State Rests in Casino Case

May 17, 2012

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The state has rested its case in the federal lawsuit over a casino that a small American Indian tribe wants to build in Broken Arrow.

Attorneys representing the state called a handful of witnesses Thursday who all opposed plans by the Kialegee Tribal Town to build the Red Clay Casino.

Attorneys for the tribe will begin presenting their case later Thursday.

Oklahoma's attorney general sued the 350-member Kialegee Tribal Town, asking a judge for an injunction to halt construction. The state argues the tribe has no legal claim to the land because the site lies within the boundaries of another larger tribe.

But the town king, Tiger Hobia, says his tribe is exempt from a federal review, and says casino proceeds would fund programs for its impoverished members.

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