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Overturned Injunction Brings Casino One Step Closer To Lansing

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - An appeals court has overturned an injunction that put a hold on bringing a casino to Lansing.

 

The court ruled in favor of the Indian tribe, who bought land from the City of Lansing to build the casino, bringing the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians one step closer.

"It clears our path to move forward with our trust request which means it's a really big day," Tribe Spokesman Roger Martin said.

The tribe paid $245 million to build the casino, which, if allowed, will be located near Michigan Avenue and Cedar Street.

"All we were attempting to do is what the 1997 Michigan Indian Claims Settlment Act allows us to do," Tribe Chairman Aaron Payment said.

Which Tribe Chairman Aaron Payment told us is to ask the U.S Department of Interior to take the land they purchased from the city and put it into trust.

"It's been going on. It basically resumes now," Martin said.

"We are deeply gratified that the federal appeals court has given the Sault Tribe the green light to take the next step forward in the process of building a casino in downtown Lansing," said Mayor Virg Bernero.

This now means the city can apply for the next step, which is to have the Department of Interior take the land for the casino into trust.

The attorney general's office issued this statement, "We are confident that states' authority to stop illegal gaming on their own sovereign land will be upheld next year by the U.S. Supreme Court when it rules in Michigan v Bay Mills Indian Community."

Bernero says if the casino is successful, it's another step towards students receiving fully-funded, 4-year college scholarships through the Lansing Promise. 

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