The Wyandotte Nation owns and operates the 7th Street Casino in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. Photo: Jimmy Emerson

Kansas appeals decision on Wyandotte casino

The state of Kansas is asking the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to stop the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma from operating a casino in downtown Kansas City.

The state filed the lawsuit in 1996 but lost a slew of rulings in court. An appeal would be the last chance to block the 7th Street Casino, a modest Class II facility on 0.5 acres of trust land.

At issue is whether the tribe's property can be used for a casino under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The land was taken into trust after 1988 but the courts ruled that its purchase satisfied the land claim exception of IGRA.

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Kansas appeals dismissal of challenge to 7th Street Casino in KCK (The Kansas City Star 10/6)