Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bay Mills Indians Add 842 Acres to Reservation Lands

Bureau of Indian Affairs 
Proclaiming Certain Lands, Forest Service Lands, as an Addition to the Bay Mills Indian Reservation for the Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan

AGENCY:  Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION:  Notice of Reservation Proclamation.

SUMMARY:  This notice informs the public that the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs proclaimed approximately 842 acres, more or less, to be added to the Bay Mills Indian Reservation for the Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan.

Affairs, Division of Real Estate Services, Mail Stop 4639-MIB, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20240, telephone (202) 208-7737.

Blog NOTE: Detroit Casino Syndicator Michael J. Malik, Sr. has partnered with the Bay Mills Indians on various gaming and business ventures proposed both on and off reservation lands.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Revenues up just 1.1% for Detroit's three casinos | The Detroit News

August 15. 2011 6:42PM
The Detroit News

Revenues at Detroit's three casinos increased a weak 1.1 percent in July to $120.1 million, according to the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

MotorCity Casino Hotel, the city's second-largest gaming hall by revenue, led the way with a 6.2 percent jump to $40.1 million in revenue, according to a state report released Monday.

MGM Grand Detroit followed with a 1.1 percent increase to $51 million.

Greektown Casino Hotel, the smallest of the trio, experienced a 5.2 percent decline in revenue.

Revenues at the three casinos had risen 3.1 percent through the first six months of the year.

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Controversy seems to always follow Detroit Casino Syndicator Michael Malik

Michael J. Malik, Sr.
Detroit Casino Syndicator
A glimpse at some of the controversies surrounding Detroit casino syndicator Michael J. Malik, Sr.:
  • Malik was arrested for beating 12-year-old son of his then girlfriend. (1997) Detroit News
  • Michigan Gaming (MGCB) investigators found questionable histories for Malik and several of his original gaming partners.  Those histories included tax dodging, court ordered real estate negligence claims and 40+ foreclosures. (1999) Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Malik was denied a gaming license by the MGCB. (1999)
  • Malik failed to report a $26,500 political contribution and was fined on two counts of violating California election law. (2004)
  • In the footsteps of Jack Abramoff, Malik’s use of influence peddling, using political contributions to leverage influence with Members of Congress including former Reps. Richard Pombo and Don Young, has been scrutinized by the national media. Corruption roll call: the most corrupt Members of Congress. (Since 2005)
  • Following multiple investigations by California's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), Malik has twice (2006 & 2009) been fined a total of $10,500 and found to have violated California's political reform laws on a total of three counts. Over the course of several election cycles, he's simply failed to report more than $52,000 in political contributions. The majority of those contributions he failed to report even after he had previously been found to be in violation and fined on two similar counts. No excuses.
  • Malik's former mistress, Heather Lufkins Robinson (she subsequently married NBA player Clifford Robinson) filed a property claim suit against Malik alleging he had purchased a home for her while he was still married and they were carrying on an affair. A judge tossed out the claim when it became clear that the former mistress had previously perjured herself to help Malik hide assets from his former wife during their divorce proceedings. (2006 Complaint)
  • A son, Cameron Anthony Malik, is born to unwed parents Michael J. Malik (age 52) and Brooke Garwood (age 28) in November 2006.
  • Malik’s partnership with the Los Coyotes Band of Indians was terminated by the tribe’s well-respected chairwoman who called Malik “the Devil and indicated he was “seducing” younger members of her tribe. (2007)
  • Malik continued to ignore California political finance disclosure laws and failed to report a $5,000 contribution to the Democratic Party. (2007)
  • Malik faces charges in a Florida Federal District Court brought by a court appointed Receiver alleging Malik’s involvement in a ponzi scheme and $2.1 million fraudulent transfer. (2008)
  • Malik was found guilty by an Arizona court of illegally discharging a firearm. He was ordered to do community service and fined almost $15,000. His hunting licenses in Arizona and Michigan were revoked. (2008)
  • Malik defaulted on a $1 million personal line of credit with Fifth Third Bank; was delinquent on property taxes and had real estate in foreclosure. (2008 & 2009)
  • Miami Beach Police were called to break up a party at a lavish $7.9 million estate being rented by Michael J. Malik, Sr., as a vacation home. Police reports and subsequent investigations (Case #10-24620) indicate police found substances onsite and that cocaine and other drugs were present and being used during a five-day party marathon. (2010)
  • On January 21, 2010, Michael Malik marries Brooke Garwood, the mother of his 3-year-old son Cameron, in a Las Vegas wedding ceremony costing upward of $300,000.  Six weeks later, Malik files for annulment/divorce. She counter-sues. In documents filed early in the divorce proceedings both parties allege drug and alcohol abuse; fast-living and sexual debauchery; emotional abuse; questionable parenting skills; numerous infidelities prior to and during the short-lived marriage; influence peddling; buying witnesses and more. As the divorce proceeds, Malik asks the Court to restrict further public access to the Court documents and divorce details.
  • Wayne County Treasurer issues a Certificate of Forfeiture over a $4.25 million lake front residential property owned by Malik because he has failed to pay thousands in back property taxes. (2010)
  • New York political candidates for State Senate and U.S. House of Representatives come under attack for accepting campaign contributions from tainted casino syndicator Michael J. Malik, Sr., and decide to return his contributions in order to quiet the controversy. (2010)
  • Questions arise over more than $15,000 in campaign contributions Malik gave to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who is expected to make decisions that will impact Malik's ability to develop a casino and entertainment complex at the Belmont Park & Race Track on Long Island. Cuomo Rejects Campaign Contributions from Michael Malik.
  • After Malik & Gateway Casino Resorts investors dumped perhaps as much as $40 million into process that gained Shinnecock Indian Nation Federal Recognition and put them on the path toward casino development, tribe still votes down go-forward contract with Malik because, as was reported, majority don't trust and are suspcicious of Malik.

