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Banking executive Jerry Campbell — the developer of the failed $50-million Pinnacle Race Course who walked away from its $2.5-million tax bill four years ago — is now working to open an Indian casino just a mile from the abandoned track near Detroit Metro Airport.
His partner in the new casino venture, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is the same tribe that opened Detroit’s Greektown Casino as a non-tribal venture that declared bankruptcy in 2008 amid an avalanche of $875 million in debt.
The new Huron Township casino would be located in a vacant 71,000-square-foot megachurch building set in the woods off I-275 near Detroit's Metro Airport. The largest tribe within Michigan by membership, the Sault also operates five small Kewadin casinos in the U.P. and has been pushing for several years to build a casino in downtown Lansing.
Off-reservation tribal casinos
Gaining approval for new tribal-land Indian casinos is a complex process. Generally speaking, it involves a two-part determination:
- Approval from the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
- Approval from the governor.
The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians are testing a novel legal theory that, if accepted, would require only one approval — that of the Interior Secretary.
The theory is based on wording in the 1997 federal Michigan Indian Land Claims Settlement Act that was meant to distribute compensation to the Sault for lands taken from them in northern Michigan by treaty in 1836. The tribe submitted an application to Interior last month seeking land in Huron Township and downtown Lansing. Attorneys for the tribe and the State of Michigan (which opposes the application) say it could take several months or years for the project to ultimately get approved or denied.
For the full article, see J. C. Reindl, "Developer of failed horse track wants to open casino near Metro Airport", Detroit Free Press, July 27, 2014.
Marijuana questions could pop up on ballots in at least 17 cities across Michigan this summer and fall.
The questions aim to ease or eliminate local penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana, an approach that supporters call decriminalization.
Last week, volunteers submitted stacks of signed petitions in Frankfort, Huntington Woods, Mt. Pleasant, Pleasant Ridge and Utica; in prior weeks, they did so in Berkley, Grosse Pointe Park, Harrison, Hazel Park, Lapeer, Montrose, Oak Park, Onaway and Saginaw, said leaders of the nonprofit Safer Michigan Coalition, which coordinated the petition drives around Michigan.
The group planned to submit petitions signatures for Port Huron, East Lansing and Portage on Tuesday, the deadline for filing ballot petitions.
For the full article, see Bill Laitner, "Marijuana questions head for city ballots", Detroit Free Press, July 27, 2014.
Gabriel S. Sanchez, "Anti-panhandling ordinances should offend our moral conscience" : Beggars are unsightly and discomfiting, but we’re called to help them, not shove them out of sight and out of mind.
Aaron Foley, "How about a cease-fire for Michigan pyrotechnics?" : Three years of relaxed fireworks restrictions have sowed bad blood between neighbors, terrorized pets and set city leaders fuming. Is freedom worth it?
Conor Dugan, "Visit a few gems on the sunset side before summer sets" : A national travel guide spills the beans on its top 10 travel guides, and guess which state made No. 1? A native makes some trip suggestions.
David Dombrowski (born July 27, 1956) is the president, CEO, and general manager of the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball.
For more information, see Lynn Henning, "If You Build It Right, Millions Will Come", Detroit Hour, April 2014
On July 27, 1934, the newly created state Old Age Assistance Bureau mailed the first ever old-age pension checks, ranging from $5 to $12, to 100 applicants in nine counties.
Source: Mich-again's Day
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