OMAHA — The National Indian Gaming Commission has again approved the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s plan to build a casino near Omaha, but after a decade of court hearings, the project’s future remains uncertain.
The commission’s ruling this week came nearly 10 years after it first approved the proposed casino in Carter Lake, Iowa.
Ponca Tribal Chairman Larry Wright Jr. celebrated the latest decision because building the casino would give the tribe significant new resources to help its members.
“Now we can talk about real growth, real change and real development for our people,” Wright said in an online video announcing the decision. Wright didn’t immediately respond to a message from The Associated Press seeking comment Wednesday.