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      Governor Snyder issues decision on KBIC casino relocation

      Marquette County Airport, proposed relocation site for KBIC casino

      Governor Snyder has not approved the proposed move of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community's Chocolay Township casino to the old Marquette County Airport located in Negaunee Township.

      According to a statement on Tuesday, the US Department of Interior approved the relocation, subject to the concurrence of the governor. Governor Snyder did not concur with the approval to move the casino.

      Governor Snyder did state that he was open to relocation as part of a broader agreement between the tribe and the state. Potential points for such an agreement include:

      Allowing local governments to have some say in the disposition of the 2 percent local casino revenue sharing payments The tribe entering into an agreement requiring the tribal businesses to collect tax on transactions with non-Native Americans Working out a revised revenue sharing agreement so the tribe would continue to make some level of payments to the state, even if future gaming competition develops elsewhere in the state. Currently, the KBIC is the only tribe with gaming operations in the state that has an agreement that would stop revenue payments if state-authorized gaming was expanded in Michigan.

      According to the governor's office, the tribe declined to take part in discussions about a potential agreement. The tribe may resubmit its proposal under the established procedures.

      You can read the full document discussing the Governor's decision here.