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MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The deadline for the city of Lansing to sell the land for a proposed new casino to the Sault Ste. Marie tribe of Chippewa Indians has been extended by 90 days to November 1.
Mayor Virg Bernero, tribal officials and representatives of the tribe’s hired developer say due to the complexity of the project and the many requirements of seeking federal approval for the casino, they will be unable to meet the self-imposed deadline of August 1st.
The project has already been approved by the Lansing city council, the Sault Tribe board of directors, and the Sault Tribe membership in a tribal referendum held earlier this year. Once the sale goes through, the tribe would then apply to the U.S. Department of the Interior to take the land into trust as tribal lands in order to make the off-reservation casino legal.
The $245 million, 125,000-square-foot Kewadin Lansing casino will be built adjacent to the downtown Lansing Center just a few blocks from the state capitol.
The casino is opposed by Governor Rick Snyder, Attorney General Bill Schuette and other tribes in Michigan.
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