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Arkansas tribal casino plans blocked

17 July 2007

ARKANSAS -- As reported by the Arkansas Times Record: "Last week, the news came down that the Eastern Oklahoma office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs had recommended against allowing the United Keetoowah Band to have a casino on the banks of the Arkansas River in Fort Smith.

"The door isn't bolted shut on the proposal, but it's closed now and would take something special to get it open at this point.

"During a comment period, 3,377 folks petitioned the BIA office in support of the casino. Six of seven Fort Smith city directors signed on as well.

"...The Governor of Arkansas and his immediate predecessor have both provided strong opposition to the proposed gaming acquisition submitted on behalf of the UKB,' wrote Jeanette Hanna, BIA director for Eastern Oklahoma, in a memo. 'In addition, the Region received numerous petitions and comments from the general public in the state of Arkansas showing opposition to the gaming application.'

"...Hanna's recommendation now goes to the Indian Gaming Management office of the BIA in Washington, D.C., which will review the documents..."

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