Okla. women must get OK to lease land for casino

Oklahoma City (AP) March 2012

The Bureau of Indian Affairs says two property owners who are leasing land in Broken Arrow to an Oklahoma tribe that plans to build a casino must obtain a lease approved by the agency.

In a letter to Marcella Giles and Wynema Capps, BIA Acting Regional Director Karen Ketcher wrote that since a Tulsa County District Court judge declined to approve the lease with the Kialegee Tribal Town, it must be submitted to the agency for approval.

The casino is opposed by some residents who say it’s too close to area schools. Attorney General Scott Pruitt is seeking a preliminary injunction to stop construction.

In a statement, Giles expressed anger that the letter had been forwarded to news outlets. She said she and Capps will respond to the letter.