Cherokee Nation citizens MaryBeth Timothy, standing, and Matthew Anderson, sitting right, lead the Native Artist Professional Development Training on April 4-5 at the Cherokee Arts Center in Tahlequah. The training is a program offered by the First Peoples Fund, and its goal is to help Native artists become successful entrepreneurs. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
First Peoples Fund training teaches Native artists entrepreneurship
Cherokee Nation citizen MaryBeth Timothy, standing, outlines the difference in standard marketing models and marketing models for Native artists while leading an entrepreneurship course on April 5 in Tahlequah. The First Peoples Fund developed all educational materials and presentations used. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – Seasoned and newly emerging Cherokee artists gained business information during a Native Artist Professional Development Training on April 4-5 at the Cherokee Arts Center.
The First Peoples Fund hosted the training as part of its community workshop program, and its goal is to help Native artists become successful entrepreneurs. The FPF provided the course materials while Cherokee artists Matthew Anderson and MaryBeth Timothy taught the training.
“Most of us don’t have that business mind, and so First Peoples Fund comes in and helps us with that,” Timothy said. “I know with me, when I took the First Peoples Fund training here it just opened my eyes to so many things that I wasn’t sure of. Now that I realize that we have so many resources, I’m not afraid to go out and look and ask for help, and I think that’s really important for a lot of artists around here."
Training topics included creating a business plan, writing for grants and loans, marketing, crafting a successful portfolio and balancing time between operating a business and being an artist. Each participant was also asked to give a presentation at the training’s end.
“It’s a chance for them to step outside the box,” Timothy said. “Some of them have never done that before, and so we give them a little guideline and it shows how to present yourself because part of this whole thing is not just selling your art, you’re selling yourself.”
Cherokee Nation citizen Isaiah Soap, who completed both training days, said he attended to learn from established artists.
“It’s hard to start, especially being a Native artist and getting your business out there, but the people here are really nice and great with helping,” he said. “I think it will help out a lot of artists around here that took the training because I know they’re already well established, so it was good to get their knowledge.”
Soap said he comes from a line of artists specializing in beadwork and realized he wanted to make that passion into a business while attending Northeastern State University. “When I was in college at NSU is really whenever it hit me that I could make money while I was in school because I didn’t have a full-time job, and it would have been a lot to do. It would have been more stress if I had gotten a full-time job, whereas my beadwork was like a stress reliever from school and then I could still make money doing it.”
During the training, Soap pitched his artwork and began setting goals.
“The training definitely helps us to know where we want to go from where we are now,” he said. “In the training we were taught to set some goals for like five years from now or 10 years from now and where we see ourselves as an artist. It also gave us a lot of insight on how we can promote our work and the clientele that we have and how we can set up our work.”
FPF President Lori Pourier said the national program began in the 1990s and that the community training in Tahlequah is made possible because of its “Teach Back” component.
“MaryBeth and Matthew are there to do their ‘Teach Back’ because they’ve already gone through the training, and now they’re testing it to see if they want to continue doing it and working with the curriculum,” she said. “Several folks down in that area have gone on to be a trainer and then those folks usually train within the tribe or within the state. I think we have 50 or more certified trainers now across the country from Maine to Barrow, Alaska, to Cherokee Nation.”
For more information, visit www.firstpeoplesfund.org
CATOOSA – From electronic games and card tables to live entertainment and dining, Cherokee Nation Entertainment offers 10 casinos in northeast Oklahoma that offer their own special mixture of fun.
<strong>Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa</strong>
From its modern hotel to the gaming floor, this 1.3 million-square-foot resort offers guests rock star treatment. Guests can play more than 2,300 electronic games, 34 table games and 14 poker tables while being surrounded by some of the world’s greatest rock memorabilia. The facility also has it 51-TV sports bar, Cherokee Hills Golf Course, as well as the musical venues Riffs, Center Bar and The Joint – a 2,500-seat theater. Guests can choose from eight dinning options from dine-in establishments such as Tobey Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill and McGill’s on 19 to grab-and-go options such as Slice and Flip Side. The hotel, rated No.2 on the 2018 Best Tulsa Hotels list, features 454 rooms and suites with modern amenities. In addition, the resort features a luxury spa, two swimming pools and more than 75,000 square feet of convention space and meeting rooms. It’s located at 777 W. Cherokee St. in Catoosa.
