HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 22Issue 14KBIC ANNOUNCES GOV. SNYDER REFUSES TO CONCUR IN RELOCATION OF MARQUETTE CASINO

On  Tuesday, May 3, 2016,, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (“Tribe”) announced that Governor Rick Snyder refused to concur in the Tribe’s request to relocate its Marquette gaming facility.

The Tribe is seeking Governor Rick Snyder’s reconsideration to relocate its Ojibwe Casino in Marquette to an airport property that the Tribe purchased in 1999. Notably, under federal law, the land must be taken into trust by the Department of the Interior (“DOI). This process requires that Governor of the state concur with the DOI’s determination.

In 2013, the Governor also chose not to concur with the tribe’s plans after it received its initial determination from the DOI.

“Governor Snyder had previously expressed interest in KBIC’s proposal, but unfortunately the community and state were not able to reach common agreement,” stated the Governor Snyder’s press secretary. “Per the community’s letter from this week, the governor is amenable to reopening that discussion now.”

Notably, on Saturday, December 12, the Tribe’s membership approved two casino proposals totaling $40M located in Baraga and Marquette in the Upper Peninsula via ballot vote.

Tribal members were asked whether an estimated $28 million should be spent by the tribe on a new casino and hotel, which would be built next to the current OjibwaCasino in Baraga. The second proposal voted on was a $12 million investment in new casino facilities in Marquette in addition to renovating the existing casino space.

For more information, please visit: www.ojibwacasino.com.

 

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