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KBIC updates details of casino expansion in MI Upper Peninsula

Construction on the $33.5 million expansion at the Marquette Ojibwa II Casino located in Chocolay Township on M-28 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) is expected to begin on July 24, according to local newspaper, The Mining Journal.

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7/11/2017

article KBIC gets nod to move forward with Ojibwa casino expansion in U.P.
(Michigan) -- By late November, early December 2018, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s (KBIC) Ojibwa Casino in Chocolay Township should look completely different...

6/19/2017

article Keweenaw Bay Indian Community shares $1.3M in gaming revenues
(Washington) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community shared another $1.3 million in gaming revenues in Michigan. Twice a year, the tribe shares 2 percent of its slot...

6/18/2017

article KBIC updates details of casino expansion in MI Upper Peninsula
(Michigan) -- Construction on the $33.5 million expansion at the Marquette Ojibwa II Casino located in Chocolay Township on M-28 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P...

6/14/2017

article Casino expansion detailed
(Michigan) -- Construction is expected to begin July 24 on the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s Ojibwa II Casino expansion, a $33.5 million project that will...

6/13/2017

article KBIC announces their recent gaming distributions
(Michigan) -- Since 1993, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has been making bi-annual payments from gaming proceeds of their casinos to local units of government (2...

6/9/2017

article KBIC gives $8K from casino revenue
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council donated more than $8,000 to local causes when it met Saturday.

5/31/2017

article KBIC searches for help in casino expansions
(Michigan) -- There are many opportunities in the Upper Peninsula for people to get apprenticeships in building trades. The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community held a...

5/30/2017

article Upper Michigan tribe updates timetable for completion of renovations at its two Ojibwa casinos
(Michigan) -- Renovations to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) of the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians’ two gaming facilities located in Michigan...

5/24/2017

article Casino construction only slightly delayed
(Michigan) -- The Ojibwa Casinos both in Marquette and Baraga are getting an upgrade. According to staff, the project is running a month behind schedule, changing the...

4/10/2017

article Keweenaw Bay Indian Community announces open house for job seekers for $40M casino upgrade project
(Michigan) -- Community members were encouraged by Chris Swartz, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community President (KBIC), to apply for a variety of construction jobs the tribe is...

4/7/2017

article KBIC seeking construction workers for casino project
(Michigan) -- Keweenaw Bay Indian Community President Chris Swartz encouraged people to apply for a variety of construction jobs the tribe wants to fill for upcoming...

3/28/2017

article Tribal Council gives itself stipend raise
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community increased stipends from $250 to $350 for council members who attend meetings to the end. President Chris Swartz was the...

3/13/2017

article KBIC prepares for Men’s Health Month
(Michigan) -- Keweenaw Bay Indian Community will recognize June as Men’s Health Month to increase awareness of the health challenges of Native American men. KBIC...

3/10/2017

article KBIC hires Minneapolis ad firm to promote casinos
(Michigan) -- Keweenaw Bay Indian Community will rehire a Minnesota advertising agency to promote its casinos in Baraga and Marquette. Ojibwa Casinos General Manager Don...
article Tribal knowledge important to KBIC
(Michigan) -- Keweenaw Bay Indian Community President Chris Swartz will discuss the importance of traditional tribal knowledge at a conference in Marquette in two weeks...

2/27/2017

article Bergman tours KBIC facilities
(Michigan) -- U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman was in the Upper Peninsula over the weekend, touring facilities of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Saturday afternoon. “I...

2/25/2017

article Keweenaw Bay Indian Community authorizes additional $2 million for casino projects
(Michigan) -- Last year, voters in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community approved $40 million in casino project spending. The KBIC has now decided to approve an additional $...

2/24/2017

article KBIC approves 2M for casino
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community authorized spending another $2 million Thursday to support its $40 million casino projects. Last year, KBIC voters...

2/13/2017

article Casino upgrade with staff training
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is considering investing in its employees to maximize the success of casino projects in Baraga and Marquette. Ojibwa...

