Tribal Organization: Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
PROPOSED CASINO PROJECT
Muskegon County, Michigan
The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians plan to invest $180 million in a new casino resort to be located on 60 acres in Fruitport Township near the Lakes Mall. The location is the former site of the Great Lakes Downs racetrack which closed in 2007 and was demolished in 2008.
In February 2015 the tribe filed its application with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to take the land into federal trust for their proposed casino. This is an initial step in the long process towards full and final approval by the federal, state and local governements.
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March 17, 2019
Courtesy of ABC13 wzzm13.com
The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians have sought to build a casino in Fruitport Township of Muskegon County. The federal government is currently reviewing their application.
Three Michigan tribes feel threatened by the economic impact of a new casino on their casinos and have fighting to stop construction. These tribes are Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi in Battle Creek, Saginaw Chippewa Indians in Mount Pleasant, and Gun Lake tribes in Wayland Township.
December 08, 2018
A public hearing has been scheduled for the proposed casino that would be built in Fruitport Township.
On Wednesday the hearing will be held by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The public is invited to attend.
The proposed casino would be located at the former Great Lakes Downs. It would be owned by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. In 2008 the tribe purchased the property. They want to create a 69,000 square foot casino that would offer 35 table games, and 1,700 slot machines. Plans also include a hotel with 220 guest rooms. The price for the project would be $180 million.
If approved, the casino could open in 2020. 1,200 new jobs would be created by the casino project.