High court: Congress acted properly in casino suit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Congress acted within its authority when it ended a lawsuit over a Native American tribe’s Michigan casino.

David Patchak sued in 2008 after the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians got the go-ahead to build a casino near his Wayland property.

The first time the case was before the Supreme Court, Patchak was able to continue his lawsuit. But Congress soon passed a law that got the lawsuit dismissed. Patchak’s lawyer Scott E. Gant had argued Congress went too far, violating the separation-of-powers principle in the Constitution. But six of the nine justices disagreed.