Neighbors protest Casino in Broken Arrow
|Updated: 12/29/2011 6:25 pm
||Published: 12/29/2011 6:18 pm
The people in Broken Arrow have spoken: They say no to the casino. Hundreds of neighbors gathered along at the corner of East 111th Street South and South 129th East Avenue to oppose construction of it. The casino would be built less than a mile away from a school, homes and a church.When the press conference started residents kept shouting:“No casino! No casino! No casino!”They stood together and took a stand. “No casino in broken arrow. No casino next to our house. No casino next to our churches. No casino next to our schools,” said Jared Cawley.He is an attorney who studied Indian law at Tulsa University. The father of three lives less than a mile away from where the casino would be built and his big question is where did the Kialegee Tribal town get permission to begin work?“Neither the Kialegee Tribe nor any other tribe has required federal authority to game on this land,” he said. FOX23 picked up documents Thursday morning in district court showing back in August Tulsa County Judge Jesse Harris put the land on hold.“That approval has not been granted to the Kialegee,” said Cawley.Sarah Wright, a mother of two, says she’s all about economic development but not in this way. “I’m just concerned it’s the wrong kind of business, it’s the wrong kind of money,” said Wright. “I think it’ll bring a lot of money to the tribe. I don’t think it’ll bring a lot of money to broken arrow.”But that’s not all neighbors are concerned about.“We’re talking about children just down the street on either side,” said Barabra Choisnet. “The increase in drugs, the alcohol, the traffic.”Neighbors say until they’re heard, they’ll just keep shouting:“No casino! No casino! No casino!”FOX23 called Kialegee Tribal Town
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