Since 1993 the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has been making bi-annual payments from gaming proceeds of its casinos to local units of government and to the State of Michigan.  These payments are 2% and 8% respectively and are derived from the net win from all Class III electronic games of chance commonly known as slot machines.

The two-percent (2%) payments are made each May and November.  Local units of Government may make requests throughout the year. To receive an award the entity must first make a request in writing.

For the period of April 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018, the total to be distributed to local units of government in Baraga County, which was derived from the Ojibwa Casino Resort-Baraga, was $131,871.99. This included payments to Baraga County, Baraga area schools and other Township and Village entities. Payments  were also distributed to L’Anse area schools, Township and village.

During the same period, distributions totaling $164,460.06 were made to local units of government in Marquette County that were derived from the Ojibwa Casino-Marquette.

Eight percent (8%) payments are made to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  The November 2018 distribution for the Ojibwa Casino Resort-Baraga totaled $527,487.97 and $657,840.29 for the Ojibwa Casino-Marquette.

The next cycle of awards will be made in May 2019.  Local units of government within Baraga or Marquette Counties may apply. Written requests received before March 31, 2019 will be considered.


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