Upon the advice of the U.S. Solicitor General, the U.S. Supreme Court is not expected to take up the case of the Bay Mills Indian Community’s shuttered casino in Vanderbilt, Michigan. As a result, the Court of Appeals ruling stands that the casino may reopen; a federal district judge said the property is not on tribal land and ordered the casino closed, but a panel of federal appeals judges reversed that order. In the meantime, an amended lawsuit is working its way through the court, so the facility will stay closed.
The tribe purchased land in Vanderbilt with trust earnings and opened an 84-slot casino in 2010. The tribe’s reservation is located in Chippewa County in the Upper Peninsula. It operates a casino and resort there. Soon after, the state and the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, which operates a casino in Petoskey, filed a lawsuit stating Bay Mills violated the tribal-state compact, and broke state law by opening the casino without proper approvals.