An effort to set up a new casino in Fruitport Township located in Muskegon County advanced this week when ­Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians announced reaching a preliminary agreement on the proposal.

The Municipal Services Agreement moves the tribe a step closer to gaining the approval of the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, which would then put the land into a trust for a casino, according to local reports. The state Legislature would also need to approve the deal.

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