Offices of the Kialegee Tribal Town in Wetumka, Oklahoma. Image: Google Maps
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Kialegee Tribal Town confirms interest in gaming facility on allotment



The Kialegee Tribal Town is once again generating controversy with attempts to open a gaming facility in Oklahoma.

The tribe gave a statement to KTUL-TV confirming its intentions for an Indian allotment in Broken Arrow. The "Red Clay Casino" is being described as a facility with a "small number of machines," the station reported.

"Kialegee's entry into this market would be a long overdue opportunity that dozens of Oklahoma tribes already enjoy," the tribe said in the statement to KTUL.

The tribe added that it is talking to the National Indian Gaming Commission about its plans. The agency, however, has previously concluded that the allotment does not fall under Kialegee jurisdiction, as required by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

The Kialegees also want to meet with the Muscogee Nation, whose leaders reiterated their opposition to the development last month.

The allotment, which is located near a major highway, is owned by a Muscogee citizen. A restaurant is due to open there in August.

Read More on the Story:
Kialegee Tribal Town confirms possible gaming at new Broken Arrow restaurant (KTUL 7/18)
Tribes at odds over Red Creek oversight as City Council hears opposition to 'illegal gaming' at Broken Arrow site (The Tulsa World 7/18)
B.A. Council Debates Ways to Block Restaurant With Gaming (KWGS 7/19)

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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