1500-Slot Casino Planned for Port Huron if BMIC Vanderbilt Casino Succeeds

Here is the article.

An excerpt:

With little to lose and much to gain, the Bay Mills Indian Community has opened a mini-casino in Vanderbilt, a village on Interstate 75 north of Gaylord, without federal or state approval.

If the play in Vanderbilt succeeds, the tribe will convert the old Port Huron post office on Military Street into a temporary casino with 1,500 slot machines.

Eventually, Bay Mills intends to build a permanent casino and luxury hotel at Desmond Landing, where the tribe owns 16.5 acres. This parcel would become the first Indian reservation in Port Huron since the 1830s when federal troops forcibly removed the Blackwater band of the Chippewa to Kansas.

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3 Responses to 1500-Slot Casino Planned for Port Huron if BMIC Vanderbilt Casino Succeeds

  1. Thomas says:

    I live in Northern Michigan and I am a member of a tribe in the state of Michigan. With that being said, I feel I do have a say in speaking out against the Bay Mills Indian Community and its Vanderbilt casino operation. I am not a member of the LTBB of Odawas but as a Annoshinabe and being one who is well versed in the legal ramifications of this operation, I believe someone should shed light and corrilate the facts as to why the Bay Mills Tribe Vanderbiilt operation should be closed. It is my understanding that certain questions are not being asked in reguards to the legal opening if the Vanderbiilt casino. I would hope that the Secretary of the Interior would bring to light the answers to my questions.
    1) If the Bay Mills Tribe had aquired the land after the Oct 17, 1988 did the Secretary of the Interior give the permission to operate any gaming on this land? By law, any Indian land aquired after Oct 17, 1988 must have the approval of the Secretary of the Interior to conduct any gaming operation.
    2) Is the land in which the Bay Mills Tribe operates the Vanderbilt casino designated as Reservation land, land held in trust by the federal government, or if it is land that is not held in trust, does the Bay Mills Tribe have the right to ‘exercise governmental control’ over that land aquired after 1988? Meaning, do they have exclusive law enforcement jurisdiction?
    3) Was there another tribal-state compact signed to operate outside of the Bay Mills traditional grounds…this tribe has reservation lands in the upper pennisula of Michigan but no traditional lands below the Mackinaw bridge. These lands are commonly refereed to as Odawa and Ottawa lands. If there was a new compact submitted to the Secretary of the Interior, did he authorize this land as held in trust or by not acknowledging the compact within the 45 day time phrame, that compact would automatically become a valid compact.
    4) Under Chapter 9 of the Michigan tribal compact the Bay Mills Tribe would have had to have had the blessing of all Native American Tribes located within Michigan in order to open the Vanderbilt casino, If they are in violation of this Chapter 9, the Secretary of the Interior should authorize the closing of the Vanderbilt casino. The Chair of the NIGC ( National Indian Gaming Commission) is the only person who can authorize the closing of a tribal casino. He is also the person within the Federal Government who authorizes the opening of a tribal casino.

    If the Bay Mills Tribe is allowed to continue to manipulate the tribal soverignty if other tribes within Indian Country I fear all of Indian Country will pay dearly for the greed and disrepect shown by the Bay Mills Tribe to it’s brothern who hold traditional claim to the Northern Lower part of Michigan. It is only greed and distespect by the Bay Mills that pushes them into the lands of the Odawa…and further into lower Michigan if they are allowed to operate this Vanderbilt casino and their plans in Port Huron. They are nothing but a disease in Indian Country and if they are allowed to continue to operate like they do…all of Indian Country will be looked upon as nothing but the basic negative stereotypical Indian casino operation that I continue to hear about by non-natives in Northern Michigan.

  2. Thomas says:

    Please forgive some of my spelling in the above comments… As one might surmise, this is an emotional issue and I don’t have spell check. : (

  3. B says:

    This is not only an emotional issue for you. I believe it is a controversial topic for many people, native and non-native alike. You speak against the Bay Mills Tribe and that’s your absolute right. I however, speak in support of the Bay Mills Tribe. I think it could be said that without Bay Mills leading the way in Indian Gaming there wouldn’t be any casinos. Without Bay Mills, what kind of fishing rights would the tribal people of Michigan have?

    I have a question for you, does Section 9 of the gaming compact state anything about lands that are purchased using land claims money? I don’t believe it does, but please correct me if I’m wrong.

    I hope you do not see this as an attack on your opinion, rather just a different opinion.

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