kewadin lansing casino http://michiganradio.org en Lansing casino project moves ahead http://michiganradio.org/post/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 http://michiganradio.org Lansing casino project moves ahead Attorney general shifts tactics in Lansing casino case http://michiganradio.org/post/attorney-general-shifts-tactics-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 http://michiganradio.org Attorney general shifts tactics in Lansing casino case U.S. Supreme Court ruling may pave the way for Lansing casino http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-ruling-may-pave-way-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 http://michiganradio.org U.S. Supreme Court ruling may pave the way for Lansing casino U.S. Supreme Court rules against the state of Michigan in casino case http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-rules-against-state-michigan-casino-case <p>WASHINGTON – The <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-515_jq2i.pdf">U.S. Supreme Court says</a> Michigan can't block the opening of an American Indian casino.</p><p></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 14:54:05 +0000 The Associated Press 17758 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Supreme Court rules against the state of Michigan in casino case Federal court lifts injunction blocking Lansing casino project http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-court-lifts-injunction-blocking-lansing-casino-project <p>A federal appeals court has lifted an injunction that was standing in the way of a casino in downtown Lansing.</p><p></p><p>The Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians wants to build a casino next to Lansing’s convention center.</p><p></p><p>Michigan’s Attorney General asked for and got a federal court to prevent the tribe from moving ahead with its plans. The attorney general says the tribe’s casino would violate agreements between the state and Michigan’s Native American tribes.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:17:54 +0000 Steve Carmody 15751 at http://michiganradio.org Federal court lifts injunction blocking Lansing casino project Lansing's mayor wants a third term http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-wants-third-term <p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says he wants four more years in office. He formally announced his campaign today.&nbsp;</p><p>“I’m telling you folks … Lansing is on the verge,” the partisan crowd groaned, and then laughed, as Virg Bernero joked at his campaign kickoff.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 18:00:39 +0000 Steve Carmody 12519 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor wants a third term Tribe appeals injunction blocking Lansing casino project http://michiganradio.org/post/tribe-appeals-injunction-blocking-lansing-casino-project <p>Backers of a proposed casino in downtown Lansing are asking a federal appeals court to toss out a legal ruling that threatens to bring their plans to a halt.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Last month a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians’ plans to build a $245 million casino in downtown Lansing.</p><p></p><p>Michigan’s attorney general sought the injunction claiming the tribe’s plans violated federal law and a state gambling compact.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:20:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 12237 at http://michiganradio.org Tribe appeals injunction blocking Lansing casino project Native American casinos in Michigan testing the water for online gambling http://michiganradio.org/post/native-american-casinos-michigan-testing-water-online-gambling-0 <p>MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) - The Soaring Eagle Casino is planning a new website that won't take bets for money unless Congress changes restrictions on online gambling.<br><br>The casino's marketing director Raul Venegas tells the Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant that the website will be for marketing and fun.<br><br>Venegas says the casino has "no intentions to offer real money gaming online, but people can play for free."<br> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 13:59:38 +0000 The Associated Press 12005 at http://michiganradio.org Native American casinos in Michigan testing the water for online gambling Craps: Lansing casino project in jeopardy http://michiganradio.org/post/craps-lansing-casino-project-jeopardy <p>Plans for a casino in downtown Lansing are in jeopardy this evening.</p><p>The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians wants to build a $245 million casino next to Lansing’s convention center. &nbsp;However, before the tribe could build the casino, the U.S. Department of the Interior would have to agree to take the land for the casino into trust.</p><p>But Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a lawsuit trying to block the tribe's trust request.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 23:36:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11545 at http://michiganradio.org Craps: Lansing casino project in jeopardy Federal judge will hear arguments over Lansing's proposed downtown casino http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-judge-will-hear-arguments-over-lansings-proposed-downtown-casino <p>A federal judge in Grand Rapids will hear arguments Wednesday in a case that may determine if Lansing will get a downtown casino.</p><p></p><p>A year ago, the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians announced plans to build a casino that would wrap around Lansing’s downtown convention center.&nbsp;&nbsp; The plan included the construction of a temporary casino along Michigan Ave. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:28:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 10886 at http://michiganradio.org Federal judge will hear arguments over Lansing's proposed downtown casino Michigan's Attorney General more optimistic that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up casino case http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-attorney-general-more-optimistic-us-supreme-court-will-take-casino-case <p>The U.S. Supreme Court could be sending a signal that it may review a case involving a Native American tribe that wants to build an off-reservation casino in Michigan.</p><p>The court Monday asked the U.S. solicitor general to weigh in on whether federal courts have the authority to hear lawsuits connected to federal Indian gaming law and whether tribes have immunity from such litigation.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 20:54:12 +0000 Steve Carmody 10678 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Attorney General more optimistic that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up casino case Tribe asks federal court to dismiss "meritless" state lawsuit to block Lansing casino http://michiganradio.org/post/tribe-asks-federal-court-dismiss-meritless-state-lawsuit-block-lansing-casino <p>The Upper Peninsula Native American Tribe says a lawsuit trying to prevent it from building a casino in Lansing is “utterly without merit”.</p><p></p><p>Michigan’s Attorney General filed a lawsuit in September challenging the right of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians to build a casino in downtown Lansing.</p><p></p><p>Attorney General Bill Schuette says the casino project would violate federal law, as well as a gaming compact with the state.</p><p></p><p>But in its response to the state’s lawsuit this week, the tribe describes the state’s case as “meritless”.