Lansing City Council gives OK to proposed casino

Lansing, Michigan (AP) March 2012
The Lansing City Council has voted to move forward with a proposed $245 million tribal casino in Michigan’s capital city.

The Lansing State Journal reports ( ) council approved plans 7-1 related to the Kewadin Lansing development. The vote allows the city to sell property to the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and approves agreements that would govern the project.

Plans for the casino were announced in January. Backers say it would create jobs and help improve the city.

Members of the tribe will vote starting next month on the proposal. Ballots will be sent April 12 and must be returned by May 3.

The plans are opposed by Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette, as well as some other American Indian tribes.