On July 29th, 2008, an organization opposed to a tribal casino facility in Gun Lake filed a request before the United States Supreme Court to released a stay order until the court decides on whether to review the casino case or not. The anti-gambling organization, MichGO, has in the past stated that the original decision of the U.S. Interior Department's original decision to place the land of the Gun Lake Tribe into land trust violates the existing federal environmental laws. The appeals courts dismissed that claim by the organizations. The United States Supreme Court petition will be filed in ninety days.
James Nye, the spokesperson for the Gun Lake Indian Tribe said that he is not surprised that the request of the MichGO was denied and added that the U.S. Supreme Court has dismissed a similar request three times in the past. Nye added that he believes that this is just another tactic of MichGO to stall for time.
A representative of the U.S. Supreme Court said that the court is still in break until September but court employees will likely study the case filed by MichGO and will decide on whether to recommend it to the justices of the court. If the justices decide to review the case, there is no definite timeline on when they will decide on the case.
08/25/2008 04:50 PM