TRIBAL CASINOS-RULING-Osage chief confident case will be reheard

Osage chief confident case will be reheard

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The chief of the Osage Nation says he's
confident a federal appeals court will rehear a case that could
affect three of the tribe's casinos.
The court recently upheld a ruling that Osage County is not a
tribal reservation. The ruling leaves casinos in Tulsa, Skiatook
and Ponca City not on land that is in trust or under federal
restricted status as is required.
Principal Chief Jim Gray said Monday he's extremely confident
the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will rehear the case. Gray
also says the tribe has begun the process of putting the land into
trust to ensure the security of the casinos.
Gray says fears of by some tribal leaders that the case would
not be reheard amounted to "political grandstanding" tied to
tribal elections.

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