HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 22Issue 20LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS CONTRIBUTES $710,400 TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

On June 13, 2016, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (“LRBOI”) announced that it contributed $710,408.40 to the Manistee County Local Sharing Revenue Board (“LRSB”). Since the casino opened in 1999, the total amount of local revenue sharing payments now amounts to $30,479,814.

This payment represents two percent of the slot revenues from the Tribe’s Little River Casino and Resort over the past six months. Payments are made twice a year.

These payments are a result of the gaming compact between the Tribe and the State of Michigan wherein the Tribe agrees to make annual contributions to the LRSB. In addition and in accordance with the state gaming compact, the LRBOI states that it has paid more than $85 million to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

The LRSB uses the funds to reimburse local units of government for costs related to the casino, such as law enforcement and emergency services. Any additional funds are then divided by the local governments and have been used to provide funding for needs in the local community including schools, school buses, equipment for emergency responders in Manistee, sidewalks and other critical needs.

“The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians developed gaming as an economic tool to strengthen government services,” said Larry Romanelli, Little River Casino Resort Assistant General Manager. “Our goal has been to provide economic development and jobs not only for tribal members but to the community as well. We are proud to share with the local community and help provide services provided to our members and our neighbors.”


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