Lansing Casino Case Heading to Appeals Court
MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is appealing a federal judge’s decision blocking the tribe from moving forward on a plan for a proposed casino in downtown Lansing.
U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker last month granted a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette blocking the tribe from applying to the U.S. Department of the Interior to take land, near the Lansing Center, into trust, a step necessary to proceed to build on the site a few blocks from the state Capitol.
The tribe is asking the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to overturn the injunction and dismiss the case, which Jonker also rejected.
Schuette and Governor Rick Snyder have argued the proposed casino would violate federal law as well as state gaming compacts with both the Sault Tribe and other nearby tribes.
The Lansing State Journal reports the appeals court agreed to take the case and will expedite a ruling. The tribe has until May and the state until June to file expanded legal briefs outlining their respective arguments.
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