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Michigan tribes distributed $30.1 million in local revenue sharing payments from gaming in 2018

Detroit, Oct. 10, 2019 - Local units of government and revenue sharing boards received $30.1 million in casino gaming revenue-sharing payments from a dozen Michigan Indian tribes during fiscal year 2018, according to a report published by the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe provided more than $6 million in revenue sharing during 2018, which was the largest amount among the 12 tribes. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians shared the second-largest payment amount, $5.77 million, with its local revenue sharing board (LRSB) while the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians sent $5.74 million, the third-largest amount, to its LRSB.

Three school districts and a city government received revenue-sharing payments of more than $1 million from the tribes in 2018:

  • The Nottawaseppi Huron Band/FireKeepers LRSB: Nearly $2.2 million to Harper Creek Community Schools, Battle Creek
  • The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe)/Wayland Township LRSB: $1.9 million to the Wayland Union Schools, Wayland
  • The Pokagon Band LRSB: $1.5 million to the New Buffalo Public Schools
  • Saginaw Chippewa Tribe: $1.4 million to the city of Mount Pleasant
  • Overall, revenue sharing was up 0.87 percent from 2017, which indicates slight year-over-year growth in the tribes’ net win from slot machines.

    The report, Receipts and Distribution of Indian Casino Revenue by Local Revenue Sharing Boards, includes revenue sharing distributions for each tribe to the local communities. As required by Public Act 207 of 2018, the MGCB prepares the report annually.

    Tribal gaming compacts with the state of Michigan and associated federal court consent judgments require payments to local governments or revenue sharing boards.  The revenue sharing amount equals 2 percent of the tribal casinos’ net win from slot machines. 

    Data was provided by the tribes and the seven local revenue sharing boards in Allegan, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Emmet, Manistee and Van Buren counties. The tribes follow different fiscal calendars and payment periods.

    The tribes are:

    • Bay Mills Indian Community
    • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
    • Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe)
    • Hannahville Indian Community
    • Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
    • Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
    • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
    • Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
    • Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Indians
    • Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
    • Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe
    • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

    Since 1994, Native American tribes operating casinos in Michigan have paid more than $497 million in revenue sharing payments to local units of government and revenue sharing boards.

    "The Michigan Gaming Control Board shall ensure the conduct of fair and honest gaming to protect the interests of the citizens of the State of Michigan."