Cherokee Nation Entertainment building Grove casino

January 28, 2016

Cherokee Casino Grove will bring about 175 jobs and more entertainment to the lakeside destination

Grove, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Entertainment, the gaming and hospitality arm of the Cherokee Nation, is creating about 175 new jobs and bringing new entertainment options to Grand Lake with the building of a new casino near Grove.

“We understand the role our businesses play in the lives of Cherokee Nation citizens and the future of the tribe,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “We are using facilities like this to create good-paying jobs for our citizens, build local economies and provide funding for services to the Cherokee people. A look right up the road to Jay, our new health center is a perfect example of how dollars from our businesses impact the lives of citizens in this community.”

Cherokee Casino Grove will be the tribe’s 10th casino location and will encompass 39,000 square feet. The property’s features include 400 electronic games, a restaurant, a full-service bar, a live music venue, a dance floor and complimentary non-alcoholic drinks. The rustic, lodge-style venue will offer event space for hosting private and community events and an outdoor patio.

“We have a long history of bringing the best of entertainment to the region,” said Shawn Slaton, chief executive officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses, CNE’s parent company. “Our facilities are first class, and our team is top notch. We are committed to offering our guests a superior experience in a safe environment.”

CNE will build the casino on a 24-acre site near Highway 59 and East 250 Road, property the tribe purchased in 2013, breaking ground on the project in April.

“We look forward to working with Delaware County and the community of Grove,” said Slaton. “Experience has shown our business model is good for local economies, and we’ve been fortunate to develop great relationships throughout various communities. We expect to accomplish the same thing here. We are grateful for the support and ready to bring new entertainment options to Grand Lake.”

CNE operates Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa; eight Cherokee Casinos, including a horse racing track; three hotels; three golf courses; and other retail operations. The region’s entertainment leader employs 4,000 people. The tribe’s minimum wage is $9.50 per hour, well above the federal minimum wage, and the company offers an exceptional benefits package to full-time employees.

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