Attorney General Steve Six has asked the U.S. Department of Interior to reject an Oklahoma-based American Indian tribe's application to build a casino on 10.5 acres in suburban Wichita.


Attorney General Steve Six has asked the U.S. Department of Interior to reject an Oklahoma-based American Indian tribe's application to build a casino on 10.5 acres in suburban Wichita.

In a Sept. 13 letter to Larry Echo Hawk, assistant secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs, Six said the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma was illegally trying to use a 1984 law that allowed it to buy land for gambling in Kansas City, Kan., to build the casino in Park City, The Wichita Eagle reported Tuesday. Kansas City and Park City are nearly 200 miles apart.

Congress passed the law after the tribe claimed it wasn't properly reimbursed for land the government took from it in Sandusky, Ohio, in 1843. It allowed the tribe to use $100,000 in settlement money to buy land that could be put into trust for a casino.

Six contends the tribe used all $100,000 to buy a building in downtown Kansas City for its casino there.

The tribe, however, says it used $25,000 of the $100,000 to buy land in Park City in 1992. It bought land in Kansas City in 1996.

The tribe claims that because it bought its Park City property with land-claim settlement money the Interior department must take the land into trust.