Since 1993, The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) has been making bi-annual payments from gaming proceeds of its casinos to local units of government and to the State of Michigan. These payments are two percent and eight percent respectively and come from the net win from all slot machines. The two percent payments are made each year in May and November.

For the October 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018 period, a total of $117,339.99 was distributed to governmental units in Baraga County from funds that came from the Ojibwa Casino Resort-Baraga. The approved payments were distributed amongst Baraga and L’Anse area schools, township and village entities.

Distributions totaling $146,129.63 were made to local units of government in Marquette County from the Ojibwa Casino-Marquette for the same October 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018 period. Distributions were made to Chocolay Township and Marquette County and city services as well as Onota Township and Powell Township services.

Eight percent payments are made to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  The May 2018 distribution from the Ojibwa Casino-Baraga was $469,359.90. The amount from the Ojibwa Canion-Marquette was $584,518.49.

The next cycle of awards from the KBIC will be made in November.  Local units of government within Baraga and Marquette counties may apply in a written request by September 30, 2018.


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