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Carter Lake Casino seeing success in first few months

Last November, the Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake opened. The controversial casino remains in court proceedings over its legality. That hasn't stopped it from opening its doors and welcoming customers.

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6/19/2019

article Disaster assistance available for nonprofit organizations in the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
(Nebraska) -- Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to certain private nonprofit organizations in the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. Following President Trump'...

5/27/2019

article Fortenberry speaks Ponca in honoring Standing Bear
(Nebraska) -- Speaking at times in the Ponca tongue, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry urged a House subcommittee last week to endorse his proposal to honor Chief Standing Bear with...

5/6/2019

article Ponca Tribe scores win in fight to keep Iowa casino open
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has secured another win by Iowa and Nebraska in its struggle to continue to keep its casino in western Iowa. The National Indian...

5/4/2019

article Indian Gaming Commission rules to keep Carter Lake casino open
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s new Prairie Flower Casino has survived the latest legal attempt to shut it down. The National Indian Gaming Commission ruled this...

5/3/2019

press release Ponca Tribe of Nebraska wins major victory – again – with National Indian Gaming Commission decision
(Iowa) -- In recent ruling, Federal District Court directs NIGC for final clarification, Prairie Flower Casino yesterday was cleared for the third time In a major...

5/2/2019

article Casino cleared for third time in major victory for Ponca Tribe
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska wins again, with the National Indian Gaming Commission deciding to clear the Prairie Flower Casino. The National Indian Gaming...
article National Indian Gaming Commission rules to keep Carter Lake casino open
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska's new Prairie Flower Casino has survived the latest legal attempt to shut it down. The National Indian Gaming Commission ruled...
article Ponca Tribe scores another decision in favor of gaming rights
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe can engage in gaming on its trust land in Iowa, federal regulators ruled for a third time in the long-running saga. As a tribe that was...
article Ponca Tribe scores win in fight to keep Iowa casino open
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has secured another legal win to keep its new casino in western Iowa open, despite the best efforts of the states of Iowa and...

3/30/2019

article Stuff-a-truck for the Ponca Tribe who was devastated by recent flooding
(Nebraska) -- A truck loaded with hundreds of donations is getting ready to set out to provide flood relief for the Ponca Tribe in Niobrara, NE. Hillary Duggan and a...

3/29/2019

article Ponca Tribe remains confident after judge's ruling affecting new casino
(Iowa) -- A Nebraska tribal leader said he is pleased with a federal judge’s decision this week to require a federal agency to reconsider its approval of his tribe...

3/27/2019

article Ponca Tribe sees setback with federal judge's decision on new casino
(Nebraska) -- As the descendants of Ponca Chief Standing Bear recover from disastrous flooding in Nebraska, a federal judge has cast doubt on their new gaming facility...

3/11/2019

article Man pleads guilty to fatal stabbing on tribal lands
(Oklahoma) -- A fatal stabbing on Native American lands resulted in a conviction Friday of involuntary manslaughter. Sage Atheakee Gomez, a member of the Ponca Tribe of...

3/8/2019

article Prairie Flower Casino Battling 2 States in a Bid to Keep Tribal Gaming License
(Nebraska) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has faced a never-ending struggle with trying to keep and protect their homelands from the U.S. government over the years.

3/4/2019

article Newly-opened Prairie Flower Casino facing legal challenges
(Iowa) -- Some four months after premiering its $10 million Prairie Flower Casino in western Iowa and the federally-recognized, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, is now...

3/3/2019

article Ponca Tribe fighting 2 states and a city to keep new casino
(Iowa) -- Some 150 years after suffering the loss of its homeland at the hands of the U.S. government, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska is celebrating a triumph with the...

1/14/2019

article So far so good for Nebraska Tribe’s Carter Lake IA casino
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska celebrated the opening of its new Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake on November 1, 2018, and in spite of a federal lawsuit filed...

1/13/2019

article Ponca Tribe continues to see strong business at long-awaited casino
(Iowa) -- Litigation isn't stopping the Ponca Tribe from welcoming customers to its long-awaited gaming facility in Iowa. The Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake...

1/12/2019

article Carter Lake Casino seeing success in first few months
(Iowa) -- Last November, the Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake opened. The controversial casino remains in court proceedings over its legality. That hasn't...

11/11/2018

article Homeless shelter operator concerned about new Carter Lake casino
(Iowa) -- The location of Iowa’s newest casino is raising critical concerns from the CEO of a nearby homeless shelter. Candace Gregory, who runs the Open Door Mission in...

