Saginaw Chippewas to build casino near Standish 4-25-07

STANDISH, Mich. (AP) - The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe plans to build a new casino on land it owns in Arenac County, a tribal official said.

The project will break ground on land occupied by the tribe's 56-member Saganing branch near Standish, about 120 miles north of Detroit, said tribe spokesman Frank Cloutier.

The tribe owns and operates the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant.

Cloutier told The Bay City Times for a story published Wednesday that the tribe announced the new casino plans to its membership at a tribal meeting Saturday. He did not specify a date for building plans, and said details of the facility were still being discussed.

The Saginaw Chippewa tribe will not need the state's permission to open the casino, said Eric T. Bush, administrative manager of the Michigan Gaming Control Board's Tribal Gaming Section. The state has a 1993 gaming agreement with the tribe that runs through 2013 and allows them to operate more than one casino, he said.

Cloutier said the new casino will be developed across from a tribal community center the tribe opened in January.

Michigan currently has 17 Indian-run casinos and three casinos in Detroit, with at least three others in the works outside of Arenac County, Bush said.