Gaming panel approves tribe's plan for casino near Omaha

AP News
Posted: Nov 15, 2017 11:48 AM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The National Indian Gaming Commission has again approved the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska's plan to build a casino near Omaha, but after a decade of court hearings, the project's future remains uncertain.

The Commission ruling this week came nearly 10 years after it first approved the proposed casino in Carter Lake, Iowa.

Ponca Tribal Chairman Larry Wright Jr. celebrated the latest decision because building the casino would give the tribe significant new resources to help its members.

The tribe wants to build a casino with 2,000 slot machines, 50 table games and a 150-room hotel.

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Iowa Attorney General spokesman Geoff Greenwood says the office is still reviewing the decision and deciding whether to appeal.

The Nebraska Attorney General's office didn't immediately respond to a message Wednesday.