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4/20/2017

article After two years away, Bike Time to set up again in downtown
(Michigan) -- Bike Time is moving back to downtown Muskegon. But organizers say it will not cause a conflict with the Rebel Road event that took over Western Avenue...

7/27/2016

article Tribe unveils plans for 300-unit housing development near proposed casino
(Michigan) -- The Indian tribe planning a casino in Muskegon County has unveiled its plans for 120 acres of land it purchased in Fruitport Township.

3/4/2016

article Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Purchases Land for Casino
(Michigan) -- An American Indian tribe is one step closer to building a casino in Muskegon County. The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians just purchased 120 acres of...
article The Next Step Toward A Muskegon Casino
(Michigan) -- An American Indian tribe planning a casino in Muskegon County has completed its purchase of 120 acres of land owned by a school district. The Little River...

3/3/2016

article Indian tribe planning casino completes $500K school land purchase
(Michigan) -- The Indian tribe planning a casino in Muskegon County has completed its $500,000 purchase of 120 acres of land owned by Fruitport Community Schools.

2/5/2016

article Progress on casino's approval. 'Could it be 2 years, 7 years? I don't know'
(Michigan) -- An application for a new casino never moves quickly, but one tribe's plans to build an $180 million casino development in a Muskegon suburb keep moving...

2/4/2016

article Proposed Michigan tribal casino inches ahead with document released by feds
(Michigan) -- A massive tribal casino project planned for a Muskegon suburb has inched forward in a lengthy federal permit process, officials announced Thursday, Feb. 4.

1/20/2016

article Study of proposed casino's impact to get local review before feds publish
(Michigan) -- Before the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs publishes an impact statement on a proposed West Michigan casino, local officials will double check a draft and...

11/10/2015

article Gov. Rick Snyder talks shipping, energy, casino in Muskegon visit
(Michigan) -- .... CASINO: The casino development proposed for the former Great Lakes Downs racetrack site in Fruitport Township by the Little River Band of Ottawa...
article Tribe behind Fruitport casino signs $500,000 agreement to buy school land
(Michigan) -- The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians reportedly has until the end of January to finalize a $500,000 purchase agreement for 120 acres of property owned...

11/6/2015

article CHIEF PEGO: State compacts do not allow an 'off-reservation' Indian casino in Fruitport
(Michigan) -- A recent opinion piece written by a surrogate of the Little River Band attempted to confuse that tribe's attempt to obtain a casino on lands outside...

10/24/2015

article Lakes Mall to be filled to capacity soon; GM 'excited' about center's future
(Michigan) -- The revolving door that is The Lakes Mall has been churning under first-year general manager Jonathan Pittman so far in 2015.

10/18/2015

article Muskegon Michigan Little River casino proposal
(Michigan) -- Approval of a tribal casino in Muskegon County, Michigan is far from being realized, but supporters say after a hearing this week odds of that happening...

10/17/2015

article From 'possibility' to 'probability,' tribe looks forward for tribal casino
(Michigan) -- The game isn't over, but a proposed tribal casino for Muskegon County has better odds after a hearing this week, supporters say.
article Public comments mostly positive for Muskegon-area casino plans
(Michigan) -- The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians wants to build a $180 million casino at the site of the former Great Lakes Downs Racetrack.

10/16/2015

article 5 themes from hearing about proposed casino, part of $180 million project
(Michigan) -- Dozens of people spoke their opinions Thursday about a casino proposed for the former Great Lakes Downs racetrack in Fruitport Township.
article Feds hold public meeting on possible casino in Fruitport Twp.
(Michigan) -- After eight years, leaders of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians continue their effort to build a Muskegon County casino in Fruitport Township. It...
article Public comments mostly positive on new casino in Fruitport Township
(Michigan) -- If you missed Thursday's meeting there is still time to weigh in on plans for a proposed casino at the site of an old horse racetrack in Muskegon...
article See what 20 people had to say at Muskegon County casino public hearing
(Michigan) -- When it comes to a casino in Muskegon County, there is no shortage of opinions. Many of them were laid out on the table for all to hear on Thursday, Oct....
article Standing room only for discussion of proposed Muskegon County tribal casino
(Michigan) -- More than 600 people packed the performing arts center at Fruitport Middle School Thursday night, Oct. 15 to give comments and listen during a hearing for...

