News Coverage of LTBB Casino General Manager Hiring

From the Petoskey News-Review:

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Tribal Council did not take action Sunday, during its regular meeting, to suspend the hiring process for a new general manager at the casino.

According to John Bott, tribal council member, the action request item was presented by tribal chairman Ken Harrington, but was not fully explained.

“We never got an explanation as to what it was about,” Bott said. “As a result, no action was taken, and no motion was made.”

The tribe began its search for a new general manager for the casino after Sean Barnard, who had been in the position since May of 2008, tendered his resignation on Nov. 23, making his last official day Dec. 4.

Harrington said he couldn’t fully explain the reason he brought this potential hiring suspension to the tribal council, but said it was directly linked to tribe’s current renegotiation process for the casino’s financing.

“(The reason) is tied to a confidential report, and I can’t go into great detail,” he said. “I wanted to slow the (hiring) process down until we were complete with the forbearance agreement … there might still be some unknowns.” Continue reading

Suit over LTBB Revenue Sharing Payments

From Indianz:

A lawsuit over the distribution of gaming revenues from the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians will continue but the parties reached an agreement over payments for this year.

The tribe shares 2 percent of electronic gaming revenues from the Odawa Casino Resort with local communities. The Emmet County Local Revenue Sharing Board decides how to distribute the funds. Three educational institutions are suing the board over the distribution formula, saying they are entitled to a larger share. The tribe is not a party in the lawsuit.

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Agreement reached to delay casino revenue-sharing payments (The Petoskey News-Review 11/19)

LTBB Revenue Sharing

From the Petoskey News Review:

New casino revenue sharing approach planned

By Ryan Bentley News-Review Staff Writer

A more specific framework has been crafted for how Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians casino proceeds should be shared with the local community.

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