Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Michigan

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An American Indian Association has ended its plans to buy land along a busy highway in this summer tourist spot because some people were concerned that they wanted to build a casino. The association said it only wanted to sell Indian arts and crafts and tobacco products. Band Chairman Victor Hugo said he will withdraw the projects application with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and seek other locations. The association, based in Huron, wanted to buy the 40 acres for $1.3 million and give it to the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Michigan. The association would receive proceeds from the operation. By law, the association would have had to give the land to a tribe that originally lived in northwest Ohio. The John Doe public out there, when they think of an Indian tribe they think of gaming, said Richard Williams, chairman of the Chippewas. Ohio has no Indian reservations. Some attempts have been made to bring in Indian-operated gambling, but they have failed. An Indian tribe can legally set up a gambling operation because Ohio allows its own forms of gambling ? the lottery and bingo.