Grand Soleil receives gaming license

Published 9:27 am Wednesday, May 21, 2008

After more than two years of preparations, the Grand Soleil Casino Resort — Natchez was licensed as a casino operator by the Mississippi Gaming Commission.

“This license is a major accomplishment for our project and allows us to stay within our timelines allowing for a 4th quarter 2008 casino opening. Our plans are to bring a modern facility to Natchez that will complement the historical treasures found here,” said Bill Bayba, president of Big River Enterprises, a developing partner for the Grand Soleil.

Another partner in the development of the Grand Soleil is the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin.

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Victoria Doud, president of the tribe, stated, “We are excited to be a partner in this, our second casino resort development, and we are looking forward to a successful partnership and future in the beautiful historic city of Natchez.”

The tribe is the first Native American group to receive a suitability license from the Mississippi Gaming Commission.