HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 20Issue 6Pokagon Band Announces 2013 Economic Contributions

On February 18, 2014, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (“Tribe”) announced that it had made approximately $44 Million in contributions to the local economy in 2013. These contributions are in addition to the annual payments made directly to the State of Michigan pursuant to the Tribe’s Gaming Compact with the State.

The contributions come in the form of contracts between the Tribe’s multiple Four Winds casinos across the state and local vendors, local revenue sharing payments, and various charitable contributions.  The distributions also include those made by The Pokagon Fund, a charitable organization supported by revenue from the Four Winds Casino Resort, which made $4.9 Million in grants to initiatives in the New Buffalo region last year.

“These contributions are a direct result of our continued economic development and desire to support Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana, a region we have called home for hundreds of years,” stated John Warren, Chairman of the Tribe in a press release on the matter. “Not only do these contributions help improve the overall business climate, they also have a direct impact on the individuals and families that rely on these businesses for their livelihoods.”

The Tribe operates the Four Winds casinos, located in New Buffalo, Hartford, and Dowagiac, Michigan. It’s service area includes ten counties across Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana with its main administrative offices in South Bend, Indiana.

 

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