August 18, 2009
WAYLAND TOWNSHIP, MI - Department of Indian Affairs Assistant Secretary Echo Hawk announced yesterday the signing of a federal proclamation making 147 acres in Allegan County an official reservation for the Gun Lake Tribe of Pottawatomi Indians. The tribe is formally known as the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians. The land had been transferred into federal trust earlier this year by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
This is a long-awaited and important step for the tribe and their plans to build a $200 million casino complex just 20 miles south of Grand Rapids.
Tribal spokesman James Nye says a groundbreaking is planned but has not been scheduled yet.
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