LANSING, MI (WLNS) – The Michigan attorney general wanted to block the Sault Ste. Marie tribe of Chippewa Indians from filing an application that could lead to land for a potential casino.
But the cards didn’t quite “play out” the way the Attorney General planned.
A federal judge dismissed the case, ruling the tribe is allowed to at least file the application.
That has Lansing’s mayor feeling hopeful about the chances that this casino could “come to life” in downtown Lansing.
“This is another big flashing green light towards the project.”
Lansing’s mayor says it’s all systems go for blackjack and poker chips
After a federal judge ruled a Chippewa tribe has the right to apply for land in downtown Lansing, where they plan to build a new casino
“In addition to all of the economic development and the jobs we get full funding for Lansing promise which means 4 years of college free for every Lansing graduate,” said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.
But the controversial casino has had its share of opposition, including from attorney general Bill Schuette, who tried to block the project in court.
“This was pushing back on the attorney general and that’s good because it’s a message to the state, hey work with us we’d rather work with you than against you so now it shows the state we’re on firm legal ground,” said Bernero.
But Bernero says there’s several more hurdles before this patch of land is home to slot machines and poker
“We hope by the end of the year to hear from the department of interior and that would really be a huge charge,” said Bernero.
But for now –bets on whether or not the state will approve the new casino– are still on the table.
The attorney general’s office which has previously tried to block movement with the casino says they are reviewing the ruling.
But they didn’t want to comment on camera when asked about the ruling.
And the judge who made the ruling says his decision is “not the last word in the ongoing controversy between the state and the tribe over potential new gaming sites.”