The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community says it is "appalled" by Governor Snyder's decision to reject the tribe's casino relocation proposal.
The KBIC says Governor Snyder has failed to honor an agreement the tribe made with former Governor Engler that would have allowed the relocation of their Chocolay Township casino to the former Marquette County Airport in Negaunee Township.
KBIC officials say they worked to gain consent from local units of government and the federal government in order to make the move. They claim all Governor Snyder needed to do was concur with the federal government's finding that: "a gaming establishment on newly acquired lands would be in the best interest of the Indian tribe and its members; and gaming on the newly acquired lands would not be detrimental to the surrounding community."
Governor Snyder says he was open to relocation as part of a broader agreement between the tribe and the state.
According to the governor's office, the tribe declined to take part in discussions about a potential agreement.
One of the proposals the state offered required the tribal businesses to collect tax on transactions with non-native Americans.
The tribe may resubmit its proposal under the established procedures.