Mich. AG Looks Forward to Indian Casino Arguments

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan's attorney general is welcoming the chance to argue to the U.S. Supreme Court over the legality of an American Indian casino.

Bill Schuette said Monday the high court's decision to hear his appeal sets the stage for a discussion about all states' ability to "halt the unrestrained expansion of off-reservation tribal casino gambling."

The Bay Mills Indian Community opened a casino in Vanderbilt in the northern Lower Peninsula in 2010 about 125 miles south of its reservation in the Upper Peninsula.

Tribal Chairman Kurt Perron says the tribe is "deeply concerned" with the Supreme Court's decision to hear the case because it appears justices may examine the doctrine of tribal sovereign immunity. Perron says he's confident the Supreme Court will rule in the tribe's favor.

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