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House Nixes Casinos
(2008-06-25)
(wgvu) - WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has soundly rejected legislation
that would pave the way for two proposed Indian casinos in
Michigan. Opponents said it would circumvent gambling laws.
The bill led a clash among several Michigan lawmakers, gambling
opponents and those trying to bring jobs to the state, which has
one of the nation's highest unemployment rates. It was defeated on
a vote of 298-121.
The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the Bay Mills
Indian Community reached agreements in 2002 with Michigan officials
to take land in Romulus and Port Huron, respectively, and build
off-reservation casinos.
The bill would have given the land to house the two new casinos
in exchange for settling 110 acres of land claims near Charlotte
Beach in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Only Congress has the
authority to settle land claims.
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