skip to nav skip to content
A federal judge has thwarted a move by Kansas to block an Indian tribe's effort to build a casino near Wichita.
U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson on Friday granted motions by the Wyandotte Nation and the Interior Department to dismiss the state's claims.
Federal law allows tribal casinos only on Indian lands within reservations or held in trust by the United States. Kansas was seeking to block the Interior Department from accepting into trust a Park City site bought by the tribe in 1992.
The Wyandotte Nation, formerly known as the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma, filed suit last year to force the Interior Department to grant its longstanding request to accept the land.
Robinson said Kansas failed to show how it has been hurt by ongoing review of the tribe's application.