County in Kansas suing to block Quapaw Casino
January 23, 2008
COLUMBUS, KS – Cherokee County commissioners will file a lawsuit against the
U.S. Department of the Interior to block the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma from
opening their new casino this summer. The Downstream Casino Resort is scheduled
to open July 4th. The hotel will open three months later.
This $200 million construction project is underway on 80 acres where Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas
meet, just off exit 1 from Interstate 44. The casino and hotel will be in
Oklahoma, but the parking lot will be in Kansas. Cherokee County claims
the parking lot should not be exempt from environmental laws. The Interior
Department approved the casino stating an environmental impact assessment was
not required under the Indian Land Consolidation Act.
The true reason for the lawsuit may be to delay the casino until Penn
National Gaming Inc. builds its casino in southeast Cherokee County. That
casino is still pending state approval. Penn National Gaming Inc. is
paying the legal expenses for Cherokee County to file the lawsuit including the
attorney fees of David Cooper.
DOWNSTREAM CASINO RESORT PLANS
- 70,000-square-foot casino floor
- 2,000 slot machines
- 30 table games
- 15 poker tables and a high-limit area
- 12-story hotel with 226 rooms
- outdoor swimming pool with a 10,000-square-foot deck
- top floor high-roller lounge
- 8,800 square feet of convention and meeting space
- Loma Linda Country Club, a 36-hole golf course.
- future retail stores in Kansas and Missouri
- future hotel in Kansas
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