11/9/2018

article Homeless shelter operator concerned about new Carter Lake casino
(Iowa) -- The location of Iowa’s newest casino is raising critical concerns from the CEO of a nearby homeless shelter. Candace Gregory, who runs the Open Door...

11/4/2018

article A symbol of sovereignty: Ponca Tribe comes full circle with Prairie Flower
(Iowa) -- The chief kept walking. Even after his adult daughter Prairie Flower died and Standing Bear buried her, he continued his long march south to his people’s...

11/3/2018

article Iowa's newest casino opens on the Nebraska border. Why both states are still fighting it
(Iowa) -- Surrounded by nondescript industrial buildings in suburban Omaha, Iowa's newest casino is easy to overlook. It's still surrounded by a yellow...
article The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has opened its new casino on the Iowa-Nebraska border.
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has opened its new casino on the Iowa-Nebraska border. The tribe held a ribbon-cutting Thursday for the Prairie Flower Casino on...

11/2/2018

article Casino opens in downtown Omaha
(Iowa) -- The casino has 200 slot machines and a snack and beverage bar. Omaha police and fire will be used to maintain safety, but the tribe plans to pay for those...
article Omaha’s Open Door Mission not happy with casino as neighbor
(Iowa) -- There is an abnormality in eastern Nebraska where a small section of Pottawattamie County, Iowa sits on the west side of the Missouri River. What is now known...
article Ponca Tribe opens Prairie Flower Casino in Iowa; lawsuit pending
(Iowa) -- In Iowa, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska celebrated the opening of the new Prairie Flower Casino on Thursday in the small town of Carter Lake, marking a milestone...
article The sad but true story behind how Iowa's newest casino got its name
(Iowa) -- The name of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska's new casino has historic origins. Prairie Flower is the name of the daughter of famed Ponca Chief Standing Bear,...

11/1/2018

article A symbol of sovereignty: Ponca Tribe comes full circle with Prairie Flower
(Iowa) -- The chief kept walking. Even after his adult daughter Prairie Flower died and Standing Bear buried her, he continued his long march south to his people’s...
article Iowa's newest casino has opened on the Nebraska border. Why both states are still fighting it
(Iowa) -- Surrounded by nondescript industrial buildings in suburban Omaha, Iowa's newest casino is easy to overlook. It's still surrounded by a yellow...
article Ponca Tribe opens casino in Carter Lake
(Iowa) -- Ponca tribal officials snipped a ribbon Thursday morning to open the new Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake, bringing gaming even closer to Omaha's...
article Ponca Tribe opens casino in Carter Lake, giving members 'self-sufficiency,' chairman says
(Iowa) -- With speeches and a ceremonial snip of a ribbon, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska opened the new Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake — bringing gaming even...
article Prairie Flower Casino opens in Carter Lake amid controversy
(Iowa) -- The Ponca tribe's new Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake, Iowa on Avenue H and Abbott Drive, near the airport, is up and running Thursday. It's the...
article Prairie Flower Casino opens to large crowds
(Iowa) -- Hours after a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Prairie Flower Casino, people packed the facility to place their bets. Ponca Tribe of Nebraska leaders say...
press release Prairie Flower Casino officially opens in Carter Lake - Tribal services and community support to be funded
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska today officially opens the Prairie Flower Casino at Noon on the Tribe’s land in Carter Lake, Iowa. The opening comes after...

10/31/2018

article Prairie Flower Casino set to open following decade of controversy, delays
(Iowa) -- The Prairie Flower Casino was packed Wednesday, 24 hours before it will officially open to the public. The casino in Carter Lake, run by the Ponca Tribe,...

10/29/2018

article Native American tribe plans casino on Iowa-Nebraska border
(Iowa) -- The Prairie Flower casino in Carter Lake will open at noon on Nov. 1, the Omaha World-Herald reports. The Ponca Tribe announced the opening in a press release...
article Ponca Tribe sets November 1 opening for long-awaited casino
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe is opening its long-awaited gaming facility in Iowa on Thursday, November 1. The Prairie Flower Casino is located in Carter Lake, Iowa. The 9,...

10/28/2018

article Ponca Tribal Casino to Open on Nebraska-Iowa Border, Despite Federal Lawsuit to Stop It
(Iowa) -- As the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has discovered, the problem with developing a tribal border casino is you’re in danger of being sued by two states instead...

10/27/2018

article Tribal casino set to open on Nebraska-Iowa border
(Iowa) -- A Native American tribe plans to open a casino on the Iowa-Nebraska border next week, despite a pending legal challenge from both states. The Omaha World-...

