Like many tribes seeking to take land into trust for the purposes of establishing a casino, the Shawnee Tribe faced a daunting array of legal, legislative and regulatory obstacles to make its goal of establishing a gaming facility in Oklahoma a reality.
But the tribe persevered, and the fulfillment of its casino dream is finally within sight. As the Obama administration concluded, Principal Interior Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Lawrence Roberts signed a Record of Decision (ROD) providing initial approval to the Shawnee Tribe’s request to acquire 102.98 acres of land in trust for gaming. One year later in January 2018, the Trump administration gave final sign-off on the tribe’s application and announced it will take land in trust for the tribe for gaming purposes.
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