Kialegee Tribal Town stays quiet as failed casino sits unfinished

The Kialegee Tribal Town started building a casino on an Indian allotment in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Image from Google Maps

The Kialegee Tribal Town of Oklahoma hasn't announced whether it will pursue another casino after a prior attempt failed due to strong local opposition.

The tribe started building the Red Clay Casino on an Indian allotment in Broken Arrow. A federal judge put a halt to the project and the building remains unfinished.

"It is just kind of a dead spot when all around seems to be thriving and healthy," a local pastor told KTUL.

Church leaders were among the loudest opponents but the National Indian Gaming Commission also said the land couldn't be used for a casino. By the time the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the tribe could not be sued for pursuing the project, plans were stirring for a new development at a different site but nothing has been confirmed.

The tribe at one point was looking at a different allotment -- identified as a parcel held in trust for Neal Freeman in Wagoner County -- but the NIGC again said that site couldn't be used for a casino.

Get the Story:
Failed casino leaves eyesore for residents (KTUL 2/11)

NIGC Indian Land Opinions:
July 8, 2013 | June 8, 2012 | May 24, 2012

10th Circuit Decision:
Oklahoma v. Hobia (December 22, 2014)

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