Wyandotte Nation set to open new casino in Kansas this week

Dividers on the slot machines photo courtesy Crosswinds Casino

PARK CITY, Kan. (AP) — After years of legal battles, the Wyandotte Nation plans to open a casino near Park City this week.

The Crosswinds Casino will open Tuesday in Park City after operating for several months out of a small temporary facility. The 20,000-square-foot casino offers 500 slots, 200 video gaming machines, a bar, cafe and a high-limit lounge.

The state has objected to the project for decades, arguing the tribe doesn’t have the legal authority to build a casino on a 10-acre plot. Last August, the state asked a federal court to set aside a decision to allow construction of the casino.

The legal issue centers on whether federal law overrides Kansas’ prohibition on certain types of gaming.

The Crosswinds Casino is about 30 miles from the Kansas Star casino in Mulvane. Sumner County and the city of Mulvane joined the state’s lawsuit, as did the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska.

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