The Craig Fahle Show

U.P. Tribe Seeks Land for New Casino Projects

Monday, June 16, 2014

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The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians last week filed applications with the U.S. Department of the Interior seeking to take land into trust in Lansing and in southeast Michigan’s Huron Township. The land in question would be used for casino resorts.

John Wernet, General Counsel for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, explains differences in the proposals to build these gaming resorts.

"I have not seen anything like the Lansing project anywhere in the nation. It would be a unique partnership between the [Sault Ste. Marie] tribe and the city," says Wernet.

If everything moves smoothly, the Huron Township casino could be open within a year. "This project does not go forward unless the land is put into trust," says Wernet.