Federal Judge Dismisses Kansas Lawsuit Over Oklahoma Casino

A federal lawsuit seeking to prevent an Oklahoma Indian casino from expanding its operations into Kansas has been dismissed after the judge said the court didn’t have jurisdiction in the case.

The Joplin Globe reports U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree on Friday threw out the lawsuit filed by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Cherokee County Commission seeking to prevent Downstream Casino Resort from expanding across the state line.

Crabtree’s 38-page decision says the court didn’t have authority to review an advisory opinion by attorneys for the National Indian Gaming Commission that could allow casino gambling on tribal land in Cherokee County.

Downstream Casino Resort is located in far northeast Oklahoma, about 10 miles from Joplin, Missouri.