Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Sunday, March 15 that she’s working to shut down privately-owned casinos as part of Michigan’s efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Whitmer's executive orders don’t apply to casinos owned by Native American tribes, and as sovereign nations, the Michigan Gaming Control Board can’t make them do anything.
Still, some tribes have closed their casinos. Some have not. It’s a complicated decision, as many rely on casino revenue to fund their governments.