About Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge
Located on Michigan’s famous M-22 highway, Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge is one of Michigan’s original casinos. Its Leelanau Peninsula setting is unbeatable, with Lake Michigan’s crystal-clear waters in every direction and award-winning wineries within easy driving distance. The casino houses more than 350 slot machines and table games, while the Lodge offers over 50 rooms for guests to relax and unwind. With onsite dining and entertainment options, Leelanau Sands Casino remains a crowd favorite in Midwest gaming.
About The Area
Lauded by publications such as TripAdvisor, Forbes, AFAR, and more, the Grand Traverse region has an unbeatable combination of breathtaking beauty of the bays paired with infinite activities and attractions to provide the ultimate four-season destination. Summer seekers meet award-winning golf courses, challenging recreational trails for hiking and biking, unlimited fishing and boating, and adventurous dunes beyond compare while vibrant galleries and museums, acclaimed wineries, and sandy beaches beckon those seeking a quieter vacation. The evergreen forests and vibrant hardwoods create a color palette beyond compare for fall touring, and the lake effect snow brings the ultimate Norman Rockwell winters for skiing, snowmobiling, and relaxing by the warm fires.
About The Tribe
Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge, Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, and Grand Traverse Resort and Spa are all owned and operated by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, a federally recognized Native American tribe in Northern Michigan. The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians are located in the northwestern section of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, 23 miles north of Traverse City in Leelanau County.
In 1998 the tribal land base consisted of 450 acres of trust lands as well as recently purchased additional tribal lands. They received their federal recognition in 1980, and were the first tribal group to do so under the conditions of the Tribal Federal Acknowledgement Process adopted by the Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1998. They adopted their tribal constitution, bylaws and corporate charter on February 24, 1998. Their service area includes the reservation and a six-county area adjacent to Leelanau County. The Grand Traverse Band was the seventh tribe to join the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan.