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Supersonics To Go Native?

SEATTLE (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Could the Muckleshoot Supersonics feature prominently in Auburn's future? If the Muckleshoot Tribe has their way, they will.

The tribe is currently working on an offer to try to lure the team onto a new arena built on tribe-owned land, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. reported.

The notion has some apparent currency after the team's owner Clay Bennett went for a sit-down with tribal officials at Sonics coach Bill Russell's home, according to local impresario Bob Santos, who apparently arranged the meeting.

Presently, the team is under consideration for a move to Oklahoma City as Bennett tries to squeeze the city of Seattle for some public financing for a new arena. The state legislature has previously signaled its studied disinterest by failing to act on a proposed 300 million dollar tax package that would have financed a new arena in nearby Renton.

Meanwhile, the staff of the Muckleshoot tribal council is reportedly hard at work on a proposal centered on a 185-acre site known as Emerald Downs, which the tribe purchased for $73 million in 2002. Since the land has been the subject of an application filed with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a potential casino site. The site is only 24 miles from Seattle. "It's a heckuva lot closer than Oklahoma City," Santos told the Post-Intelligencer – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers