Ute Indian Tribe in Utah considering casino in Dinosaur, Colorado

Posted at 5:54 AM, Jan 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-23 11:09:36-05

A Utah Indian tribe says it might revive its proposal for a casino in northwestern Colorado.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports the Ute Indian Tribe of Fort Duchesne, Utah, is looking to Colorado because it allows gambling and Utah does not.

The casino would be in the town of Dinosaur, Colorado.

The tribe dropped a previous proposal because Colorado's lieutenant governor at the time, Joe Garcia, expressed concerns. State law required approval from the governor's office because the proposed site was not adjacent to tribal land.

The latest version calls for the tribe to buy federal land in Colorado that would be adjacent to tribal lands in Utah and build the casino there.

Federal officials say they're reviewing the tribe's land purchase request.

Colorado currently has casinos in three historic mining towns -- Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek. There are casinos on Native American land in southwestern Colorado in Ignacio and Towaoc.