HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 23Issue 38GUN LAKE TRIBE REVENUE SHARING PAYMENT EXCEEDS $8 MILLION

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (“Gun Lake Tribe”) announced November 30, 2017, that its fall revenue sharing payments to the State of Michigan, local revenue sharing board and an economic development entity totaled $8.2 million, an increase of 24% over the spring revenue payment.  Gun Lake paid the State of Michigan a total of $4,731,126, the local revenue sharing board $2,119,954, and GLIMI (an economic development organization) $1,419,338.  The revenue sharing payments are calculated from electronic gaming revenues reported by the Tribe from April 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017.

Scott Sprague, Chairman of the Gun Lake Tribe, noted: “This is a very special distribution because of the significant increase in revenues due to the expansion, and because we have surpassed the $100 million milestone.”  He added: “The Tribe’s reinvestment of $76 million into the casino expansion has paid off for tribal citizens, our team members and the community.”  Sprague was joined by Wayland Township Supervisor Roger VanVolkinburg, a member of the Local Revenue Sharing Board, and Allegan County Sheriff Frank Baker in celebrating the milestone revenue sharing payment.  The Tribe provided a separate monetary donation to the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department that helped purchase two K-9 units.

The Fall 2017 revenue sharing payment was the first to follow the Tribe’s May 3, 2017 opening of their expansion which doubled the facility size, including increasing the number of electronic gaming machines by 30%.  The Fall revenue sharing payment reflected an increase of 19% over the Fall 2016 revenue sharing payment. 

In accordance with its compact with the State of Michigan, the Tribe directed a portion of the revenue sharing payments to GLIMI, which is overseen by the State of Michigan and the Tribe’s economic development corporation, Gun Lake Investments.  The Noonday Market, a fuel and convenience store next to the casino, was the beneficiary of the first GLIMI grant.


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