Recently, the Tenth Circuit decided Kansas v. Kempthorne, perhaps the final round of the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma’s bid to open a casino in Kansas City. After a decade of litigation, it appears the Nation has prevailed. What was interesting about the final product was that the 10th Circuit held that the State’s arguments were barred by the Quiet Title Act — because the Secretary had taken the land into trust prior to the filing of the State’s lawsuit, the QTA barred the suit.
Here’s the opinion: CA10 Opinion
Here’s the appellant brief (Kansas and three tribes): Appellant’s Opening Brief
Here’s the federal response brief: Federal Appellee Brief
Here’s the reply brief: Appellant’s Reply Brief