The Pokagon Band of
is on track to open a new casino in a matter of months but don't expect slot machines at other Class III games there.
That's because the tribe hasn't negotiated a gaming compact with the state of Indiana. And leaders aren't in a rush to do so, according to The Indianapolis Star, despite the historic nature of the forthcoming Four Winds
Casino in South Bend
"It's the first time in 200 years in Indiana that they actually have Indian country," Chairman John P. Warren told the paper. "And we're very proud of that."
Slot machines, table games and related Class III offerings are extremely lucrative. But states typically demand a cut of the revenues in exchange for negotiating a compact -- in Michigan, the tribe has shared $51.4 million with local governments since 2007, according to a Sepember 2016 report
Despite lacking a deal with the state of Indiana, the tribe adopted a similar approach with the city of South Bend. An agreement promises 2 percent of the net win from Four Winds, along with other monetary concessions, The Star reported.
But if the tribe tried to negotiate a compact, politicians are likely to erect hurdles. Some lawmakers whose districts include non-Indian gaming facilities have been openly hostile to an agreement, expressing stereotypical and even "racist" views
about Indian people.
As a result, a new state law
requires state legislative approval of any Class III compact.
went into effect even though then-governor Mike Pence
(R) -- now the vice president of the United States
-- declined to sign it.
A spokesman for Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) told The Star that it would be "premature" to talk about compact negotiations. So the casino in South Bend will only feature Class II games unless the situation changes before it's expected debut in January 2018.
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What Indiana's first tribal casino — the Four Winds in South Bend — means for the state
(The Indianapolis Star August 26, 2017)
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Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana
(November 29, 2016)Draft
Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Pokagon Band of Potawatomi
Indians Fee-to-Trust Transfer for Tribal Village and Casino, City of South Bend,
St. Joseph County, Indiana
(March 12, 2015)Notice
of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Pokagon
Band Tribal Village Fee-to-Trust Acquisition and Casino Project in the City of
South Bend, St. Joseph County, IN
(August 24, 2012)
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