Tribe Casino Deal with State Set to Expire

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Deals struck 20 years ago to open the first American Indian casinos in Michigan will expire Saturday.

Nothing will change immediately. It could be months, even years, before the state and six tribes strike new agreements.

People still can gamble at the tribes' 14 casinos in central and northern Michigan. The tribes stopped paying 8 percent of their slot profits to the state by the late 1990s after voters allowed three casinos to open in Detroit. Those tribes still pay 2 percent of their slot take to local governments.

A big question is whether the state will ever again receive money from the tribes like it does from newer tribal casinos.

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