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Supreme Court trying to decide whether tribal casino lawsuit can move forward
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Supreme Court seems troubled at letting a lawsuit move forward that attempts to shut down a new tribal casino in southwestern Michigan.
The justices heard arguments Tuesday from the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, and the Justice Department. They want a lawsuit by casino foe David Patchak thrown out by the high court.
The tribe opened a casino in Wayland Township, 20 miles south of Grand Rapids. But Patchak sued to close the casino down, challenging how the government placed the land in trust for the tribe. A federal judge threw out his lawsuit, but the U.S. Appeals Court for the Federal Circuit said it could move forward.
Several justices questioned whether Patchak waited too long to file his lawsuit.