10/26/2018

article Ponca Tribe set to open casino as close to Nebraska as possible
(Iowa) -- A casino is set to open November 1st and while it might not be in Nebraska, it might as well be. The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska say the Prairie Flower Casino at...

10/25/2018

article The Prairie Flower, first casino on the Nebraska side of the Missouri River, set to open Nov. 1
(Iowa) -- The Prairie Flower is getting ready to bloom. The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s new casino in Carter Lake will open at noon on Nov. 1, said Larry Wright Jr...

10/3/2018

article Prairie Flower continues to blossom - opponents hope it leaves
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe is hiring people for its Prairie Flower Casino being built in Carter Lake. It’s set to open this month if opponents don’t stop the project. The...

9/17/2018

article Ponca Tribe cuts first check to Carter Lake for new casino
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe's long-sought casino in Carter Lake is nearly ready to open in late October — and it's already paying off for the host city....

9/7/2018

article Ponca Tribe of Nebraska's new casino almost ready to open
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska announced the name of their new gaming facility located on their land in Carter Lake, Iowa. Tribal Chairman Larry Wright Jr. says...
article Q5: Ponca Nation councilwoman to speak at OSU
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma State's environmental science graduate program will be hosting "Realigning Ourselves to Live within Natural Laws," a speaking event...

9/5/2018

article Ponca Tribe begins hiring employees for long-awaited casino
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe plans to hire about 100 people to work at its long-awaited gaming facility in Iowa. Chairman Larry Wright, Jr., told Radio Iowa that some...

9/4/2018

article Ponca Tribe has some decisions left to make for new Carter Lake casino
(Iowa) -- Construction on the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s Prairie Flower casino in Carter Lake, Iowa is moving along on schedule, and the casino will soon start...

8/29/2018

article Nebraska’s Ponca Tribe Announced New Casino, Has Legal Complications
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe which is located in Nebraska has made an announcement that they are planning a new casino opening in late October. The casino will be located...
article Ponca Tribe Names Omaha Area Casino
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska announced the name of their new gaming facility located on their land in Carter Lake, Iowa. Tribal Chairman Larry Wright Jr. says...

8/28/2018

article Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s new casino almost ready to open
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska announced the name of their new gaming facility located on their land in Carter Lake, Iowa. Tribal Chairman Larry Wright Jr. says...
article Tribe plans to open new casino on Iowa-Nebraska border
(Iowa) -- A Native American tribe is vowing to open a new casino on the Iowa-Nebraska border. The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska announced Monday that the newly named Prairie...
article VIDEO: Construction on Carter Lake casino continues despite pending federal lawsuit
(Iowa) -- The Ponca tribe says it hit the jackpot when the National Indian Gaming Commission gave them the go-ahead for this Carter Lake casino, which could open in two...
article Standing Bear Statue Looks To The Future For Ponca Tribe
(Iowa) -- Driven from their homeland in the 1870s, Chief Standing Bear and his Ponca Tribe were forcefully relocated by the federal government from northeast Nebraska to...

8/27/2018

article Concern for Carter Lake casino near Siena Francis
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe wants the Praire Flower Casino near Abbott Drive and Avenue H up and running by late October. Some say it's welcome, but other say it's...
article New Iowa casino expected to open in October
(Iowa) -- A new casino will be making its way to Carter Lake, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska announced Monday. The name of the gaming facility being built will be Prairie...
article Ponca Tribe announces Carter Lake casino name, opening plans
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has announced the casino being built on the tribe’s land in Carter Lake will open in late October. The casino will be named...
article Ponca Tribe announces casino name, opening timeline
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has announced the name of a casino it will open in Carter Lake. The Prairie Flower Casino is being built on the tribe's...
article Ponca Tribe of Nebraska planning a casino in Iowa despite a lawsuit brought by the state
(Iowa) -- A Native American tribe is still planning to open a casino on the Iowa-Nebraska border despite a pending legal challenge from both states. The Ponca Tribe of...
press release Ponca Tribe of Nebraska announces Carter Lake gaming facility’s name, projected opening date and releases architectural rendering
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska today announced the name of the gaming facility being built on their sovereign land in Carter Lake, Iowa. Prairie Flower Casino is...

8/25/2018

article Ponca Tribe still looking to debut casino before end of 2018
(Oklahoma) -- The Ponca Tribe is still planning to get back into the Indian gaming industry before the end of the year. A groundbreaking on the Fancy Dance Casino was...

