Tahlequah Daily Press

August 27, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: UKB loses casino appeal

Tribe's only option is to accept CN offer

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — tsnell@tahlequahdailypress.com


The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma on Monday learned it has lost its request to stay an injunction during an appeal to prevent its casino from closing on Friday.

Judges Paul Kelly and Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit ruled Monday the UKB filed to prove its likelihood of success upon appeal, a threat of irreparable harm if the stay isn’t granted, or risk of harm to the public interest, according to court documents.

On Aug. 12, the Cherokee Nation was granted its request for an injunction and temporary restraining order to prevent the Bureau of Indian Affairs from placing the 2.5 acres upon which the UKB Casino sits into trust, which the UKB has appealed.

Trust status for the land is a requirement of an agreement entered into by the UKB and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office to keep the business open, and was to be acquired no later than Aug. 30.