Gov. Holcomb in South Bend to sign gaming compact with Pokagon Band

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb was in South Bend Tuesday for a ceremonial signing of the state's Class 3 gaming compact with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi.

The signing was held at Howard Park.

It's the first compact of its kind in Indiana's history.

The Four Winds Casino South Bend currently has Class 2 gaming, which is based on bingo rather than random number generators.

Class 3 gaming would include table games, sports betting and slot machines.

“We’ve done just a great deal in our community, building our own government, helping our own people improved the quality of their lives so while you’ll hear comment about gaming and the compact, which really doesn’t come into fully effect for probably another 45 days, once Washington DC received it, this is, today really is about the building and foundation of the government to government relationship," said Matt Wesaw, Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi.

This is not the end of the process to allow Class 3 gaming. The Department of the Interior must approve the compact.

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