Tribal Officers Claim Sovereign Immunity In Michigan Casino Dispute

Mealey's (June 16, 2015, 3:54 PM EDT) -- GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Claims by the State of Michigan that Indian tribal officers violated a 1993 compact with the state by seeking to expand casino gambling operations outside the tribe’s reservation should be dismissed because the “tribal officers remain cloaked in the sovereign immunity of the Tribe itself,” the officers argue in a March 20 brief filed in Michigan federal court (State of Michigan v. Aaron Payment, et al., No. 1:12-cv-962, W.D. Mich.)....

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