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