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     The Maddening and Dangerous Muddle of Federal Indian Law

    Confusion abounded on a crucial point during oral argument in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community on December 2, 1013. The case arises from Michigan’s effort to shut down a casino that was being operated (now closed) by Bay Mills on lands acquired by Bay Mills under a 1997 land settlement agreement. The federal appeals court blocked Michigan from suing Bay Mills, on the ground that the Indian Community has sovereign immunity.



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