Federal agency rejects Park City tribal casino

Published On: Jul 07 2014 08:29:12 AM CDT
Casino grants going to local organizations
TOPEKA, Kan. -

There won't be a tribal casino in Park City. The US Department of the Interior has rejected a request by the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma to take land owned by the tribe near Park City into a federal trust - which would have allowed casino gaming.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt made the announcement Monday. Schmidt says his office has defended the state's legal interests in not allowing the casino.

In 2013, the federal district court ruled in favor of Kansas on the tribe’s request to have the Court force the Department of Interior to rule in its favor, but did direct the Department of the Interior to make a decision, one way or the other, on the tribe’s pending land-into-trust application. With its new decision to deny the land-into-trust application, the Department has done so.

“This decision is one more successful step in defending Kansas law, which does not allow a tribal casino in Sedgwick County," Schmidt said in a press release. "If there are later efforts by the tribe or others to contest the Department’s denial of the application, we will continue to vigorously defend our state’s legal interests."