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The plant is being built in El Reno and would be chiefly for bison, but would also take in cattle and wild game.
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The four-story, 90-room hotel will feature a mixed-use lobby for guests to work, play, eat and lounge, along with an “Eat. & Sip.” market and multifunctional fitness center. COURTESY
The four-story, 90-room hotel is expected to open in the spring of 2020.
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Employees await the official opening of the new Cherokee Casino Tahlequah, which began operations on April 30 at the Cherokee Springs Plaza. The Cherokee Nation will repurpose its older casino located west of the Tribal Complex. D. SEAN ROWLEY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Pieces of artwork and cultural displays are part of the new Cherokee Casino Tahlequah, which officially opened on April 30 at the Cherokee Springs Plaza. D. SEAN ROWLEY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The 96,000-square-foot facility includes hundreds of gaming machines, restaurants, a tavern with a stage as well as convention space.
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A roulette wheel sits ready for play at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in this 2018 photo.  House Bill 2667, authored by State Rep. Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston, would permit the exclusion of gambling losses under Oklahoma’s $17,000 cap on itemized deductions. COURTESY
The House measure would allow taxpayers to not count gambling losses against the state’s itemization cap.
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From May 13-15, attendees can network with decision makers, attend business development and other trainings, hear from keynote speakers and featured presenters as well as visit the Native Business Summit Tradeshow. The event will be held at the Cherokee Nation’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. COURTESY
From May 13-15, attendees can network with decision makers, attend business development and other trainings and hear from keynote speakers.
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The status of sports betting in each state. ASSOCIATED PRESS
In this May 21, 2018, file photo, a man watches the off-track betting screens at Riverwind Casino in Norman. In some states where tribal gambling is prevalent, sports betting bills have not been introduced at all. That’s the case in Oklahoma, as well as California and Florida, which are home to politically influential tribes that have been cool to the idea. SUE OGROCKI/ASSOCATIED PRESS
In many states, tribes are fighting sports betting or taking a go-slow approach.
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Live thoroughbred racing returns to Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs on March 25. COURTESY
CLAREMORE – The trainers, jockeys and equine athletes alike are arriving once again for the 28-day thoroughbred meet returning to Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs on March 25. Track representatives are optimistic about a strong handle and a full field in its 13th year of operation, abandoning the traditional calendar for a later start date, allowing for more simulcast coverage across the country.

Races begin at 1:15 p.m. each day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The schedule drops the Wednesday race day on May 1, replacing it with a Saturday card to finish the meet on May 25 and include the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
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Action Floors owner Jeff McCarty prepares an estimate for a customer. McCarty said he personally measures each job to “better connect” with customers. MARK DREADFULWATER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Action Floors in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, has been in business for nearly 40 years. Cherokee Nation citizen Jeff McCarty owns it. MARK DREADFULWATER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Action Floors contracted installer Tony Hayes puts the finishing touches on a plank flooring job in January. Hayes installed the original flooring in the house more than 20 years ago. COURTESY
Action Floors in Tahlequah has been in business for nearly 40 years and has endured competition and big box stores.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Bill Parris, left, stands with his partners representing Muskogee Brewing Company at an event. COURTESY
An early 1900s fire fighter’s hat is displayed on the wall the separates Station 1 Restaurant and Muskogee Brewing Company’s taproom. Muskogee Brewing Company is housed in Muskogee’s first full-time fire station, Fire Station 1. GRANT NEUGIN/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Several 500-gallon brewing tanks are visible from the taproom of Muskogee Brewing Company. All beer is made on site. GRANT NEUGIN/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The custom-built bar back, two of the 15 taps and the growler-packaging machine are on display just a few feet from the bar at the Muskogee Brewing Company. GRANT NEUGIN/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Muskogee Brewing Company transforms a historic fire station into a thriving business.
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Leaders from the Cherokee Nation, Tribal Council and Cherokee Nation Businesses tour “Track 5,” a new honky tonk saloon and live music dance hall inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The venue has a 1,200 square-foot dance floor and a stage for local and national acts.
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Career Services Economic Development Manager Hunter Palmer was selected as a winner in the economic development profession’s 40 Under 40 awards. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Hunter Palmer is a 2018 graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institution.
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