<strong>Cherokee Casino Ramona</strong>
Cherokee Casino Ramona offers guests nearly 500 electronic gaming machines to play, and its Ramona Grill serves foods from specialty burgers to homemade Indian tacos. For guests on the go, The Ramona Grill also offers a “grab n’ go” option that includes fruit cups, salads and sandwiches. For a cocktail or brew, The Watering Hole features a drink menu and offers live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. The 31,974-square-foot property is at 31501 U.S. Highway 75.
<strong>Cherokee Casino South Coffeyville</strong>
Located along the Oklahoma-Kansas line, this property features a spacious gaming floor and a full-service bar and grill. Along with 300 electronic games, it has The Bar and Grill, which is open daily and includes a large cocktail and beer menu as well as appetizers, soups and salads, entrees, sandwiches, burgers and desserts. The 17,000-square-foot casino is at 1506 N. Highway 169.
<strong>Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs</strong>
Located in Claremore, Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs’ 55,245-square-foot complex is one of two racinos in Oklahoma and offers live music, dining and more. With live horse racing in the spring and fall, it features a 60,000-square-foot covered/open-aired grandstand with 2,700 seats and a 1-mile racetrack. It also offers 100 simulcast TVs that broadcast live horse racing daily as well as an on-site wagering kiosks for off-track betting. More than 200 electronic gaming machines make up the casino floor. The Dog Iron Grill features home-style cooking daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offers a late night menu on Friday and Saturday until 1 a.m. For additional entertainment, step onto the Dog Iron Saloon’s dance floor and enjoy live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The property also offers a campground with 400 RV pads, full hook-ups, 24-hour security, restrooms and shower facilities, dog park, chapel, barbeque grills and picnic tables, playground and a horseshoe pit, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi. It also has 30,000 square feet of convention space, stall rental and overnight horse accommodations. It’s located at 20900 S. 4200 Road.
<strong>Cherokee Casino Grove</strong>
Cherokee Casino Grove sits moments away from Grand Lake, just north of Grove. Guests can step into the 39,000-square-foot casino that has nearly 400 electronic games. Its Grove Springs Restaurant offers a full menu of breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts and is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The 1897 Bar is a full-service bar that features live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night. The casino is at 24979 U.S. Highway 59.
<strong>Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs</strong>
As the closest casino to northwest Arkansas, Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs has a hotel, live entertainment, fine and casual dinning and full-service bars. Inside the more-than-369,000-square-foot facility, there are 1,475 electronic games, 18 table games and an eight-table poker room. The casino also has a simulcast room designated for off-track horse betting. The three dining options are The River Cane Buffet, The River Cane Café and Flint Creek – a steak house. Also, inside The River Cane Buffet entrance is Sweet Treats, a bakery offering fresh made-to-order pastries, cookies, cakes, pies and more. Drinks are served at Flint Creek Bar, East Bar and SEVEN – a 240-seat venue featuring the area’s largest dance floor and local and nationally renowned entertainers three nights a week. The hotel has 140 rooms, including seven suites. The property also has 14,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space. It’s located at 2416 Highway 412.
<strong>Cherokee Casino Tahlequah</strong>
The Cherokee Casino Tahlequah has Cherokee artworks surrounding its inside as well as a gaming floor featuring more than 400 electronic games. Its River City Café is open seven days a week and features a menu from appetizers to homemade desserts as well as homemade fry bread and golden-brown fried catfish and hushpuppies. The Cherokee Springs Golf Course is close to the casino with an 18-hole golf course. However, the casino will soon be moving in 2019. Construction is underway for a new 92,000-square-foot casino at Cherokee Springs Plaza. That facility will feature 525 electronic games, 144-seat restaurant, grab-and-go café, live music venue, full-service bar and complimentary nonalcoholic beverages, as well as 33,000 square feet of convention and meeting space. The current casino is at 16489 Highway 62.
