Indian Casino

Tribe OKs plan to buy land for casino

In a first step toward establishing a casino in southwest Ohio, the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma has approved an agreement to purchase 150 acres of land off Interstate 75 in Monroe. That's according to a consultant for the tribe's brokerage firm, National Capital One.

Terry Casey says the Eastern Shawnee tribal council agreed to the land purchase last night. Casey, who is based in Columbus, couldn't disclose how much the tribe is paying for the land, but says it's millions of dollars. Existing laws in Ohio would allow a variety of card games and use of bingo gambling machines at the proposed Monroe casino. But the tribe has said it envisions a casino with Class-Three gaming -- including blackjack, roulette and other high stakes games -- which would require negotiating a compact with the state government.

It would also require Governor Taft to drop his opposition to any expansion of gambling in Ohio.