Openings and Closings
Wyandotte Nation marks first anniversary of casino

The Wyandotte Nation's 7th Street Casino in downtown Kansas City, Kansas
The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma quietly celebrated the one-year anniversary of its casino in Kansas.

The tribe opened the 7th Street Casino in downtown Kansas City after years of battles with the state and federal government. The first version of the facility was raided by state authorities and the federal government didn't support gaming at the site.

But the federal courts rebuffed the state and the federal government in a slew of decisions. Following a $20 million renovation, the new facility opened to the public a year ago and has been doing well.

"We told the people up there that Kansas City would never be sorry that the Wyandottes are in town," Chief Bearskin told the Associated Press. "We still say that."

The casino grossed between $13 million and $15 million from January 10 through September 30, second chief Billy Friend said.

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