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Ponca Tribe officially opens casino in Omaha suburb of Carter Lake

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Prairie Flower Casino

This rendering shows plans for the Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake, Iowa.

CARTER LAKE, Iowa — The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has opened its new casino on the Iowa-Nebraska border.

The tribe held a ribbon-cutting Thursday for the Prairie Flower Casino on tribal land in Carter Lake, Iowa, an Omaha suburb. The casino will be open all year, around the clock, for patrons who are at least 21 years old.

Ponca Tribe Chairman Larry Wright Jr. says proceeds from the casino will directly benefit tribal citizens and Carter Lake. He says the city will receive annual financial contributions from the casino, and tribal members will get more sustainable funding for services such as health care, job training, cultural education and land preservation.

Officials from Iowa, Nebraska and Council Bluffs are suing federal officials who approved the project, which will compete with state-licensed Iowa casinos.

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