Snyder spokesman Dave Murray said the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians has the OK to work with the federal government on studies related to the project. The tribe is proposing a casino, stores and hotels at the former Great Lakes Downs in Fruitport Township, which is near where I-96 and U.S. 31 meet.
Murray cautioned that the governor is not endorsing the project. He said Snyder is a "data-driven governor" who is allowing some initial steps to be taken. The process could take years.
State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, said there's support in the community for a casino.