The Osage Nation Native American tribe plans to bring casino gambling to the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. The Osage Nation Indian Tribe will invest approximately $60 million to develop a hotel featuring gambling, restaurants and entertainment venues. Most of the tribe’s Missouri lands, including the area south of the Missouri River, were ceded to the U.S. in a treaty signed in 1808. Any land purchased must be put into a trust for the Nation by the Department of the Interior. And the nation must negotiate a compact with the state dividing responsibilities for law enforcement on the casino property and establishing taxation by the Indian tribe of such activity in amounts comparable to amounts assessed by the state for comparable activities. Gov. Mike Parson, or his successor, would have to approve the compact, according to federal law. Tribes have the right to offer gambling that mirrors what the state allows for any purpose by any person, organization, or entity. If the state refuses to negotiate a compact, or does not do so in good faith, the tribe may sue in federal court.
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