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Former Nottawaseppi Huron Band employee sentenced for theftFiled Under: Public Relations
Former Nottawaseppi Huron Band employee sentenced for theft (08/30)
John Earl Seiler, 59, admitted he took more than $27,000 from the Michigan tribe's casino hotel.

Grand Traverse Band shares gaming funds with local communityFiled Under: Public Relations
Grand Traverse Band shares gaming funds with local community (08/25)
Since 1994, the tribe has shared nearly $34.7 million with communities in a six-county area in Michigan.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community approves $40M in casino projectsFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community approves $40M in casino projects (08/16)
The Michigan tribe will be renovating and upgrading its casinos in Marquette and Baraga.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community heads to vote on casino projectsFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community heads to vote on casino projects (08/12)
The Michigan tribe is asking voters to approve $40 million in upgrades at two gaming facilities.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe casino robbery leads to long chase and arrestsFiled Under: Public Relations
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe casino robbery leads to long chase and arrests (08/10)
The incident began when a woman was robbed at gunpoint at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Michigan.

Pokagon Band debuts expansion of gaming facility in MichiganFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Openings and Closings
Pokagon Band debuts expansion of gaming facility in Michigan (07/22)
The Four Winds Dowagiac has grown to accommodate more slot machines and table games.

John Schneider: New Little Traverse casino is underwhelmingFiled Under: Openings and Closings | Opinion
John Schneider: New Little Traverse casino is underwhelming (07/21)
Did you notice all the fanfare associated with the grand opening, around Memorial Day, of the new Odawa Casino in Mackinaw City?

Hannahville Indian Community names new casino golf courseFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Hannahville Indian Community names new casino golf course (07/20)
Sage Run will serve as a complement to the Sweetgrass Golf Club at the tribe's casino in Michigan.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community schedules vote on casino plansFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community schedules vote on casino plans (07/15)
The tribe is looking to spend $40 million to upgrade two casinos in Michigan.

Federal appeals court backs Gun Lake Tribe land-into-trust lawFiled Under: Legislation | Litigation
Federal appeals court backs Gun Lake Tribe land-into-trust law (07/15)
Congress has the power to ratify land-into-trust acquisitions, a move that protects the Michigan tribe from litigation.

Gun Lake Tribe seeks to hire more employees for growing casinoFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Gun Lake Tribe seeks to hire more employees for growing casino (07/14)
The tribe has embarked on a $76 million expansion of its casino in Michigan.

Grand Traverse Band casino employees credited with saving lifeFiled Under: Public Relations
Grand Traverse Band casino employees credited with saving life (07/01)
Frank Sams, a 61-year-old tribal member, collapsed after suffering a heart attack at the casino in Michigan.

Supreme Court takes a pass on tribal labor sovereignty disputeFiled Under: Litigation
Supreme Court takes a pass on tribal labor sovereignty dispute (07/01)
Law professor Matthew Fletcher believes the justices avoided the cases in order to avoid a deadlock.

Little River Band credited with sharing $30M in gaming revenuesFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Compacts
Little River Band credited with sharing $30M in gaming revenues (06/28)
The money goes to local governments and schools and the tribe hopes to replicate that effort with an off-reservation casino.

Supreme Court deals setback to tribes in labor sovereignty disputeFiled Under: California | Legislation | Litigation
Supreme Court deals setback to tribes in labor sovereignty dispute (06/27)
Indian Country rallied after two Michigan tribes lost their labor law cases but the nation's highest court won't be taking up the matter.

Pokagon Band sees major progress on casino project in IndianaFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Pokagon Band sees major progress on casino project in Indiana (06/21)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has issued the final environmental impact statement for the project in South Bend, Indiana.

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe anxious for off-reservation casino decisionFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe anxious for off-reservation casino decision (06/16)
The tribe has been waiting for an answer from the Bureau of Indian Affairs for two years.

Spokane Tribe joins small group with off-reservation casino rulingFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Spokane Tribe joins small group with off-reservation casino ruling (06/09)
Off-reservation casino proposals generate a lot of controversy but they are still exceedingly rare in Indian Country.

Little Traverse Bay Bands open doors to Class II gaming facilityFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Little Traverse Bay Bands open doors to Class II gaming facility (05/25)
The 5,000 square-foot Odawa Casino in Mackinaw City, Michigan, features 120 electronic gaming machines.

9th Circuit won't rehear Tohono O'odham Nation gaming caseFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
9th Circuit won't rehear Tohono O'odham Nation gaming case (05/24)
The development sets the stage for a potential appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community sees support for new casino siteFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community sees support for new casino site (05/10)
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) won't reconsider his stance but one local lawmaker is supporting the relocation of the Ojibwa Casino.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community asked to resubmit casino projectFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community asked to resubmit casino project (05/06)
The tribe has been pursuing the casino since 2006 but Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) won't agree to it.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community fails to sell governor on casino Filed Under: Casino Stalker
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community fails to sell governor on casino (05/04)
The tribe wants to relocate a casino to a site that's actually closer to the reservation but Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is standing firm against it.

Pokagon Band to debut casino expansion project by end of yearFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Pokagon Band to debut casino expansion project by end of year (04/27)
The Four Winds Dowagiac will grow by 2,700 square-feet to make way for more slot machines and table games.

Pokagon Band touts $248M in economic impacts fueled by gaming enterpriseFiled Under: Public Relations
Pokagon Band touts $248M in economic impacts fueled by gaming enterprise (04/25)
Gaming has been good for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the tribe's surrounding communities in Michigan and Indiana.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe reopens casino after two bomb threatsFiled Under: Openings and Closings | Public Relations
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe reopens casino after two bomb threats (04/22)
Two bomb threats were phoned in to the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, on Thursday night.

