The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians has filed applications with the U.S. Department of the Interior seeking to take land in downtown Lansing in trust. This is another step in the process to attempt to build a casino along the downtown Lansing riverfront. The tribe is attempting to build a $245 million casino resort on nearly 3 acres of land next to the Lansing Center.
The U.S. Secretary of the Interior must approve the trust application for the process to move forward.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says a downtown Lansing casino would create more then a thousand jobs and fund a scholarship program for Lansing students.
The casino project is opposed by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and still faces legal hurdles.