On May 3, 2017, the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, (“Gun Lake Tribe”) or (“Tribe”), held a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the $76 million expansion to its Gun Lake Casino located in Wayland, Michigan. The expansion includes the Harvest Buffet, which will feature 300 seats and offer lunch, dinner, and specialty menus on specific nights. Additionally, the expansion will bring slot machine totals to over 2,000, adding 73,000 square feet and the original Stage 131 bar will nearly double in size.

“We’re thankful to the community, our guests, and over 900 team members, who have supported Gun Lake Casino over the years and have made it what it is today,” commented Scott Sprague, chairman for the Gun Lake Tribe. “We’re pleased to offer a fantastic regional entertainment destination, along with employment opportunities and economic growth for our friends and neighbors here in West Michigan.” 

According to the Tribe, Gun Lake Casino will continue its expansion endeavors, with additional table games, a high-limit room, and another bar planned to open late-summer and into early fall.

The Gun Lake Tribe, which owns the Gun Lake Casino has been the subject of litigation initiated by Shelbyville, Michigan resident David Patchak.  On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to grant a petition for a writ of certiorari involving the Gun Lake Casino.   The legal dispute involves whether a 2014 law, entitled the Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act violates the U.S. Constitution’s Separation of Powers Clause. Chairman Sprague issued a statement in response to the Court’s decision stating “The Tribe is eager to argue the merits of the Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act before the U.S. Supreme Court.”


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