Judge Rules Against Indian Claim On Park City Land

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A judge has refused to order the federal government to accept into trust a tract of suburban Wichita land so that an Indian tribe can build a casino there.

Wednesday's ruling means it will be up to the Interior Department to decide the issue of the Park City site. But U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson also said she would retain jurisdiction until the department issues a final ruling on the Wyandotte Nation's request.

The dispute centers on land in Park City bought by the Wyandotte Nation in 1992.

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act allows tribes to conduct gambling only on Indian lands, which are defined as land within a reservation or held in trust by the United States.


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