Casino Site Designated on Land ClaimedPublished May 1, 2002 by OCR Editor
Mayor King said,To me it's clear they're going to pursue the land claim. We should at least explore the opportunity here for mutual benefit.
The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma will meet with the mayor of Gary, Indiana, Scott King to discuss the possibility of the tribe claiming land from Indiana, in hopes of building a land-based casino.
The Miami Express sent a letter to the mayor implying a lawsuit maybe filed in attempts to claim a 3.8-million acre site in Indiana. However, it seems The Miami Tribe is willing to cut a deal for less, in hopes of becoming partners with the city for mutual benefit. Mayor King said, "To me it's clear they're going to pursue the land claim." We should at least explore the opportunity here for mutual benefit.
Because of a U.S. steel industry downfall, such a proposal may be beneficial in reshaping Gary's economy.
Apparently, The Miami Tribe has no established sovereign land to begin with, and no sovereign land in Indiana as well, to build casinos. If a deal to purchase land in Gary passes, The Department of the Interior or Congress would have to agree on issuing sovereign rights over the site for the Miami Tribe.