Indian Casino

Shawnee tribe members visit site of proposed casino.

Standing in the rain beneath umbrellas against a backdrop of soybean fields yesterday, members of the Eastern Shawnee tribe talked about their plans for a casino and resort in western Ohio. The chief of the tribe based in Oklahoma and members of the tribal council met with officials of the village of Botkins at the rural site of the propose casino. The tribe wants to open a gambling operation on 133 acres near the Shelby County village. The village owns 50 of the acres, and the tribe is in the process of buying the remaining 83 acres. The tribe has said it wants to open several casinos in southwest Ohio.

There are still numerous hurdles to clear before the casinos become a reality -- including Governor Taft, an adamant opponent of casino gambling. Glenna Wallace, sister of Shawnee Chief Charles Enyart, said the rain was a fitting environment, symbolizing the washing away of bitterness by the tribe over being forced out of their homeland in 1832.