Conference Set to Decide Fate of Casino in Lower MI Owned by U.P. Tribe

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Great Lakes Radio News UpdatesMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The future of an Upper Michigan Native American tribe’s casino in Northern Lower Michigan could be answered later this month.

The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled a conference for June 13 to decide whether or not to hear the State of Michigan’s petition to keep the 84 slot machine casino in Vanderbilt closed. The casino is operated by the Bay Mills Indian Community, based in the eastern U.P.

Attorney General Bill Schuette has challenged the U.S. Solicitor General’s opinion that the Supreme Court does not need to review the case and that the petition should be denied. The state and the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians filed a lawsuit in 2010 arguing that Bay Mills violated the tribal-state compact and that the tribe violated state law by opening the casino without proper approvals.

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