December 2018


Well, winter has arrived, but we knew it was coming.

Good news, bad news. Bad news, I was nominated for the Chamber of Commerce, “Business Person of the Year” here in Manistee, but I wasn’t chosen. Longtime business person, Dan Bathrick, owner of Snyder’s Shoes was the very deserving winner. Congratulations to Dan.

The good news is that our Little River Casino Resort was nominated and won the Chamber of Commerce, “Business of the Year”! Great job everyone! I’m proud of the whole team!

More good news. Our Muskegon Casino project has been given the nod to move forward to have a final hearing in Fruitport! This is great news after all this time. It appears the Department of Interior is ready to publish its intent to take our land in Trust in the Federal Register. This is what we’ve been waiting on for a long time. I want to thank most of you for your patience and trust through this process even though you’ve been told by some, that it would never get approved by the Department of Interior. We have a very long list of people who have helped make this effort possible. At a later date I will make a list going all the way back to the beginning.

The final hearing is to be held on December 12th and please watch the Rapid River News for the exact time and location. This is a very important hearing and hope you can make it.

After the hearing and final approval, the project will come back to the State of Michigan for approvals. These are exciting times!

Until next month…


Constitutional Input Form – Printable form for suggestions on how to change the Tribal Constitution.
Secretarial Election for revision to the Constitution of LRBOI


06/16/2018 Informational Meeting  -Must be logged in to view page.

10/07/2017 Fall Membership Meeting   -Must be logged in to view page.

02/18/2017 Informational Meeting  -Must be logged in to view page.

Past Ogema Literature

Acceptance Speech
Leader of the band article
Ogema’s Address to DC Subcommittee


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