gambling http://michiganradio.org en Casino gambling won't stop this weekend, despite the expiration of some tribal gaming compacts http://michiganradio.org/post/casino-gambling-wont-stop-weekend-despite-expiration-some-tribal-gaming-compacts <p>Casinos operated by six Native American tribes in Michigan will continue to operate even though the gaming compacts that allow them expire this weekend.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;That will gives the state and the tribes more time to negotiate new compacts.</p><p></p><p>The agreements were originally made 20 years ago.</p><p></p><p>John Wernet is the legal counsel for the Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. &nbsp;&nbsp;He says casinos are a critical source of revenue for the tribes.</p><p></p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 20:50:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 15488 at http://michiganradio.org Casino gambling won't stop this weekend, despite the expiration of some tribal gaming compacts Deadline looms for major gaming compact between the state of Michigan and tribal governments http://michiganradio.org/post/deadline-looms-major-gaming-compact-between-state-michigan-and-tribal-governments <p>A big deadline looms on November 30th that may affect the state’s casino industry.</p><p>Since 1993, <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mgcb/0,1607,7-120-1380_1414_2182---,00.html">six Native American tribes </a>(The Bay Mills Indian Community, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the Hannahville Indian Community, the Lac Vieux Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa) have had deals in place with the state of Michigan to operate gambling facilities. The tribes operate 13 casinos.</p> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 21:12:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15412 at http://michiganradio.org Deadline looms for major gaming compact between the state of Michigan and tribal governments Crackdown on Michigan charity poker rooms brings backlash http://michiganradio.org/post/crackdown-michigan-charity-poker-rooms-brings-backlash <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Poker's rise in popularity has helped Michigan's charities and civic groups stay afloat at a time of dwindling donations from elsewhere.<br /><br />And <a href="http://www.pokernewsdaily.com/michigan-charitable-poker-room-supporters-come-out-in-force-to-support-industry-24977/">efforts to rein in a charitable gambling industry </a>that has grown more than 20-fold in a decade are sparking backlash.<br /> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 16:22:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15097 at http://michiganradio.org Crackdown on Michigan charity poker rooms brings backlash Striking a new deal with some Michigan's Native American tribes on gaming revenue http://michiganradio.org/post/striking-new-deal-some-michigans-native-american-tribes-gaming-revenue <p>The state of Michigan is trying to negotiate a new agreement with six Native American tribes that could mean a lot of money for the state.</p><p>Since 1993, the state of Michigan has had an agreement with the tribes (Saginaw Chippewa, Grand Traverse, Lau Vieux Desert, Sault Ste Marie, Bay Mills and Hannahville) concerning gambling revenues.&nbsp;&nbsp; That gaming compact is up for its regular review this year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Snyder wants to renegotiate the compact.&nbsp; A spokesman for the governor declined to say what’s being discussed.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Aaron Payment is the chairman of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, which operates five casinos in the U.P. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13950 at http://michiganradio.org Striking a new deal with some Michigan's Native American tribes on gaming revenue Tribe appeals injunction blocking Lansing casino project http://michiganradio.org/post/tribe-appeals-injunction-blocking-lansing-casino-project <p>Backers of a proposed casino in downtown Lansing are asking a federal appeals court to toss out a legal ruling that threatens to bring their plans to a halt.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Last month a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians’ plans to build a $245 million casino in downtown Lansing.</p><p></p><p>Michigan’s attorney general sought the injunction claiming the tribe’s plans violated federal law and a state gambling compact.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:20:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 12237 at http://michiganradio.org Tribe appeals injunction blocking Lansing casino project Native American casinos in Michigan testing the water for online gambling http://michiganradio.org/post/native-american-casinos-michigan-testing-water-online-gambling-0 <p>MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) - The Soaring Eagle Casino is planning a new website that won't take bets for money unless Congress changes restrictions on online gambling.<br><br>The casino's marketing director Raul Venegas tells the Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant that the website will be for marketing and fun.<br><br>Venegas says the casino has "no intentions to offer real money gaming online, but people can play for free."<br> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 13:59:38 +0000 The Associated Press 12005 at http://michiganradio.org Native American casinos in Michigan testing the water for online gambling Tribe asks federal court to dismiss "meritless" state lawsuit to block Lansing casino http://michiganradio.org/post/tribe-asks-federal-court-dismiss-meritless-state-lawsuit-block-lansing-casino <p>The Upper Peninsula Native American Tribe says a lawsuit trying to prevent it from building a casino in Lansing is “utterly without merit”.</p><p></p><p>Michigan’s Attorney General filed a lawsuit in September challenging the right of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians to build a casino in downtown Lansing.</p><p></p><p>Attorney General Bill Schuette says the casino project would violate federal law, as well as a gaming compact with the state.</p><p></p><p>But in its response to the state’s lawsuit this week, the tribe describes the state’s case as “meritless”.