The Ponca tribe opened the Prairie Rose Casino late last year after getting approval from the National Indian Gaming Commission. In mid-August, a federal judge said she would not overturn the commission’s decision. Iowa, Nebraska and Council Bluffs are now appealing to a federal circuit court in St. Louis.
The legal dispute over the casino project has been going on for more than a decade. The Prairie Rose casino is about five miles from the three state-licensed casinos in Council Bluffs and about two miles from downtown Omaha.