Soo Tribe Lansing Casino On Hold
Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A proposed tribal casino in Lansing is going to have to wait for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a case involving a Northern Michigan casino.
The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals yesterday granted Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request to temporarily ban the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians from moving forward with plans for a casino in downtown Lansing.
The court in December ruled in favor of the tribe, which could have cleared the way for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians to seek federal approval to have the land taken into trust and then begin construction on the site.
But Schuette contends many of the issues raised in the Lansing casino case were similar to issues raised in the Bay Mills case.
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 proposed $245 million, 125,000-square-foot casino would be located in the downtown area, not quite a half-mile from the Capitol.
It would include up to 3,000 slot machines and 48 table games, and assorted bars and restaurants.