Washington City sues over proposed Cowlitz tribal casino

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A lawsuit has been filed by Vancouver, Wash., over plans by the Cowlitz Indian Tribe for a $510 million casino near La Center.

In the lawsuit filed March 28 in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, the city asks that the National Indian Gaming Commission set aside a tribal gaming ordinance that was approved in January.

According to Vancouver's court filing, tribal casinos must be operated on tribal land, but the 152-acre site is owned by Salishan-Mohegan, a company with ties to the tribe. In addition, the city argues that because the Cowlitz tribe has no gaming compact with Washington state, the Indian commission lacks jurisdiction to approve the casino.

Cowlitz tribal officials could not be reached for comment March 31 by The Daily News of Longview.

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