lansing casino en Lansing casino project moves ahead <p>An Upper Peninsula Indian tribe has taken a major step toward building a casino in Lansing.</p><p></p><p>The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Tuesday formally asked the U.S. Department of the Interior to take land surrounding Lansing’s downtown convention center into trust.</p><p></p><p>The tribe bought the land for a $245 million casino. But before the casino can be built, the federal government must first take the land into trust.</p><p></p><p>Tribal officials say the Interior Department could act on the request in a few weeks.</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:32:53 +0000 Steve Carmody 17959 at Lansing casino project moves ahead Attorney general shifts tactics in Lansing casino case <p>As expected, Michigan’s attorney general has dropped an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to block a Lansing casino project.</p><p></p><p>But the legal fight is far from finished.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the state of Michigan could not sue the Bay Mills tribe to block it from operating a casino located off its reservation. The court ruled that the tribe has sovereign immunity.</p><p></p><p>The state was using the same legal strategy in an appeal in a case involving a proposed Lansing casino.</p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:27:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 17884 at Attorney general shifts tactics in Lansing casino case U.S. Supreme Court ruling may pave the way for Lansing casino <p>A U.S. Supreme Court decision this week may pave the way for casino gambling in Michigan’s capitol city.</p><p></p><p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero says a $245 million casino project has been “cleared for takeoff” by the high court’s decision in a different casino case.</p><p></p><p>State officials sued to close an off-reservation casino opened by the Bay Mills tribe. But the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday ruled against the state of Michigan, saying the tribe has sovereign immunity.</p><p></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17770 at U.S. Supreme Court ruling may pave the way for Lansing casino What's happening this morning? Detroit's response, anti-biodiversity bill, & Lansing casino stalls <p><strong>Detroit Council working on plan to counter emergency manager</strong></p><p>The council will meet this morning. <a href="">The Detroit News</a> reports they want to hear more from Mayor Dave Bing:</p><blockquote><p style="line-height: 16px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">The full panel plans to meet at 9 a.m. today to study its options for appealing Gov. Rick Snyder's determination that the city is in a financial emergency, paving the way for an emergency manager.</p><p style="line-height: 16px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">Council members have asked Bing to come to the table and said they may vote on a response to the governor by Thursday. The city has until Monday to appeal.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Bill aimed at stripping DNRs power to manage for biodiversity clears Senate</strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Senator Tom Casperson-R (Escanaba) has a victory. His bill,&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Senate Bill 78</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">, would keep the Michigan Department of natural resources from setting aside land for the purpose of maintaining biological diversity. The Senate passed that bill along a party line vote. 26 Republicans for, 11 Democrats against. You can read more about this legislation from <a href="">Michigan Radio's Rebecca Williams</a>.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Lansing casino project loses court decision</strong></p><p>A federal judge has issued an injunction last night against the tribe that wants to build the casino - the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.</p><p><a href="">Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody</a>&nbsp;has been following this story:</p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker granted the state's motion for an injunction pending resolution of the Attorney General's lawsuit. The judge says the tribe cannot apply to the federal government "to have the … property taken into trust unless and until it obtains a written revenue sharing agreement with the other federally-recognized Indian Tribes in Michigan."</span></p></blockquote><p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 12:39:27 +0000 Mark Brush 11546 at What's happening this morning? Detroit's response, anti-biodiversity bill, & Lansing casino stalls In this morning's headlines. . . <p><strong>In health news. . . </strong></p><p>Officials with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan say the state Legislature must pass bills to overhaul the health insurer by the end of the year. Under the measures, Blue Cross would become a customer-owned non-profit, and would have to pay state and local taxes. The<a href="|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE"> Lansing State Journal</a> reports,</p><blockquote><p>Even though it would lose its tax-exempt status, Blue Cross says the change in classification — and the lower government regulation that goes with it — is essential for it to be able to compete with other insurers under the Affordable Care Act.Under federal law, Blue Cross must have its products and rates ready by March for an online health exchange where people can compare and buy their own insurance plans, but the organization won’t make it because of the way it’s currently regulated by the state.</p></blockquote><p>Meanwhile, as Rick Pluta reports, "Michigan is unlikely to meet a Friday deadline to tell the Obama administration if it will create a statewide online exchange for people to shop for health insurance. The alternative is for Michigan to become part of a federally managed exchange."</p><p><strong>Tribe asks federal court to dismiss lawsuit to block Lansing casino </strong></p><p>"A federal judge is being asked to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at stopping plans for a casino in downtown Lansing. The Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians delivered its response this week to the lawsuit filed by Michigan’s Attorney General in September.&nbsp; The lawsuit claims the casino project violates federal law as well as a gaming compact between the state and the tribe. The tribe says that’s not true. The tribe wants to resolve this legal challenge before asking the federal government to take the land around Lansing’s convention center into trust.&nbsp;&nbsp; The land must fall into trust…before the tribe can begin construction of its casino," Steve Carmody<a href=""> reports. </a></p><p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 12:32:17 +0000 Emily Fox 9907 at In this morning's headlines. . . State AG officially wades into Lansing casino fight <p align="LEFT">State Attorney General Bill Schuette has officially lodged his opposition to a proposed Lansing casino with the federal government.