SCOTUSblog: Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community
|Bay Mills Casino in Vanderbilt, MI.|
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Issue: The questions before the Court are (1) whether a federal court has jurisdiction to enjoin activity that violates the IGRA, but takes place outside of Indian lands; and (2) whether tribal sovereign immunity bars a state from suing in federal court to enjoin a tribe from violating IGRA outside of Indian lands.
Holding: In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Michigan's suit is barred by tribal sovereign immunity.