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Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan

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The band lowered the minimum age for gambling at its two casinos from 21 to 18. Its compact with the state specifies people as young as 18 can gamble, but the casinos set the limit at 21 until July 26, when the tribal council voted to lower it. The new policy also allows 18-year-olds to attend concerts at Leelanau Sands Casino on the reservation at Peshawbestown, north of Suttons Bay. The tribe's other casino, Turtle Creek, is in Williamsburg, a few miles east of Traverse City. The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska made a similar move early this year when it voted to allow those 18 and older to gamble in its WinnaVegas Casino. The biggest concern, identified is not an increase in gambling addiction, but underage drinking. Customers will be required to show identification at the door and when ordering alcohol. At the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant, 18 is the minimum age for gambling, but children as young as 6 can attend concerts accompanied by a parent. Kewadin Casinos in St. Ignace, Sault Ste. Marie, Manistique, Hessel and Christmas allow children as young as 14 into entertainment events without parents. Minimum age for gambling is 21. Patrons must be 21 at the two Detroit casinos.

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