KRMGRadio says the first modular units for the Red Clay Casino have arrived in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, just southeast of Tulsa. Being developed by the 450 member Kialagee Tribal Town from Wetumpka, OK, the project has become a lightning rod for opponents of the casino, including a state lawsuit to prevent it from opening, and 10,000 signatures on a petition opposing it. The attempted transaction for the two sisters who are transferring the land to the tribe has been deferred by a federal district court to the National Indian Gaming Commission for a ruling. As opposition builds from church, school, and civic leaders, tribal leader Tiger Hobia says the federal and local governments have been kept up to date on the project, and he expects to open by the end of the month. He says the tribe does not have the resources to fund its programs any other way, and the casino will employ 120 and have an impact of $250 million on the area. The modular buildings will be used temporarily. MHProNews.com has learned there are over 100 casinos in the state.
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