An aerial view of an Indian allotment in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, shows construction of a failed casino. The site is now being used for a restaurant. Image: Google Earth

Restaurant set to open on site of failed Kialegee Tribal Town casino

An Indian allotment in Oklahoma that was once slated for a casino will be the home of a new restaurant.

The Embers Grille is due to open August 1 in Broken Arrow, The Tulsa World reported. The restaurant will be located on an allotment that is owned by a citizen of the Muscogee Nation.

However the Kialegee Tribal Town was the one that started building a casino there. A federal appeals court determined that the tribe's leaders could not be sued due to sovereign immunity but by that time the project had been derailed amid local and political opposition.

Yet the developer of the restaurant still hopes to bring gaming machines to the site, The World reported. The owner is also interested in other types of development, according to notes sent to the city council in Broken Arrow in March.

The allotment is located off a major highway.

Read More on the Story:
Restaurant to open in August on tribal land in Broken Arrow; gambling machines could come later (The Tulsa World 6/12)

National Indian Gaming Commission Indian Land Opinions:
July 8, 2013 | June 8, 2012 | May 24, 2012

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

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