Full House Resorts, is pleased to announce that the Michigan Supreme
Court ruled today that the Michigan Legislature did not violate the state
constitution when it approved four tribal casino compacts in 1998 by a
resolution. The Supreme Court ruling upholds a 2002 ruling by the Michigan
Court of Appeals that reversed a ruling in 1999 by Ingham County Circuit
Court Judge Peter Houk.
The lawsuit, brought by Taxpayers Of Michigan Against Casinos (TOMAC)
questioned the constitutionality of the process by which the Michigan
Legislature ratified compacts between the State of Michigan and the
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in New Buffalo; the Little Traverse Bay
Bands of Odawa Indians in Petoskey; the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of
Potawatomi in Battle Creek; and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in
Manistee. The compacts negotiated by Governor Engler were ratified by
resolutions in the legislature in December 1998.
Through its subsidiary, Gaming Entertainment (Michigan) LLC, Full House
Resorts has a management agreement with the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of
Potawatomi to develop and operate a casino in the Battle Creek area.
Chief Executive Officer of Full House Resorts, Andre Hilliou, said “After
years of development work, we are pleased by this ruling, once again
affirming the right of Native Americans to join with others to further
economic development. This decision puts us one step closer to helping
this Tribe recognize its dream and goals. We look forward to continuing to
work with the Tribe to fulfill its goals.”