2/7/2017

article Tribe gives donations
(Michigan) -- After being briefed about the declining health of one of its healers Saturday, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council agreed to give the man...

1/20/2017

article KBIC fighting back against drug abuse
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is fighting back against drug abuse. In addition to hosting a talk by the UPSET commander Monday, the tribal council...

1/18/2017

article County Board supports KBIC land trust request
(Michigan) -- The Marquette County Board at its regular meeting Tuesday supported a request by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community to place a 64-acre parcel of land near...

1/16/2017

article KBIC investing in casino staff
(Michigan) -- The Ojibwa casinos manager is focused on making sure the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s $40 million in casino upgrades pays off by investing in one...
article KBIC extends U.S. Oil contract
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community extended its contract with U.S. Oil to supply gas and diesel fuel to its three gas stations on the L’Anse Indian...
article KBIC to start bay trail
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is working with the state and village to start a trail around the bay. Last week, the tribal council decided to sign the...

1/10/2017

article Chocolay Township doesn’t oppose KBIC trust request
(Michigan) -- With a split-vote decision Monday the Chocolay Township Board decided not to oppose the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s request for trust status on...
article KBIC casino funds being used wisely in community
(Michigan) -- A pair of drowning deaths last summer in choppy Lake Superior waters off the Little Presque Isle recreational site north of the city of Marquette left the...
article Tribe looks to put land in trust status
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community wants to take 64 acres of their land and put it into trust status. They’re asking the federal government for the...

1/9/2017

article KBIC swears in new council members, re-elects officers
(Michigan) -- Welcoming new members, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council re-elected officers and gave President Chris Swartz a raise at its meeting Saturday.

1/4/2017

article Marquette Township to use KBIC funds for waterfront safety
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community recently provided funding to the Marquette Township Fire Department for the acquisition of a personal watercraft and...

12/19/2016

article Incumbent, two newcomers elected to KBIC Tribal Council
(Michigan) -- One incumbent and two newcomers will join the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council, as a result of Saturday’s annual election. Four of the...

12/15/2016

article KBIC Council candidate focused on preserving area’s natural resources
(Michigan) -- Lyndon Ekdahl has lived on the L’Anse Indian Reservation his entire life and would like to serve on the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council.

12/14/2016

article Revamping underway for casinos
(Michigan) -- Two Upper Peninsula casinos are being seriously revamped — to the tune of $40 million. Keweenaw Bay Indian Community voted in August to spend up to...
article Privilege to Serve: KBIC Tribal Council incumbent plans to focus on drug abuse
(Michigan) -- Incumbent candidate Donald Shalifoe Sr. has lived on the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community reservation since he was born and would like to remain one of 12 who...

12/13/2016

article Keweenaw Bay Indian Community announces recent gaming distributions
(Michigan) -- For over two decades, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has been making bi-annual payments from gaming proceeds of their casinos to local units of...

12/12/2016

article Keweenaw Bay Indian Community supports UPSET
(Michigan) -- Keweenaw Bay Indian Community donated $20,000 to the Upper Peninsula Drug Enforcement Team (UPSET) to help fight illegal drug use in the area. “UPSET...

12/11/2016

article KBIC seeks trust status in casino expansion project
(Michigan) -- The Chocolay Township Board asked for more time Wednesday to provide comments on the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s request for property it owns...

12/10/2016

article KBIC seeks trust status in casino expansion project
(Indiana) -- The Chocolay Township Board asked for more time Wednesday to provide comments on the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s request for property it owns near...
article $6.5M upgrade of Baraga casino begins
(Michigan) -- Forty-million-dollar construction projects have officially begun at the Baraga and Marquette casinos. Keweenaw Bay Indian Community broke ground Wednesday...

12/9/2016

article Keweenaw Bay Indian Community breaks ground on $40 million improvements at two casinos
(Michigan) -- On Tuesday and again on Wednesday the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) held ceremonies and broke ground on casino expansion and improvement projects in...

