Judge allows Nebraska to join Iowa casino case

Carter Lake, Iowa (AP) – A federal judge has combined lawsuits filed by Nebraska and Iowa opposing the Ponca Tribe’s plans to build a casino in Carter Lake.

Iowa claimed in its lawsuit that the tribe shouldn’t be allowed to build the casino because it deceived the federal government to get land in Carter Lake placed in a trust. The tribe had previously said it planned to use the land to provide health care services.

Nebraska claimed in its lawsuit that it has an interest in the case because of Carter Lake’s proximity to Omaha, Neb.

On Monday, a judge denied the federal government’s motion to dismiss Nebraska from the complaint and consolidated the two states‘ lawsuits.

The federal court also granted the city of Council Bluffs‘ motion to join in the case.

Trial is set for Oct. 29 in Des Moines.