Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is allowing an Indian tribe to take some important steps to determine if a casino could be built at a former horse track in western Michigan's Muskegon County.
Snyder spokesman Dave Murray says the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians has the OK to work with the federal government on studies related to the project. The tribe is proposing a casino, stores and hotels at the former Great Lakes Downs in Fruitport Township, 30 miles northwest of Grand Rapids.
Murray cautioned that the governor is not endorsing the project. He says Snyder is a "data-driven governor" who is allowing some initial steps to be taken. The process could take years.
Sen. Goeff Hansen, a Republican from Hart, says there's support in the community for a casino.