Tribal Casinos in Michigan Want to Open Early and The State Isn't Happy

May 09, 2020, 10:41 AM

One of the gaming sites planning to reopen early.

Some Michigan tribal casinos plan to reopen next Saturday, which could bring a showdown with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel, Bridge Magazine reports.

Last Tuesday, Nessel's office warned one tribal casino that had planned to open this past week that patrons would be “subject to civil and criminal penalties.” The Island Resort & Casinos, in Harris in the western Upper Peninsula, backed down.

But it's now one of at least six that plan to open May 16, report Meghanlata Gupta and Ron French. 

Whitmer has extended the stay-home order through May 28, but it doesn't apply to Michigan’s 12 federally recognized Native American tribes, which are sovereign nations. 

Tribes plan a conference call with Whitmer and Nessel early next week to discuss a timeline for reopening, a Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe representative tells Bridge. 

Read more:  Bridge Magazine

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