10/15/2015

article Feds hold public meeting on possible casino in Fruitport Twp.
(Michigan) -- After eight years, leaders of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians continue their effort to build a Muskegon County casino in Fruitport Township. It...
article Hearing held on the proposed Muskegon casino
(Michigan) -- The public got their chance to weigh in on plans for a casino in Muskegon County. The $180 million project has been proposed by the Little River Band of...
article Leaders back Muskegon Co. casino at meeting
(Michigan) -- More residents voiced approval than opposition to a proposed casino in Muskegon County at a packed meeting on Thursday. The Little River Band of Ottawa...

10/14/2015

article Don't forget federal hearing on proposed casino Thursday
(Michigan) -- When it comes to a proposed Muskegon County tribal casino, the public has a chance to hear and be heard Thursday, Oct. 15. Federal officials will hold the...

10/12/2015

article 6 details about the games, food and vibe of a proposed Muskegon County casino
(Michigan) -- People hoping to visit a proposed tribal casino may have a different set of questions than lawyers, lobbyists and federal bureaucrats. The Little River...

10/9/2015

article Tribe, Muskegon community, federal officials should decide casino issue: guest column
(Michigan) -- This attack on the Muskegon community is coming on the heels of the Bureau of Indian Affairs' announcement of an Oct. 15 public hearing on the proposed...

10/8/2015

article History and business: One tribe's case for a casino in Muskegon County
(Michigan) -- Few locals have come out against a proposed casino and development in a suburb of Muskegon next to the I-96 highway and the Lakes Mall.
article How to submit your comments on a proposed Muskegon County tribal casino
(Michigan) -- A branch of the federal government is taking comments on a proposed tribal casino development near the mall, but there are a few guidelines for commenting.

9/24/2015

article Strong official support, little opposition to proposed Muskegon County casino
(Michigan) -- Elected officials are prepared to support a proposed $180 million casino development when it heads into a public hearing in mid-October. The Little River...

9/23/2015

article Proposed Muskegon County casino faces 'one of the largest hurdles' in 7 years
(Michigan) -- Calling it "one of the largest hurdles," the Little River Band's ogema and other supporters of constructing a casino in Muskegon County's...

9/21/2015

article Federal review next step in proposed casino
(Michigan) -- A proposed casino in Muskegon County is one step closer to becoming a reality. Monday, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs...
article Next step in Muskegon Co. casino plan announced
(Michigan) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in Washington, D.C. is moving forward on a Notice of Intent for a proposed casino for Muskegon County. The BIA published...
article Proposed casino moves another step forward in Muskegon County
(Michigan) -- A casino in Muskegon County proposed by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians has moved another step forward. The U.S. Department of Interior's...
article Proposed Muskegon County tribal casino steps toward federal permit
(Michigan) -- The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians' proposed casino for Fruitport Township in Muskegon County took a step forward in the federal permitting...
article BIA To Prep Enviro Analysis For Mich. Tribal Casino Project [sub req]
(Michigan) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs said Monday that it plans to prepare an environmental impact statement for a $180 million casino project and land transfer in...

4/29/2015

article Q&A with Little River Band leader Larry Romanelli about proposed tribal casino, tribe's future
(Michigan) -- One of the state's biggest players for expansion of tribal casinos, Larry Romanelli, was recently re-elected to a third term as his tribe's...

4/27/2015

article Leader of proposed Muskegon County casino re-elected as Ogema of Little River Band
(Michigan) -- The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians has re-elected Larry Romanelli its Ogema leader for a third term. Romanelli received 368 votes, or 56 percent of...
article Looking back at Fruitport Township racetrack, proposed casino site through photos
(Michigan) -- A proposed casino and economic development in Fruitport Township are being weighed by officials in the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian...

