The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community takes great pride in the fact that Indian Casino Gaming began on our Reservation. In 1982 the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council issued a license to open a casino to Tribal member Fred Dakota. On December 31, 1982 Mr. Dakota opened his casino on our Reservation. After many legal battles Mr. Dakota was forced to close his Casino but his effort allowed the Tribal Council to open a Tribal Casino in 1984. Other Tribes followed and Tribal Casino Gaming spread across the country. Thanks to the foresight and leadership of members of our Community, Indian Casino Gaming today is a 20 Billion Dollar industry that provides jobs, resources, and educational opportunities for Native American people across the United States.
The Community had been successfully operating and self-regulating their gaming for several years prior to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) being passed into law. Once IGRA was passed in 1988, the Tribe worked together with other Michigan Tribes in negotiating a Compact with the State of Michigan and developed a Tribal Gaming Ordinance. The Tribe adopted the Minimum Internal Control Standards of the National Indian Gaming Commission, developed their own Tribal Internal Control Standards, and a complete Written Internal Control System.
The Tribal Council operated as the Gaming Commission under the Tribal Gaming Ordinance making sure that all laws were followed and fair and honest games were maintained. In 2006 the Council passed a Gaming Commission Ordinance that allowed for a Gaming Commission independent of the tribal Council. A new Gaming Regulatory Ordinance was also passed at that time. On July 13, 2006 the Tribal Council appointed three new Gaming Commissioners to three year terms. The three new Commissioners came on board August 1, 2006 and were put into intensive training for a two month period including a Gaming Commissioner Certification training put on by the National Indian Gaming Association. On October 1, 2006 the new Certified Commissioners took office.