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Michigan Tribal Casino Could Be Shut Down By Foe David Patchak's Lawsuit, Supreme Court Says

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The Supreme Court won't stop a lawsuit seeking to shut down a Native American casino in Wayland Township, Michigan.
The Supreme Court won't stop a lawsuit seeking to shut down a Native American casino in Wayland Township, Michigan.

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court won't stop a lawsuit seeking to shut down a Native American casino in Michigan.

The high court on Monday upheld a lower court decision that would allow casino foe David Patchak to sue to shut the casino down.

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, opened a casino in Wayland Township, 20 miles south of Grand Rapids. Patchak challenged how the government placed the land in trust for the tribe, saying that the move was illegal because the tribe had not been recognized by the government in 1934 when the Indian Reorganization Act was passed.

A federal judge dismissed his lawsuit but the high court in an 8-1 ruling decided it could move forward. Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the only dissent.

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