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Judge lets St. Ignace casino open doors despite land dispute
Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 5:20:09 PM
A judge's ruling will permit gambling at a new casino in northern Michigan owned by an American Indian tribe, at least until the resolution of a lawsuit over whether the casino can exist on land that is ineligible for Indian gaming.
As a result of the order issued by Allan Edgar, a federal judge from Tennessee acting as a visiting judge in the Western District of Michigan, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians plans to open the gambling center at its Kewadin Shores Casino and Hotel in St. Ignace by Friday.
The tribe sued the National Indian Gaming Commission and the U.S. Department of Interior to allow the opening of the casino, which is near the Mackinac Bridge. The tribe also filed a request seeking a preliminary injunction to halt the federal action, and Edgar's ruling dealt with that filing.
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