BIA Approves Troubled Tribe’s Land-Into-Trust Casino Bid

Law360 (December 21, 2020, 3:49 PM EST) — The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs said Friday it has approved the financially strapped Kiowa Indian Tribe’s land-into-trust application so the tribe can build a new casino in the city of Hobart, Oklahoma, on a site located on its former reservation.

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Katuk Sweeney announced Friday her approval of the application for the approximately 11.33-acre land parcel that will serve as the site of a gaming facility that will include a restaurant and provide jobs for 156 people.

The Kiowa Tribe already has one casino and has plans for two others, according…

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