The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians says it has invested nearly $92 million into Michiana over the last year. That figure includes $38 million in payroll to Hoosier residents.
The Pokagon Band says its total investment into the Indiana and Michigan economies over the last five years totals approximately $339 million.
Chairman John Warren says "as the original inhabitants of the Michiana region, we support local communities by making millions of dollars in investments every year. These investments not only support area businesses through vendor payments, but also assist non-profit organizations, local governments, libraries, school districts, colleges, arts organizations, and students through direct donations from the Pokagon Fund and our three local revenue sharing boards."
The band is in the midst of building a $400 million tribal village and Four Winds Casino and hotel in South Bend. The development will mark the fourth gaming venue it has built in the last decade. Around 5,000 citizens in Indiana and Michigan are part of the Pokagon Band.