal government. Mr. Cox also noted that officials from Lac Vieux, Indianhead Mountain, and the Township have been in talks with the Governor’s office regarding the proposed project.

The Lac Vieux Tribe currently operates the Desert Resort Casino in Watersmeet, MI, located approximately 50 miles from the proposed site. The casino features 25,000 square foot gaming space with over 600 slot machines and 16 table games. In addition to gaming, the resort offers a convention center, a 132-room hotel and three restaurants.


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