This week, two Michigan Indian tribes announced that they had reached agreements with service providers to assist in providing sportsbook and online services in the state of Michigan.  

The Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians has contracted with PointsBet to provide online and mobile sports wagering and gaming to be rolled out statewide once licensed and permitted under the new Michigan statutes authorizing sports betting and online gaming. This tribe operates the Northern Waters Casino Resort in Watersmeet, Michigan. 

Commenting on the partnership in a press release, PointsBet Group CEO Sam Swanell said: "PointsBet is pleased to have reached agreement for both online sportsbook and online casino operations with such a forward-thinking Tribe, and we look forward to many years of great success working together in Michigan."

James Williams, Jr., Lac Vieux Desert Tribal Chairman, stated: "The Tribe is excited to join forces with PointsBet to further the Tribe's economic development efforts and expand gaming online as allowable under Michigan and federal law. We are confident that this new opportunity will strengthen the Tribe's self-sufficiency and self-determination efforts and provide much needed revenue to continue to expand and enhance tribal governmental services as well as provide jobs for the LVD community."

PointsBet and LVD are also in continued exclusive negotiations regarding the operation of retail sportsbook operations at the Northern Waters Casino Resort, located on the Tribe's reservation in Watersmeet, Michigan, to complement the online offerings.

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Gaming Authority, which operates the Odawa Casino in Petoskey, Michigan, announced that it has entered into an agreement to provide first skin market access to The Stars Group for gaming throughout the state of Michigan. The Stars Group utilizes the brand “FOX Bet” in connection with its online platform and uses prominent sports announcer figures from FOX Sports to help promote its platform. 

"We are excited to announce this agreement with the Odawa tribe, which further strengthens our market access as we work to continue to build our FOX Bet business into one of the leaders in the emerging U.S. online betting and gaming market," said Robin Chhabra, Chief Executive Officer, FOX Bet in a press release.

"The Tribe's partnership with The Stars Group extends beyond our reservation and places the thrill of world class sports betting and online gaming under every finger-tip sliding across a touch screen in the State of Michigan," said Fred Harrington, Jr., of the Little Traverse Tribal Council.

Under the terms of the agreement, Odawa will receive a revenue share from the operation of the applicable online offerings by The Stars Group.


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