A project to construct a casino near the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing was first proposed in 2012 by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, which also had plans to build a second casino in Detroit. In July 2017, the tribe’s application to put land into trust for the projects was denied, but the tribe, which owns five casinos in the state’s Upper Peninsula, according to a report from WLNS, the tribe indicated that it will continue to pursue a Lansing casino.

“The Sault Tribe remains fully committed to pursuing the Lansing casino project and we are confident that our legal right to do so will be held up in the end,” the tribe said in a statement. “We are continuing to work with our legal and development teams to determine the best path forward and to assure that we have the resources to carry the project to a successful conclusion – for the tribe, the city of Lansing, and the Lansing Promise Program.”

While Lansing’s previous mayor made it clear that the city would join the tribe in continuing to push for the casino, the city’s current mayor, Andy Schor issued the following statement to WLNS “The city hasn’t heard anything further since the federal government rejected the application.”    He went on to note that he will reevaluate the project once the contract for the property expires on January 1, 2019. 


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