On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (“Pokagon Band”) and its Four Winds Casinos announced that it will expand its Four Winds Dowagiac casino location. The new expansion will add 2,700 square feet to an existing 27,000 square feet to make room for 70 slot machines and two table games. There will also be an exclusive entrance and 70 parking spaces for players that have Copper status through the W Club, which is Four Winds Casinos’ player loyalty program. Construction is expected to begin spring of 2016 and will be finished this year. The work will not affect current operations at the casino.

“We have been extremely pleased with the response we have received from players at Four Winds Dowagiac since it first opened in April 2013,” said Mr. John Warren, Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. “The expansion of Four Winds Dowagiac not only demonstrates the success of our Four Winds Casinos, but also our continued economic development which is responsible for providing important services to Pokagon Citizens including housing, education, family services, medical care, and cultural preservation.”

“This expansion is a direct response to players who have asked for more games at Four Winds Dowagiac,” said Frank Freedman, Chief Operating Officer of Four Winds Casinos. “We are also pleased to extend exclusive benefits to our Copper Members through a private entrance and parking area.”

Four Winds Dowagiac currently includes 300 slot machines, five table games, and a Timbers restaurant. There is also a non-smoking area with approximately 20 slot machines. More information can be found at www.fourwindscasino.com/dowagiac/overview.php.

  Economic Investment

On Monday, the Pokagon Band announced that it made more than $81 million in additional economic investments to the south west Michigan region in 2015. These investments do not include annual payments made directly to the State of Michigan pursuant to the Pokagon Band’s state gaming compact, job creation, and other ancillary benefits resulting from its Four Winds Casinos and other ventures. The Pokagon Band also notes that it has made approximately $248 million in additional investments to the economies of Michigan and Indiana over the past four years.

“These investments not only support area businesses through vendor payments, but also assist non-profit organizations, local governments, libraries, school districts, colleges, arts organizations, and students through direct donations from the Pokagon Fund and our three local revenue sharing boards,” stated Chairman Warren.

According to the Pokagon Band, during 2015 it spent more than $67.1 million with 3,287 vendors in Michigan and Indiana, of which $49.6 million was spent with 2,610 vendors in Michigan and $17.4 million was spent with 677 vendors in Indiana. Additionally, the Pokagon Band provided $1.9 million to the Pokagon Fund, which is supported by electronic gaming revenue from the Pokagon Band’s Four Winds New Buffalo. Through revenue generated from its casino locations, the Pokagon Band also made contributions of $4.4 million to the New Buffalo Local Revenue Sharing Board, $823,408 to the Hartford Local Revenue Sharing Board, and $612,872 to the Dowagiac Area Local Revenue Sharing Board.

The Pokagon Band has made donations of $267,000 to Memorial Children's Hospital over the past four years through its sponsorship of the Four Winds Invitational. This includes a donation of $80,000 to Memorial Children’s Hospital in 2015 to help fund a new multi-story home for Memorial Children's Hospital. Through its Four Winds Casinos, the Pokagon Band also donated $146,190 in gift cards to various charitable causes and events, and continued its support of the South Bend Cubs with the naming rights agreement for Four Winds Field.

Additionally, Mno-Bmadsen, the non-gaming economic development enterprise of the Pokagon Band, also invested $4.57 million in 2015. Since forming in 2007, it has invested $16.3 million in acquisitions and the development of its Pokagon Band.


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