Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians has revealed its plans to add a 23-story hotel to its Four Winds South Bend Casino.
The Pokagon officials announced Wednesday their plans and said that the hotel would be just two stories shorter than the city’s tallest structure, Liberty Tower; it will also be Michigan’s largest hotel and host 317 rooms.
The tribe said that they had plans for the hotel when announced the development of the casino facility back in 2016. However, the plan to add a hotel was subject to revenues generated from the gambling facility.
Earlier this year in March, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi received a certificate of self-regulation by the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), the United States independent federal regulatory agency within the Department of the Interior.
With the certification, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi became the fifth indigenous tribe to get an NIGC self-regulation certificate.
The Pokagon officials are also in talks with gambling authorities to add table and sports gaming to its list of offerings. At present, the gambling facility offers only electronic games and a poker room.
Frank Freedman, the chief operating officer for Four Winds Casinos said: “They’re two independent projects. This was probably two and a half years of planning. Table games and any other games that we don’t currently have just adds to our portfolio, so sure, it would help.”