</p><p></p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 18:25:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 9893 at http://michiganradio.org Tribe asks federal court to dismiss "meritless" state lawsuit to block Lansing casino Deadline ahead for Lansing casino project http://michiganradio.org/post/deadline-ahead-lansing-casino-project <p>A deadline is looming for a proposed downtown Lansing casino.</p><p>The proposed $245 million casino project involves a complicated business and land deal between the city of Lansing, private developers and an indian tribe from the Upper Peninsula.&nbsp;</p><p>So complicated those involved were not able to reach an agreement on the various aspects of the project by an August deadline.&nbsp;&nbsp; So they gave themselves an extension until November 1<sup>st</sup>.</p><p>But with two weeks before the extended deadline there’s still no final agreement.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:22:55 +0000 Steve Carmody 9512 at http://michiganradio.org Deadline ahead for Lansing casino project Michigan's Attorney General files suit to block proposed Lansing casino http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-attorney-general-files-suit-block-proposed-lansing-casino <p>Michigan’s Attorney General has filed <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/105520532/State-of-Michigan-v-The-Sault-St-Marie-Tribe-of-Chippewa-Indians">a lawsuit</a> to block plans for a casino in Lansing.</p><p></p><p>The Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians announced plans in January to build a $245 million casino next to Lansing’s convention center.</p><p></p><p>Attorney General Bill Schuette claims the casino project violates federal law and a gaming compact with the state.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 01:18:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 9019 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Attorney General files suit to block proposed Lansing casino Lansing casino plan critic wins tribal chairmanship election http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-casino-plan-critic-wins-tribal-chairmanship-election <p>A critic of part of the plan to build a casino in downtown Lansing has just been elected to lead one of the groups involved in the project.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:35:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 8086 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing casino plan critic wins tribal chairmanship election Tribe votes in favor of Lansing casino project http://michiganradio.org/post/tribe-votes-favor-lansing-casino-project <p>A majority of Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians members have voted in favor of their tribe building a casino in downtown Lansing.</p><p>The vote clears the way for what is sure to be bigger challenges to the casino project.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Tribal leaders had predicted the outcome of the referendum from the start. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The voting started last month when the tribe mailed ballots to more than 14 thousand tribal members.</p><p>In the end, more than 39 hundred Sault Ste Marie tribe members voted in favor of the Lansing casino project.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;23 hundred members voted against it.</p><p>Roger Martin is the tribe&rsquo;s spokesman. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;He says the next phase of the project will involve paperwork.</p><p>&ldquo;The hope is the have the land purchase completed and the application to take the land into trust by the Department of the Interior by Summer,&rdquo; says Martin.</p><p>The federal government must agree to take the land into trust for the tribe so it can be used for gaming.&nbsp;</p><p>Other tribes that operate casinos near Lansing, as well as Governor Snyder,&nbsp; oppose a casino in the capital city.&nbsp; Legal challenges to the project are expected.</p><p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero issued a statement thanking the tribe for its affirmative vote.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">&quot;I am more convinced than ever that this is the right project at the right time with the right partners.&nbsp; The Lansing Kewadin casino will create thousands of good jobs, fully-fund college scholarships for Lansing public school children, and generate hundreds of millions in new economic activity for the Lansing region.&quot; Bernero said in his statement.&quot;</p><p> Fri, 04 May 2012 01:36:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 7329 at http://michiganradio.org Tribe votes in favor of Lansing casino project Tribal vote on Lansing casino project nearing an end http://michiganradio.org/post/tribal-vote-lansing-casino-project-nearing-end <p>Voting wraps up this week in a referendum that may decide if plans for a casino in downtown Lansing can move forward.</p><p>Ballots were mailed to 14 thousand members of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians earlier this month.</p><p>The basic question is should the tribe move ahead with plans to build a $245 million casino adjacent to Lansing&rsquo;s downtown convention center.</p> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7236 at http://michiganradio.org Tribal vote on Lansing casino project nearing an end Tribe members start voting this week on a proposed casino in Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/tribe-members-start-voting-week-proposed-casino-lansing <p>Ballots are being mailed this week to more than 14 thousand members of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.&nbsp;&nbsp; The vote may decide if the tribe will go ahead with plans to build a casino in downtown Lansing.</p><p>The proposed casino is controversial, not just among those who generally oppose any effort to expand gambling in Michigan, but also among some Sault Ste Marie tribe members.</p><p>The tribe already operates five casinos in the Upper Peninsula.&nbsp; But some tribe members don&rsquo;t like the way revenue from a Lansing casino would be divided.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 19:39:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6998 at http://michiganradio.org Tribe members start voting this week on a proposed casino in Lansing Lansing city council gives OK to controversial casino project http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-gives-ok-controversial-casino-project <p>A controversial plan to build a casino in downtown Lansing cleared an important hurdle last night.&nbsp;</p><p>The Lansing city council gave its approval for the Sault Ste Marie&nbsp;Tribe of Chippewa Indians&rsquo; plan to build a casino next to the city&rsquo;s convention center.&nbsp;</p><p>Council members who voted for the casino cited the jobs it will create &nbsp;and a&nbsp;college scholarship program for Lansing children it will fund.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 03:57:13 +0000 Steve Carmody 6702 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city council gives OK to controversial casino project Proposed Lansing casino faces key hurdle tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-lansing-casino-faces-key-hurdle-tonight <p>The Lansing city council has several items dealing with the casino project on its agenda tonight.</p><p>All the items must pass for the $245 million&nbsp;project to move forward.</p><p>City council president Brian Jeffries last week questioned if the city is giving up too much in the deal with the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and a group of local investors.</p><p>The proposal has drawn opposition from critics of casino gambling.,&nbsp;other tribes that operate casinos,&nbsp;as well as the governor and state attorney general.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6682 at http://michiganradio.org Proposed Lansing casino faces key hurdle tonight