U.P. Native Tribe Gets Clearance To Reopen Lower Michigan Casino

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MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Bay Mills Indian Community will be able to reopen its casino in Northern Lower Michigan under a federal court ruling this week that essentially found the state and other tribes challenging the casino had no standing.

The ruling from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati reversed a Federal judge’s March 2011 order that Bay Mills must close its casino in Vanderbilt, about 10 miles north of Gaylord.  The judges ruled that because the casino is not located on tribal land, neither the state nor the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians could sue to block it under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Bay Mills, which has a reservation located in Chippewa County, used trust earnings to purchase land in Vanderbilt and opened a casino there in November 2010. The facility had 84 slot machines.

A spokesperson says Attorney General Bill Schuette is considering an appeal.

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