Supreme Court holding onto ruling in Bay Mills casino case

The shuttered Bay Mills Indian Community casino in Vanderbilt, Michigan. Photo © Bay Mills News

The U.S. Supreme Court is taking a really long time with Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community, an Indian gaming case.

Oral arguments took place on December 2, 2013. Cases heard around the same time, and even more recently, have already been adjudicated so the court has been taking a longer time than expected to release an opinion.

There is no explanation for the delay. But Richard Guest, an attorney with the Native American Rights Fund, said last month it could indicate that the justices are deeply divided on the matter.

The outcome will determine whether the state of Michigan can sue the Bay Mills Indian Community for operating an off-reservation casino on land that has not been placed in trust or restricted status. Tribal advocates fear the court could significantly erode the doctrine of sovereign immunity.

You can listen to the oral arguments on the Supreme Court website or on the Indianz.Com Souncloud.

Relevant Documents:
Supreme Court Order List | Supreme Court Docket Sheet No. 12-515

6th Circuit Decision:
Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community (August 15, 2012)

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