Jena Choctaw plan large casino
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The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians of Louisiana are planning to build a large casino and 500-room hotel complex, according to a tribal spokesperson.

The tribe first has to receive approval to have 40 acres of land in Vinton taken into trust. A decision from the Bureau of Indian Affairs is expected within a month or so.

Gov. Mike Foster signed a compact with the tribe last month. He said he had no choice and wanted to get the best deal for the state.

Under the compact, the tribe will pay 6 percent of gaming revenues to local governments and 15.5 percent to the state fund for teacher pay raises. Foster said he has lobbied the Bush administration to accept the deal.

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