Government will wait for tribe to prove land for Lansing casino meets requirements

Posted at 7:32 PM, Jan 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-25 08:09:56-05

Plans to build a casino in downtown Lansing take a small step forward.

For the last few months, the Sault tribe of Chippewa Indians has been waiting for the U.S. Department of the Interior to decide if it will take the land at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Cedar Street into a trust. That has to happen before the casino can be built.

On Tuesday night, the tribe announced the department has decided federal law makes the trust automatic, if the plot of land meets legal requirements.

The Interior Department is keeping the application open while it waits for the tribe to provide evidence that it meets those requirements.