Did you know…..facts about Kewadin Lansing

The Sault Tribe Board of Directors is committed to providing tribal members with complete and accurate information about the Tribe’s proposed Kewadin Lansing casino.

Facts:

Wage parity for all Kewadin Casinos. In the resolution the Board of Directors passed allowing the tribe to move forward on the Lansing project, the Board required parity in wages for all Kewadin employees if theLansing casino opens.  What does this mean?  It means wages for all Kewadin jobs will be comparable. Wages for job positions at all Kewadin Casinos in the U.P andLansing will be similar.

All Lansing casino revenues will go to tribal member programs and services, and to pay down debt. It is estimated that the proposed Lansing casino will generate an operating profit of about $150 million per year, based on revenues of $275 million. The Board has specified that:

• 10 percent of the annual income the Tribe receives from the project will go directly into the Tribe’s Self Sufficiency Fund, also known as the Lands Claim Settlement. These funds will enhance elder tribal checks at the end of the year. 

•  3 percent of the annual revenues will be distributed among and deposited in the following funds: the Elder Health Self-Sufficiency Fund, the Elder Employment Self-Sufficiency Fund, the Funeral Assistance Self-Sufficiency fund, and the Education Assistance Self-Sufficiency Fund.

•  2 percent of the annual income to the Tribe from this project will be deposited into a fund to establish a college scholarship program for tribal members regardless of blood quantum.

•  Remaining revenues will be used to pay off debt, to restore and improve employee benefits (401K), for other members programs and services, and to strengthen the Tribe’s bank accounts and overall financial position.

We NEED the additional revenueLansingwill provide.

Please get the facts before you vote – visit our website at saultribe.com and click on the red “Lansing Facts” button or talk with your unit representative.  Vote YES on the Lansing Casino Referendum!

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6 responses to “Did you know…..facts about Kewadin Lansing

  1. Tim Van Alstine

    Why can’t you give us a revenue sharing plan for the remaining 85%?

    • Hi Tim,

      The remaining revenues will be used to pay off debt, to restore and improve employee benefits (401K), for other members programs and services, and to strengthen the Tribe’s bank accounts and overall financial position. This is one of the tribal board’s goal – to be able to provide these services for all members. Thank you!

  2. Tim Van Alstine

    Why does time show that it’s 4 hrs. later than it actually is? It’s 2:48pm not 6:48pm?

  3. Donld E. Carrow

    Excuse me for being a little bit skiddish about this plan. If we are carrying heavy debt already and have to go into the land grant money to finance this plan and the economy today what it is my question is this:
    How in the world do we dare take this kind of chance? Jepordizing the Elders fund and its payout each year that most elders really need at least those of us that barely survive on a very limited income. I have a few other misgivings about this and before I cast my vote I want to hear the feelings of the Lansing residents and how they feel about this plan. So far all I have heard or seen come from the Soo and little or none from Lansing. We have a saying in Texas “All hat and no horse.” I hope this doesn’t apply here.
    Don Carrow
    Mission, Texas
    Lifetime 1362

    • Donald,

      We understand why you would be apprehensive. Let us address the issue of “taking a chance”. If trust status is not granted for the land in Lansing where the casino would be built, the City of Lansing has agreed to purchase the land back from the Tribe for the amount the Tribe paid to buy it. To legally qualify for trust status for gaming, the Tribe must purchase the land in Lansing where the proposed casino would be built. In fact, to secure trust status, the Tribe specifically must use interest from the Self Sufficiency Fund to buy the land, as stated in our federal Land Claim Settlement Act. If the Tribe’s application to place the land into trust does not succeed, the City of Lansing has agreed to buy the land back from the Tribe for the original purchase price. Bottom line: the Tribe will not lose money on the land purchase. The first parcel of land in Lansing will cost $280,000. The second and final parcel will cost $960,000.

      Elder checks from the Self Sufficiency Fund will continue without interruption and will not be affected by the purchase of the land in Lansing. Before we close on the purchase of the land, funds will be secured and deposited into the Self Sufficiency Fund to protect the elder checks.

      Thank you for your question.

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