2/28/2015

article Tribal casino wouldn't disrupt neighbors in Muskegon County's Fruitport Township, officials say
(Michigan) -- The fast-growing suburb with the county's biggest mall is ready for the county's only casino, leaders at the tribe and township say. The Little...

2/27/2015

article Muskegon Co. casino takes step forward
(Michigan) -- Plans to build a casino on the site of a former racing track in Muskegon County are moving forward. The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians filed its...

2/26/2015

article Tribe moves forward with casino plans
(Michigan) -- A northern Michigan Indian Tribe is moving forward with plans for a second casino. The casino is planned for Fruitport Township – that’s in...

2/25/2015

article Muskegon County casino plan moves forward
(Michigan) -- The application to take the land into trust was filed Monday afternoon. Tribal Ogema Larry Romanelli said in a press release that "this marks another...
article Plans move forward to build casino in Muskegon County
(Michigan) -- Plans to build a casino in Muskegon County are moving forward. On Monday, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians submitted an application to the Bureau of...
article The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Muskegon Casino Project Moves Forward
(Michigan) -- The approval process for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (LRBOI) to develop an Indian gaming facility in Muskegon County is advancing to the next...
article Tribe moves forward with Muskegon casino plans
(Michigan) -- It could be years before a casino is approved for Fruitport Township in Muskegon County, if it ever is. But the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is...

10/28/2014

article Little River Band still touting proposal for off-reservation casino
(Michigan) -- The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians of Michigan just won a major award for its casino as the tribe pursues a second venue off the reservation.

10/27/2014

article Manager: Manistee's 'casino of the year' model could be replicated for proposed Fruitport location
(Michigan) -- The award-winning formula of Little River Band of Ottawa Indian's casino in Manistee could be replicated in Fruitport Township, the casino manager said...

7/8/2014

article Little River Band official Robert Memberto remembered for Fruitport casino work, tribal community efforts
(Michigan) -- One of the great idioms of the deceased is to describe them as larger than life. It helps categorize an aura of enormity that goes beyond the physical...

6/27/2014

article Muskegon County Commissioners pass resolution to support Fruitport casino as proposal continues to move forward
(Michigan) -- Citing economic growth, recent advancements and a request for more formal support, the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, June 24,...
article Muskegon County commissioners support proposed casino
(Michigan) -- Even though it might never be built, a proposed casino has won approval from Muskegon County commissioners. The Board of Commissioners this week...

10/17/2013

article Timeline: Fruitport tribal casino in planning stage for more than 5 years
(Michigan) -- A Fruitport Township tribal casino has been in the planning stage for more than five years. That planning will now continue. News broke last weekend that...

10/16/2013

article Fruitport tribal casino progress means long period of work for tribe, township
(Michigan) -- A stalled plan for a tribal casino in Fruitport Township is moving again, but even the township that’s supportive of the project is cautious about...

10/15/2013

article $100M Mich. Tribal Casino Proposal Moves To DOI For Review
(Michigan) -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has pushed forward the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians' plans for a second casino in the state, sending the tribe's $...

10/14/2013

article Fruitport tribal casino's federal review process allowed now by waiver; then Michigan consideration
(Michigan) -- The U.S. government review of a proposed tribal casino in Fruitport Township is being allowed based on a waiver, but the Michigan governor's office...
article Planned Muskegon County Casino Clears State Hurdle
(Michigan) -- A dispute over territorial rights in Muskegon that could affect revenue for the Wayland area could be surfacing soon.
article Plans for new Casino in Muskegon move slowly forward
(Michigan) -- How many Casinos can West Michigan support? Governor Snyder will step out of the way of the Little River Band’s proposal to turn a former horse race...

10/13/2013

article Fruitport could be home to Michigan's next casino
(Michigan) -- Governor Rick Snyder is allowing an Indian tribe to take some important steps to determine if a casino could be built at a former horse track in western...

