HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 21Issue 21FireKeepers Local Revenue Sharing Board Makes $4.8M in Payments

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, the six-member FireKeepers Local Revenue Sharing Board (“LRSB”) approved approximately $4.8M in revenue sharing distributions to local units of government in accordance with the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians’ (“Tribe”) Tribal-State Gaming Compact with the State of Michigan. The Board receives revenue sharing payments from the Tribe’s operation of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel, evaluates requests for funding, and approves disbursements to local schools, emergency services, and other public agencies.

According to the Tribe’s Gaming Compact with the State of Michigan, the Tribe provides two-percent (2%) of its net win from electronic gaming devices to the LRSB.

The LRSB consists of representatives appointed from Calhoun County, Emmett Township, and other local units of government. Revenue payments are distributed to local public safety organizations, and other local units of government. Historically, payments have also been used to support local road and public utility offices, schools, community colleges, libraries, and medical facilities.

Firekeepers Casino Hotel opened in August of 2009 and features 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, a 242 room hotel, and a variety of dining, retail, and entertainment outlets. Between 2010 (the first full year of the casino’s operations) and 2013, the Tribe has contributed an average of approximately $4.9 Million per year to local units of government.

 

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