Fast Facts: This is not Greektown

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:

Kewadin Lansing will be a Native American casino, not another Greektown. It will be owned and operated by the Tribe, exactly like our Kewadin Casinos in the U.P. It will not be like Greektown Casino-Hotel, which was regulated by the State of Michigan and taxed at a very high rate of nearly 30% at times.

Greektown Casino was a disaster. The Lansing casino project is not another Greektown Casino. Like the vast majority of tribal members, the Sault Tribe Board of Directors is not interested in, and would strongly oppose, another Greektown Casino. The entire board realizes mistakes were made with Greektown Casino and they have all worked hard to ensure thatLansingis not and will never be another Greektown.

  • Kewadin Lansing will be regulated by the National Indian Gaming Commission, not the Michigan Gaming Control Board like Greektown was.
  • Kewadin Lansing will not pay the high taxes the Detroit casinos pay.  Greektown at times paid nearly 30% in taxes to the city and state.
  • Kewadin Lansing will not pay an annual $8 million regulatory fee to the Michigan Gaming Control Board.
  • In Detroit, the Tribe was forced to build an unprofitable 400-room hotel. InLansing, we are not building a hotel.
  • In Detroit, the Tribe paid all costs related to the project, including paying all expenses related to getting the casino approved. In Lansing, the only cost we are responsible for during the approval process is buying the land. The developer is paying the $10 million it will cost to get the project approved. The Tribe will only incur additional costs for theLansingcasino if it is approved by the federal government and we move into construction. At that point, the Tribe and the developer will secure financing for the project. Bottom line: Kewadin Lansing will have FAR less debt than Greektown did. 

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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Fast Facts: Trust Land & Elder Checks

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:

If trust status is not granted for the land inLansingwhere the casino would be built, the City of Lansinghas 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 inLansing. 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.

The Tribe needs the additional revenueLansingwill provide!

Please get the facts before you vote – visit our website at saulttribe.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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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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Joe Eitrem interview: part 2

Here is the second part of our sit-down interview with Tribal Chairman Joe Eitrem. If you missed it, here is part 1 of the interview.

Will tribal members be able to work at the casino?

How would you like to see tribal members vote on the casino?

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Joe Eitrem interview: Part 1

We recently sat down with Chairman Joe Eitrem to discuss the Lansing casino project. Here is part 1 of our interview — check back in the coming days for the rest!

How will the Lansing casino benefit tribal members?

How will the Lansing project differ from Greektown?

How will the tribe use revenues from the Lansing casino?

How have you provided accurate information to tribal members about the casino project?

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Employee meetings

In early April, Chairman Joe Eitrem will be traveling to each Kewadin casino to meet with staff to discuss various questions regarding the Lansing casino project, the upcoming referendum, and any other questions staff may have.

Managers, please make every effort to allow all employees (casino and governmental) time to attend these meetings if they choose.

Meeting schedule:

April 11: Manistique Team Spirits Bar, 10 a.m. -12 p.m.

April 11:  Christmas Casino Meeting Room, 3 -5 p.m.

April 12:  Sault, Whitefish Point Room I0 a.m. -12 p.m., 4 -6 p.m.

April 13:  St. Ignace 10 -12

April 13:  Hessel, Tent 2 -3

If you have any questions, please contact Sheri Wallis at ext. 26332. Thank you!

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Sault Tribe holds Detroit-area informational meetings

Sault Tribe members are invited to informational meetings on the Referendum Election concerning the Lansing Casino Project. Two meetings will be held at the Detroit American Indian Center, 22720 Plymouth Rd. in Redford, Mich., on:

  • Wednesday, April 4, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 5, 9 – 11 a.m.

Sault Tribe’s chairman, Joe Eitrem, as well as Sault Tribe board representatives, will be on hand to discuss the referendum election, and answer your questions about the referendum and the Kewadin Lansing Casino Project.

The Detroit American Indian Center is located on Plymouth Rd. .5 miles east of Telegraph Rd. For more information, call 1-800-793-0660, see saulttribe.com, or new blog lansingkewadin.wordpress.com.

Miigwech.

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