TOPEKA – (March 4, 2011) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt this week reaffirmed that his office remains opposed to efforts by the Wyandotte Nation to obtain federal approval for building a casino in Park City.
In a letter sent yesterday, Schmidt advised U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that the Office of the Attorney General remains opposed to tribe’s application to take the Park City land into a federal gaming trust. Former Attorney General Steve Six had taken that position in opposition last year, and Schmidt this week reaffirmed that the state’s position remains the same despite the change in attorneys general.
“It remains our position that the Wyandotte Nation’s two land-into-trust requests exceed Congressional intent and authority,” Schmidt wrote in the letter.
The Wyandotte Nation currently is operating a Class II gaming facility in Kansas City and has applied for federal permission to build a second casino in Park City.