Michigan’s Attorney General has filed a lawsuit to block plans for a casino in Lansing. The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians announced plans in January to build a $245 million dollar casino next to Lansing’s convention center.
Attorney General Bill Schuette claims the casino project violates both federal law and a gaming compact with the state.
Lansing mayor Virg Bernero says he's not surprised that Schuette followed through with his threat to sue.
“We’re going to forge right ahead,” Bernero says. “We’ll let the court do its job. We’ll let the legal process proceed. And I’ll proceed of course with what I need to do for the political process to see to it that the project moves forward.”
Bernero hopes to complete the sale of land to the tribe by November First. The tribe also plans to ask the federal government to take the land into trust.