KBIC push forward is breath of fresh air

While we have expressed skepticism regarding many of the changes, especially in organization and personnel, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has undertaken since the last tribal election changed the makeup of the council, we do admire the focus with which the council has launched plans for a new casino.

After more than a decade of planning a new casino in Marquette County, the KBIC has set it sights a bit closer to home, with a new casino to be located on the Baraga waterfront.

As Dan Roblee wrote in his Page 1 story, Monday, the most advantageous plan seems to be purchasing the Baraga Lakeside Inn and creating the complex on that location.

While the council approved a letter of intent to buy the Lakeside Inn, there’s still much to be worked out, including a final purchase price and council and tribal approval.

It appears to us with the new-look council, foot dragging won’t be an issue. The new casino would be significantly larger than the current location on M-38. The ambitious goal is to make “the KBIC a destination,” according to Tribal Council President Donald Shalifoe.

Along those lines, the current casino could be transformed into something as exciting as a water park.

Whether any or all of these plans will see the light of day, as early as summer 2015 according to one goal, remains to be seen.

But we are excited at the potential boosts to the region’s economy these ideas present.