TOPEKA – The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation filed suit in Shawnee County
District Court last Tuesday to block Harrah's Entertainment Inc. from building
and managing a casino in Mulvane, small town 15 miles south of Wichita.
On Friday the Kansas Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board awarded Harrah's a 15
year contract to build and manage a state-owned casino.
The Potawatomi allege that Harrah's casino is violating their non-compete
agreement signed in 1996 when Harrah's agreed to manage the tribe's Prairie Band
Casino & Resort north of Topeka. Harrah's manage the casino from 1997 through
The Potawatomi-Harrah's contract said that for one year upon termination
Harrah's would not seek to "develop, promote or encourage the expansion of any
casino gaming in the state," and for two years would not seek to "engage in any
casino business" in Kansas.
The tribe contends the contract does not expire until January 13, 2010 and is
asking the court to bar Harrah's from proceeding with its casino in Sumner
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