Gun Lake Tribe shares $88M in gaming revenues with communityFiled Under: Compacts | Openings and Closings
Gun Lake Tribe shares $88M in gaming revenues with community (04/19)
The Gun Lake Casino has been a boom to local communities and the state of Michigan.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community revives off-reservation casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community revives off-reservation casino (04/19)
The tribe wants to relocate the Ojibwa Casino in Marquette. Michigan, to a site that's actually closer to its reservation.

Ex-employee of Grand Traverse Band blames theft on gambling addictionFiled Under: Regulation
Ex-employee of Grand Traverse Band blames theft on gambling addiction (04/13)
Michael Gerard Buchanan admitted that he purchased electronic equipment using tribal funds and sold the items without authorization.

Pokagon Band wins local support for Indiana casino agreementFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Pokagon Band wins local support for Indiana casino agreement (04/12)
The memorandum of understanding calls on the city of South Bend to support the tribe's land-into-trust application.

Gun Lake Tribe to nearly double size of casino with $76M projectFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Gun Lake Tribe to nearly double size of casino with $76M project (04/12)
The addition to the Gun Lake Casino in Michigan will debut in the summer of 2017.

Tribes in Oregon clash over Class II off-reservation casino planFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions
Tribes in Oregon clash over Class II off-reservation casino plan (04/11)
The Coquille Tribe is already facing opposition from the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe and now Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) has stepped into the fray.

Pokagon Band agrees to share revenues from casino in IndianaFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Pokagon Band agrees to share revenues from casino in Indiana (04/11)
A memorandum of understanding details what's being promised to the city of South Bend.

Gun Lake Tribe offers update on expansion at casino in MichiganFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Gun Lake Tribe offers update on expansion at casino in Michigan (04/08)
The tribe is adding more jobs and new options to the Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, Michigan.

Nottawaseppi Huron Band breaks ground on gas station by casinoFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Nottawaseppi Huron Band breaks ground on gas station by casino (04/05)
The FireKeepers Pit Stop at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel will feature a gas station, convenience store and car wash.

Little River Band on track to complete $18M expansion at casinoFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Little River Band on track to complete $18M expansion at casino (03/23)
Already, three new restaurants have opened at the Little River Casino Resort and a full-service spa and larger gaming floor are on the way.

Leader of Sault Tribe vows push for off-reservation gaming bidsFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Leader of Sault Tribe vows push for off-reservation gaming bids (03/22)
The Michigan tribe filed two land-into-trust applications in June 2014 but the Bureau of Indian Affairs has not made a decision,

Little River Band acquires land near off-reservation gaming siteFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions
Little River Band acquires land near off-reservation gaming site (03/03)
The tribe paid $500,000 for another 120 acres in Fruitport, Michigan, the location of the proposed casino.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe reduces gaming per capita paymentsFiled Under: Openings and Closings | Regulation
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe reduces gaming per capita payments (02/18)
Chief Frank Cloutier discussed the issue at length during his State of the Tribe address on January 23.

Nottawaseppi Huron Band shares a record $21.9M in gaming revenuesFiled Under: Compacts
Nottawaseppi Huron Band shares a record $21.9M in gaming revenues (02/17)
The success of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel continues to benefit the state of Michigan and local communities.

Grand Traverse Band sends $833K in casino funds to communityFiled Under: Public Relations
Grand Traverse Band sends $833K in casino funds to community (02/16)
Since 1994, the tribe has shared nearly $34 million with non-profits, charities and governmental units in six counties in Michigan.

Sault Tribe proposes off-reservation casino near major airportFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Sault Tribe proposes off-reservation casino near major airport (02/15)
The tribe plans to convert an abandoned 70,000 square-foot church near the Detroit airport into a gaming facility.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community eyes off-reservation casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Openings and Closings
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community eyes off-reservation casino (02/12)
The tribe wants to move the Ojibwa Casino in Marquette, Michigan, to a site that's actually closer to the reservation.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community approves upgrades at casinosFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community approves upgrades at casinos (02/10)
The tribe is spending $28 million on an entirely new Ojibwa Casino in Baraga, Michigan, and $12 million to expand a second facility in Marquette.

Lac Vieux Desert Band reopens hotel after disease scare at casinoFiled Under: Openings and Closings | Public Relations
Lac Vieux Desert Band reopens hotel after disease scare at casino (02/04)
The tribe conducted extensive testing and remediation to make sure patrons at the Lac Vieux Desert Resort and Casino in Michigan were safe.

Little River Band hails BIA movement on off-reservation casino bidFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Little River Band hails BIA movement on off-reservation casino bid (02/04)
The tribe is proposing a $180 million development in Fruitport Township, a suburb of Muskegon, Michigan.

Sault Tribe awaits movement on off-reservation gaming projectsFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Sault Tribe awaits movement on off-reservation gaming projects (01/26)
The tribe filed land-into-trust applications for two sites in Michigan in June 2014 but there's been little concrete progress at the federal level.

Nottawaseppi Huron Band casino executive seeks personal touchFiled Under: Public Relations
Nottawaseppi Huron Band casino executive seeks personal touch (01/12)
Brian Decorah, the president and CEO of the FireKeepers Casino in Michigan, is trying to get to know as many of the 1,700 employees as possible.

Little Traverse Bay Bands start construction on Class II facilityFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Little Traverse Bay Bands start construction on Class II facility (01/08)
The casino in Mackinaw City, Michigan, is expected to open in May as the tribe expands its gaming operation.

Gun Lake Tribe starts preliminary work for expansion at casinoFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Gun Lake Tribe starts preliminary work for expansion at casino (01/07)
The Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, Michigan, will see more gaming space, a 300-seat buffet, a larger lounge and entertainment area and a larger employee dining room and lounge.

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