Appeals Court Affirms Decision To Close Vanderbilt Casino

Jul 5, 2011

A three-judge federal appeals court panel is not convinced the Vanderbilt Casino is legal. It's not a final ruling on the legality of the Bay Mills Indian Community's operation.

It does mean the casino, north of Gaylord, will remain closed while the issue works its way through the courts.

Both the State of Michigan and a tribe with a competing casino in Petoskey want the casino closed permanently.

This ruling upholds another federal court ruling that shut down the facility back in March.

Bay Mills opened the casino last November. The Upper Peninsula tribe didn't go through the same approval process as other tribes have done when opening off-reservation casinos in Michigan.