UPDATE: The caption on the photo above has been corrected to reflect the location of the former parking lot. It is the barricaded property across from the casino, not next to the casino, as was incorrectly reported in the first version of this post.
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 Commission
determined. The tribe was paying far above market value to use the land, the agency 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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