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Thu May 17, 2012
State AG officially wades into Lansing casino fight
State Attorney General Bill Schuette has officially lodged his opposition to a proposed Lansing casino with the federal government.
The attorney general sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior about the Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians' casino plan.
The tribe is in the middle of a land deal with the city of Lansing. That's the first step toward a planned $245 million casino near the state Capitol.
In the letter, Schuette says the state "is gravely concerned about the consequences" of allowing the casino to operate. He says it would justify the operation of a casino far from the tribe's reservation lands. The same tribe - which is based in the Upper Peninsula - already operates a casino in Detroit.
Schuette's letter says the tribe's plan violates state and federal law.
The tribe disagrees. A spokesman says the tribe plans to vigorously pursue its right to do the project.
Once the land sale is complete, the tribe will ask the federal government to take the land into trust. That would allow the tribe to conduct gaming on that land. A court fight is expected.