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Indian tribe set to defend Michigan casino opening

Lansing, Michigan (AP) December 2010

The Bay Mills Indian Community says it’s prepared to defend itself in federal court against lawsuits seeking to close down its casino in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.

Tribal chairman Jeff Parker says in a statement last week that the tribe is confident in its legal position for the casino it opened in November in Vanderbilt.

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians filed suit last week to try and force the closing of the casino with roughly 40 slot machines. The Michigan attorney general’s office sued recently in an effort to shut down the casino.

Opponents say the casino, located well south of the Bay Mills reservation in the Upper Peninsula, is not legal because it’s not on Indian land.

Bay Mills disagrees and says the casino is legal.




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