Station Casinos' joint venture clears hurdle in effort to build Michigan casino

A Station Casinos’ joint venture working to build a casino in Michigan cleared another regulatory hurdle Wednesday.

The Michigan Senate approved the state’s gaming compact with the Gun Lake Tribe, clearing the way for casino development.

The tribe said last week it plans to seek financing and break ground in several weeks on a $200 million project.

The state will receive an 8 percent revenue share on slot win up to $150 million, and 10 percent thereafter. An additional 2 percent will go to the local government.

State lawmakers voted on the compact after the Gun Lake Tribe, also known as the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi, won a 10-year legal struggle Jan. 30. At that time, the U.S. Department of Interior authorized the placing of 146 acres into trust.

That move was made possible when the U.S. Supreme Court decided Jan. 21 not to hear an opposition group's petition to block the casino.