</p><p></p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 18:25:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 9893 at http://michiganradio.org Tribe asks federal court to dismiss "meritless" state lawsuit to block Lansing casino Deadline ahead for Lansing casino project http://michiganradio.org/post/deadline-ahead-lansing-casino-project <p>A deadline is looming for a proposed downtown Lansing casino.</p><p>The proposed $245 million casino project involves a complicated business and land deal between the city of Lansing, private developers and an indian tribe from the Upper Peninsula.&nbsp;</p><p>So complicated those involved were not able to reach an agreement on the various aspects of the project by an August deadline.&nbsp;&nbsp; So they gave themselves an extension until November 1<sup>st</sup>.</p><p>But with two weeks before the extended deadline there’s still no final agreement.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:22:55 +0000 Steve Carmody 9512 at http://michiganradio.org Deadline ahead for Lansing casino project Michigan's Attorney General files suit to block proposed Lansing casino http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-attorney-general-files-suit-block-proposed-lansing-casino <p>Michigan’s Attorney General has filed <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/105520532/State-of-Michigan-v-The-Sault-St-Marie-Tribe-of-Chippewa-Indians">a lawsuit</a> to block plans for a casino in Lansing.</p><p></p><p>The Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians announced plans in January to build a $245 million casino next to Lansing’s convention center.</p><p></p><p>Attorney General Bill Schuette claims the casino project violates federal law and a gaming compact with the state.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 01:18:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 9019 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Attorney General files suit to block proposed Lansing casino Lansing casino project misses self-imposed deadline http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-casino-project-misses-self-imposed-deadline <p>Plans for a casino in downtown Lansing are taking longer to pull together than developers had originally planned. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 20:41:13 +0000 Steve Carmody 8440 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing casino project misses self-imposed deadline Lansing casino plan critic wins tribal chairmanship election http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-casino-plan-critic-wins-tribal-chairmanship-election <p>A critic of part of the plan to build a casino in downtown Lansing has just been elected to lead one of the groups involved in the project.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:35:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 8086 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing casino plan critic wins tribal chairmanship election Tribe votes in favor of Lansing casino project http://michiganradio.org/post/tribe-votes-favor-lansing-casino-project <p>A majority of Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians members have voted in favor of their tribe building a casino in downtown Lansing.</p><p>The vote clears the way for what is sure to be bigger challenges to the casino project.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Tribal leaders had predicted the outcome of the referendum from the start. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The voting started last month when the tribe mailed ballots to more than 14 thousand tribal members.</p><p>In the end, more than 39 hundred Sault Ste Marie tribe members voted in favor of the Lansing casino project.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;23 hundred members voted against it.</p><p>Roger Martin is the tribe&rsquo;s spokesman. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;He says the next phase of the project will involve paperwork.</p><p>&ldquo;The hope is the have the land purchase completed and the application to take the land into trust by the Department of the Interior by Summer,&rdquo; says Martin.</p><p>The federal government must agree to take the land into trust for the tribe so it can be used for gaming.&nbsp;</p><p>Other tribes that operate casinos near Lansing, as well as Governor Snyder,&nbsp; oppose a casino in the capital city.&nbsp; Legal challenges to the project are expected.</p><p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero issued a statement thanking the tribe for its affirmative vote.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">&quot;I am more convinced than ever that this is the right project at the right time with the right partners.&nbsp; The Lansing Kewadin casino will create thousands of good jobs, fully-fund college scholarships for Lansing public school children, and generate hundreds of millions in new economic activity for the Lansing region.&quot; Bernero said in his statement.&quot;</p><p> Fri, 04 May 2012 01:36:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 7329 at http://michiganradio.org Tribe votes in favor of Lansing casino project Tribal vote on Lansing casino project nearing an end http://michiganradio.org/post/tribal-vote-lansing-casino-project-nearing-end <p>Voting wraps up this week in a referendum that may decide if plans for a casino in downtown Lansing can move forward.</p><p>Ballots were mailed to 14 thousand members of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians earlier this month.</p><p>The basic question is should the tribe move ahead with plans to build a $245 million casino adjacent to Lansing&rsquo;s downtown convention center.</p> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7236 at http://michiganradio.org Tribal vote on Lansing casino project nearing an end Tribe members start voting this week on a proposed casino in Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/tribe-members-start-voting-week-proposed-casino-lansing <p>Ballots are being mailed this week to more than 14 thousand members of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.&nbsp;&nbsp; The vote may decide if the tribe will go ahead with plans to build a casino in downtown Lansing.</p><p>The proposed casino is controversial, not just among those who generally oppose any effort to expand gambling in Michigan, but also among some Sault Ste Marie tribe members.