Indiana is about to see the opening of its first casino owned and operated by a Native American tribe.
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, based in Michigan, is set to unveil its Four Winds South Bend on Jan. 16. It’s located on 166 acres of tribal trust land in the city known for the nearby University of Notre Dame. The school is technically in Notre Dame, Indiana just north of South Bend in St. Joseph County. It includes the campuses of three colleges: the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, and Holy Cross College.
The casino, when totally built out, will be comprised of 1,800 games, four restaurants, a players lounge, a coffee shop, three bars, a retail outlet and about 4,500 parking spaces, including an enclosed parking structure and will employ about 1,200 people.
“From the moment we began construction, we did so with the full support and cooperation from the National Indian Gaming Association, our local, county and state governments and most importantly, from the community,” said Frank Freedman.
Four Winds is based in Michigan where it operates three other casinos. The primary property is located in New Buffalo Township, with additional facilities in in Hartford, and Dowagiac.