Tribe suing rival company over casino annex in Pope County

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) – An Oklahoma tribe has sued a rival company and the Arkansas Racing Commission in an effort to stop a smaller annex casino from being built in Pope County. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that attorneys for Cherokee Nation Businesses filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Pope County Circuit Court against Gulfside Casino Partnership of Mississippi and the commission. It comes after the tribe lost their bid for the county’s sole casino permit in June. The Cherokees’ lawsuit against the annex is the latest litigation involving the Pope County permit, which was one of four casino licenses created by a constitutional amendment that Arkansas voters approved in 2018.

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