Sault Ste. Marie Tribe anxious for off-reservation casino decision

Artist's rendering of the proposed Kewadin Lansing Casino in Lansing, Michigan. Image from Sault Tribe

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians believes a decision is near on a proposed off-reservation casino in Michigan.

The tribe filed a land-into-trust application for a site in Lansing in June 2014. Attorney John Wernet told The Detroit Press that an answer from the Bureau of Indian Affairs could come "within the next few weeks."

"We’re optimistic that it will be in our favor," Wernet told the paper. "At this point, we’d be pleased just to have a decision."

The tribe believes the BIA must approve the application because the property was acquired in connection with the Michigan Indian Land Claims Settlement Act. The Kewadin Lansing Casino would be built on the site.

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