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Tribe, state reach partial deal on withheld casino revenue

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An Indian tribe says it has reached a partial agreement with the state to direct more casino revenue to Michigan economic development programs.

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians says Monday that the deal resolves a dispute that started after the state expanded online lottery sales and established video lottery terminals at social clubs.

The tribe says that violated a 2007 compact on revenue sharing procedures.

The tribe opened the Gun Lake Casino south of Grand Rapids in 2011. It started withholding state revenue sharing last year and put the $21.7 million in an escrow account.

Under the agreement announced Monday, the state will get half that money, the tribe will get 35 percent and 15 percent will be put into an entity that funds non-gambling economic development initiatives.

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