8/23/2018

article Ponca Tribe still looking to debut casino before end of 2018
(Oklahoma) -- The Ponca Tribe is still planning to get back into the Indian gaming industry before the end of the year. A groundbreaking on the Fancy Dance Casino was...

8/22/2018

article Architect, engineer selected for new Ponca Tribe casino
(Nebraska) -- Both an architect and a civil engineer have been selected for the Fancy Dance Casino set to be constructed east of Enid. Ponca Enterprise Gaming LLC, a...

7/19/2018

article Ponca casino on Nebraska's border may open soon despite lawsuit
(Nebraska) -- In Carter Lake, Iowa The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska is preparing the site for construction and finalizing agreements to reimburse the city for revenues lost...
article Ponca Tribe negotiates casino agreement as construction and litigation continues
(Nebraska) -- The Ponca Tribe continues work on a controversial casino amid opposition in two states. The tribe broke ground on the unnamed facility in Carter Lake, Iowa...

6/18/2018

article Ponca Reclaim Land at Historic Crossing
(Nebraska) -- On June 10th, a historic ceremony took place near Neligh, Nebraska. There, Art and Helen Tanderup signed a deed transferring ownership of a 1.6 acre plot...

6/17/2018

article Ponca Tribe marches toward sovereignty with long-awaited gaming project
(Nebraska) -- Chief Standing Bear’s people, who took the long walk from Oklahoma back home to Nebraska 139 years ago, continued their march toward sovereignty...

6/11/2018

article Nebraska attorney general opposes casino along Iowa-Nebraska border
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson announced May 30 that he will challenge the federal government’s November 2017 approval of a casino proposed...
article Nebraska farm couple return land to Ponca Tribe along ‘Trail of Tears’
(Nebraska) -- In a first-of-its-kind ceremony Sunday near here, a Northeast Nebraska farm couple signed a deed returning ancestral tribal land back to the Ponca Tribe...

6/8/2018

article Ponca Tribe of Nebraska breaks ground for new gaming facility
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday for the construction of a gaming facility in Carter Lake. Ponca Tribe of Nebraska...

5/31/2018

article Nebraska joins federal lawsuit attempting to block Ponca Tribe casino at Carter Lake
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska has joined a federal lawsuit attempting to block the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska from building a casino at Carter Lake. Nebraska joins the state of...
article Ponca Tribe faces familiar opponent in long-running quest for casino
(Nebraska) -- The state of Nebraska is joining its neighbors in Iowa in opposing plans for a tribal casino just outside its largest city. Nebraska Attorney General Doug...
article Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Issues a Statement after State of Nebraska Joins Lawsuit
(Iowa) -- Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Chairman Larry Wright, Jr. today issued a statement after it was announced that the State of Nebraska would be joining a lawsuit...

5/30/2018

article Nebraska joins Iowa in federal lawsuit to block Ponca Tribe casino in Carter Lake
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska has joined Iowa in a federal lawsuit seeking to block the Ponca Tribe from opening a casino in Carter Lake. Attorney General Doug Peterson said...
article Nebraska Joined in Challenging the Federal Government’s Approval of Proposed Casino
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson today joined the State of Iowa and the City of Council Bluffs in challenging the federal government’s November 2017...

4/29/2018

article Klein: Ponca chief may be headed to U.S. Capitol thanks to Nebraska
(Oklahoma) -- Chief Standing Bear, one the most famous and legendary Native American leaders with ties to Oklahoma, may soon have a statue in the U.S. Capitol thanks to...

4/27/2018

article Ponca Tribe of of Nebraska, Knox County file federal opioid lawsuits
(Nebraska) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and Knox County have waded into the legal fight over the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic, arguing that the Native...

3/25/2018

article The Public Pulse: Tribal casino worth a listen
(Iowa) -- The hypocrisy of our neighbors to the east is embarrassing. Las Vegas, er, Council Bluffs, can tolerate dozens of casinos from the Mississippi River to the...

3/23/2018

article Nebraska homeless shelter raises concerns about Iowa casino
(Iowa) -- An official for an Omaha homeless shelter says a casino proposed nearby in Iowa would be a problem for people the shelter serves. The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska...

3/22/2018

article Open Door Mission: A Ponca casino in Carter Lake would hurt homeless
(Iowa) -- A proposed casino in Carter Lake would be a problem for the nearby Open Door Mission, the homeless shelter’s chief executive said Thursday. The Ponca...

3/20/2018

article We Met the Oklahoma Tribe Fighting to Stop Big Oil from Polluting Its Land
(Oklahoma) -- On a new episode of VICELAND's HATE THY NEIGHBOR, comedian Jamali Maddix heads to Oklahoma to meet members of the Ponca Tribe, whose reservation has...

