The Sixth Court of Appeals has told the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians can continue with efforts to get federal approval for land in Lansing.
The tribe has purchased property in downtown Lansing near the Lansing Center and has announced plans to build a casino there. The U.S. Department of Interior must recognize it as tribal property before the casino could be built.
The federal appeals court struck down a legal effort by the state to block the tribe from proceeding.
"We are deeply gratified that the federal appeals court has given the Sault Tribe the Green light to take the next step forward" said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero in a statement after the ruling was released.
However, he went on to say "we remain mindful that this is just one more state toward our ultimate goal."