President Obama Signs New Law to Reaffirm Status of Gun Lake Tribe’s Land

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Tribe Thanks Locals and Congress for Support

BRADLEY, MICHIGAN – The  Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, commonly known as the Gun Lake Tribe, announced today that President Obama signed S. 1603 that reaffirms the trust status of the tribal land upon which the Gun Lake Casino is located.

The U.S. Senate approved the legislation on June 19, 2014, and the House of Representatives gave final approval of the bill on September 16, 2014. The law bars current and future legal challenges to the status of the Tribe’s 147-acre parcel of land in Bradley, Michigan.

“This is a historic day for the Tribe and Indian country. This new law not only reaffirms the trust status of our land, but also permanently ends the frivolous legal challenges that our Tribe and the local community have faced for more than ten years,” said D.K. Sprague, Chairman of the Gun Lake Tribe. “We are pleased that Congress and the President of the United States have vindicated our position.”

Gun Lake Casino making it right with inconvenienced patrons

Gun Lake Casino making it right with inconvenienced patrons

Sen. Debbie Stabenow sponsored S. 1603 which was co-sponsored by Sen. Carl Levin. Michigan’s two senators provided critical leadership in getting the legislation through the U.S. Senate. The Tribe’s land is located within Rep. Fred Upton’s congressional district and his leadership led to securing swift passage in the U.S. House.

“This is a victory for jobs and the economy here in Southwest Michigan. Having passed the House by a bipartisan two-to-one margin, this legislation reaffirms once and for all the Department of Interior’s action of taking this land into trust,” said Rep. Upton. “The Gun Lake Tribe has created more than 1,000 jobs here in Allegan County and has shared revenues with the local municipality and schools.”

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