casinos inch closer to approval in Michigan
Indian casinos in Romulus and
Port Huron, Michigan, are getting closer to existence.
the House Natural Resource Committee approved legislation which
would allow two proposed Indian casinos to be built around
Romulus and Port Huron in the state of Michigan. The Sault Ste.
Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the Bay Mills Indian
Community reached agreements in 2002 to take land in Romulus and
Pot Huron and build off-reservation casinos there, in exchange
to drop a land claim for about 110 acres in Charlotte Beach.
Opponents of the bill claimed that the
tribes are simply searching for a way to build off-reservation
casinos, bypassing the federal law. But the bill to settle the
dispute by allowing the Indian tribes to build the two casinos
passed the House committee by a wide margin. Still, the bill
needs to go through the Senate, where the proposal faces an
uncertain future because of opposition from Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada).