Council Bluffs officials will ask courts to block tribal casino

Council Bluffs officials will ask courts to block tribal casino

December 01, 2017 8:08 AM
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Leaders in the western Iowa city of Council Bluffs say they'll ask the courts to block a proposed tribal casino in a nearby city. Government leaders in neighboring Nebraska have also expressed opposition to the casino plans.

Local media report the Council Bluffs City Council is organizing to take legal action against a recent National Indian Gaming Commission decision that approved a plan from the Ponca Tribe to build a casino in Carter Lake, Iowa.

Carter Lake, with about 4,000 residents, is usually seen today as a geographic outlier just northeast of Omaha and considered to be a suburb of that Nebraska city. Council Bluffs and Omaha sit on opposite sides of the Missouri River.

The tribe has been seeking to move ahead with the project for about 10 years.

During a Council Bluffs City Council meeting earlier this week, members said they fear the proposed casino would compete with three casinos already operating in Council Bluffs and diminish local tax revenues.

Council members say they will soon announce a complete legal strategy for its opposition.