</p><p>The tribe already operates five casinos in the Upper Peninsula.&nbsp; But some tribe members don&rsquo;t like the way revenue from a Lansing casino would be divided.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 19:39:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6998 at http://michiganradio.org Tribe members start voting this week on a proposed casino in Lansing Commentary: More Casinos in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-more-casinos-michigan <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Last summer I went to Traverse City to speak to the state association of property law lawyers. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, they will probably little note nor long remember what I said there.</font></font></font></font></p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 14:53:49 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6901 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: More Casinos in Michigan? Bill aims to free up "Texas Hold 'em" games for Michigan's seniors http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-aims-free-texas-hold-em-games-michigans-seniors <p>It all started in Romeo.</p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billanalysis/House/pdf/2011-HLA-5009-3.pdf">House Fiscal Agency</a>, members of the Romeo Senior Center held weekly Texas Hold &#39;em poker games.</p><p>Five bucks got you a seat at the table and you played until your chips were gone - top four finishers took home a payout.</p><p>But some legal-eagle rained on their parade, and the games stopped in the spring of 2010.</p><p>Michigan&#39;s law, they were told, only allowed recreational poker games at senior <em>housing </em>facilities - not at senior citizen centers. If they wanted to continue, they needed a license.</p><p>Michigan legislators in the House have come to the rescue with <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billengrossed/House/pdf/2011-HEBH-5009.pdf">HB 5009</a>. The bill would make these games legal at senior citizen centers.</p><p>The bill passed today and now it&#39;s up to the Senate.</p><p>The House Fiscal Agency analysis says during committee deliberation, &quot;there was concern that providing exemptions to gambling prohibitions to specific classes of people is unfair.&quot;</p><blockquote><p>If recreational card playing for money is going to be permitted then it should be opened up and applied to all citizens, irrespective to age. A substitute bill to this effect was offered, but was voted down by the committee.</p></blockquote><p>So there may be one more freedom offered to those over sixty.</p><p>Now, who is going to keep on eye on the tables? As written now, players cannot bet more than 25 cents per bet, and the winnings from any one hand of cards can not exceed $5. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 16:03:29 +0000 Mark Brush 6836 at http://michiganradio.org Bill aims to free up "Texas Hold 'em" games for Michigan's seniors Lansing city council gives OK to controversial casino project http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-gives-ok-controversial-casino-project <p>A controversial plan to build a casino in downtown Lansing cleared an important hurdle last night.&nbsp;</p><p>The Lansing city council gave its approval for the Sault Ste Marie&nbsp;Tribe of Chippewa Indians&rsquo; plan to build a casino next to the city&rsquo;s convention center.&nbsp;</p><p>Council members who voted for the casino cited the jobs it will create &nbsp;and a&nbsp;college scholarship program for Lansing children it will fund.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 03:57:13 +0000 Steve Carmody 6702 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city council gives OK to controversial casino project Proposed Lansing casino faces key hurdle tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-lansing-casino-faces-key-hurdle-tonight <p>The Lansing city council has several items dealing with the casino project on its agenda tonight.</p><p>All the items must pass for the $245 million&nbsp;project to move forward.</p><p>City council president Brian Jeffries last week questioned if the city is giving up too much in the deal with the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and a group of local investors.</p><p>The proposal has drawn opposition from critics of casino gambling.,&nbsp;other tribes that operate casinos,&nbsp;as well as the governor and state attorney general.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6682 at http://michiganradio.org Proposed Lansing casino faces key hurdle tonight Supporters turn out for public hearing on proposed Lansing casino http://michiganradio.org/post/supporters-turn-out-public-hearing-proposed-lansing-casino <p>Lansing business and union leaders came out to a public hearing last night to support a proposed casino project in the city&rsquo;s downtown.</p><p>The Sault Ste Marie&nbsp;Tribe of Chippewa&nbsp;Indians wants to build&nbsp;a $245 million&nbsp;dollar casino next to the city&#39;s downtown convention center.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Two previous community forums drew a parade of casino critics who warned gambling will increase crime and cause other problems in the capitol city.&nbsp;&nbsp; Last night, it was the supporters&#39; turn to make their case.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 02:57:39 +0000 Steve Carmody 6611 at http://michiganradio.org Supporters turn out for public hearing on proposed Lansing casino Opponents plan to pack Lansing casino public hearing tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/opponents-plan-pack-lansing-casino-public-hearing-tonight <p>&nbsp;A public hearing tonight&nbsp;in Lansing is expected to draw a large crowd of opponents to a casino in in the city&rsquo;s downtown.</p><p>The Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians wants to build a new casino next to Lansing&rsquo;s downtown convention center.</p><p>Supporters say the casino would bring much needed jobs to the capitol city,&nbsp;boost&nbsp;the city&rsquo;s convention business and provide funding for a college scholarship program for Lansing school children.</p><p>But opponents&nbsp;say the costs are too high.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6587 at http://michiganradio.org Opponents plan to pack Lansing casino public hearing tonight