3/12/2018

article Ponca Tribe advances casino plans amid legal dispute
(Nebraska) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska continues to edge toward plans to open a casino in Carter Lake, despite a legal challenge from the City of Council Bluffs....

3/10/2018

article The Public Pulse: Ralston, beware
(Nebraska) -- I read with great interest that the Ponca tribe has announced plans to build a “clinic” project in Ralston. This could be the same ruse they...

3/9/2018

article Ponca Tribe 'moving forward' on Carter Lake casino despite legal challenge
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska continues to edge toward plans to open a casino in Carter Lake, despite a legal challenge from the City of Council Bluffs.
article ICYMI: City Council hears plan for new Ponca Tribe HQ on former Infogroup site near Ralston
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska plans to move its health clinic and administrative offices from South Omaha to the vacant former Infogroup headquarters campus near...

3/6/2018

article Native American-Run Carter Lake Casino Expansion Proposal Springs to Life Despite Legal Hurdle
(Iowa) -- Ponca tribe’s hopes to build a full-fledged gambling center in Carter Lake might finally become reality despite Council Bluffs’ efforts to thwart...

3/5/2018

article Ponca Tribe 'always open to talk' about contested gaming project
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe continues to work on plans for a controversial casino in Iowa. The tribe celebrated late last year when the National Indian Gaming Commission,...

3/4/2018

article Ponca Tribe 'moving forward' on Carter Lake casino despite legal challenge
(Iowa) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska continues to edge toward plans to open a casino in Carter Lake, despite a legal challenge from the City of Council Bluffs. Larry...

12/20/2017

article Carter Lake casino proponents confident despite lawsuit
(Iowa) -- Supporters of a Native American-run casino in Carter Lake are confident it will become a reality despite legal attempts to stop it. There would be the...

12/19/2017

article Backers of new casino in Carter Lake bet it becomes reality
(Iowa) -- Supporters of a Native American-run casino in Carter Lake are confident it will become a reality despite legal attempts to stop it. There would be the...
article YEAR IN REVIEW: Council Bluffs challenging ruling in favor of Carter Lake casino
(Iowa) -- In mid-November, a federal commission cleared the way for the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska to build a casino on land it owns in Carter Lake after nearly a decade of...

12/16/2017

article Ponca Tribe faces roadblock with lawsuit challenging restoration of homelands
(Iowa) -- The descendants of Ponca Chief Standing Bear are once again facing opposition to plans for a casino on their restored homelands. The city of Council Bluffs,...

12/15/2017

article Council Bluffs sues to stop Ponca Tribe's Carter Lake casino plans
(Iowa) -- The city of Council Bluffs is suing the federal government to stop a Native American tribe from building a casino just seven miles away in Carter Lake. City...

12/6/2017

article Ponca Tribe prepares for brighter future with plans for $26 million health center
(Nebraska) -- A folding table, a couple dozen folding chairs and a non-functioning phone. Those items constituted all the office equipment inside the first Ponca Tribe...

12/3/2017

article Ponca Tribe faces challenge to casino as city in Iowa moves forward with lawsuit
(Iowa) -- The descendants of Ponca Chief Standing Bear are facing a legal challenge to plans for a casino in Iowa. According to news reports, the city of Council Bluffs...

11/28/2017

article Council Bluffs likely to challenge Carter Lake casino
(Iowa) -- An Indian tribe's push to bring a casino to Carter Lake has Council Bluffs leaders worried about losing tax revenue for their casinos. Earlier this month,...

11/27/2017

article Carter Lake leaders support casino as possible lawsuit looms
(Iowa) -- It has been two weeks since the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska announced that the Indian Gaming Commission had approved a casino to be built on its land in Carter...
article City plans to hire legal team to challenge commission ruling for Ponca casino in Carter Lake
(Iowa) -- The City of Council Bluffs plans to take legal action against a recent decision that could pave the way for a casino in Carter Lake, Mayor Matt Walsh said on...
article Council Bluffs Looks for Next Fight to Stop Ponca Tribe from Developing Competing Iowa Casino
(Iowa) -- The city of Council Bluffs, Iowa, hasn’t yet given up the fight to keep the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska from building a casino that would compete with the...
article Council Bluffs looks to appeal Carter Lake casino construction
(Iowa) -- Slot machines and poker tables could be a new sight in Carter Lake after the Ponca Tribe landed approval for a new casino. However, the City of Council Bluffs...

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