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Allegan casino hearing date set

31 August 2007

MICHIGAN -- As reported by the Grand Rapids Press: "The U.S. Appeals Court in Washington, D.C., has set an Oct. 19 hearing in a case many expect will be an unsuccessful last-ditch effort to halt a proposed Allegan County casino.

"Michigan Gambling Opposition is suing the U.S. Department of Interior to stop its move to take 147 acres in Wayland Township into trust for the Gun Lake Band of Pottawatomi Indians.

"The site includes the former Ampro Products building, which tribal leaders plan to convert into the $200 million Gun Lake Casino.

"The case has been winding its way through the court system since MichGO sued the government in 2005 in the wake of its announcement that the land would be taken into trust for the Gun Lake Band's casino.

"...The Nottawaseppi Band of Huron Pottawatomi plans a September groundbreaking for its Firekeepers casino, set to open in 2008..."

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