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MichGO Fights Two Casino Plans in Michigan

On July 18th, 2008, the chance of two Indian casino facilities within half an hour travel of Grand Rapids does not bode well with local gambling critics. Todd Boorsma, the former president of Michigan Gambling Opposition said that it takes expandable income from the economy and places it in a single entity. It possess an unfair business advantage. The organization, which is also known as MichGO, has started a legal battle that has delayed a $200 million casino planned for Wayland.

Boorsma commented that the anti-casino organization also helped launched Positively Muskegon a few years back to also help fight plans to construct a casino in the area. He said that after reports that former location of the Great Lakes Downs racing track is being considered for a casino location, MichGO's presence in the area will likely continue. Boorsma added that casinos are not the answer to the struggling economy of Michigan. The Little River Band's possible gaming facility could offer stiff competition to a proposed $200 million casino the Gun Lake Band of Pottawatomi Indians wants to construct in the Wayland Township.

Officials are not saying if the Gun Lake Indian Tribe is wary about having another casino facility within an hour's drive of its location. Tribal spokesperson James Nye declined to comment on the issue. After a turbulent court battle, the Gun Lake Indian Tribe firmly believes that their casino project is close on becoming a reality. The Gun Lake Tribe, which is also known as the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish, is waiting for the decision on the lawsuit filed by MichGO, which is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

In May 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals approved the decision by the U.S. Department of Interior to take the land under trust for the tribe. MichGO's legal action has delayed that decision. The tribe's profit sharing gaming compact with the state-already approved by the governor and the house-is waiting for the approval of the state Senate.


05 August 2008
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Jessica Kellerman

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