2000 CPEO Military List Archive

From: hdqrs@worldnet.att.net
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 12:04:59 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: Re: [CPEO-MEF] Impacts of Privatization - Intro to paper
Government joins in appeal of ruling blocking tribal casino in Kansas

Date: 04/14/00 22:15

The U.S. government has joined an appeal of a recent federal court
ruling that blocked plans by the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma to build a
casino in Miami County, Kan. 

In a notice filed late Thursday, Jackie N. Williams, U.S. Attorney
for Kansas, said U.S. District Court Judge G. Thomas Van Bebber
had erred in February when he barred the Department of the
Interior from proceeding toward licensing the casino until legal
questions about the land and the tribe's sovereign jurisdiction over it
were resolved in court. 

After years of litigation against the state and others, the tribe last
year won various federal agency rulings declaring the site eligible for
casino gambling under the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act --
even though the tribe formally relinquished the land more than 120
years ago when it migrated to Oklahoma. 

The casino would be built on 35 acres near La Cygne Lake, about 
45 miles southwest of Kansas City. Publicly traded Butler National 
Corp. of Olathe has been approved by federal gaming regulators as
the tribe's casino management company. 

The tribe earlier announced its intention to appeal. The plaintiff in the
case is the state of Kansas. 

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