Local governments are backing the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band
of Pottawatomi Indians
, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, as it defends its casino before the U.S. Supreme Court
Except for Hopkins Township that is. Leaders in the community refused to sign onto a brief in Patchak
despite extensive debate on the issue, MLive reported.
But the discussion, while it exposed some anti-tribal sentiments among local officials, was all for nothing. The board's October 9 vote against joining the brief came well after it had been submitted
to the nation's highest court on September 18.
"The tribe will continue to forge close working relationships with all the municipalities in the area," spokesperson James Nye told MLive.
The justices will hear the case on November 7. The outcome will determine whether Congress was within its powers to protect the Gun Lake Casino
Except for Hopkins, local governments and interests are urging the court to affirm the Gun
Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act
, the 2014 law that confirmed that the casino site is in trust. The National Congress of American
and even the U.S. House of Representatives
are also supporting the tribe.
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(MLive October 12, 2017)
D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Decision:
v. Jewell (July 15, 2016)
U.S. Supreme Court Decision:Patchak v.
(June 18, 2012)
Prior D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Decision:Patchak
(January 21, 2011)
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