Tribe Loses Appeal
As reported by the Kansas City Star: "After 11 years in court, the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma is right back where it started in its plan to build a casino in Miami County, Kan. "A federal appeals panel in Denver this week dismissed the tribe's latest legal maneuver and ruled that any further litigation must await a decision by the National Indian Gaming Commission on whether a tract near La Cygne Lake, about 45 miles southwest of Kansas City, is tribal land eligible for gambling. "The tribe sued the federal Gaming Commission in 1995 over the same issue. Appeals and other claims along the way now appear to have brought the matter full circle. "…A three-judge panel on Monday dismissed Miami IV, saying the tribe's challenge of Interior's opinion was premature because it did not represent a final decision by the Gaming Commission…"