Osage Nation casinos preserved?

The Osage Nation located in Oklahoma received a very negative 2010 U.S. Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit decision that held the tribe’s reservation had been disestablished in the past. As regards the tribe’s casino operations, this raised an argument that the casinos could not continue operating since tribal casinos have to be located within “Indian country” as that term is defined by federal law.

The September 14, 2011 edition of Indian Country Today reports that the Bureau of Indian Affairs took three parcels of land into trust for the tribe, thus making the parcels “Indian country,” where the tribe’s three casinos are located.

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