<strong>Cherokee Casino Fort Gibson</strong>
Cherokee Casino Fort Gibson features more than 29,000 square feet of gaming, dining and entertainment space. Its gaming options consist of nearly 500 electronic machines with weekly and monthly promotions. The Three Rivers Tavern is a full-menu restaurant offering all-American favorites from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. It also offers an extensive drink menu with monthly drink specials and live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night from the over-the-bar stage. The casino is at 107 N. Georgetown Road.
<strong>Cherokee Casino Sallisaw</strong>
The 27,500-square-foot casino features live entertainment and a dining venue. Gaming options include 255 electronic games and a private simulcast room for off-track horse betting. The Back 40 Bar and Grill serves food and drinks and has an 80-seat venue and stage for live entertainment three nights a week, as well as a dance floor. The casino is at 1621 W. Ruth St.
<strong>Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland</strong>
Within minutes from Fort Smith, Arkansas, the Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland sits along Highway 64. Choose from 120 non-smoking hotel rooms, including 12 suites, and enjoy a dip in the specially designed pool and hot tub. The casino floor has more than 900 electronic games and nine table games. For more entertainment, grab a cocktail at the Lee Creek Tavern and enjoy live music, which is performed every Friday and Saturday night. The tavern is open until 2 a.m. seven days a week. There are two eatery options also, The Buffet and a grab-and-go café. The Buffet features a Las Vegas-style buffet and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. The grab-and-go counter is open 24 hours a day and offers quick meals and Starbucks coffee. The property also features more than 6,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space with onsite catering services and one-on-one planning assistance, as well as audio and visual equipment. Located adjacent to the casino and hotel is the Cherokee Travel Plaza and Gaming Parlor, which has a filling station, Subway, hot food bar, clean restrooms and showers, laundry area, ATM, merchandise, free Wi-Fi and 65 electronic games. The 323,210-square-foot facility is at 205 Cherokee Blvd.
For more information, visit <a href="http://www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com" target="_blank">www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com</a> or <a href="http://www.cherokeecasino.com" target="_blank">www.cherokeecasino.com</a>.
BARTLESVILLE – After nearly two years of business, Native Uniques owner Samantha Barnes is working on more outreach in her community for women interested in making beadwork items.
Native Uniques is a women’s clothing store that has handmade Native American-style jewelry including bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
“We are a boutique that features our beadwork. The beadwork comes from our Native American heritage (Cherokee/Delaware). A lot of our designs comes from our heritage,” Barnes said. “And our clothing, it goes well with our jewelry. They complement each other.”
Barnes, who operates her store with the help of Kelly McCracken and Naomi Park, is an artist who enjoys beading and sharing her beading knowledge.
“One thing we are doing right now is we are starting to reach out to women to help them to learn how to bead. For me, it was extra income, beading. I had to teach myself everything, so, it’s nice for me to be able to show them the shortcuts, and I can tell them where to find supplies. I teach individual classes, too,” Barnes said. “We are reaching people who don’t have the means, so we can help supply them. Hopefully it takes off.”
She said the aim of the beadwork classes, which are held in the boutique, is to help women learn to bead so that they can possibly have an income or extra income.
She said Native women like to learn how to embroider with beads and add beadwork to powwow regalia. Barnes’ specialty is the Peyote Stitch design she incorporates into her bracelets and cuffs.
“We have an open door policy. If anyone needs help with a (beadwork) project they can come in and we can give them whatever tips they need,” she said.
Barnes said the “joy” she gets from helping people learn to bead is the main reason she shares her skills. She said seeing people’s face light up when she’s sharing her knowledge for free makes her happy. “I’ve been there where I’ve asked people, ‘how do you this?’ and they want to guard it (information). I don’t want them to go through what I went through researching and Googling nonstop or even buying books to learn myself. So I can give them a shortcut and make it easier for them.”
She said another way to give back is creating how-to videos for beadwork that will be placed on the Native Uniques website.
“Beading for me is so much more than making jewelry. It’s my meditation, it’s a way to connect with my heritage, and it just brings me piece and healing,” Barnes said. “It helps you focus, especially when you’re working with one bead at a time. You kind of have to focus.”