10/12/2013

article Fruitport tribal casino proposal still facing hurdles; Gov. Rick Snyder's decision a step forward
(Michigan) -- Gov. Rick Snyder’s recent decision to allow a casino development petition by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians to advance to the federal level...
article Gov. Rick Snyder allowing Fruitport Township casino project to advance to federal level
(Michigan) -- The proposed Little River Band of Ottawa Indians casino in Fruitport Township received a major breakthrough today with the announcement by tribal and state...
article Tribe gets OK from Snyder to pursue casino studies
(Michigan) -- Gov. Rick Snyder is allowing an Indian tribe to take some important steps to determine if a casino could be built at a former horse track in western...

11/28/2012

article Realty signs near proposed Fruitport Township tribal casino site spark speculation
(Michigan) -- The signs near the corner of Harvey Street and Hile Road in Fruitport Township have nothing to do with the proposed casino-centered development.

11/2/2012

article Should Fruitport casino proposal receive Gov. Rick Snyder's signature or does Michigan have enough?
(Michigan) -- The MLive posts about the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians' proposed casino project update -- essentially, blaming Gov. Rick Snyder for not allowing...

10/31/2012

article Little River Band leaders blame Gov. Rick Snyder for holding up proposed Fruitport casino
(Michigan) -- Little River Band of Ottawa Indians leaders, in a room with Fruitport Township, Muskegon County and state officials, specifically blamed Gov. Rick Snyder...

6/19/2012

article Fruitport casino proposal: Alleged political, beneficial factors debated
(Michigan) -- The MLive story about Muskegon-area governmental leaders trying to reach out to Gov. Rick Snyder about the proposed tribal casino in Fruitport Township...

5/29/2012

article Proposed Muskegon County tribal casino operator plans to file complaint
(Michigan) -- The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is making preparations to file a complaint concerning the tribe’s growing concern about petitions being circulated...

4/30/2012

article Muskegon County casino confusion grows with ballot signature-gathers locally
(Michigan) -- Tribal and local governmental officials who support the opening of a casino in Muskegon County are concerned that some local residents may be inadvertently...

4/9/2012

article Fruitport, other casino proposals generate opposing views
(Michigan) -- Sunday's story about the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians' proposal to build a casino in Fruitport Township seemingly being lost in a surge of...

4/8/2012

article Fruitport casino project stalled amidst Michigan surge of gambling-venue proposals
(Michigan) -- Casinos are back in the forefront in Michigan sparked by the ongoing discussions and media coverage about the multiple casino projects being proposed...

1/27/2012

article Proposed Lansing, Fruitport casinos seeking approvals differently
(Michigan) -- Two proposed American Indian casinos, one in Fruitport Township and one in Lansing, appear to be charting different courses in the quest to gain the...

1/6/2012

article Muskegon chamber takes stance on tribal project, but avoids calling it a casino
(Michigan) -- Without using the words "casino," "gambling" or even "gaming," Muskegon County's main business organization issued a...

11/16/2011

article BLOG: Would casino support from Muskegon chamber of commerce help sway state officials?
(Michigan) -- Tuesday's stories on the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners pressing the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce to take a public, supportive stance...

11/15/2011

article Muskegon County board presses Chamber of Commerce for casino support
(Michigan) -- Muskegon County commissioners, who have previously passed resolutions in support of a proposed tribal casino in Fruitport Township, voiced frustration...

8/30/2011

article Gov. Snyder explains opposition to Muskegon County Indian casino plan
(Michigan) -- Gov. Rick Snyder is opposed to the proposed Indian casino in Fruitport Township because those plans “cross the line.”The governor said he will...

8/28/2011

article New plans for Muskegon casino approved by City Commission
(Michigan) -- Muskegon, Mich. may be the site for a new casino yet. The Muskegon City Commision approved an agreement recently from a Grand Rapids developer to turn the...

8/27/2011

article Concept of downtown Muskegon Indian casino resurfaces as city commissioners transfer development agreement
(Michigan) -- The concept of a downtown Indian casino reared its head before the Muskegon City Commission this week after a several-year absence.

