HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 21Issue 34Mackinaw City Votes Against Class III Casino

On Thursday, October 15, 2015, the Mackinaw City Village Council voted down a request, 4-3, from the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians’ (“Tribe”) regarding its proposal to build a Class III casino development in the city limits.

In September of 2003, the Mackinaw City Village Council voted against a similar development by a 6-1 margin. Since then, there have been a number of public hearings and regarding a tribal casino development, including an April 2013 hearing in Mackinaw City regarding a proposed 550 slot machine development in Emmet County.

The Tribe currently operates the Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey. Under the Tribe’s Tribal-State Gaming Compact, the Tribe may build a second facility on land holdings in Emmet or Charlevoix Counties. The second facility, however, must first receive the approval of the local unit of government affected by the development.


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