2012-03-22 / News

New Lansing casino goes to referendum vote

The Sault Tribe’s registered voters will soon find a referendum election ballot to either approve, or disapprove, the tribe’s proposed Lansing casino in their mailboxes.

Ballots will be mailed to all registered tribal voters on April 12. Tribal voters must complete their ballot and return it by May 3, 2012, when the vote count will take place. The election will cost roughly $30,000.

The election was called for by a referendum petition signed by 106 tribal members. The ballot asks tribal members to choose whether to approve or not approve the board of directors’ resolution 2012-11.

In the next month, Tribal Chairman, Joe Eitrem and board members will be holding additional meetings for tribal members in the U.P. and in the Detroit area. Members who have additional questions on the Lansing Casino project and want more information are encouraged to attend the meetings.

To date, Eitrem and the Tribe have held 23 informational meetings about the project with members across the U.P. and Lower Peninsula. Nearly 68 percent of the tribal members who have attended the meetings filled out surveys saying they support the project after learning the facts about it.

You can also find information about the project and the referendum on the website (www.lansingkewadin. wordpress.com

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