7/1/2011

article Casino proposed for Fruitport Township again wins Muskegon County commissioners support
(Michigan) -- Muskegon County commissioners this week reiterated their continued support of the proposed American Indian casino in the county.

6/21/2011

article Snyder won't back off-reservation casino near Muskegon
(Michigan) -- Supporters of a proposed casino at the site of the former Great Lakes Downs horse track in West Michigan plan to continue pushing for the project after the...

6/20/2011

article Plans for Muskegon casino shot down
(Michigan) -- It looks like plans for a new casino in Muskegon may have busted. The governor's office tells us that Governor Snyder will not open a new gaming...
article Proposed Muskegon County casino supporters plan to keep advocating despite governor's reluctance
(Michigan) -- State Sen. Goeff Hansen took the glass-half-full approach to last week's announcement from the governor's office that threw cold water on a...

6/17/2011

article Tribal casino proposal in Muskegon County missing Gov. Snyder's signature for compact
(Michigan) -- The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians' proposed plan to build a casino in Muskegon County appeared to suffer a setback this week.

6/8/2011

article OP/ED: There's money to be made: Muskegon County casino proposal deserves action
(Michigan) -- $2.6 million: That's the amount the new Gun Lake Casino will pay out to local and state governments in revenue sharing after its first two months of...

4/1/2011

article Little River Band continues to seek approvals for Muskegon County casino
(Michigan) -- Tribal officials hoping to build a casino in Muskegon County say they are in it for the long haul. Despite delays the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians...

3/18/2011

article Little River Band pays off Manistee casino debt, eyes proposed Fruitport Township development
(Michigan) -- The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians paid off the debt on the the Little River Casino Resort in Manistee this week, and tribal officials promoted the...

11/6/2010

article Site drawings released of proposed Fruitport Township casino in Muskegon County
(Michigan) -- On Tuesday, the people spoke at the ballot box. Now, backers of a local American Indian casino proposal are asking the people to speak out again.

8/30/2010

article Fruitport Township's casino future uncertain after failed vote
(Michigan) -- Dead or alive? That's the looming question in the wake of Wednesday's failure to get a proposal for a Fruitport Township casino onto the floor of...

8/26/2010

article Effort to bring tribal casino to Muskegon County hits roadblock in Michigan Legislature
(Michigan) -- Plans for a new tribal casino in Muskegon County appear to have hit a legislative roadblock. The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, who operate a casino...

8/24/2010

article Proposed Fruitport casino could see legislative action
(Michigan) -- A bill that would finalize state approval for construction of a casino in Fruitport Township is expected to be considered Wednesday by the state House.

7/9/2010

article Hundreds turn out for Fruitport Twp. tribal casino hearing
(Michigan) -- About 200 people met Friday morning at Muskegon Community College to discuss a proposed tribal casino in Fruitport Township.

7/1/2010

article Opponents argue against planned Fruitport Township Indian casino
(Michigan) -- State lawmakers are considering arguments against a proposed casino in Fruitport Township. The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians wants to build the...

3/26/2010

article Muskegon casino plans clear 2 more hurdles
(Michigan) -- Plans to build a tribal casino in Muskegon County cleared two hurdles this week when the county’s board of commissioners and Fruitport Township board...

3/23/2010

article Muskegon County commissioners unanimously approve casino pacts
(Michigan) -- The Muskegon County Board of Commissioners made it a quick and clean sweep Tuesday afternoon in approving the necessary agreements to allow for a proposed...

2/27/2010

article Non-tribal Muskegon casino would require a amending Michigan's Constitution
(Michigan) -- A new statewide proposal in its preliminary stages would pave the way for construction of a corporate casino in the city of Muskegon.

2/12/2009

article Plans moving forward on proposed Fruitport Township casino
(Michigan) -- The work by federal, tribal and local officials completed this year will play a large role in whether a proposed American Indian casino becomes a reality...

1/22/2009

article Tribal leader eyeing Muskegon casino applauds ruling
(Michigan) -- The chief for a Indian tribe looking to put a casino in Muskegon County applauded U.S. Supreme Court action seeming to pave the way for another tribe's...

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