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Bay Mills' Request to Reopen Vanderbilt Casino Denied

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The Bay Mills Indian Community’s second request to reopen its Vanderbilt, Michigan-based casino was denied by federal appellate judges on Wednesday, reported The Times Herald.

Bay Mills is currently appealing the original court decision that closed the casino along the St. Clair River. The gaming facility was never approved by regulators. In the first ruling to close the casino, Chief U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney ordered a preliminary injunction in an 18-page document forcing the casino to “cease operations” because it “is not on Indian land,” reported

In his ruling, Maloney deemed the Vanderbilt casino, first opened November 3, is not located on Indian lands because the land was not acquired in compliance with the Michigan Indian Land Claims Settlement Act, states a news release by the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians.

The primary reason Bay Mills cannot reopen the casino this time is because it does not have a strong chance of winning the appeal, the appellate judges wrote in their opinion.

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