Nebraska-based tribe reopens damaged Iowa casino


January 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) – Nebraska’s Omaha Tribe has reopened its flood-damaged Iowa casino under a new name and with plans for a new building.  Sioux City television station KCAU says the Blackbird Bend Casino greeted old and new customers when it reopened its doors Saturday. It was known as CasinOmaha when it was shut down by Missouri River flooding in June 2011.      Blackbird Bend is temporarily located in the old restaurant of CasinOmaha.

A new building will be built just southeast of the old casino and will be built six feet higher in case of future flooding.  The new casino will have more than 150 employees. Construction is scheduled to begin in March and take about 13 months.  The casino is situated near Onawa, between Omaha, Neb., and Sioux City.