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June 30, 2017

The proposed expansion for the casino owned by the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma is a step closer to happening. The federal appeals court ruled in favor of the tribe's plan on Tuesday.

The expansion of the Downstream Casino Resort located in Oklahoma would move part of casino across the state line into Kansas. In 2006 and 2007 the tribe bought 124 acres in Kansas to use for the casino resort's ancillary facilities and parking lot.

Five years after the land purchase, the property was placed into trust by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In 2014 the land was approved to be utilized for gaming by the National Indian Gaming Commission. The land was considered the last recognized reservation.

In 2015 plans were announced for an expansion of the casino that would cost $15 million. The addition would include building on the new property. Soon after a lawsuit was filed by the state of Kansas wanting a Class III gaming compact.

The Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that Kansas could not challenge the last recognized reservation.

Federal judges will now decide on if an agreement has to be made on a Class III gaming compact between the tribe and Kansas. If so, then it will then need to be approved by the United States Department of the Interior.

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