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July 01, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court will be holding hearings over the legality of the Bay Mills Indian Community sovereignty, and their casino located in Vaderbuilt, MI.

Michigan state lawmakers state that the casino was a violation of the state's gaming compact with the tribe.

The casino began operation in 2010. It is located in the northern Lower Peninsula. This is 90 miles south of the tribe's reservation.

In spring of 2011 a federal judge ordered the casino closed. The casino was to remain closed until the state ruled on the lawsuit.

The federal appeals court ruled in favor of the Bay Mills Indian Community, stating that the tribe has sovereign immunity. That district court had no right to close the casino.

The lawsuit has now moved to the U.S. Supreme Court. It is expected that hearings will begin this fall.

The ruling that the court makes will impact the future of where tribal owned casinos can be located.

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