By this time, everyone with an interest in gaming, is aware of last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision rendered in the case of Match-EBe-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak. The Tribe is commonly known as the “Gun Lake Band” and will be so known for the purposes of this article.
Certainly every recipient of the Dickinson Wright Gaming Legal News is fully versed in the decision by virtue of our Gaming Law Group’s collaborative effort to quickly and comprehensively report the decision only a few days after it was rendered. See “Supreme Court Allows Challenge to Gun Lake Tribal Casino to Proceed Forward,” Gaming Legal News, Vol. 5, No. 14 (June 14, 2012). In addition, the decision has been widely reported in both print and internet outlets, so the basic elements are well-known and need not be repeated here.
That said, many readers still do not understand what the Court’s ruling means to Indian gaming and this article will attempt to identify – and respond to – the questions that may remain.
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