January 26, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case brought by the
Michigan Gambling Opposition (MichGO) to stop construction of the proposed Gun
Lake tribe casino in Western Michigan about 20 miles south of Grand Rapids. The
Gun Lake Band of Pottawatomi said the decision clears the way for construction
of the $200 million Gun Lake Casino, a 190,000 square-foot casino featuring
2,500 slot machines, 75 table games, and various dining venues.
The tribe hopes to begin construction within a few months, although they do not
anticipate the project to be completed for over a year.
"We are very happy with the Supreme Court's decision," said D.K. Sprague,
chairman of the Gun Lake Tribe. "It is, however, bittersweet because the tribe
and thousands of its supporters were irrevocably harmed by this lawsuit."
MichGO lawyer John Bursch said, "We are obviously disappointed that the Supreme
Court did not agree to hear the constitutional and statutory problems associated
with the government's decision to take land in trust for the Gun Lake casino."
He said another case challenging the government regarding the casino in the U.S.
District Court in Washington, D.C remains a road block for the tribe.
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