November 01, 2012
The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians are a step closer to making the Kewadin Lansing casino a reality. Mayor Virg Bernero approved 3 parcels of land to be sold to the tribe on Thursday. The land is located near Lansing's downtown area.
Currently the tribe is working towards approval to put the land into trust. U.S. Department of Interior will need to decide if that will be allowed.
However, an issue that needs to be addressed before they can approach the U.S. Department of Interior. There is a pending lawsuit against the tribe from the state that was filed by the state's Attorney General. The lawsuit states that the casino will go against federal law. In addition, the gaming compact that will between the state and the tribe will also be in violation.
The parcel of land located at Larch Street and Michigan Avenue will be the location of the temporary casino. This casino will operate until the permanent casino is built. The permanent casino will be located along Larch Street on a larger land parcel.
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