July 28, 2017
The US Department of the Interior has halted the construction of a Lansing casino. This week the department decided that the land the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of the Chippewa Indians was attempting to place into trust, would not be allowed to happen.
In 2012 the tribe bought the land for $287,000. The intention was to build a casino that would be located next to the convention center in Lansing.
Since the land will not be placed into trust as a requirement of the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act, the project cannot move forward.
48 table games and 3,000 slot machines would have been in operation. The casino would have employed 1,500 people. The total cost was $245 million.
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