Oklahoma tribe sues in hopes of landing casino deal

The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma filed suit against the state of Ohio on Monday in hopes of negotiating a gaming compact.

The tribe is claiming more than 93,000 acres of ancestral land in western and southern Ohio. But Chief Charles Enyart said he'd drop the suit for a casino deal.

The tribe has signed casino agreements with four towns. But the state won't negotiate a compact, saying the tribe has no lawful claim in Ohio.

Other Oklahoma tribes have tried similar tactics to gain out-of-state land but none have succeeded.

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Eastern Shawnee sue for land in Ohio (The Morning Journal 6/28)
Shawnee file suit (The Massillon Independent 6/28)
Shawnee file suit to boost casino plans (The Dayton Daily News 6/28)
Tribe sues state to spur casino talks (AP 6/28)
Indian law expert says suit's precedent unclear (The Cincinnati Enquirer 6/28)
Eastern Shawnee suit claims Ohio land rights (The Cincinnati Enquirer 6/28)
Tribe sues Ohio in effort to import casino gambling (The Columbus Dispatch 6/28)
Shawnee to sue for Ohio sites (The Toledo Blade 6/28)
Tribe sues, wants land, money . . . or casinos (The Cleveland Plain-Dealer 6/28)
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