12/8/2016

article Ground broken in Baraga Project
(Michigan) -- One day after the Obijwa Casino in Marquette broke ground on their new project, the one in Baraga followed suit. More than 50 people gathered on this...
article KBIC Breaks Ground On Marquette Casino
(Michigan) -- The Ojibwa Casino in Marquette celebrated the ground breaking of their $33.5 million expansion project for their gaming hall. Ojibwa Casinos General...

12/7/2016

article Keweenaw Bay Indian Community casino project
(Michigan) -- A groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning marked the commencement of construction for the first approved renovations and expansion since the casino opened...
article Plenty of more slots coming to Baraga
(Michigan) -- “A more local, Cheers, type of atmosphere,” said General manager of Ojibwa Casino Don Wren’s on one of the sites’ the upcoming...

12/5/2016

article KBIC allocates gaming proceeds
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council recently gave local municipalities and other community orgnizations a share of its gaming profits. “...

11/27/2016

article Keweenaw Bay Indian Community to renovate Ojibwa Casinos
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has announced they expect groundbreaking to begin on renovations for the Ojibwa Casino of Baraga and the Ojibwa II of...

11/26/2016

article Keweenaw Bay Indian Community renovating casino
(Michigan) -- Groundbreaking ceremonies for two area casino renovations valued at $40 million are scheduled for early December. The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community expects...

11/22/2016

article KBIC says warrants against members threaten Tribe's sovereignty
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has filed a civil complaint in federal court against the State of Michigan for its seizure of tobacco products and...

9/19/2016

article Lifesaving devices donated by KBIC
(Michigan) -- Keweenaw Bay Indian Community donated two life-saving devices - available from one of its corporations - to aid trained first responders in saving Lake...

9/1/2016

article Members of KBIC approve new plans for casino projects in Michigan’s U.P.
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) has approved a ballot proposal to spend up to $40 million on new casino development projects at the Ojibwa Casino...

8/23/2016

article KBIC fights to change speed limit on US-41 in Baraga
(Michigan) -- Recently the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) has put up signs along US-41 in Baraga that alert drivers of how fast they're going. The Michigan...

8/19/2016

article KBIC to remodel Ojibwa casino
(Michigan) -- It's official. The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community will spend up to $40 million to remodel its Ojibwa casinos in Baraga and Marquette by late 2017 or...

8/14/2016

article Keweenaw Bay Indian Community heads to vote on casino projects
(Michigan) -- Members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Michigan are going to the polls on Saturday to vote on gaming projects. The tribe wants to spend $33.5...

8/12/2016

article KBIC to vote on casino upgrade
(Michigan) -- Keweenaw Bay Indian Community voters will decide three questions Saturday, including if the tribe should spend $40 million to upgrade its casinos in Baraga...

7/15/2016

article KBIC votes on second casino plan
(Michigan) -- Keweenaw Bay Indian Community voters will decide if proposed $40 million renovations and expansions of the tribe's casinos in Baraga and Marquette...

7/2/2016

article KBIC votes on casino funding
(Michigan) -- Keweenaw Bay Indian Community voters will be asked to support $40 million renovations of the tribe's casinos, the tribal council decided Thursday.

6/14/2016

article Portion of KBIC gaming proceeds helps local schools and businesses
(Michigan) -- Schools from across the Upper Peninsula are benefiting from gaming distributions, but schools aren't the only ones receiving money from the Ojibwa...

5/25/2016

article The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community announces recent gaming distributions
(Michigan) -- Since 1993 the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has been making bi-annual payments from gaming proceeds of their casinos to local units of government and to...

5/20/2016

article Dianda proposes meeting of minds on KBIC casino
(Michigan) -- State Rep. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, has invited Gov. Rick Snyder to meet with him and Keweenaw Bay Indian Community tribal leaders to discuss a proposed...

5/9/2016

article State Rep. Scott Dianda on 'dark store' and KBIC casino
(Michigan) -- The issue of the 'dark store' tax liability is one that is top of mind for U.P. lawmakers. With less than a month before Summer Recess, the dark...