The storefront has been open for nearly two years. It opened on July 2, 2016, and Barnes said it “keeps getting better.” She said the store “has grown a lot” and foot traffic has increased. She credits a previous Cherokee Phoenix article and inclusion in its Shopping Guide for helping her business take off and gain momentum.
“It’s amazing that they are able to support tribal artists and get out the word,” she said. “And I will say the best marketing by far is word of mouth. When they come in and see the product and see it in their hands and see the textures and feel it, word of mouth is always the best marketing.”
She said the city has been helping, too, as it promotes its downtown to bring in more people to shop and explore the area that includes three museums, boutiques and restaurants.
A bonus for having the store is that Barnes often has fun with her staff and customers. Laughter can often be heard in the shop. “We meet the funniest people here. It’s just awesome making those connections. It’s good to wake up and want to come to work,” she said.
Native Uniques is at 101 S.E. Frank Philips Blvd. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 918-214-3142 or visit <a href="https://www.nativeuniques.com" target="_blank">https://www.nativeuniques.com</a> or the shop’s Facebook page.
PARADISE HILL – For the past seven years, the Peek-A-Boo Petting Zoo in Sequoyah County has pro- vided a way for visitors to learn about different types
of animals through hands-on experi- ences on a nearly 4-acre ground.
From farm animals such as goats, pigs, chickens and ducks to exotic species such as salamanders, geckos, iguanas and chinchillas, the petting zoo provides an array of animals to see. Cherokee Nation citizen and owner Jillian Gates said the zoo, located 25 miles south of Tahlequah, carries up to 50 different animal species.
It got its start in 2011 when she and her husband bought a travel- ing petting zoo and put it on their land, which provides an ideal mix of space, trees and shade for the animals.
When visitors come to the zoo, they pay an entrance fee and are pro- vided a cup of feed for the animals.
“They wander around and see the animals. Some are in barns. Some are out around the petting zoo. Others are in the Nature Center. So they go around on their own, but we’re out there and available to help them and tell them what pens they can go in and answer questions, and things like that,” Gates said.
The zoo also hosts birthday parties and group gatherings, and has a traveling petting zoo for those who want some of the animals brought to their events.
Gates said “a lot of time and money” goes into ensuring the zoo is up to standards. “Every day we go out and rake the animal pens to make sure they’re clean, give them fresh water, give them food and hay. We have a vet that comes out and does inspections and checks to make sure that the animals look OK and that the pens are safe for them. We are also USDA-licensed, so we have an inspector that comes out also and checks all the animals and makes sure that everything is clean and safe. They have to have regular immunizations and de-worming and things like that.”
The zoo has also had several ad- ditions since its opening, including a bone dig, fossil area and a play- ground.
Gates said she hopes to make more additions to the zoo in the future. “We’ve been adding on ever since the day we got started. So it’s been just a gradual process. I’m not sure what’s next. Probably a butterfly house, I’m not real sure. Every year we try to add a little something.”
Other potential additions include a garden, weekend bon fires, primitive camping and nature trails, she said.
Admission is $5 per person. Chil- dren 1 year old and under are admit- ted free, as well as those with a mil- itary ID. Regular season hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday. For more information, call 918-816-6506 or visit the Peek-A-Boo Petting Zoo on Facebook.
MUSKOGEE – When Cherokee Nation citizen Mandy Scott took ownership of the Harmony House tearoom in 2017, she kept things business as usual.
“I have the same wait staff. Some have been here five, six, seven years. The kitchen staff is exactly the same. Everybody has pretty much stayed on since I’ve taken over,” she said. “Everything has just been really smooth and a good transition from the previous (owner) to me, and it’s just been great.”
Scott said she always dreamed of owning a restaurant, and once Harmony House became available, she approached the previous owner without hesitation. “I’ve always kind of wanted my own restaurant, and this was a perfect opportunity for me, just for its history here. It’s a very prestigious landmark for the city of Muskogee. I’m a dreamer, and I believe if it’s something you want to do, you at least need to try it.”
