US OKs Indian group's request to move casino

AP News
Posted: Dec 21, 2011 10:13 AM
US OKs  Indian group's request to move casino

The U.S. Interior Department says it's given the go-ahead to an Upper Peninsula Indian tribe to move its casino to a new site in Michigan.

On Tuesday, Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk approved an application from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

At the same time, the department says he rejected an application from the Cayuga Nation of New York to buy land for a casino in Seneca County, N.Y. Echo Hawk says the application didn't meet all department rules.

The 3,310-member Keweenaw Bay group is located in Baraga County and has operated the Ojibwa Two Casino in neighboring Marquette County for 11 years.

The decision allows the tribe to move the casino to an 80-acre site at the former Marquette County Airport in Negaunee Township.