Lansing Casino Project

Topics: Michigan, Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Greektown Casino Pages: 4 (1394 words) Published: December 7, 2012
The casino industry have become a large part of Michigan's economy. It offers entertainment and a chance to win it big for many people. There has been a controversial on the new casino that is set to be built in the city of Lansing. The Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians plan to build a $245 million dollar casino next to Lansing's convention center. In the meantime, Governor Rich Snyder and Michigan's Attorney General Bill Schuette with other Indian tribe opposes the Lansing Kewadin Casino. They argued that downtown Lansing is not considered tribal property, therefore, cannot be used for a tribal casino. I support the new casino as it will create new jobs, draw tourists to the area, bring in new business such as restaurants and hotels, and the city will receive tax dollars from the casino. In addition, the state will profit from state taxes and gaming commission fees. Opposing Arguments

The main opposing arguments related to building a casino in the Lansing area is that the selected area to build the casino is not on Indian reservation. Secondly, the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians had a bad business investment in Greektown Casino in Detroit, Michigan where they filed for bankruptcy. Other reasons may include increase in pollution, crime and possible addiction problems.

Further more, building a casino on non-Indian land is a violation in the terms and condition of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. This is where, Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a law suit to stop the Kewadin casino project. He stated, "that a tribal casino in Lansing would violate the terms of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and the compact it entered into with then-Gov. John Engler in 1993 by not entering into revenue-sharing agreements with other tribes" (Wittrock, 2012, para.6). In fact, if Lansing allows Kewadin to be built on non-Indian reservation then that will only allow many more business owners to build more casinos anywhere they choose.

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