Quapaw Tribe faces opposition to potential casino in Arkansas

This robe from the 18th century depicts Quapaw villages in Arkansas, where the tribe lived before being forced to leave. Photo from Shonagon / Wikipedia

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma hasn't announced a casino on its former reservation in Arkansas but local officials are showing opposition to the idea.

The tribe submitted a land-into-trust application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for 160 acres near Little Rock. The agency is asking officials for comments on the request.

"As much as it might be an occasional fun thing to do in another city I have questions about whether it's the most appropriate place or use of our property here in the city of Little Rock," Mayor Mark Stodola said during his State of the City address, THV11 reported.

Approval of the land-into-trust application could take years.

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Officials concerned about potential Arkansas casino (THV11 3/23)

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