Many Cherokee Nation dignitaries, as well as Grove and Grand Lake officials, participated in the March 28 ceremony at the proposed site, which is on U.S. 59 Highway near a cutoff road to Monkey Island, approximately 10 miles north of Shangri La Golf Club, Resort and Marina.
“One hundred and seventy-five jobs is more important than 1,000 jobs,” Baker said referring to the Tulsa-based Williams Cos. proposed merger that will reduce its workforce.
The 39,000-square-foot casino is expected to bring 175 jobs to the area, and be completed this winter, Baker said during the ceremony.
“Our entertainment division consistently brings to the market the best jobs and the best entertainment options,” Baker said. “The jobs created by this venue drive our economy, and the financial success of our businesses is reinvested throughout northeast Oklahoma to provide a better quality of life for the Cherokee people.”
This is the 10th Cherokee Nation Entertainment casino and its second in Delaware County. CNE also operates the Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs in the southern part of the county. The Grove casino will also be the county’s third casino as the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe operates the Grand Lake Casino in Grove.
The Cherokee Casino Grove’s features will include 400 electronic games, table games, a private high limit poker room, restaurant, full-service bar, live music venue, dance floor and complimentary nonalcoholic drinks. The rustic, lodge-style venue will offer event space for hosting private and community events and an outdoor patio.
“We’ve had an interest in the Grove area for years,” Shawn Slaton, CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses, the parent company of CNE, said. “The lakeside community is attractive because of its leisure lifestyle, so the casino’s offerings and amenities will cater to that lifestyle as well as bring the best entertainment experience to the area.”
Baker said future plans include a hotel.
The CN went into the entertainment industry in 1990 and now employs more than 3,700 people in the entertainment and hospitality division. It operates Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa in Catoosa, eight other Cherokee casinos, a horse track, three hotels, three golf courses and other retail operations.
ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ. – ᎾᏍᎩᏃ $23 ᎢᏳᏩᏗᏅᏓ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏓᏛᏅᎢᏍᏕᏍᏗ 200 ᏱᎦᎢ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ Grand Lake ᎾᎥᎢ, ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Bill John Baker Z ᎢᏳᏪᏓ ᎾᎯᏳ ᎦᏓ ᏣᏂᏲᏍᏗᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮎ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᏩᏤᎯᏴᎢ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᏃᏢᏒᎢ, ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ.
ᎤᏂᎪᏗᏃ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏰᎬᏍᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ Grand Lake ᏄᏂᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ, ᎠᏁᎸᎢ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᎠᏅᏱ 28 ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏧᏙᏢᏒᎢ, ᎥᎿᎾᏃ U.S. 59 ᎤᏔᎾ ᎦᏅᏅᎢ ᏥᏳᏗᏊ ᏫᎦᎶᎯᏍᏗ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏗᏜ Monkey Island, 10 Ꮓ ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᎤᏴᏢᎢ ᎤᏟᏗᏢᎢ Shangri La Golf Club, ᎤᏂᏣᏘ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏥᏳ ᏧᏂᏔᎳᏗᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᎦᎵᏆᏍᎪᎯ ᎯᏍᎩ ᏱᎦᎢ ᏗᎬᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎪᏗ ᏒᎵᏍᎨᏗᏯ ᎠᏏᏅ 1,000 ᏗᎦᎬᎸᏫᏍᏁᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Baker ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᎧᏁᎢᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ Ꮎ Tulsa-Based Williams Cos. ᏗᎫᎪᏔᏅᎢᎯ ᏌᏉ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏯᎦᏲᎶᎦ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ 39,000-ᏱᎳᏏᏗ-ᏅᎩ ᏧᏅᏏᏱ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗ 175 ᏗᎬᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᏙᏛᏙᏢᏂ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎡᏍᎦᏂ, ᎠᎴ ᎯᎠ ᎪᎳ ᏥᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᏍᏆᏕᏍᏗ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Baker ᎾᎯᏳ.
“ᎢᎦᏤᎵᎢ entertainment division ᏂᎬᎯᎵᏐᎢ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎦᎷᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏫᏓᏤᏢᎢ ᏗᎬᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏫᏓᏤᏢᎢ entertainment ᎬᏑᏰᏍᏗ,” ᎠᏗᎡᏍᎬᎢ Baker. “ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᏚᏙᏢᎾ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎯᎠ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎦᏌᏙᏍᎩ ᎢᎦᏤᎵᎢ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ, ᎠᎴ Ꮓ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎠᏙᎷᏩᏘᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎦᏤᎵᎢ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏁᏉᎠ ᏂᎦᏅᎯᏒᎢ ᎤᏴᏢᎢᎧᎸᎬᎢ ᏗᏜ ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᏓᏤᏢᎢ ᎤᎾᏕᏗᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ.”
ᎯᎠᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ 10TH ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ Entertainment ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᏥᏚᏙᏢᎭ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵᏁᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎠᏆᏂᎩᎢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ. CNE ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮓ Ꮎ ᏥᎪᏢᎭ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎤᏕᎵᎬᎢ ᏅᏬᏘᎢ ᏗᎦᏄᎪᎬᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎤᎦᏅᏮᎢ ᏗᏜ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏥᎩ ᏦᎢᏁᏃ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᎴᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᎠᏂᏏᏂᎩ-ᎧᏳᎦ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏍᏗ Grand Lake ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᎥᎿ ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ ᏄᏍᏗᏓᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏓ 400 ᎠᎾᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᏗᏁᏟᏙᏗ, ᏗᎦᏍᎩᎶᎩ ᏗᏁᏟᏙᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎤᏕᎵᏓ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗ ᎧᏅᏑᎳ, ᏧᎾᎵᏍᏓᏰᏗ, ᏧᎾᏗ-ᏔᏍᏗᎢ, ᏧᏂᏃᎩᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᏙᏢᏎᏍᏗ, ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎩᏍᏗ ᎠᏲᏓᏝᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎦᎵᏦᏕᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᎠᏓᏴᏍᏕᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᏗᏗᏔᏍᏗ. ᎾᏍᎩZ rustic, lodge-ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏕᎵᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᎤᏙᏢᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏙᏱ ᏗᏜ ᎤᎾᏅᏗᎢ ᎠᏲᏓᏞᏍᏗ.
“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎪᎯᎩᏊ ᏃᎦᏚᎵᏍᎪᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ,” Shawn Slaton, CEO ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏗᎬᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᏊ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎥᎿ CNE, ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᎹᏳᏟᏗ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏙᏳᎢ ᎤᏬᏚᎯ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ Ꮩ ᎠᏕᏗᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏍᎩᏂᏃ Ꮎ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗᎭ ᎠᎴ ᏙᎯ ᎡᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏂᎬᏫᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏲᎯᎮᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏫᏓᏤᏢᎢ entertainment ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎡᏍᎦᏂ.”
Baker Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᏩᎬᏗᏗᏒᏃ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᏒᏍᏗᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ CN ᎤᎾᎴᏅᎲᏃ entertainment ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ 1990 ᎠᎴ Ꮓ ᎾᏊ 3,700 ᎢᏯᏂ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ entertainment ᎠᎴ hospitality division. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏚᏂᎩᏏᏓ Hard Rock ᏧᏂᏒᏍᏗ & ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗ Tulsa ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎦᏚᏌ, ᎠᎴ ᏧᏁᎳ ᏂᏚᏓᎴᎢ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᎯᏍᏗᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᏐᏈᎵ ᏧᎾᏙᎩᏯᏍᏗ, ᏦᎢ golf courses ᎠᎴ ᏗᏐᎢ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ.