HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 24Issue 11GRAND TRAVERSE TRIBE ELECTION NEXT WEEK MAY BE A REFERENDUM ON CASINO PROJECT

According to a report on Interlochen Public Radio this week, on Tuesday, April 3, members of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians will vote in a tribal election. The tribe will be choosing new candidates for the tribal council, narrowing the field down from a total of 17 candidates to 6 who will participate in a subsequent general election. They will also be asked whether to recall Tribal Chairman Thurlow “Sam” McClellan.

In an interview on the radio station, reporter Eric Carlson of the Leelanau News stated that a number of tribal elders are behind the recall effort.  He said that the vote has much to do with the plans for a new casino in Peshawbestown rather than other allegations contained in the petition.

According to Mr. Carlson, McClellan has been an outspoken critic of the Tribal Council’s plan to build a new casino.  McClellan says the Peshawbestown casino has lost $1.8 million over the last year and has been losing money for the last several years. McClellan has also said that many tribal business endeavors have failed, and opening a new casino is a bad idea.

Carlson said that the seven-member council is often split, with four votes going one way and three going the other.

“In essence, the recall and the upcoming election of Tribal Council members is going to be a referendum on whether the tribe should move forward on this [casino] project,” Carlson said on the radio broadcast.

 

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