HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 27Issue 6POKAGON BAND NEGOTIATES TRIBAL-STATE COMPACT WITH INDIANA FOR FOUR WINDS SOUTH BEND

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians has finalized a tribal-state compact with the State of Indiana to authorize Class III gaming at its Four Winds Casino in South Bend, Indiana. Class III gaming includes any non-bingo gaming such as traditional slot machines, table games, and sports betting. The Four Winds Casino in South Bend currently offers Class II bingo and electronic forms of bingo games.  Matthew Wesaw, Chairman of the Pokagon Band, and Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb reached an agreement on January 21, which was presented to the Indiana Senate in Senate Bill 356. The Senate voted 36-11 to approve the compact on Tuesday, February 9, and was referred to the House for vote.

"A first in Indiana’s history, this compact was executed in accordance with state law and federal law and obligations and recognizes the sovereign rights of both the State of Indiana and the Pokagon Band," the Pokagons said in a news release. "It demonstrates the value of our ongoing government-to-government relationship and the commitment of each party to fulfill their responsibilities to their citizens while working cooperatively to comply with all applicable laws."

If approved, the compact will be Indiana's first tribal-state compact. After being approved by the Indiana General Assembly, the compact must also be approved by the U.S. Department of Interior. 

The Pokagon Band agreed to pay 8% of its slot machine win to Indiana with an exclusivity agreement within a 50-mile radius of Four Winds Casino South Bend. Four Winds would be allowed to offer any gambling game permitted at Indiana casinos, however, mobile sports wagering and any future iGaming would be limited to the tribal property in South Bend.

 

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