Dowagiac, Mich. – June 14, 2012 – The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, owner of Four Winds Casinos® in New Buffalo and Hartford, Mich., announced that it will move forward with its plans to build a casino in Dowagiac following a vote by the Pokagon Township Board on Wednesday, June 13. The consent of Pokagon Township was required by the state of Michigan before the Pokagon the Band could proceed with construction, which is now expected to start in the next few months. Four Winds Dowagiac will open in 2013 and include 200 slot machines, four table games, a 3,000 square foot multi-use space and a Timbers restaurant. It will also maintain the same look and feel in design and finishes to Four Winds New Buffalo and Four Winds Hartford.
“Four Winds Dowagiac is the next step in the continued economic development of the Pokagon Band and will build upon the tremendous success of our locations in New Buffalo and Hartford, Michigan,” said Matt Wesaw, Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. “100 new jobs will be created to support the casino, and there will also be a significant number of people working during construction.”
Four Winds General Manager, Matt Harkness added, “Players can expect to receive the same level of outstanding service at Four Winds Dowagiac that they receive at our casinos in New Buffalo and Hartford. They will also have the ability to earn and use W Club points at all three Four Winds’ locations.”
More information, including property details and a timeframe for opening, will be announced at a later date.
About The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ Tribal Recognition was restored and signed into law by President Clinton in September of 1994. The Tribe’s ten county service area includes four counties in Southwestern Michigan and six in Northwestern Indiana. The Pokagon Band provides services including housing, education, family services, medical care and cultural preservation to approximately 4,500 citizens of the Tribe. In 2007, it opened Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Mich., which is the premier gaming destination in the Midwest. The Tribe’s administrative offices are located in Dowagiac, Mich. More information is available at http://www.pokagonband-nsn.gov.
About Four Winds New Buffalo and Four Winds Hartford
Four Winds New Buffalo, located at 11111 Wilson Road in New Buffalo, Mich., and Four Winds Hartford, located at 68600 Red Arrow Highway in Hartford, Mich., are owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. Four Winds New Buffalo offers 135,000 square feet of gaming with approximately 3,000 slot machines, a large selection of table games, four restaurants, entertainment bars, and retail venues, and a 165-room hotel, making it the premier gaming resort in the Midwest. Following the completion of an expansion at Four Winds New Buffalo this summer, the property will offer 250 additional hotel rooms; the Silver Creek Event Center, which is a 1,500 seat, multi-use facility that will host concerts, a variety of meetings, special events, conferences, and banquets; and the Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds, which will span two levels with seating for over 275 people and a performance stage. Four Winds Hartford features over 550 slot machines, nine table games, a 74-seat restaurant, and a 15-seat bar. Please play responsibly. You must be 21 years of age to gamble. For more information on Four Winds New Buffalo or Four Winds Hartford, please call 1-(866)-4WINDS1 (866-494-6371) or visit www.fourwindscasino.com. Additionally, be sure to like Four Winds Casino on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fourwindscasino and follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fourwindscasino.
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