|Updated: 3/12/2012 4:50 pm
||Published: 3/12/2012 4:47 pm
Some Broken Arrow City Councilors met with staffers of the National Indian Gaming Commission and the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Monday.
Mayor Mike Lester, Vice Mayor Craig Thurmond and Councilor Jill Norman each met and asked questions of staff from each organization. The group discussed the Kialegee Tribal Town’s plans to build a casino at 111th and 129th. Those plans are being challenged by state and city leaders.
“The meetings with each organization went very well,” said Mayor Mike Lester. “Not much information was given to us, but they certainly understand our concerns.”
NIGC officials said the item is still under review and gave no timeline as to when a decision would be made.
“We stressed to them the need to get answers as quickly as possible,” Lester said.
The NIGC said they have received all the information needed to make a decision.
According to officials, the NIGC and the BIA are working together on the issue, but ultimately have separate items to deal with.
BIA officials stated they have received none of the information previously requested from the landowners regarding the lease of the property and have no enforcement arm to require the landowners produce the lease. Officials said the ultimate legal decision will come from the NIGC.
The councilors are in Washington, D.C., for the National League of Cities Congressional Conference March 10-14.