GROVE, Okla. (AP) - The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe has asked the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs to place into trust status land the tribe wants to use to build a proposed casino.
The move represents a shift for the tribe, which had said publicly for months that trust status for the land would not be necessary because it falls within the tribal historical jurisdictional area.
Under federal law, any land that a tribe intends to use for a casino must be put into trust.
The Miami-based tribe bought the 33-acre tract near Sail Boat Bridge west of Grove for more than $1 million.
Plans are to build a 100,000-square-foot lakefront casino on the land.
The casino would cost $60 million to build and would have about 1,000 gambling machines. It would employ about 450 people and include a five-story hotel with 125 rooms, three restaurants and a convention center.