</p><p align="LEFT">The attorney general sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior about the Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians&#39; casino plan.</p><p align="LEFT">The tribe is in the middle of a land deal with the city of Lansing. That&#39;s the first step toward a planned $245 million&nbsp;casino near the state Capitol.</p><p align="LEFT">In the letter, Schuette says the state &quot;is gravely concerned about the consequences&quot; of allowing the casino to operate. He says it would justify the operation of a casino far from the tribe&#39;s reservation lands. The same tribe - which is based in the Upper Peninsula - already operates a casino in Detroit.</p><p align="LEFT">Schuette&#39;s letter says the tribe&#39;s plan violates state and federal law.</p><p align="LEFT">The tribe disagrees. A spokesman says the tribe plans to vigorously pursue its right to do the project.</p><p align="LEFT">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. Thu, 17 May 2012 21:50:23 +0000 Sarah Hulett 7521 at State AG officially wades into Lansing casino fight Casino Lottery <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Yesterday I talked to a student who has a right to be proud of herself. Now in her early 30s, she was born in poverty to Mexican migrant workers in Arizona, and had two babies before she was out of her teens. Yet she got it together through sheer determination and hard work, and is now finishing her second college degree and working in public relations. She clearly has a bright future.</font></font></font></font></p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 16:08:25 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6517 at Casino Lottery Lansing casino opponents make voices heard at community forum <p>Developers of Lansing&rsquo;s proposed casino faced a small, but passionate group of opponents last night.</p><p>One opponent of a Lansing casino says the state capitol risks becoming known as a center for &ldquo;pot shops, strips clubs and gambling&rdquo; if a casino is built downtown.</p><p>The pot shops and strip clubs are already there.&nbsp;&nbsp; But dozens&nbsp;of people at last night&rsquo;s public forum worry a downtown casino will bring with it increased crime and problem gambling to Lansing.</p><p>&ldquo;Our community should be built on biblical principles.&nbsp; And I am here to stand on that today that we will reap what we sow if this project goes through&hellip;there will be consequences,&rdquo; casino opponent Laura McMurtry told Lansing city council members during last night&rsquo;s public forum at the Southside Community Center.</p><p>Opponents also fear a casino will siphon money away from other Lansing businesses.</p><p>Developers say they understand the opposition&rsquo;s concern. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 11:10:11 +0000 Steve Carmody 6438 at Lansing casino gets a boost (and leads to a resignation) <p>The proposed Lansing casino project has picked up a key endorsement. But there is some controversy of about the decision by a city economic development agency.</p><p>The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians wants to build a new $245 million&nbsp;casino in downtown Lansing.&nbsp; One small parcel of land critical to the project is owned by the Lansing Economic Development Corporation.&nbsp;&nbsp; The LEDC has given its approval to the deal, which will see the group&rsquo;s parcel turned into a temporary casino&nbsp;while construction on the main casino proceeds.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 17:49:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 6319 at Lansing casino gets a boost (and leads to a resignation) Lansing city council expressing frustration at flow of information on casino project <p>Lansing city council members are expressing growing frustration at not getting the&nbsp;information they want about a proposed Indian casino&nbsp;project.</p><p>The <a href="">Sault Ste. Marie&nbsp;Tribe of Chippewa&nbsp;Indians</a> wants to build a $245 million&nbsp;casino in the capitol city.&nbsp;&nbsp; The casino would be&nbsp;built adjacent to the&nbsp;city&#39;s&nbsp;downtown&nbsp;convention&nbsp;center.&nbsp;The city council&rsquo;s approval of the&nbsp;deal is necessary before the tribe can ask the federal government to place the land in trust.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 04:48:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 6293 at Lansing city council expressing frustration at flow of information on casino project Opposition to Lansing casino from Governor Snyder and Attorney General Shuette <p>Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and state Attorney General Bill Schuette have told a northern Michigan Indian tribe they will do whatever is necessary to stop a casino from being built in downtown Lansing.</p><p>The proposed casino would go up just a few blocks from the state Capitol.</p><p>The Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewas already operates five casinos in Michigan&rsquo;s Upper Peninsula.</p><p>The tribe has proposed a new casino in downtown Lansing on a parcel that is not currently considered tribal property.</p><p>The governor and the attorney general say that means the land cannot be used for a tribal casino.</p><p>&ldquo;This project just cannot fly the way the law is set up currently,&rdquo; said John Sellek a spokesman for the attorney general.</p><p>&ldquo;The way they are trying to do it just will not work. If they want to try to get the law changed, that&rsquo;s something they could do, but, otherwise we would be forced to go to court because the way they want to do this is just plain illegal,&rdquo; said Sellek.</p><p>Tribal spokesman Roger Martin says the legal argument is a new one, but he says the project complies with the law.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s pretty clear. We have the right to take this land into trust,&rdquo; said Martin. &ldquo;We intend to vigorously pursue what we believe is our right for this project. We&rsquo;re very confident in the legal theory that we have.&rdquo;</p><p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero also backs the project.</p><p>Bernero says he &ldquo;respectfully disagrees&rdquo; with Governor Snyder, his adversary in the 2010 race for governor. Mon, 13 Feb 2012 22:06:08 +0000 Rick Pluta 6201 at Opposition to Lansing casino from Governor Snyder and Attorney General Shuette Lansing city council delves into casino deal <p>The Lansing city council has plenty of questions about a plan that could bring&nbsp;<a href="">a&nbsp;quarter billion dollar casino project</a> to downtown.&nbsp;&nbsp; The council was briefed on the&nbsp;legal agreement&nbsp;Monday.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>An Upper Peninsula tribe and a developer have already signed off on a deal that&nbsp;outlines revenue&nbsp;sharing,&nbsp; property&nbsp;transfers and other economic development&nbsp;issues.</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 04:51:03 +0000 Steve Carmody 6118 at Lansing city council delves into casino deal