Cherokee Nation Enterprises Involved in Arkansas Gaming Initiative on Nov. Ballot


If Arkansas voters approve a constitutional amendment to allow three commercial casinos in the state, Cherokee Nation Entertainment will manage the gaming operation and resort in Washington County.

Robert Coon, spokesman for the pro-gaming group Arkansas Wins in 2016, said "Our intent, as we have stated since the outset of this campaign, has been for the casinos authorized by this amendment to be operated by well-established, credible firms in the gaming industry. ... The Cherokee Nation has a wealth of experience and solid track record in the gaming industry, and we're excited about their involvement in this effort. Our agreement would give the Cherokee Nation the opportunity to own and/or operate the casino in Washington County, however neither outcome has been finalized at this time."

In a press release, Coon expressed gratitude to the 100,977 registered Arkansas voters that joined the Arkansas Wins in 2016 campaign to get the "pro-growth, pro-jobs issue" on the ballot this November. "This amendment will create thousands of good paying jobs, generate tens of millions of dollars in new tax revenue, increase tourism, and stimulate our state and local economies," he said.

The Cherokee Nation operates nine casinos in Oklahoma, including one near the Arkansas border in West Siloam Springs.  The tribe plans to open a 10th facility, located in Grove, this winter.

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