Tribe plans $26M casino in northern Michigan

Mackinaw City, Michigan (AP) October 2012

An American Indian tribe is planning a new $26 million casino in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.

The Petoskey News-Review reports (http://bit.ly/NOBIVT ) the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians agreed to shift $970,000 to its capital project fund for pre-construction fees and consulting for a satellite casino in Mackinaw City. A draft of minutes for a meeting included the 6-2 vote.

The tribe operates the $140 million Odawa Casino Resort in Emmet County, south of Petoskey. An agreement with the state of Michigan allows the tribe to build a second casino in Emmet County. Mackinaw City was originally considered for a casino before the Petoskey-area one was built.

The tribe says the new casino could include 550 slot machines. The Petoskey-area casino has 1,300 slot machines and other gambling.
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