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Pokagon Band secures approval for alcohol ordinance in Indiana




Chairman John P. Warren of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians speaks at a news conference in South Bend, Indiana, on November 29, 2016. Photo by Four Winds Field

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is celebrating major milestones as it moves forward with a casino in Indiana.

The tribe won approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to open a casino in South Bend. The land-into-trust application covers a 166-acre site in the city, which is part of its ancestral homeland.

"For the first time in 200 years, Indiana has Indian Country in it again," Chairman John P. Warren said at a press conference on Tuesday, The South Bend Tribune reported.

Additionally, the BIA approved the tribe's liquor ordinance in Indiana, according to a notice that was published in the Federal Register on Tuesday. The ordinance becomes effective once the land in South Bend is formally placed in trust.

The tribe operates three casinos in Michigan under the Four Winds name. The facility in South Bend is seen as a $400 million project with a hotel, housing and other developments.

Read More on the Story:
Pokagon Band says casino, village project in South Bend will restore its sovereign land (The South Bend Tribune 11/29)
South Bend casino project could bring jobs, visitors and development (The South Bend Tribune 11/29)
South Bend Casino Puts Gambling Next to America’s Most Distinguished Catholic University (Casino.Org 11/28)

Federal Register Notices:
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana (November 29, 2016)
Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Fee-to-Trust Transfer for Tribal Village and Casino, City of South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana (March 12, 2015)
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Pokagon Band Tribal Village Fee-to-Trust Acquisition and Casino Project in the City of South Bend, St. Joseph County, IN (August 24, 2012)

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