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US Supreme Court Says Michigan Can't Block Indian Casino

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(WLNS) - The Supreme Court says Michigan can't block the opening of an American Indian casino.

The high court on Tuesday disagreed with state officials who want to shutter the Bay Mills Indian Community's casino about 90 miles south of its Upper Peninsula reservation.

Michigan argued before the Supreme Court on December 2, 2013 that the tribe opened the casino in 2010 without permission from the U.S. government and in violation of a state compact.

A federal judge agreed and issued an injunction ordering the casino closed in 2011. But the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals threw the injunction out after ruling that the court lacked jurisdiction over some claims and that the tribe also has sovereign immunity.

The Supreme Court said in 5-4 ruling that the state's lawsuit against the casino is barred by tribal sovereign immunity.

Justice Elena Kagan delivered the opinion of the Court and said, in part, "The question in this case is whether tribal sovereign immunity bars Michigan's suit against the Bay Mills Indian Community for opening a casino outside Indian lands.  We hold that immunity protects Bay Mills from this legal action".  

6 News will have more on this 6 News at 5 & 6, including if today's ruling could impact plans for a casino in downtown Lansing.

Read the entire 56 page ruling:  
Supreme Court Ruling On Bay Mills Casino
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