Indian tribe denied land in Huron Township to build casino

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor —

The Tribe vows it will continue to fight for the land 

An indian tribe based out of Sault Ste. Marie who had hopes to build a casino gaming facility near Sibley Road and I-275 was denied trust land petitions by the United States Department of Interior last week.

“We are deeply disappointed in the U.S. DOI’s decision to deny our mandatory trust land petitions,” said Aaron Payment, spokesperson for the tribe, in a statement last week.

“Our Tribe is within federal law and our legal rights to pursue these opportunities to create thousands of new jobs and generate millions of dollars in new revenues that will enhance our tribal land base and benefit our members, the people of Lansing, public school students in Lansing, the people of Huron Township, and the entire state.”

The tribe says they have no intention of giving up fighting for the land, which it hoped to acquire in both Huron Township and Lansing, to use for similar purposes.

The Huron Hub first reported on the tribe’s attempt to acquire the land back in June 2014

According to the tribe, the gaming locations would boost the communities that they would be built in by offering jobs, new infrastructure and other revenues.

The Department of Interior says that the Tribe’s acquisition of the properties does not prove a consolidation or enhancement of tribal lands.

“The Tribe has submitted no new evidence to demonstrate that acquisition of the parcels would effect a consolidation or enhancement of tribal lands. After review of the matter, I conclude that the applications fail to demonstrate that acquisition of the parcels would effect the consolidation or enhancement of tribal lands necessary to trigger MILCSA’s mandatory trust provisions,” said James Cason, associate deputy secretary of The Department of Interior, in a statement.

Read The Department of Interior’s full decision by visiting this link.

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