Mike Malik is Mrs. Marian Ilitch's casino gaming partner. Malik, however, has failed to ever obtain a license to operate, be employed by or be affiliated with a licensed gambling facility.  Ilitch owns Detroit's MotorCity Casino and is involved in other gaming development activities.  Along with her husband, Michael Ilitch, they control Ilitch Holdings, Inc., parent of such brands as Little Caesars Pizza, Detroit Tigers MLB franchise, Detroit Red Wings NHL franchise and dozens more.

Wikipedia: Michael J. Malik, Sr.

originally posted 8.07.08
updated and reposted 08.13.08

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Editorial Urges Governor Brown to Say "No" to Barstow Casino Scheme

Casino rush? No


The Press-Enterprise

California voters never approved building tribal casinos at whatever site might get the most business. Tribes should confine gambling operations to reservations, not search for more lucrative locations. The governor and Legislature should reject a San Diego County tribe's proposal to build a casino in the distant High Desert.

The Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians wants to build a casino in Barstow along Interstate 15. That site, however, is 160 miles away from the tribe's reservation, which sits about an hour southeast of Temecula. The proposal faces some substantial hurdles: The tribe has to get the federal government to approve the plan, and negotiate a state gambling compact that allows the Barstow facility. And the Legislature killed a similar bid in 2006, after the tribe had reached a deal with then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The pitch for an off-reservation casino is no better five years later, however, and deserves rejection once again. The tribe's interest in improving its welfare is understandable, but the state needs to find a better approach than letting casinos proliferate far away from any reservation.

The Barstow site has no historical connection to the Los Coyotes tribe. The only real rationale is that the property sits along the heavily traveled Southern California to Las Vegas route. The location is ideal for pulling in a lot of gamblers -- far more than anywhere on the tribe's remote San Diego County lands.

However, Prop. 1A in 2000 authorized Las Vegas-style casinos operated by tribes "on Indian lands." The Los Coyotes Band's proposal would essentially gut that restriction for no other reason than maximizing profits. Such a precedent would set off a land rush, as tribes in distant areas of the state all sought casino sites near big urban areas or along high-traffic routes.

But voters' intent was to give tribes a way to combat poverty on reservations, not invite them to spread casinos across the state. Gambling on tribal lands is a far different proposition from turning California population centers into Las Vegas-farther-west.

Certainly, the state needs to address the fact that some tribes have reservations so remote that casinos are not a realistic option. California tribes should not face poverty simply because their ancestral lands are not conveniently adjacent to large populations of gamblers.

The solution to that issue does not involve letting tribes shop for better casino sites elsewhere. The state and tribes should look at other options, such as cooperative agreements that let tribes share land on existing reservations or share revenues from casino operations.

But the state should insist on limiting Las Vegas-style gambling to tribal lands. Easy access, high traffic counts and good business prospects do not override voter-approved restrictions on where tribes can build casinos.

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