Michigan Tribe Seeks Okay to Build Casino

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Michigan's Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is waiting for approval from the state's governor Gretchen Whitmer to begin building its Muskegon county casino.

The site has already been granted approval by the US Department of the Interior, but is awaiting a decision from Whitmer. She has until June 16th to approve or deny the casino. The decision is apparently difficult for the first-term governor, who had asked the DOI for an extension to make a decision, but she was denied.

The tribe has seen decisions on the property development being delayed due to Covid-19. If developed, the casino would cost about $180 million to build and would include a 149,000 square-foot gaming floor, 220 room hotel, restaurants, bars, and would be slated to open in Summer 2024.

Whitmer Press Secretary Bobby Leddy spoke about the issue to news site MLive, noting: "When it comes to decisions of this magnitude, it's critical that we have all of the information needed to make an informed decision.

"The Department of the Interior's failure to provide necessary information by either extending the deadline for a decision on the Little River Band's proposal or issuing a proposed finding in response to the Grand River Bands' acknowledgement petition is disappointing. We continue to review next steps ahead of Thursday's deadline."

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Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.