HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 23Issue 35MICHIGAN TRIBES SHARED $29.2 MILLION IN 2016

Per a Press Release dated November 2, 2017 issued by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, Native American tribes paid $29.2 million in gaming-related payments to local governments and revenue sharing boards in Michigan. This revenue sharing occurred during fiscal year 2016, according to a report published by the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

The report, Receipts and Distribution of Indian Casino Revenue by Local Revenue Sharing Boards, includes revenue sharing distributions for each tribe to the local communities. As required by Public Act 268 of 2016, the MGCB prepares the report annually.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi distributed $6 million in payments, which was the largest amount paid by any of the Michigan tribes. Overall, revenue sharing was up 2 percent from fiscal year 2015.

Tribal gaming compacts with the state of Michigan and associated federal court consent judgments require payments to local governments or revenue sharing boards.  The revenue sharing amount equals 2 percent of the tribal casinos’ net win from slot machines.

Some of the largest revenue-sharing payments of $1 million or more went to public school districts in Harper Creek, Wayland and New Buffalo.

The participating tribes are:

  • Bay Mills Indian Community
  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
  • Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish band of Pottawatomi (Gun Lake Tribe)
  • Hannahville Indian Community
  • Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
  • Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
  • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
  • Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians
  • Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
  • Pokagon Band of Potawatomi
  • Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe
  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Since 1994, Native American tribes operating casinos in Michigan have paid more than $437 million in revenue sharing payments to local units of government and revenue sharing boards.


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