HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 19Issue 8Mackinaw City Casino Hearing Tentatively Scheduled

The Cheboygan News recently reported that the Mackinaw City Village Council has planned a meeting tentatively scheduled for April 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. to hear public comment regarding a proposed casino plan that has been presented by the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians (“Tribe”).  No vote will be held at the hearing.

Previous feasibility studies done by the Tribe concerning the proposed $26 million project have shown that a satellite casino with 550 slot machines and a small food and beverage outlet will potentially generate over 100 construction jobs and 80 full-time casino jobs.

“We are looking forward to a cooperative, mutually beneficial, and lasting relationship with the Village of Mackinaw City. This project would be good for both the Tribe and Mackinaw City,” stated Tribal Chairman Dexter McNamara.  “Northern Michigan needs more year round businesses that create jobs with benefits and this project will help fill that need.”

According to a September 24, 2012 press release from the Tribe, the Tribe’s amended Compact with the State of Michigan allows for a second site in Emmet County.  However, according to the Compact, “[t]he location of the Second Site is contingent on the approval of the affected local unit of State government by formal action of the governing body.”

According to the Cheboygan News, the location of the proposed casino is on tribal trust lands just south of Mackinaw City.


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