U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Case Over Controversial U.P. Tribe’s Casino

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Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in early December on the state’s lawsuit challenging the Bay Mills Indian Community’s casino in Northern Michigan.

Attorney General Bill Schuette says the case raises important questions about the relationship between state and tribal sovereignty.

The state’s lawsuit challenges the operation of an 84 slot machine casino in Vanderbilt, north of Gaylord, arguing that Bay Mills violated the tribal-state compact and that the tribe violated state law by opening the casino without proper approvals.

Schuette argues the site is more than 100 miles from the tribe’s reservation in the Upper Peninsula and the tribe broke federal law by opening the casino outside the reservation.

A federal judge ordered the casino to close in 2011 but a Court of Appeals reversed the decision, declaring that the district court did not have jurisdiction under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and that the tribe had sovereign immunity.

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