Ponca Smoke Signals

The Ponca Smoke Signals building at 1001 Avenue H in Carter Lake is on land where the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska wants to build a casino.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The City of Council Bluffs is suing the federal government to stop a Native American tribe from building a casino just 7 miles away, in Carter Lake.

City Attorney Richard Wade says in U.S. District Court documents that a Ponca Tribe of Nebraska casino would compete with state-licensed casinos in Council Bluffs and cut into millions of dollars in fees, taxes and charitable contributions that benefit the city’s residents.

The National Indian Gaming Commission and the Department of the Interior cleared the way for the tribe’s casino plan in November.

Wade says in documents filed Wednesday that federal laws prohibit a casino on the tribe’s Carter Lake land.

The casino, which would include 2,000 slot machines and a 150-room hotel, would create about 1,500 jobs.

A Ponca Tribe spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a message.

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