Oklahoma Tribe Seeking Land For Casino Loses At Supreme Court

Monday, November 27th 2006, 1:45 pm
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The US Supreme Court is refusing to review lower court rulings that prevent the Anadarko-based Delaware Nation from building casinos in Pennsylvania.

The Delaware says it was swindled out of 315 acres of land near Easton in eastern Pennsylvania by Thomas Penn -- who was the son of Pennsylvania founder William Penn.

Lower courts have ruled the Delaware lost its rights to the land in a 1737 deal with Thomas Penn despite Penn's deception in the so-called Walking Purchase. The Supreme Court's refusal to review the case upholds those rulings.

History books say Penn asked for as much Indian land as the colonists could cover in a day-and-a-half's walk.

The chiefs agreed -- then Penn hired the fastest runners he could find and the tribe lost 1,200 square miles.

The land where the Delaware want to build casinos is now occupied by businesses and homes.