HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 20Issue 34Ojibwa Casino Relocation Voted Down by Tribe

On Saturday, December 13, 2014, the Keewenaw Bay Indian Community tribal members voted not to pursue efforts to buy the Baraga Lakeside Inn in order to relocate the Ojibwa Casino. The plan included two voter referendums, one to purchase the Baraga Lakeside Inn and one to spend an additional $31 million to construct the new casino.

Currently, only the Ojibwa Casino operates in Baraga. According to KBIC Treasurer Eddy Edwards, “Tribal leaders have largely been in agreement for several years that a new casino is needed…” The lakeside proposal was approved in August of this year, but the plan fell through once the property went into foreclosure. Former Tribal President Fred Dakota claims that the Lakeside proposal was “too expensive for the amount of business they expected it to generate.”

 

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