The National Indian Gaming Commission has sided with the Ponca Tribe of
Nebraska. After 10 years of legal issues, the tribe is one step closer to
developing a casino on their in Carter Lake.
Approval still needs to be given by Nebraska and Iowa government officials. It
is unclear at this time if they will try to stop the project.
Plans for the casino have not been released. However in 2007 a casino project
was proposed. The new plan will be similar to the previous casino plan. It is
possible that they will operate 50 gaming tables and 2,000 slot machines. There
also could be a hotel with 150 guest rooms.
Federal law allows for a tribe to operate casinos on their land as long as the
state they are located in allows for gaming in that state. Casinos are not legal
in Nebraska. However, gaming is allowed in Iowa.
A law firm will be consult Council Bluffs to determine if they should try to
appeal the ruling.
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