Attorney general seeks to stop Park City Indian casino

Attorney Gen. Steve Six is seeking to halt plans for a Park City casino by the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma.

Six has asked the U.S. Department of the Interior to review a 1984 law that allowed the tribe to buy land for gambling in Kansas City and, based on that law, to deny its application to use its Park City land for a casino.

Congress passed the 1984 law after the Wyandotte claimed it never was properly reimbursed for land the government took from it in Sandusky, Ohio, in 1843.

Six contends that the law allowed the tribe to use $100,000 in land-claim settlement money to buy land that could be taken into trust for a casino. He says the tribe used all of that money to buy a former Shriner building in downtown  Kansas City for its 7th Street Casino.

The tribe contends that it used $25,000 of the $100,000 provided by the law to buy its land in Park City  in 1992, before it bought the Kansas City tract in 1996. That means its Park City land was bought with land-claim settlement money, and the Interior department must take the land into trust, the tribe says.