Statement by the Bay Mills Indian Community regarding today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court

 Please attribute the following statement to Bay Mills Indian Community

Tribal Chairman Kurt Perron

The U.S. Supreme Court decides to review Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Case 

The Bay Mills Indian Community is deeply concerned by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to review this case as it is in any case where it appears the Court may examine the doctrine of tribal sovereign immunity. We remain confident that the nation’s highest Court will agree with our position.

Q: What is next?

A:  The Tribe will be preparing its arguments to convince the Court of the correctness of the decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

BACKGROUND

Michigan Indian Land Claims Settlement Act

The Bay Mills Indian Community received funds from the Michigan Indian Land Claims Settlement Act of 1997 and purchased property in Vanderbilt. Any land purchased with the land claim money becomes a tribal reserve and thus can be the site of a tribal casino.

Bay Mills Indian Community

The Bay Mills Indian Community is a federally recognized Indian tribe with a reservation in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In 1993, the Tribe entered a Tribal-State compact with the State of Michigan, pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Bay Mills operates two casinos on its reservation in Chippewa County, Michigan.

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