Cherokee Casino Tahlequah celebrates grand opening at Cherokee Springs Plaza

May 16, 2019

Cherokee Nation and the Tahlequah community celebrate the opening of the new Cherokee Casino Tahlequah at Cherokee Springs PlazaCherokee Nation and the Tahlequah community celebrate the opening of the new Cherokee Casino Tahlequah at Cherokee Springs Plaza

New casino brings entertainment, dining and convention opportunities to the area

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Entertainment and the Tahlequah community celebrated the opening of the new Cherokee Casino Tahlequah today.

“We could not be more pleased to open the doors to the new Cherokee Casino Tahlequah,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “This facility is a shining star in the Cherokee Nation’s capital that not only advances our success in business, but also furthers our commitment to the community our people have called home for nearly two centuries.

“We remain the market leader in gaming and hospitality, but we must never forget the reason we chose to enter this business. At the end of the day, we work hard to ensure our businesses succeed so that they may continue to support vital services to the Cherokee people.”

The 92,000-square-foot entertainment destination is nearly five times the size of the previous facility and brings new entertainment, dining and convention opportunities to the Tahlequah area.

The expanded gaming floor offers more than 500 of the latest and most exciting electronic games. The casino is also home to Tahlequah’s newest live music venue, Ancient Oak Tavern, which offers a full-service bar and a stage to host local and regional acts.

Dining options include a grab-and-go cafe and the White Wolf Steakhouse. The steakhouse brings together fresh ingredients with smokehouse barbeque and wood-fired steaks. Featured menu items include the pork belly grilled cheese made with four cheeses, house-made BBQ sauce and thick-cut pork belly; the Off the Plate rib, highly marbled, tender and smoked for 15 hours; grilled lobster tail topped with asiago butter; and the T-Quah T-Bone, a 16-ounce, reserved Angus steak, aged for 21 days and grilled to your liking. The steakhouse features a variety of desserts, including the signature seasonal cobbler baked in cast iron skillets and signature craft cocktails at the White Wolf Bar.

The casino also supports tourism and convention opportunities in the Tahlequah area. The Chota Center provides more than 33,000 square feet of convention and meeting space to accommodate up to 1,000 people.

“The investment we have made here will have a lasting impact on the Cherokee Nation and the entire region,” said Shawn Slaton, CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses. “The casino, convention space and surrounding amenities are already attracting new opportunities for economic growth. It is clear that this is just the beginning for this property, Cherokee Springs Plaza and the Tahlequah community. As we continue to attract new visitors to the area, we look forward to the opportunity of sharing more of our story with the world.”

CNB preserves and promotes Cherokee culture at each of its tribally owned properties by utilizing themes and technology to immerse guests in Cherokee art, language and history. Cherokee culture is represented throughout CNE properties by using both historical and modern mediums, including three-dimensional works, paintings, beadwork, sculptures, basketry, textiles, artifacts and much more created by Cherokee artists.

Located on Nancy Ward Drive, Cherokee Casino Tahlequah displays unique art focused on sharing the story of the legendary Cherokee warrior turned peacemaker, her cousin and fellow Cherokee leader Dragging Canoe, and their role in the fight to preserve tribal land in the 18th century. Nanyehi and Tsiyu Gansini are honored throughout the new casino, including mannequins made in their likeness featuring period-appropriate clothing.

Cherokee Nation Entertainment is the wholly owned gaming, hospitality, retail and tourism entity of the Cherokee Nation. The company currently operates Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa; nine Cherokee Casinos, including a horse racing track; three hotels; three golf courses; and other retail operations.

The tribe and its businesses currently employ more than 11,000 people and have a $2.03 billion economic impact on the state of Oklahoma.

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