Dec 1, 2001 11:58 PM

Indian tribes in Michigan anticipate expanding their casino operations if Congressional legislation allows a pair of Upper Peninsula proposals.

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., are engaged in discussions that could move ahead Stupak's bill to settle pending Indian land claims with the Bay Mills and Sault Ste Marie Indian tribes.

The proposed changes in the Stupak bill are supported by Michigan Gov. John Engler, whose has been a longtime and ardent opponent of expanding off-reservation Indian game, according to a Traverse City (Mich.) Record Eagle report.

The bill, first introduced in July, could receive federal approval by the end of the year.