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Attorney General Kline Seeks Casino Closure

10 September 2003

KANSAS CITY, Kansas -- As reported by the Associated Press: ``An American Indian tribe that opened a downtown casino more than a week ago violated federal law by modifying a historical landmark, Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline said Tuesday.

``At a news conference in front of city hall, Kline also said the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma didn't complete the process necessary to gain approval for a gaming site form the National Indian Gaming Commission.

``Kline said he has asked the commission to close the new Wyandotte 7th Street Casino, which opened Aug. 28 in narrow trailers attached to a renovated Masonic Lodge building across the street from city hall.

``…He said he has notified the tribe that it must provide evidence of modifications it made to the building and whether it received the necessary approval to do so. He also wants the tribe to allow his investigators to inspect the facility.

``If the tribe doesn't comply with those requests by Sept. 18, Kline said he would file a civil lawsuit the following day…"

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