Hannahville Potawatomi pursue casino near Detroit airport
August 25, 2008
ROMULUS, Michigan -- As reported by the Roman Romulus: "With recent failure of a
bill that would have allowed an Indian casino in the city, another tribe could
open a gambling facility without having to seek congressional approval.
"In 2005, the Hannahville Indians (Hannahville Potawatomi Indian Community)
signed a letter of intent with the city to build a casino near the Detroit
Metropolitan Airport. The project was one of two the city hoped would
materialize, even though the focus has been on the Sioux tribe's efforts to
orchestrate a land swap.
"...Last month, a bill that would have allowed the Sioux to open a casino near
the airport – which is not on an Indian reservation – failed to garner enough
votes for approval. The bill would have allowed the tribe to open a casino
off-reservation, essentially creating a small reservation within the city.
"The bill was strongly opposed by officials from Detroit, who felt a casino in
Romulus would have caused unwanted competition for the three gaming halls in
"...The Hannahville tribe, however, is not subject to the agreement, and
approval of the casino would require only the support of the U.S. Bureau of
Indian Affairs, and that of Gov. Jennifer Granholm..."
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