HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 18Issue 12Aaron Payment Announces His Candidacy for Sault Tribe Chairman

Yesterday, April, 26, 2012, Aaron Payment, a former elected chairperson and CEO for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (“Sault Tribe”) announced his candidacy for the position of Tribal chairperson.

Mr. Payment seeks to replace current interim Sault Tribe Chairman Joe Eitrem.  Mr. Payment has previously served the Sault Tribe Board as a member for eight years, including two terms as vice-chair and one four-year term as Tribal chair.

Notably, the Sault Tribe is currently in the process of developing a proposed casino in Lansing, Michigan, and last month the Lansing City Council voted in favor of advancing their plan to create a $245M gaming facility in downtown Lansing with the capacity for up to 3,000 slot machines and 48 table games.

The Sault Tribe is currently circulating a voter referendum to registered Sault Tribe voters regarding the approval of the proposed Lansing casino project. Ballots were mailed to all registered tribal voters on April 12, 2012.

According to yesterday’s announcement, Mr. Payment has been generally supportive but critical of a Lansing Casino deal; mostly due to the appointed chair’s failure to articulate a vision for how 85 percent of net revenues will be spent from a Lansing Casino.

According to Payment: “Gaming tribes all across the country [have] revenue sharing plans that take the mystery out of where the money goes as it is obligated for member benefit.”


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