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Kansas casino opening may be delayed

26 October 2007

KANSAS -- As reported by the Kansas City Star: "Despite a big victory in court this week, the tribal-owned 7th Street Casino in Kansas City, Kansas, may not open any time soon.

"The court fight is far from over, and 'we are not throwing in the towel,' Mike Leitch, civil litigation chief for Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison, said Thursday.

"The prospect of months or perhaps years more in court could block the Oklahoma-based Wyandotte Nation from opening the casino in the former Masonic temple building it has been remodeling at 7th Street and Ann Avenue, across the street from City Hall.

"Tribal officials had hoped to open in December, and their attorney, David McCullough of Oklahoma City, noted Thursday that 'right now there is no challenge' from the state.

"That's because a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver late Wednesday dismissed the state's latest challenge to the legality of the tribal gambling parlor.

"But that ruling turned on a technicality and left a door open for the state to effectively refile and restart the case, which took 11 years to reach Wednesday's decision.

"...Last month the federal National Indian Gaming Commission issued a letter to tribal officials acknowledging Robinson's ruling and clearing the way for the tribe's casino to open — pending the appeals court decision."

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