Tribe vows lawsuit if Medford casino plan advances

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 8 at 7:25 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Leaders of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe say it's a safe bet that another tribe's effort to build a casino in Medford will trigger lawsuits.

The Coquille Indian Tribe has purchased two properties and leased another in Medford. It plans to petition the U.S. Interior Department to place the purchased land in federal trust, opening the way for a casino.

Cow Creek general counsel Wayne Shammel said Friday if the Interior secretary agrees to place the land in trust, lawsuits will be filed almost immediately. Shammel says no tribe has an unfettered claim to the Rogue Valley, but "this is not Coquille territory."

A Coquille Indian Tribe spokesman told the Mail Tribune newspaper (http://is.gd/gLMVpH) that its Medford effort won't be deterred by opposition from Cow Creek Band.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/

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