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July 22, 2015

A lawsuit has been filed to stop Oklahoma's Downstream Casino expansion to take place into Kansas. Two tribes are now suing the Quapaw tribe, the owners of the casino, due to competitive interests.

The Quapaw is currently being sued by Kansas and Cherokee County. On Wednesday lawyers presented the case that the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska as well as Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska should also be allowed to be a part of the lawsuit. It is believed that allowing the tribes would be helpful to their case.

Kansas has actively been building a gaming industry. The expansion of the Quapaw tribe's casino could possibly harm what the state has built.

The lawsuit was the result of a decision made by the National Indian Gaming Commission. The commission gave permission for the Downstream Casino to expand the parking lot on land that is located next to the casino but over the Kansas state line.

In 2006 the 124 acre property was purchased by the tribe. In 2012 the land was put into trust by the federal government. In November it was declared under federal law that the tribe could to use the land as tribal property and allowed to use it to expand their casino.

Oklahoma does not allow for certain table games, like roulette. As part of the expansion, the Quapaw are planning on using some of the land to operate those table games. The expansion project will cost $15 million.

The expansion is being opposed by the Sa and Fox tribe, and the Iowa tribe. They believe that if the Quapaw are allowed to operate table games in Kansas, then there is a chance that other out of state tribes will also try to move their casinos partially into Kansas. These additional tribes present competition for Kansas casinos.

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