chippewa http://michiganradio.org en Opposition to Lansing casino from Governor Snyder and Attorney General Shuette http://michiganradio.org/post/opposition-lansing-casino-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 http://michiganradio.org Opposition to Lansing casino from Governor Snyder and Attorney General Shuette Moose hunt opposed by Chippewa tribe in the U.P. http://michiganradio.org/post/moose-hunt-opposed-chippewa-tribe <p>It&#39;s up to the Michigan State legislature to determine what game is available for hunting in Michigan.</p><p>In late 2010, the legislature opened up the possibility of a moose hunt in Michigan.</p><p>They charged the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10370_12145_58476-256225--,00.html">Moose Hunting Advisory Council</a> with developing recommendations on whether or not a moose hunt should be conducted. (You can let them know what you think by dropping them a line - moosecomments@michigan.gov).</p><p>The council is expected to present their report to the Michigan DNR&#39;s Natural Resources Commission next Thursday (September 15). The Associated Press reports that the Moose Hunting Advisory Council will recommend a moose hunt of 10 bull moose.</p><p>The NRC will take the recommendation and decide whether a hunt will occur.</p><p>But ahead of all that, the Inland Conservation Committee with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians voted to oppose the hunt.</p><p>Here&#39;s part of a <a href="http://www.saulttribe.com/">statement</a> from the tribe:</p><blockquote><p>At its Aug. 1 meeting, the committee cited biological concerns of a hunt&rsquo;s impact on a fragile and uncertain population of 433 moose. The proposed hunt would take 10 bull moose in the fall after the rutting season, according to news accounts. The Department of Natural Resources was officially notified of the decision last week.</p></blockquote><p>The statement says &quot;under the terms of the 2007 Inland Consent Decree, the committee&#39;s opposition effectively ends Michigan&rsquo;s bid for a moose hunt, for now.&quot;</p><p>A spokeswoman for the DNR said the tribe&#39;s position will have no effect on the report going to the Natural Resources Commission next week.</p><p>If the NRC votes to establish a moose hunt in Michigan, the question of whether or not the tribe&#39;s opposition prohibits a hunt will have to be answered. Thu, 08 Sep 2011 19:59:16 +0000 Mark Brush 4081 at http://michiganradio.org Moose hunt opposed by Chippewa tribe in the U.P. Abramoff wraps up his prison term at a pizzeria http://michiganradio.org/post/abramoff-wraps-his-prison-term-pizzeria <p>Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist who bilked millions from several Indian tribes including Michigan's Saginaw Chippewas, has officially been released from the <a href="http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/InmateFinderServlet?Transaction=NameSearch&amp;needingMoreList=false&amp;FirstName=jack&amp;Middle=&amp;LastName=abramoff&amp;Race=U&amp;Sex=U&amp;Age=&amp;x=0&amp;y=0">Federal Bureau of Prisons</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-abramoff-probation-20101213,0,5427817.story?loc=interstitialskip">The Associated Press</a> reports Abramoff spent the last several months of his four-year prison sentence on home confinement with an electronic monitoring bracelet. The halfway house he was assigned to set Abramoff up with a job at a kosher pizzeria in Baltimore.</p><p>The AP reports that Abramoff worked at Tov Pizza, "a modest kosher pizzeria in a heavily Jewish section of northwest Baltimore. Abramoff, 51, is an Orthodox Jew and wore a yarmulke to work."</p><p> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 18:05:05 +0000 Mark Brush 638 at http://michiganradio.org Abramoff wraps up his prison term at a pizzeria