NIGC | Openings and Closings
Kevin Abourezk: NIGC urged Omaha casino closure

"The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska closed a casino it operates near Onawa, Iowa, Tuesday, laying off about 185 employees.

Jim Hunt, general manager of CasinOmaha, said the tribal council decided to close the casino after the National Indian Gaming Commission recommended its closure because of violations of commission regulations.

The commission oversees gaming activities on tribal lands across the United States.

Hunt characterized the violations as infractions on commission “processes and procedures,” but he declined to go into greater detail about the violations.

“We’ve had a couple violations with that organization, and we’ve corrected them,” he said.

He said the commission’s recommendation the tribe close the casino did play into the tribe’s decision. He said the tribe also considered “current business conditions” and plans to reopen the casino as soon as possible."

Get the Story:
Kevin Abourezk: Omaha Tribe closes Iowa casino (The Lincoln Journal Star 7/1)

More Coverage:
CasinOmaha shuts down (The Sioux City Journal 7/1)
Onawa Indian casino suspends operations (The Des Moines Register 7/1)
Omaha Tribe closes casino (The Omaha World-Herald 7/1)
CasinOmaha Closes Its Doors Due to Money Concerns (KPTH 6/30)