State Arguments Against Native Casino Continue At US Supreme Court
Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The State of Michigan argued yesterday before the U.S. Supreme Court against a proposed downstate off-reservation gambling casino planned by the Bay Mills Indian Community from the eastern U.P.
Michigan Solicitor General John Bursch presented oral arguments on the state’s challenge to the expansion of off-reservation gaming.
The case is Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community, and it’s a result of Attorney General Bill Schuette’s appeal of a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals which ruled that Michigan could not obtain a federal-court injunction against the casino in Vanderbilt because the tribe had sovereign immunity.
The state is arguing that it’s sovereignty allows it to halt a casino that is off-reservation.