Gun Lake Tribe Stops Revenue Sharing Payment to State of Michigan

Gun Lake Casino

Gun Lake Casino

Published August 18. 2015

WAYLAND, MICHIGAN— The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, commonly known as the Gun Lake Tribe, has failed to make a $7 million revenue sharing payment to the State of Michigan on profits its Gun Lake Casino made.

The payment was withheld because the State of Michigan has allowed lottery sales, according to Gun Lake tribal officials.

The Tribe released the following statement to Native News Online on Monday, August 17, 2015:

“The Tribe and the State began discussing this matter prior to the introduction of internet lottery sales.  At that time, it was clear that internet lottery sales would result in elimination of Tribe’s state revenue sharing payments.

“Clearly, when the Tribe and the State negotiated our gaming compact we discussed internet lottery.  Both parties agreed that if the State introduced internet lottery sales expanded other forms of electronic gaming to social clubs within the Tribe’s market area that the Tribe would not have to make state revenue sharing payments.  The State has decided to offer internet lottery sales and electronic gaming within the Tribe’s market area.

Despite these events, the Tribe feels that a resolution to this disagreement is possible, which is why it made a state revenue sharing payment in December 2014, even though it was not required to do so.

The Tribe would like to emphasize that it has established a good working relationship with Governor Rick Snyder’s administration and has every intention of resolving this matter amicably for the benefit of all parties.”

Gun Lake Casino is located off Exit 61 on U.S. 131, halfway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.  The casino features over 1,500 slot machines, 33 table games, a food court, and a 225-seat café, along with bars, lounges, and live entertainment.  Gun Lake Casino is owned by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians and is operated by the Tribe’s management partner, MPM Enterprises, LLC, owned by an affiliate of Station Casinos, Inc. and private investors from Michigan.

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