Michigan attorney general sues over Lansing casino

By: Newscenter 16 staff
By: Newscenter 16 staff

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is attempting to block plans for a $245 million American Indian casino in downtown Lansing.

The Lansing State Journal reports (http://on.lsj.com/NXkSVT ) the lawsuit filed Friday in federal court seeks to stop the Kewadin Lansing project.

Members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians earlier this year approved a proposal to seek federal permission to open the casino.

Tribal attorney John Wernet says the legal challenge was expected. He says the tribe expects to win in court.

Plans for the casino were announced in January. Mayor Virg Bernero strongly promoted the plan, which backers say would create jobs and help improve the city. The plans were opposed by Schuette and Gov. Rick Snyder, as well as some other American Indian tribes with competing casinos.

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