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Casino cleared for third time in major victory for Ponca Tribe

CARTER LAKE, 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 Commission ruled in the tribe’s favor for the third time. Advertisement The latest decision further cements the...
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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. “It’s got lots of nice machines, lots of friendly people that work here, and...
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A symbol of sovereignty: Ponca Tribe comes full circle with Prairie Flower

By Kevin Abourezk CARTER LAKE, 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 strange new home in Oklahoma. He kept walking even after his granddaughter...
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Ponca Tribe opens casino in Carter Lake, giving members ‘self-sufficiency,’ chairman says

By Steve Liewer / World-Herald staff writer 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 closer to Omaha’s doorstep and providing the tribe with an important...
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The Prairie Flower, first casino on the Nebraska side of the Missouri River, set to open Nov. 1

By Steve Liewer / World-Herald staff writer The Prairie Flower is getting ready to bloom. The new casino in Carter Lake will open at noon on Nov. 1, according to a press release from Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, which owns and operates the facility. The...
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Midlands Voices: Ponca Tribe’s initiatives show community commitment

In August, I had the honor and privilege to unveil a new, 11-foot, bronze statue of Chief Standing Bear in Niobrara, Nebraska. Situated on a hill overlooking tribal land, the statue honors our tribe’s past, while having a bird’s-eye view of what lies ahead. In...
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Ponca Tribe marches toward sovereignty with long-awaited gaming project

We can take care of ourselves’ Ponca Tribe breaks ground on long-awaited casino in Iowa By Kevin Abourezk @Kevin_Abourezk Chief Standing Bear’s people, who took the long walk from Oklahoma back home to Nebraska 139 years ago, continued their march toward sovereignty recently when they...
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Ponca Tribe secures victory in long-running battle over restoration of homelands

Gaming agency sides with Ponca Tribe again By Kevin Abourezk @Kevin_Abourezk Correction: The tribe’s announcement on Tuesday took place in Omaha, Nebraska, not Lincoln. A nearly decade-long battle for the descendants of Ponca Chief Standing Bear may be nearing the finish line after the National...
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