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Council Bluffs likely to challenge Carter Lake casino

Posted at 8:28 AM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-28 09:32:08-05

An Indian tribe's push to bring a casino to Carter Lake has Council Bluffs leaders worried about losing tax revenue for their casinos. 

Earlier this month, the Federal Gaming Commission approved a casino for the Ponca Tribe. The casino, which would have 2,000 slot machines and 50 table games, is expected to be built on five acres of Native American land near Abbott Drive and Avenue H. 

However, the Council Bluffs city attorney Richard Wade is vowing to stop it. 

"We will be putting together a group of attorneys that have the experience, we'll probably be looking beyond this region and looking for some folks that have hands-on knowledge of the Indian Gaming Act how the Indian Commission operates," he said. 

Council Bluffs mayor Matt Walsh has said that the city will receive about $3 million in gaming tax money from the casinos in Council Bluffs this year.