The ever-expanding Detroit downtown
area could find casino gambling as part of its skyline.
Mayor-elect Kwame Kilpatrick told the Detroit
News that he plans to put a high priority on resolving the casinos issue
within 90 days of taking office on New Year’s Day.
Kilpatrick has talked informally with
officials of the MGM Grand Casino about finding a permanent downtown site,
possibly near the entertainment complex that has grown up around the new
baseball and football stadiums.
The City Council is expected this week
to extend the agreement until March 31 under which the city’s three temporary
casinos have been allowed to operate. The pact was set to expire Dec. 31.
Kilpatrick said he was comfortable with
out-going Mayor Dennis Archer’s most recent proposal that would move the MGM
Grand Casino to the riverfront. MotorCity and Greektown casinos would be allowed
to expand and build hotels near their present locations.
MGM President Scott Snow wouldn’t
comment on any talks with Kilpatrick or his transition team.
“If approval for the East Rutherford
location is not forthcoming, we will look forward to working with the city to
learn of the alternatives the city would propose,” Snow said.
New Michigan casinos
Indian tribes in Michigan anticipate
expanding their casino operations if Congressional legislation allows a pair of
Upper Peninsula proposals.
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Rep. Bart
Stupak, D-Mich., are engaged in discussions that could move ahead Stupak’s
bill to settle pending Indian land claims with the Bay Mills and Sault Ste Marie
The proposed changes in the Stupak bill
are supported by Michigan Gov. John Engler, whose has been a longtime and ardent
opponent of expanding off-reservation Indian gaming, according to a Traverse
City (Mich.) Record Eagle report.
The bill, first introduced in July, could receive federal approval by the end of the year.
Oneida eyes Catskills
The Oneida nation is considered a solid
bet to land one of three new casinos approved for New York.
The Oneidas, which own and operate the
Turning Stone casino, have a 250,000-acre land claim against the state.
The tribe would likely drop the claim
in exchange for a Sullivan County casino.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said any casino
deal should be tied to the settlement of the Oneida claim, which could cost the
state $1 billion.
Conn tribe eyes site
Western Connecticut could be the site
for a new Indian-owned casino.
The Schaghticoke Indians hope to gain
federal recognition next year on a site off I-84 between Waterbury and Danbury
for a gambling casino.
Richard L. Velky, chief of the
300-member Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, declined to name specific locations for a
possible casino. He said the tribe’s prime concern is to become a federally
Serious discussion about a casino’s location is a year off, according to Velky.
Rock still speaks
Speaking Rock is still alive.
The Tigua Indians casino, based in El
Paso, was given a six-week stay by a three-judge panel in Texas.
The ruling overturned a federal appeals
court decision that ordered the gaming venue to cease operations by Friday.
“Everybody is very excited that the
5th (Circuit) Court of Appeals has granted our motion for stay and they’ve
recognized our sovereignty issue,” Tigua Gov. Albert Alvidrez told the El
The sovereignty issue has been the
heart of the legal battle. Oral arguments for the case are scheduled for Jan. 9.
Attacks hurt Miss
Casinos in Mississippi took a hit in
October largely due to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and
The 30 state-regulated casinos took in
$212.9 million in October compared with $218.4 million a year ago, according to
figures from the Mississippi Tax Commission.
“I think a combination of the general
economy and people afraid to travel have affected us some, but we haven’t been
hurt nearly as badly as Las Vegas,” said Brian Richard, senior research
analyst with the Mississippi Gaming Association.
N. Mexico holdout
The Pojoaque Pueblo tribe in New Mexico
refuses to bail out of a lawsuit over gambling.
The tribe is arguing that they should
not have to share slot machine profits with the state of New Mexico.