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First Tribal Casino Opens in Indiana

SOUTH BEND, Indiana — Tribal members performed drum songs as part of the grand opening celebration January 16 for Four Winds Casino South Bend, Indiana’s first tribal casino.

Run by the Pokagon band of Potawatomi Native Americans, the 175,000-square-foot casino, located on 166 acres of tribal trust land in northern Indiana, has 1,800 slot machines; four restaurants — Copper Rock Steakhouse, The Buffet, Kankakee Grille and Timbers — three bars; a coffee shop; and a merchandise shop. As a Class II gaming facility, it does not offer table games.

The Pokagon Band also runs three Four Winds casinos in Michigan at New Buffalo, Hartford and Dowagiac.