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Nebraska casino proposal challenged

31 January 2008

NEBRASKA -- As reported by the Nebraska Journal Star: "Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning is challenging a federal agency's ruling that allows the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska to build a casino on its trust land in Carter Lake, Iowa.

"In a release Wednesday afternoon, Bruning said he filed a complaint Wednesday with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.

"Bruning criticized the Ponca for trying to build a casino near downtown Omaha, despite failed attempts in the past to get Nebraska voters to approve casino-style gambling in the state.

"...Even though the casino is technically in Iowa, it will directly affect Nebraskans because people will have to drive through Omaha to get to it, he said.

"The National Indian Gaming Commission ruled in December the Ponca could build a casino on a 5-acre site the tribe owns west of Eppley Airfield in Carter Lake.

"...Iowa Attorney General spokesman Bob Brammer said his office had received a copy of the complaint but had not decided how it might affect Iowa's efforts to challenge the National Indian Gaming Commission's ruling..."

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