On January 16, 2018, Four Winds South Bend, the first tribal casino in the state of Indiana, opened and held a ribbon cutting ceremony.  The new Class II casino was opened by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and boasts 175,000 square feet and 1,800 games, four restaurants, as well as other amenities.

The efficiency with which this entire project progressed was impressive; construction began barely over a year ago. When asked about it, Four Winds Casino COO Frank Freedman had this to say:

“We broke ground in December of 2016, and in 13 short months this went from a piece of property that needed a lot of work just to get it ready to build upon, to what you see here today.”

The Pokagon Band owns and operates three additional Four Winds casinos, all in southwest Michigan, with its flagship operation located in New Buffalo. Between the four casinos, the tribe offers 384,000 square feet of gaming space. Four Winds South Bend is a Native American casino that is authorized under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and is permitted to offer Class II gaming only, which can include bingo and bingo-based electronic games of chance that differ from traditional slot machines.

The casino is located right off the U.S. 31 bypass. Its location is very accessible to the entire the metro region, with a population of nearly 322,000 within the approximate 970 square mile South Bend – Mishawaka Metropolitan Area. The casino has entered a local municipal agreement in which it will share 2 percent of its gaming revenue with the city of South Bend (guarantying a $2 million minimum annual contribution). The Tribe held a 300-guest ribbon cutting event on Wednesday of this week and has begun operations and is now open to the public.

 

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