5/7/2016

article Gov. Snyder asks KBIC to resubmit casino project
(Michigan) -- Plans by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) for an off-reservation casino in the Upper Peninsula won’t be reconsidered by Michigan Governor...

5/5/2016

article Gov: Awaiting formal casino reapplication
(Michigan) -- Gov. Rick Snyder and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community are at odds over the tribe's proposed rebuilding the Ojibwa Casino ll in Negaunee at the old...

5/4/2016

article Govenor Snyder shoots down KBIC plans for former Marquette County Airport
(Michigan) -- Once again Governor Rick Snyder has chosen to pass on the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s (KBIC) plans to develop an entertainment complex at the...
article KBIC: Gov. Snyder nixes planned casino project
(Michigan) -- While Keweenaw Bay Indian Community officials said Gov. Rick Snyder has maintained his stance opposing their request to build a resort and entertainment...
article Snyder rejects airport casino plan again
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community accuses Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder of trying to sell the tribe his endorsement of the tribe relocating the Ojibwa II to...

5/3/2016

article Governor again denies KBIC casino plan
(Michigan) -- Governor Rick Snyder has again refused to agree with a Keweenaw Bay Indian Community plan to develop the former Marquette County Airport site. The Tribe...
press release KBIC press release in response to Governor Snyder
(Michigan) -- The following is a press release issued by the KBIC in response to Governor Snyder's "refusal to concur in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community's...
article KBIC: Snyder rejects plans for old Marquette County Airport
(Michigan) -- According to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Governor Rick Snyder has again refused to concur with the United States Department of Interior regarding...
article KBIC solicits comment on halfway house
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council is inviting tribal members to comment Wednesday on proposed construction of a halfway house on the...

4/23/2016

article Gov not aware of KBIC’s casino proposal
(Michigan) -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder apparently was unmoved by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community's recent efforts to build a new casino in Negaunee.

4/20/2016

article KBIC seeks approval from Michigan governor for off-reservation casino
(Michigan) -- In a last-ditch effort, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) is asking Governor Rick Snyder to approve the relocation of the tribe’s Chocolay...
article Motion to reconsider / KBIC requests casino relocation again
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is asking Gov. Rick Snyder to reconsider his stance on the tribe relocating its Chocolay Township casino to the former...
article Tribe referendum on bill payment
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is considering raising the amount the KBIC Tribal Council can use to pay bills, something that hasn't been done for...

4/19/2016

article Community asks governor to reconsider project
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is asking Governor Rick Snyder to reconsider his stance on a proposed plan to relocate their Marquette Casino. According...
article KBIC reaches out to Governor Snyder on Negaunee Airport property
(Michigan) -- KBIC has been developing plans to expand our current Ojibwa Casino II in Chocolay Township, but before finalizing those plans we wanted to make one last...
article KBIC still pursuing airport casino project
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is asking Gov. Rick Snyder to reconsider his stance on the tribe relocating its Chocolay Township casino to the former...

2/19/2016

article KBIC to vote on amending constitution
(Michigan) -- Keweenaw Bay Indian Community members will decide next month if their Tribal Council should be allowed to spend large sums of money without full tribal...

2/13/2016

article Off-reservation casino being considered by Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
(Michigan) -- Considering the announcement in December by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) that this year’s ballot would include two multi-million dollar...

2/11/2016

article KBIC: Past, Present and Future Part 1
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community's gaming industry all started with a garage casino back around 1980 when a member of the KBIC wanted to make money...
article KBIC: Past, Present, Future - County airport casino waiting to take off
(Michigan) -- With the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community's announcement to renovate their Chocolay Township Casino, many wondered what that meant for their plans at the...

12/16/2015

article Casino proposals voted on by KBIC in Michigan’s U.P.
(Michigan) -- Last week voters in Michigan’s Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in the Upper Peninsula began to decide whether to invest $40 million on casino projects...

11/28/2015

article Schools, county win 2 percent sweepstakes
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community gave a financial shot in the arm to several Baraga County governments and schools last week, handing out nearly $140,000...

