The environmental impact report for the proposed $400 million tribal village and
casino has been released by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The location includes
property in South Bend, as well as three other options for the Pokagon Band of
In the report, many elements were studied to determine potential problems.
Topography, drainage, geology, land formations, and soils were all considered.
An agreement has already been made between the tribe and the South Bend Common
Council. Instead of paying taxes, the tribe will make payments from the revenues
earned at the casino. A minimum of $1 million will be paid annually to the city.
The maximum amount is $2 million. The total amount would depend on the Four
Winds Casino report of game play volume. $5 million will also be paid to support
programs in the community.
If the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Tribal Village and Casino is approved
1,400 jobs in construction will be created. When completed 2,000 permanent jobs
will also be created.
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