The Little River Band of Ottawa
is finally seeing movement on its long-awaited off-reservation casino in Michigan.
The tribe began the land-into-trust process more than three years ago but the draft environmental impact
(DEIS) was only issued last week. The Bureau of Indian Affairs
is holding a public meeting and is taking comments on the document as the project moves forward.
“This is a long awaited big step for the Little River Band and the Muskegon community to bring economic development to the region as the opportunity to comment on the DEIS is an important public part of the review process,” Larry Romanelli, who serves as the ogema, or leader, of the tribe, said in a press release
The tribe is pursuing the casino under the two-part determination provisions of
Gaming Regulatory Act
. If the BIA approves, the state governor will have final say on the project.
The public meeting takes place December 12 at the at the Fruitport Middle School auditorium in Fruitport. Written comments are being accepted until January 7.
The tribe already operates the LIttle River Casino Resort
in Manistee. The Fruitport site is about 96 miles to the south, just off a major interstate.
A racetrack used to be located at the site. The tribe is seeking to have 60 acres placed in trust for the new casino.
The project is the second off-reservation casino bid to see movement in recent weeks. In Wisconsin, the BIA is holding a public hearing and taking comments for the Ho-Chunk Nation
after finally issuing the draft environmental impact
earlier this month.
Read More on the Story
Proposed Muskegon-area casino about to tackle 'last big hurdles'
(MLive November 23, 2018)
Bureau of Indian Affairs issues draft EIS
(The Manistee News November 23, 2018)
Federal Register Notices
Environmental Impact Statement for the Little River Band Trust Acquisition and
Casino Project, Township of Fruitport, Muskegon County, Michigan
(November 21, 2018)
of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Little
River Band of Ottawa Indians Fruitport Casino Project, Fruitport Township,
Muskegon County, Michigan
(September 21, 2015)
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