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NIGC: Broken Arrow Allotment Not Eligible for Gaming

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Construction of the controversial Red Clay Casino continues on a privately owned Indian allotment in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, but the property has been deemed not currently eligible for Indian gaming, reported the Tulsa World.

The Kialegee Tribal Town has partnered with two women who own the land as well as several out-of-state attorneys and real estate developers to build the property. Tracie Stevens, chairwoman of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), said she has the right to issue a closure order, if a gaming location on Indian land has not received approval.

The Kialegee Tribal Town is a branch of the Muscogee Creek Nation, and members have status in both tribes. But Creek Nation Principal Chief George Tiger said earlier this week that the Kialegees violated tribal law by not by beginning construction on the casino without first asking permission from the tribe.

Opponents of the proposed Kialegee casino Rep. John Sullivan (R-Oklahoma) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) had asked Stevens and assistant U.S. Interior Secretary Larry Echo Hawk to answer questions regarding the legality of the planned casino. In the meantime, Stevens has directed her staff to provide Sullivan and Coburn with all documents and information that can be released under the Freedom of Information Act.

“The NIGC remains committed to ensuring that all Indian gaming occurs on Indian lands eligible for gaming under IGRA,’’ Stevens stated, reported the Tulsa World.