State Says Vanderbilt Casino's Customers May Be Breaking The Law

Jan 21, 2011

State Attorney General Bill Schuette says gamblers at a small casino in Vanderbilt may be breaking the law.

In a court filing this week, the A.G. said, if the Vanderbilt casino is not legal, its customers are also violating state and federal anti-gambling laws.

The state contends the Bay Mills Indian Community's Vanderbilt casino is illegal. Bay Mills leaders disagree.

The state's brief was filed in support of a Harbor Springs tribe's attempt to have the Vanderbilt casino shuttered immediately.

Bay Mills opened the casino quietly in November, without the traditional state and federal approvals. It's closed today, but the tribe has doubled its size and plans to re-open tomorrow.