HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 21Issue 35LTBBOI Announces Class II Facility in Mackinaw City

On Monday, October 19, 2015, Northern Michigan’s 9&10 News reported that the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians (“Tribe”) plans to move forward with a Class II gaming facility in Mackinaw City, despite the village council voting down a Class III facility last week.

According to the reports, Odawa casino general manager stated, “[w]e’ll continue to be a good neighbor. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t have the support for a Class III facility, which would have benefited both of us, but it doesn’t change our plans.”

Under federal law, the Tribe is not required to share Class II gaming revenues with the state or local governments.

Notably, last week, on Thursday, October 15, 2015, the Mackinaw City Village Council voted down a request, 4-3, from the 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 regarding a tribal casino development, including an April 2013 hearing in Mackinaw City a 550 slot machine development was proposed 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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