Oklahoma tribes take casino gaming to Arkansas

Casino gaming. (KTUL photo)

The Oklahoma Native American tribes are not waiting to settle the dispute in Oklahoma, before they expand out of the state.

“I think it reflects how strong we are as a gaming operation that we can go into any market in this country I think and compete and win, create a great opportunity, a great business and bring those dollars back home. That’s wonderful,” explained Cherokee Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr.

The Cherokee Nation, The Quapaw, and the Choctaw tribe all have plans to do work outside of Oklahoma, in the state of Arkansas.

The Quapaw tribe has already secured a license and is operating a casino, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

They are building a $300 million dollar casino resort, which should be completed by this summer.

The tribes are paying the state of Arkansas up to five times as much of the disputed fees here in Oklahoma, 4-10%.

Arkansas is only allowing four casinos statewide.

Oklahoma has more than 100 casinos.

The Cherokee and the Choctaw are both competing for the license in Pope County, Arkansas.

The plan calls for a $225 million dollar Legends Resort Casino.

“Of course it will help Arkansas out a great deal. But the thing is the more Cherokee Nation is prosperous, particularly in our businesses, the more this region wins, because we invest everything back into the region. That is what we have done. That is our track record,” said Hoskin.

The Arkansas Horse Racing Commission has not announced who will develop the final casino.