Tribal Organization: Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
FOUR WINDS CASINO SOUTH BEND
3000 Prairie Ave
South Bend, IN 46614
Four Winds Casino South Bend celebrated its grand opening on January 16, 2016. It is the largest casino in Indiana.
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians has spent $400 million to build this casino in South Bend, IN. It is the fourth casino operated by the tribe and the first one located outside of southwest Michigan.
When the state legislature approved land-based casinos in 2015, it included a provision to approve an Indian casino in South Bend.
In April 2016 the South Bend city government approved a deal with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians to build a $400 million casino in their town. An environment impact report was finished for federal review and accepted.
The key milestone to proceed with this casino project came in November 2016 when the Bureau Of Indian Affairs gave its approval. Their decision transfered 166 acres of Pokagon Band land into federal trust under the U.S. Interior Department and included federal approval to build build a Class II gaming casino.
The federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) defines Class II gaming as gambling played against other players only and not the house. This includes electronic slot machines that play against other players. Slot machines that play against the house are Class III gaming.
For Class III gaming the Pokagon Band must negotiate a gaming compact with the State defining specific casino games and the money the casino will pay to the state. Federal review and approval of the compact is required.
The Pokagon Band has named their casino "Four Winds Casino South Bend". It is the first Native American casino in Indiana.
The casino is built on 166 acres located between Prairie Avenue, U.S. 31 and Locust Road in South Bend, Indiana.
216,000 sq ft of gaming space
1,800 electronic slot machines (Class II)
No table games (No house gambling per Class II)
44 housing units
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