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A circuit court judge has ordered Kewadin Casinos Gaming Authority to pay investors nearly 89-million dollars.

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There was a big loss in court Thursday for the Kewadin Casinos Gaming Authority.

The authority operates under the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

A judge ordered the authority to pay investors nearly 89 million dollars. That's after a deal to build new casinos in metro Detroit and Lansing fell apart.

Attorney Dennis Ibold with the investors group said the tribe failed to produce documents required by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to start the process.

The judge's ruling is exactly what we've been telling the tribe, and their attorneys and their officials is gonna happen."

Ibold says he expects the authority will appeal.

An attorney for the Gaming Authority declined to comment.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Radio. She began her career at Michigan Radio as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.