Gun Lake and FireKeepers Casinos have been supportive of efforts to provide programs and services to support individuals, families, and communities affected by gambling addiction. The Michigan Association on Problem Gambling (MAPG) applauds these efforts and welcomes any opportunity to work in partnership with or provide support for Gaming Industry members who wish to develop and maintain strong Responsible Gaming Programs. We welcome contacts from all Native American Tribe Casinos, Commercial Casinos, and the Lottery. Contact can be made through the MAPG website; www.michapg.com
The Michigan Association on Problem Gambling recognizes the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish band of the Potawatomi Indians and Gun Lake Casino, at Wayland for being the first Native American Tribe to join the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling, May, 2011. In addition to becoming a member, they supported the training of their supervisors and other casino employees on how to recognize and respond to patrons for whom gambling is no longer just a form of entertainment. The initial training was in 2011 and they have continued to train their employees in 2012 and 2013. We applaud their policy of displaying the MI Gambling Help Line number, 1-800-270-7117, at strategic places throughout the casino and on the back of the “passport”.
The Michigan Association on Problem Gambling recognizes the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians and the FireKeepers Casino, Battle Creek MI, for their commitment to their customers. In 2010 they supported the training of their supervisors and other casino employees to recognize customers for whom gambling is no longer just a form of recreation. They adapted the MAPG rack card which lists behaviors which might indicate gambling is no longer and enjoyable form of entertainment. April of 2013 the FireKeepers Casino became a member of the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling.
The Pokagon Fund, Inc. which is associated with the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Michigan approved a grant to the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling to place an advertisement for the National Helpline (800.522.4700) in the two local newspapers for one year.