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Nebraska joins Iowa to challenge approval of tribal casino

May 31, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is joining Iowa and the city of Council Bluffs in a lawsuit to challenge the federal government's approval of a tribal casino near Omaha.

Attorney General Doug Peterson announced the effort Wednesday to prevent the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska from building the casino in Carter Lake, Iowa.

The National Indian Gaming Commission ruled last year that the tribe can put a casino on trust land in the city.

Carter Lake is the only city in Iowa located west of the Missouri River, and the only way to access it by land is through Nebraska, where casino gambling is illegal. Neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa, has three casinos.

Tribal Chairman Larry Wright Jr. says he's confident the court will rule that the tribe can offer gaming on its sovereign land.

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