Judge Ponders Casino Fate
By earl
“Hundreds of gamblers played slots, craps and blackjack at the Meskwaki [tribal] casino Tuesday [May 20] as a federal judge spent a second day deliberating whether to back federal gaming regulators and close the casino.”

The tribal bingo hall, hotel and casino generates $3 million a week, employs 1,300 local people in this small town and, reportedly, “has been operating for more than a week in defiance of a closure order issued by the National Indian Gaming Commission.” The Commission ordered the closure after deciding that Meskwaki tribal officials, who have yet to come to an agreement amongst themselves as to who is responsible for what in the business, are “at odds with federal gaming laws.”

US District Judge Linda Reade is deliberating over whether to enforce the Commission’s shutdown order. If she agrees, closure will be done by the use of U.S. Marshals.

Meanwhile, business at the casino, hotel and bingo hall is booming.

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