Local & Regional
Mon January 23, 2012
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. governor's office questioned casino plans
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Records released last weekend show that Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin's office learned about an Indian tribe's plan to build a casino in Broken Arrow months ago and questioned whether the land qualified for gaming.
The Tulsa World reports that the governor's office began discussions with the Kialegee Tribal Town as early as February 2011.
The newspaper reports that residents in Broken Arrow, Tulsa's largest suburb, didn't learn about plans to build a casino at that site until late December.
Since then, federal lawmakers and hundreds of residents have protested the proposed casino, which would be a few blocks from a planned elementary school.
The Kialegee Tribal Town responded to questions from the governor's office with a 21-page document outlining why it believes it can build a casino.