HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 22TRIBE BREAKS GROUND ON MACKINAW CASINO

The week of January 4, 2016, the  Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians (“Tribe”) began construction on its casino facility near Mackinaw City.

The facility will be a Class II casino which, under federal law, may offer bingo, pull-tabs, and similar games. However, the casino will not have house-banked card games or slot machines.

The Tribe has made several attempts to open a gaming facility on its land near Mackinaw City. The most recent attempt was an October request made to the Mackinaw City Village Council for their approval of a casino with 64 slot machines which was denied by a 4-3 vote. Prior to this, the Tribe had sought and been denied local approvals twice since 2003.

Local approvals are necessary for a Tribe to construct a Class III, casino-style gaming facility, however, the current Class II facility does not require such approvals under federal law.



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