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Keweenaw Bay Indian Community eyes off-reservation casino


The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community owns about 50 acres at the site of the former Marquette County Airport in Michigan. Image from Google Maps

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community still hopes to open an off-reservation casino in Michigan.

The tribe wants to move the Ojibwa Casino in Marquette to a site that's actually closer to the reservation. But Gov. Rick Snyder (R) wouldn't agree to the plan.

"That's the busiest road in the U.P. and it only makes sense for the community to take advantage of that busy corridor and place a casino there," President Chris Swartz told Upper Michigan's Source of the site at the former Marquette County Airport.

The tribe was pursuing the project under the two-part determination provisions of theIndian Gaming Regulatory Act. A new application hasn't been submitted to the Bureau of Indian Affairs but leaders haven't given up, Upper Michigan's Source reported.

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