Scott said the building is more than a century old and functioned as a home, bank and church before being converted into a tearoom lunch spot. “It’s a tearoom where ladies from all ages come in and have lunch with their best friend or mothers or daughters. It’s definitely a woman’s atmosphere, but we have a lot of men that come in here too because our food is just so good.”
Harmony House is known for menu items such as hot chicken salad and its namesake club sandwich, though Scott said the “top” item is the grilled chicken sandwich made with chicken, cheese and homemade honey mustard dressing on homemade pita bread.
Daily specials are also offered. “Every day you get a special. It comes with soup or salad and you get a dessert included with that,” she said. “Everybody has their special days where they want to come in on ‘their’ day for their favorite.”
Harmony House also has offerings for those with a sweet tooth. “Our cupcakes are offered every day and then cinnamon rolls. Bread pudding every day as well, and then we have a pie every day. One of the top-selling (items), besides cookies, are lemon bars, and those are made fresh every week. Those are kind of our staple desserts, and then I try to add in some other kind of bar, like a monster bar every now and then,” Scott said.
Friends Kristie Testerman and Martha Hogner have eaten at Harmony House every Tuesday for the past 12 years.
“We love the food, the atmosphere, the people,” Testerman said. “I think it’s the only kind of tea house or tearoom-type restaurant that is left in Muskogee. The old owner started it, and then when Mandy took over, nothing changed. The transition was good.”
Testerman said she’s a fan of the homemade curly fries, as well as the burgers and desserts.
Hogner, who also brings her husband to Harmony House, said she has her favorites dishes, too.
“You can’t beat the cookies and their dessert,” she said. “Their bread pudding is to die for. We also like the special, the hot chicken salad, and we just learned to love the Katie’s Creation. That’s our new favorite. Service is great. Everyone is very friendly.”
Harmony House is also certified with the CN Tribal Employment Rights Office, and of its 13 employees, at least half are Native American, including the two top bakers.
“Over half my staff are Native American, so that’s important to me as well,” Scott said. “It’s important because I feel like we’re unique. We are not, per se, traditional Cherokee food, but we do have a different type of food that would be good to incorporate in any party or event that Cherokee Nation would have, especially for our desserts.”
Harmony House is located at 208 S. Seventh St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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AFTON – Just a short walk away from the Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees sits Pine Lodge Resort, a cozy getaway spot with hot tubs, wood-burning fireplaces, charcoal grills and lakefront views.
“We thought we would build a couple of cute little cabins here because there’s a marina next door, and we thought, ‘it’s for people who can’t spend the night on their boat.’ Everybody wanted a place to stay,” owner June Box said. “We’re the only log cabins on Grand Lake. Other places say they’re cabins, but it’s not true log.”
The Cherokee Nation citizen and her husband, Art, began building the resort in 1997 and have expanded to 10 log cabins, 18 mobile homes and 27 recreational vehicle slips. The resort also features a clubhouse with a pool, laundry services, a kitchenette and table games.
It’s open year round and located minutes from hiking, a beach, the South Grand Lake Regional Airport and Arrowhead South Marina. The resort also has a membership with the marina that allows guests access to a limited number of boat slips and fine dining. It’s these amenities, and the resort’s location, that draw visitors from across Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Texas.
“We’re just about making special memories for people,” June said. “We’ve done so many honeymoons that they come back for anniversaries. It’s a nice getaway for a couple. We also do family reunions, and a lot of people that have companies or their branches, they bring them here for sales meetings or whatever they need.”
The resort can sleep up to 108 people, Art said, and is an annual destination for staff from the University of Tulsa and Oklahoma State University.
The Boxes take care to make guests feel welcome and place laminated nametags on the side of each log cabin before arrival, which Art said lets them know “they’re not just a tag number.”
Each cabin features a king or queen bed, a kitchenette, rock fireplace and private deck with a hot tub. Dishes, utensils, linens, towels and firewood are provided. Summer rates are $198 nightly for the resort’s lakeside cabins, which include a boat dock, and $168 for cabins on the property’s wooded area. A two-night minimum stay on weekends is required.
