So is it a done deal? We say no -- far from it. Here's what has to happen:
State officials are planning to meet with Bay Mills officials this coming week. Local officials in Vanderbilt are supportive, anticipating positive economic impacts.
The tribe has issued a press release confirming the opening and operation of the "Vanderbilt casino," referencing tribal "off-reservation treaty rights" related to hunting in the Vanderbilt area.
Maybe we should extend our offer for a crash course on tribal sovereignty and Indian gaming law to the Republican gubernatorial candidate, Robert Bently . . . .
As we've written about before, Riley has been crusading against electronic bingo machines, which are illegal under state law. He's shut down commercial electronic bingo across the state. And he continues to try to shut down the Poarch Band of Creek Indians' Class II gaming operation, which features some 3000 electronic bingo machines. He claims that because the machines are illegal under state law, the tribe can't operate them.