HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 21Issue 35Bureau of Indian Affairs Holds Muskegon County Casino Hearing

On October 16, 2015, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (“BIA”) held a public scoping meeting at the Fruitport Middle School Auditorium to consider public comments on a proposed casino development by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (“Tribe”).

Officials from the local school board and township supervisor’s office noted their support for the project, citing the potential for increased public funding and job creation, as well as the potential to spur other economic growth..

In 2008, the Tribe purchased the former Great Lakes Downs racetrack, and later, adjacent parcels, in an effort to establish a site for a tribal casino. The Tribe sought to amend the current Tribal-State Gaming Compact in 2010 to include a Fruitport-based casino, but the proposal stalled in the legislature. The plan was revived in October of 2013, when the Tribe and Governor Snyder agreed to waive certain rights held by the state which, in turn, allowed the Tribe to move forward with the federal approval process. Since the initial land purchase, the Tribe has negotiated local operating agreements with Fruitport Township and Muskegon County which cover the provision of municipal and public safety services for the future development.

The public scoping meeting is part of the larger environmental impact review conducted by the BIA during its project evaluation. For more information on the environmental review, including details on the Environmental Impact Statement, please visit: http://www.littlerivereis.com/.


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