HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 22Issue 36Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks Beginning of Ojibwa Casino Expansion

On December 6, 2016, Ojibwa tribal leaders and Marquette community members gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony of the casino expansion project. According to uppermichigansource.com, the investment totals  $40 million, with $6.5 million being used for Baraga Ojibwa Casino renovations and the remaining $33.5 million allocated for the Marquette Ojibwa Casino to create an almost entirely new facility. The Marquette project will include a new 1,200 seat entertainment venue, a doubled gaming floor, and new restaurants and hotel rooms.

“It’s really a great opportunity for Marquette,” said Don Wren, the General Manager of Baraga & Marquette Ojibwa Casinos. “We’ll be able to take this facility, and market to people that are away from here. People that are looking at Marquette as a possible destination site, now have something to come to. It’s not just a casino anymore, it’ll be a multi-functioning facility.”

Tribal leaders are also excited by the opportunities from the Ojibwa expansion.

“For the Indian community, much of the revenue from casinos is used for governmental services,” said Warren Christian Swartz Jr., President of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC). “The community is used to a number of governmental services that we have. We’ve got the Tribal Police, we’ve got our own Tribal Court, and we’ve got a health department, so this additional revenue is going to help us continue to provide those services to our community members.”

The casino expansion is scheduled to open September of 2018, but uppermichigansource.com reports that developers expressed hope to be able to open the doors even sooner and that it is their goal to make sure the Marquette casino continues to stay open throughout construction.

 

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