Little River Band hails BIA movement on off-reservation casino bid

Artist's rendering of proposed off-reservation casino in Fruitport Township, Michigan. Image from Little River Band

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is seeing action on its proposed off-reservation casino in Michigan.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs just published the scoping report for the $180 million project in Fruitport Township. The document puts the tribe closer to its goal.

"This is another big step for the Little River Band and the Muskegon community to bring economic development to the region," Larry Romanelli, the tribe's ogema, or leader, said in a press release.

The scoping report will be followed by a draft environmental impact statement, more public comments and then a final EIS. Sometime after that, the BIA would issue a record of decision on the project.

But final approval rests with the state governor because the tribe is pursuing the casino under the two-part determination provisions of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Get the Story:
Proposed Michigan tribal casino inches ahead with document released by feds (MLive 2/4)

Federal Register Notice:
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Fruitport Casino Project, Fruitport Township, Muskegon County, Michigan (September 21, 2015)

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