Members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians have approved building a casino in downtown Lansing. The resolution made allows the tribe to buy land in Lansing and attempt to open a casino there.
It also calls for “limited revenue sharing payments” to the city of Lansing in exchange for its support through police and fire protection. Fifteen percent of the Tribe’s profits will be set aside for elder programs and to fund a scholarship program.
Lansing’s mayor and city council support the $245 million dollar project. But state officials oppose the plan, as do some other Indian tribes. And extended legal wrangles are highly likely.