It isn’t in Nebraska, but it is oh so close.
After clearing several legal hurdles, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska received permission from the National Indian Gaming Commission to build a casino on land the tribe owns in Carter Lake, Iowa. Carter Lake is on the west side of the Missouri River, next to the Omaha airport, Eppley Airfield.
Ponca Tribe Chairman Larry Wright Jr. took to YouTube to share the news with all members in the state.
The Ponca Tribe first proposed this project ten years ago. Numerous court and legal battles prevented the tribe from moving forward. Wright stated he will take a slow yes over a fast no any day and is very pleased with the decision that he says will now benefit the entire tribe.
“What we get from those resources that we get from those gaming dollars, how do we invest them in our people to provide more programs that allow them to be self-sufficient. To do what they want. To not rely on some of our services that we have here. They can do what they want. Choose what they want to do, have the jobs they want to do. That is what we want to do with this economic development that will be created with what the casino will do for us,” according to Wright.
The proposed casino will include 2,000 slot machines and 50 gaming tables. They also plan to build a hotel.