June said there’s a waiting list for the recreational vehicle sites, which include 30-50 amp electrical hookups and a private deck. Annual leases are available for $235 per month plus electric and cable. Weekday and weekend rental rates are also available.
Furnished mobile homes are also available for nightly rentals. The Boxes also manage two homes near the lake – a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home and a four-bedroom, 2-1/2-half bath home. Rates and minimum nights vary.
June said guests get something different out of their experiences depending on the reason they visit but that the resort is always an “escape” from life’s stresses.
“We had a travel agent who visited for an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. She said to me, ‘you can’t have fun unless you drink’ and was just ready to throw in the towel, but someone invited her to a meeting here,” she said. “The lady came thinking, ‘I really don’t want to be here,’ but then she said she had never laughed so hard and had so much fun in her life without drinking. So this place here kind of saved her life. She thought it was so beautiful she couldn’t wait to come back.”
Pine Lodge Resort is located at 33635 Dock Road. For more information, call 918-782-1400 or visit <a href="http://www.pinelodgeresort.com" target="_blank">www.pinelodgeresort.com</a> or check Facebook.
TAHLEQUAH – According to a Cherokee Nation Communications press release, a Newk’s Eatery is expected to open its first Oklahoma location in November in the tribe’s Cherokee Springs Plaza.
The eatery is known for its culinary-driven menu, open kitchens and blue-ribbon ingredients, the release states.
“Newk’s brings a fresh take on fast casual dining that emphasizes authentic, flavorful ingredients and dishes prepared in-house the same way we’d make them at home,” Newk’s co-founder and CEO Chris Newcomb said. “We look forward to serving the Tahlequah community and introducing Newk’s to the state of Oklahoma.”
The restaurant will be locally owned by franchisees Jim Lynch and Jim White and operated by Brett Lynch, according to the release. The Tahlequah location joins three other Newk’s Eateries in northwest Arkansas – Fayetteville, Rogers and Siloam Springs (opening in June) – owned and operated by the Lynch/White franchise group, the release states.
The release states that Newk’s Eatery serves made-from-scratch sandwiches, salads, soups and handcrafted pizzas for lunch and dinner. “Every dish is prepared in Newk’s open-view kitchens with premium ingredients, such as petite tenderloin steak, Atlantic salmon, all-white meat chicken breast and sushi-grade ahi tuna, to give guests a flavor-rich dining experience,” it states.
It also states the centerpiece of the Newk’s dining room is The Roundtable, where guests customize meals with complimentary condiments and extras, including house-roasted garlic in Italian extra-virgin olive oil, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, capers, imported pepperoncini, Torinesi-style breadsticks, hand-cut house-made croutons and guest-favorite bread-and-butter pickles.
“We are glad that Newk’s is making its home at Cherokee Springs Plaza,” Chuck Garrett, Cherokee Nation Businesses executive vice president and Cherokee Springs Plaza developer, said. “We believe this location is a gem and will bring the entertainment and dining options to the capital of the Cherokee Nation that this community deserves and will enjoy. Newk’s shares our mission of delivering quality guest service, and we find it a great asset to the development.”
According to the release, the 4,000-square-foot Tahlequah location, at 3377 Cherokee Springs Road, will offer indoor dining for 145 guests and patio seating for 40 more. The restaurant will also feature a Grab-N-Go cooler section filled with its fresh-made sandwiches, salads, soups, desserts and beverages. Guests at Newk’s can dine in, take out, call in orders, order online and order by mobile app, and the Newk’s in Tahlequah will offer a catering menu for all occasions.
According to the release, Newk’s Eatery is based in Jackson, Mississippi. Founded in 2004, Newk’s operates and franchises more than 120 units in 15 states. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.Newks.com" target="_blank">Newks.com</a>, join the Roundtable Club or follow Newk’s on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The CN broke ground on Cherokee Springs Plaza in 2014. The 154-acre retail, dining and entertainment development is next to Cherokee Springs Golf Course, the tribe’s 18-hole golf course. The plaza has since become home to a new auto dealership, the area’s first Taco Bueno, a Buffalo Wild Wings and a second Sonic Drive-In location. It also recently broke ground on the new Cherokee Casino Tahlequah.