KBIC votes on casino funding

BARAGA – Keweenaw Bay Indian Community voters will be asked to support $40 million renovations of the tribe’s casinos, the tribal council decided Thursday.

“Time is of the essence with this,” said KBIC President Chris Swartz. “The bigger picture here is increasing the revenue in Marquette. That’s the place to be. That’s the busiest highway in the Upper Peninsula.”

Plans for the Ojibwa Casino in Baraga are estimated to cost about $6.5 million, while Marquette’s Ojibwa 2 project would cost about $33.5 million.

The council was not totally supportive of the referendum.

Council member Eddy Edwards voted no on the ballot proposal since the tribe has no business plan in place for the multi-million-dollar projects.