Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette last week filed a federal lawsuit to halt a new $245 million American Indian-owned casino set to open in downtown Lansing later this year.

The lawsuit alleges that the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians’ plan for the casino, among other charges, violates a gaming compact the tribe signed with the state requiring a tribe to share its revenues with other tribes.

Attorneys for the casino said they expected the lawsuit and are confident of success, according to local reports. Federal approval is needed to build the casino.

The casino is projected to bring 2,200 new jobs to the Lansing area.

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