This statement is from Aaron Payment, Chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Payment is commenting on today’s ruling from U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker related to the Tribe’s proposed Lansing casino.
“The Sault Tribe remains undeterred and steadfastly committed to pursuing our legal right to develop our Lansing casino. Anyone who understands tribal gaming and the trust land process also understands that this is going to be lengthy process with multiple legal steps along the way. Today’s ruling is simply the first step in the legal process. At the end of the day, we expect to prevail because our 1997 federal Land Claim Settlement Act clearly gives us the right, and because of the substantial economic benefits the project will generate for the people of Greater Lansing and the members of our Sault Tribe.”