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Pueblo Casino Debate

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Pueblo city officials are interested in a proposal by Oklahoma Indian tribes to build a $100 million casino and hotel -- but not necessarily sold on it.

The City Council has voted 5-to-1 to sign a nonbinding letter of interest in the proposal by the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.

The tribes originally wanted to build the complex east of Denver, but Governor Owens opposed that. Now they're considering a site along the Arkansas River in Pueblo.

The tribes lived in what is now Colorado until their members were forcibly removed in 1860s. Their leaders say they would drop their claim to 27 million acres of the state if the casino project were allowed to proceed.

Pueblo city officials say Congress would have to designate any proposed casino site as a reservation before the casino could be built.


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