Gun Lake Band Statement on Withholding Revenue Sharing Payments

Written by: Bryan Newland

Primary Source : Turtle Talk

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced that the Gun Lake Band of Pottawatomi has withheld its gaming revenue sharing payments, and expressed concern that it may impact its budget.

The Gun Lake Band has issued a statement in response:

Clearly, when the Tribe and the State negotiated our gaming compact we discussed internet lottery. Both parties agreed that if the State introduced internet lottery sales or expanded other forms of electronic gaming to social clubs within the Tribe’s market area that the Tribe would not have to make state revenue sharing payments. The State has decided to offer internet lottery sales and electronic gaming within the Tribe’s market area.

The full statement is below.

GLT Statement Re Compact Dispute 8.17.15[4]

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Bryan Newland
Bryan Newland is a citizen of the Bay Mills Indian Community (Ojibwe) in northern Michigan. He is a partner in the law firm of Fletcher Law, PLLC where he represents tribal clients on issues including the regulation of gaming facilities, negotiation of tribal-state gaming compacts, the fee-to-trust process, and leasing of Indian lands. Bryan also serves as the Chief Judge of the Bay Mills Indian Community Tribal Court and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Michigan State University College of Law. In 2008, Bryan served as the Michigan Native Vote Coordinator for Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign, and was a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team. From 2009 to 2012, he served as Counselor and then Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Interior – Indian Affairs. In that capacity, he helped develop the Obama Administration’s policies on Indian gaming and Indian lands, reforming the Department of the Interior’s policy on reviewing tribal-state gaming compacts. He also led a team that reformed the BIA’s Indian leasing regulations and worked with key officials to help enact the HEARTH Act of 2012.