THREE STRIKES AND YOU'RE OUT

February 15, 2002 11:00 PM
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The U.S. Department of the Interior has twice approved Stations Casinos agreement build a new casino near Sacramento on Indian land, but that's not good enough.

Opponents have promised to sue the Department within the 30-day appeal window using three possible legal arguments.

Tribal attorney Howard Dickstein labeled the promised lawsuit "frivolous" and predicted a judge will decline to block construction.

Stations Casinos said in a statement that it intends to begin construction on the $100 million casino near Interstate 80 and Sacramento. The proposal is considered the biggest Indian threat to the Reno area casino operators.