State sues to block casino

Kansas is seeking a court to block a new casino in Park City. The suit is the latest development in a long-standing dispute over the Wyandotte Nation's legal authority over about 10 acres of land.

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State News

August 11, 2020 - 10:33 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas filed a lawsuit Monday against top officials at the U.S. Department of Interior in an effort to block the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma from building a casino on land it owns in Park City, the latest legal twist in a decades-long dispute over the tribe’s legal authority on the 10-acre parcel.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas is an effort to set aside a decision issued in May by the Interior Department that cleared the way for the project. That May decision reversed the department’s decision from 2014 that had denied the tribe’s request to build the casino on the parcel it purchased in 1992.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release that Kansas learned about the department’s changed position from news reports, despite the state’s significant participation in administrative proceedings and litigation between 2010 and 2014.

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