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About the Tribe

Leelanau Sands Casino and Lodge, Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel and The 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 located in Northern Michigan. Their service area includes the reservation and a six county area adjacent to Leelanau County.

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. The Grand Traverse Band was the 7th tribe to join the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan.

Tribal Timeline

1980: Received federal recognition. The first tribal group to do so under the Tribal Federal Acknowledgement Process.

1998: Adopted tribal constitution, bylaws and corporate charter on February 24th. The constitution was not generic but specific in nature, unlike most of the tribal constitutions developed for the most part by the federal government for adoption pursuant to the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 and adopted by most tribes during the mid 1930’s.  

About the Area

Leelanau County is one of those special places in the world that you can't quite comprehend the magic of until you arrive. A peninsula surrounded on three sides by Lake Michigan, offering endless opportunities to explore the big lake and a variety of picturesque inland lakes through the seasons. Rolling hills dotted with wineries, orchards, farms and sweet small towns begging to be explored make a drive through the county an adventure on its own. 

Located on the 45th Parallel, the region truly offers four distinct seasons of travel. 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, sandy beaches and hardwood forests beckon those seeking solace to their 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. 

At the base of the Leelanau Peninsula sits Traverse City, a beloved tourist destination for it's beautiful beach town feel, incredible restaurant and brewery scene and lively events throughout the year. Constantly listed as a top vacation destination, Traverse City offers something exciting for every member of the family. 

A visit to Leelanau Sands Casino offers time to gamble on our exciting casino floor, explore the rural peninsula and enjoy the excitement of Traverse City. 

About the Casino

Take the scenic shoreline on M-22 North along the bay to Leelanau Sands Casino, nestled in the hardwoods of the legendary Leelanau County. Come as you are, and enjoy over 400 interactive slot machines, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and Progressive 3-Card Poker. Bring friends or make new ones in our beautiful Birch Room featuring 88 Bingo seats for main session play Wednesdays through Fridays at 7pm and Sunday afternoons at 2pm. Unwind in the all new and expanded Dex’s Pizzeria or take in a great show with premier entertainment in the 1,000 seat Sands Showroom.

About The Lodge

At the end of your play, The Lodge offers over 50 rooms just steps away in the beautiful hardwoods overlooking West Grand Traverse Bay. Handicapped accessible rooms, complimentary shuttle service to the casino, and outdoor patio area are available. Click on our website link or call us today at (800) 930.3008 or (231)534.8282 to make your reservation.