An aerial view of the Lucky Star Casino in Clinton, Oklahoma. The parking lot shown on the left of the facility has been the subject of a dispute. Image: Google Maps
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Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes lose access to parking lot at casino

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes have lost access to a parking lot at one of their gaming facilities in Oklahoma.

The owner of the lot next to the Lucky Star Casino in Clinton barricaded his property after the tribe stopped paying him to lease the land, The Oklahoman reported.

"I know the lease payments sound like they are excessive, but the fact is, $50,000 a month compared to what they (the Cheyenne and Arapahos) were making is trivial," Tom Fox told the paper.

But the deal in fact was not fair to the tribe, the National Indian Gaming Commissionagency said in a settlement reached in April.

Additionally, the tribe had no idea that its former top gaming executive had put a $150,000 down payment on the land. Brian Foster was fired after the tribe found out but he insists he never benefited financially from the arrangement.

"I never made a penny off that land," Foster told The Oklahoman.

Patrons can still access other parking spots at the casino.

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