Snyder Dismisses KBIC Casino’s Relocation

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)Governor Rick Snyder has declined to support a proposal for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community to relocate one of its casinos to the former Marquette County Airport.

The KBIC proposed closing its casino in Chocolay Township and opening a larger casino at the airport site.  The main KBIC casino is located in Baraga.

The U.S. Department of the Interior reviewed the proposal for the federal government and approved the relocation, subject to concurrence from the governor.

The governor indicated that he was open to the relocation as part of a broader agreement between the tribe and the state.  Yesterday was the deadline for the governor to act on the proposal.

Under the established procedures, the tribe may resubmit its proposal.

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