11/27/2015

article Numbers behind the casino push
(Michigan) -- For the year, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community handed out about $599,000 in 2 percent funds. According to Michigan Gaming Control Board documents that is...

11/15/2015

article Myrtle Tolonen, First Women to Serve as Chair of Keeweenaw Bay Indian Community, Walks On
(Michigan) -- Myrtle Tolonen, the first woman to serve as chair of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, based in Baraga, Michigan, walked-on on Friday, November 30, 2015....

8/22/2015

article KBIC goes back to the drawing board with casino
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is once again debating plans for a new tribal casino and hotel in Baraga, with discussions now focused on new facilities...

1/30/2015

article KBIC commissions updated casino study
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Thursday approved an agreement with Global Market Advisors to analyze the casino markets for the Baraga and Marquette...

12/14/2014

article KBIC votes down new casino; okays legal pot, same-sex marriage
(Michigan) -- Keweenaw Bay Indian Community voters decisively rejected proposals to purchase the Baraga Lakeside Inn as site of a new casino, and to approve $31.2 for...

9/18/2014

article KBIC judge dismisses lawsuit challenging plan for new casino
(Oklahoma) -- A judge for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Michigan dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the tribe's plan for a new casino.

9/3/2014

article KBIC judge ignores order to stop proceedings in gaming litigation
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Michigan appears to be heading back into a judicial crisis over plans for a new casino. Tribal members approved the $2...

8/14/2014

article Judges' suspensions lifted, reinstated by Tribal Council
(Michigan) -- Things have quieted down in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community after a rough start to the week when a civil lawsuit hearing in the tribal court ended with...

8/12/2014

article KBIC judges suspended for ‘unlawful interference’ with tribal affairs
(Michigan) -- Two Keweenaw Bay Indian Community judges are suspended indefinitely without pay for, what the KBIC Tribal Council president says, personnel policy...
article KBIC suspends judges
(Michigan) -- Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal President, or Ogimaa, Donald Shalifoe Sr. moved to suspend tribal judges Bradley Dakota and Violet Friisval Ayres...
article Keweenaw Bay Indian Community suspends judges in casino flap
(Michigan) -- The leader of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Michigan suspended two tribal court judges on Monday in a dispute over plans for a new casino.
article Tribal judges must wait to meet before Tribal Council regarding suspension
(Michigan) -- Day two of the tensions in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community government has two tribal judges, who were suspended from their jobs Monday via text message,...

8/9/2014

article KBIC casino vote faces court challenge
(Michigan) -- A lawsuit contesting the legality of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community's referendum process for approving large expenditures, and specifically the...

2/10/2014

article KBIC Tribal council looks at cost of acquiring Lakeside Inn
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council has asked Treasurer Eddy Edwards to seek an up-to-date asking price for the Baraga Lakeside Inn, and to...

1/9/2014

article Shakeup at Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council eliminated the position of chief executive officer at its first meeting of the new year.

12/22/2011

article Ojibwa II may see new location
(Michigan) -- Gov. Rick Snyder will consider final approval of a casino development for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, to be located at the former Marquette County...
article US OKs Indian group's request to move casino
(Michigan) -- The U.S. Interior Department says it's given the go-ahead to an Upper Peninsula Indian tribe to move its casino to a new site in Michigan. On Tuesday,...

12/21/2011

article Ojibwa Two Casino now needs government approval
(Michigan) -- With the recent approval from the U.S. Interior Department, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is beginning the next phase of a possible move of the Ojibwa...

12/20/2011

article Ojibwa Two Casino move to airport property approved
(Michigan) -- It's been talked about for nearly ten years, and now it may finally happen. Today the U.S. Interior Department gave the go-ahead for the Keweenaw Bay...
article U.S. OKs plan to move Marquette area Indian casino
(Michigan) -- A federal official has approved the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s request to move its gambling facility on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
article US OKs Indian group's request to move UP casino
(Michigan) -- The U.S. Interior Department says it's given the go-ahead to an Upper Peninsula Indian tribe to move its casino to a new site in Marquette County.

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