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Native American Casinos in Michigan
(Revised 7/31/00)

Native American tribes are sovereign nations. As such, neither the State of Michigan nor the MGCB has regulatory authority over tribal casinos. They are regulated by the National Indian Gaming Commission and/or the government of the appropriate tribal community.

Tribal-State Gaming Compacts (written agreements between the tribal communities and the State) signed by the Governor give the MGCB staff oversight responsibility for the state's Native American casinos. This responsibility, originally assigned to the Michigan Department of Agriculture's Office of Racing Commissioner, was effectively transferred to the MGCB staff in June 1997 (the five-member Board has no involvement with tribal casinos).

Oversight responsibility by MGCB staff is limited to:

1993 Compacts (seven tribes) - Under a Consent Judgment, the seven tribes who signed Tribal-State Gaming Compacts in August 1993 are required to pay 8% of their electronic video gaming and slot machine profits to the State, and 2% to local municipalities (the 8% payments to the State are deposited into the Michigan Strategic Fund, administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, formerly known as the Michigan Jobs Commission). The Consent Judgment established a provision that the seven tribes would pay the State and local taxes as long as they possessed the "exclusive right" to conduct Class III gaming in the State. The seven tribes ceased paying the 8% fee to the State when the MGCB issued a Detroit Casino License (the 2% will continue to be paid to local municipalities, regardless of the issuance of a Detroit Casino License).

Note - In June 1999, Governor Engler and four tribes (Bay Mills Indian Community, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians, Hannahville Indian Community, and Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa Indians) agreed to cease the 8% payments to the State prior to the MGCB issuing a Detroit Casino License... last day of payments was June 30, 1999.

Note - On July 28, 1999, the MGCB issued the first commercial Casino License ever issued in the state (to MGM Grand Detroit, LLC).

Additionally, each of the seven Federally-recognized tribes currently conducting casino gaming pays the MGCB $25,000 annually to offset the costs for oversight services.

1998 Compacts (four tribes) - In December 1998, the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives approved four additional Compacts signed by Gov. Engler:

As with the seven tribes who signed Tribal-State Gaming Compacts in August 1993, these four tribes have agreed to allow the State to perform certain oversight duties (as described above). However, unlike the seven 1993 Tribal-State Gaming Compacts, the 1998 Compacts require each of the four tribes to pay:

Additionally, the 1998 Compacts limit the four tribes to one casino per tribe.

Minimum Age - Each tribe may establish its own minimum gambling age (but not less than 18 years of age). All commercial casinos in Detroit have a minimum gambling age of 21, as required by Michigan law. The Michigan Bureau of State Lottery and Office of Racing Commissioner (horse racing) have a minimum age of 18.

Michigan Tribal Communities with Casinos

Tribal-State
Gaming
Compact

Tribal Community

Casino(s)

Minimum Age
to Gamble

1993

Bay Mills Indian Community
12140 W. Lakeshore Dr.
Brimley, MI 49715
phone 906/248-3241
Bay Mills Resort & Casino, Brimley
Kings Club Casino, Brimley

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1993

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians
2331 Northwest Bayshore Dr.
Suttons Bay, MI 49682
phone 231/271-3538
Leelanau Sands Casino, Suttons Bay
Turtle Creek Casino, Williamsburg

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1993

Hannahville Indian Community
PO Box 351
West 399 Hwy 2 & 41
Harris, MI 49845
phone 906/466-2050
Chip-in Island Resort & Casino, Harris

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1993

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
107 Beartown Road
Baraga, MI 49908
phone 906/353-6333
Ojibwa Casino, Baraga
Ojibwa II Casino, Marquette

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1993

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
P.O. Box 129
Watersmeet, MI 49969
phone 906/358-4226
Lac Vieux Desert Casino & Resort, Watersmeet

18

1998

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
PO Box 314
Manistee, MI 49660
phone 231/723-8288
Little River Casino, Manistee

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1998

Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians
PO Box 246
Petoskey, MI 49770
phone 231/348-3410
Victories Casino Entertainment Center, Petoskey

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1998

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians
2221 1-1/2 Mile Rd.
Fulton, MI 49052
phone 616/729-5151
To be developed - One casino within Calhoun county... tribe hopes to begin construction of casino by early 2001

Yet to be determined

1998

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
PO Box 180
Dowagiac, MI 49047
phone 616/782-8998
To be developed - One casino within Allegan, Berrien, Cass or Van Buren county

Yet to be determined

1993

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Community
7070 East Broadway
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
phone 517/775-4004
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant (2 sites)

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1993

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
523 Ashmun
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
phone 906/635-6050
Kewadin Shores Casino, St. Ignace
Kewadin Slots, Christmas
Kewadin Slots, Hessel
Kewadin Slots, Manistique
Kewadin Vegas Casino, Sault Ste. Marie

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