beats headphones wholesale Athens tribe applauds denial of Lansing casino request
A rendering of a proposed casino in downtown Lansing, currently on hold due to an injunction. Courtesy PHOTO A rendering of a proposed casino project in downtown Lansing. Courtesy PHOTO
An artist’s rendering of a proposed casino project in downtown Lansing. Courtesy art An artist’s rendering of a proposed casino project in downtown Lansing. The project would be called Kewadin Lansing and could bring 2,200 jobs to the area. An artist’s rendering of a proposed casino project in downtown Lansing. The project would be called Kewadin Lansing. The casino is expected to bring an estimated 2,200 jobs to Lansing, 700 of them in construction.(Photo: Courtesy image)The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi on Friday applauded the federal government’s denial of a request to build a $245 million casino in downtown Lansing.
Jamie Stuck, chairman of the Athens Township based NHBP, issued a statement this week, saying the Sault Ste. Department of Interior denied this week the Sault Ste. Marie tribe of the Chippewa Indians’ land applications for the proposed Kewadin Lansing Casino, the Lansing State Journal reported.
The Sault Ste. Marie tribe filed the applications more than two years ago. Its applications to build a casino in Huron Township near the Detroit Metro Airport also were denied this week.
Jamie Stuck, chairperson of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi. (Photo: Provided)
The NHBP, which owns the FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Emmett Township, is one of two tribes that have publicly opposed the projects. The Saginaw Chippewa tribe, which owns Soaring Eagle Casino Resort in Mt. Pleasant, also has voiced opposition.
In his statement, Stuck raised concerns about the tribe building casinos more than 300 miles away from their homelands.
“For five years, the federal government and local governments of Lansing and Romulus have expended resources on this matter,” he said.”We have expended resources to fight this effort because we believe in protecting the current system of tribal gaming and complying with the basic principle that tribes should stay within their historic aboriginal territories when acquiring lands into trust status.
“What the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe was trying to do would have set bad precedent for all tribes in Michigan.”
Stuck also said the projects would violate state gaming compacts, which require tribes to obtain written agreement from all Michigan tribes before pursuing off reservation casinos.
Aaron Payment, the Sault Ste. Marie tribe’s chairperson, said in a statement Thursdayhis group vows to do what it cantotry and make federal officials reconsider.
“We have no intent on giving up, and we will soon determine which option legal, administrative or legislative will we pursue to continue our fight for our legal rights,” Payment said.
Plans for the Kewadin Lansing casino call for up to 3,000 slot machines, 48 table games and several bars and restaurants. Plans includetwo parking decks with about 2,900 spaces.
The Sault Ste. Marietribe once owned Detroit’s Greektown Casino, but lost control of it duringa 2008 bankruptcy.