2011 News Releases

Attorney General Schmidt moves to block Park City casino

Release Date: Sep 21, 2011

TOPEKA – (September 21, 2011) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today asked to join a federal lawsuit aimed at blocking efforts by the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma to build a casino in Park City.

In July, the Wyandotte Nation filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to compel Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to approve the tribe’s application to place land in Park City into trust – thus allowing for the construction of a casino. If approved by the court, the motion to intervene filed today by the Attorney General’s Office would allow the State of Kansas to join in the lawsuit and to participate in the effort to block the tribe’s casino plans.

“The State contends that the federal government’s land trust obligations to the Wyandotte Nation were fulfilled by the tribe’s facility in Kansas City, Kan.,” Schmidt said. “We have petitioned the court to allow Kansas to join in this case to ensure the State’s sovereign interests are protected.”

In addition to asking to join the case, the State contends in its filing that the Secretary of the Interior has no lawful authority to grant the Wyandotte Nation’s application and seeks a court order to permanently prohibit the Secretary from doing so.

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