Lac Vieux Desert Band eyes off-reservation casino at ski resort

The gaming floor at the Lac Vieux Desert Resort and Casino. Photo from Facebook

The Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Michigan is interested in an off-reservation casino, The Ironwood Daily Globe reports.

The tribe has signed a letter of intent with the owners of the Indianhead Mountain Ski Resort. Plans call for the construction of a casino and a hotel at the site, the paper reported.

"It's very early in the process to say much more than that," Barry Bolich, a manager at the resort, told the paper.

The tribe would reportedly need to purchase part of the site and start the land-into-trust process. Approval from the state governor would presumably be required under the two-part determination provisions of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

The tribe already operates the Lac Vieux Desert Resort and Casino. The ski resort site is about 46 miles away.

A public meeting will be held at the ski resort on October 22 to discuss the idea.

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Indianhead Mountain Resort considers hotel, casino expansion (The Ironwood Daily Globe 10/3)

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