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February 12, 2008

MUSKEGON, MI - The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians presented their proposal to the Muskegon City Commission for a $100 million downtown casino.

Last month the commission heard a proposal from the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewas for a casino in the former SPX headquarters building on Muskegon Lake.

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians own and operate the Little River Casino in Manistee. Tribe officials are concerned that a Lac Vieux Desert Band casino in Muskegon would reduce the number of Muskegon resident that visit their Manistee casino and cut its revenues by 20%-30%. So it should not have been surprising to the city commissioners, that the proposal by the Little River Band was more aggressive than one from the Lac Vieux Desert Band.

Lac Vieux Desert Band Proposal
$10 million project
1,500 slots
8 table games
400-500 jobs

Little River Band Proposal
$100 million project
2,200 slot machines
30 table games
8 poker tables
800 jobs

The Little River Band did not announce a location for there proposal. Its leaders said they would work with the city for a site to either build a new structure or renovate an existing one. Depending on final plans, it will take 18-36 months to complete.

However, there is a major obstacle for the Little River Band. Their gaming compact with the state limits them to one casino in Michigan. Last month their tribal leader, Larry Romanelli, said the tribe intends to keep its Manistee casino operating.

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