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Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 10:54 p.m.
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Cherokee Nation to build new casino in east Oklahoma

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 17, 2014 at 7:47 a.m.

205 Cherokee Blvd., Roland, Okla.

ROLAND, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Businesses plans a groundbreaking next month on a hotel and casino to replace its current complex in Roland, near the Arkansas border.

The Journal Record reported that the new facility will include a six-story, 125-room hotel and an 87,000-square-foot casino accommodating 850 games with a bar, stage and other entertainment options. The existing casino in Roland now has 600 electronic games and six table games.

Officials say the new complex will also include convention space, a swimming pool and a smoke shop.

Cherokee Nation Businesses Chief Executive Shawn Slaton said the existing facility at Interstate 40 and U.S. 64 will be demolished once the new complex is built.

Slaton said he hopes the new casino will become a "destination stop" for travelers on Interstate 40.

Roland is about 8 miles from Fort Smith.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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ArkansasHawk says... April 17, 2014 at 10:39 a.m.

Take our land, 200 years later, we take your money.

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RBBrittain says... April 17, 2014 at 1:11 p.m.

Well, at least they're still on THEIR land (i.e., in Oklahoma) taking our money...

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PenLR says... April 17, 2014 at 2:42 p.m.

The Cherokee were forcefully moved from Georgia to Oklahoma. Remember the trail of tears? How is that "still on their land? "

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Delta2 says... April 17, 2014 at 4:55 p.m.

Can't blame them. It's kind of poetic justice after all these years. If you don't agree, don't go.

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Lakeview says... April 17, 2014 at 5:13 p.m.

Fantastic that The Original Owners can finaly recover a meager part of what the European Invaders took. I do not sanction gambling BUT if the fine people have found a way to beat the invaders by golly gp for it. I have been P.O. since my study and learning of the atrocities the White Man did to steal the land.

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T6 says... April 18, 2014 at 6:08 a.m.

It was the government of the "white man" that stole the native american's land. Just like today. Our government is the Leviathan that is gobbling up everything.

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