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Shawnee tribe breaks ground on casino
GUYMON — The Shawnee Tribe, in partnership with Global Gaming Solutions, broke ground Thursday on the Golden Mesa Casino, a 42,000-square-foot, casino entertainment center on 107 acres southwest of Guymon.
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Shawnee Chief Ron Sparkman and Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby spoke at the groundbreaking, expressing their support of the center.
“Today is a great day for the Panhandle community and the Shawnee Tribe,” Sparkman said. “We are thankful for the support we've received from the Guymon community and the Chickasaw Nation in bringing this economic opportunity to fruition. We look forward to working in tandem with community leaders and residents to build a better, stronger Panhandle.”
Golden Mesa Casino, which is expected to employ roughly 150 individuals, is slated to open in 2019.
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Cattle group promotes ranger to top spot
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association on Thursday introduced Scott Williamson as its new executive director of law enforcement and theft prevention.
The position is responsible for leading the association's Special Rangers, an group of law enforcement officers who have extensive knowledge of the cattle industry and primarily investigate cattle theft and other agricultural crimes, though they are well-trained in all facets of law enforcement. The association has 30 Special Rangers stationed throughout Texas and Oklahoma who are commissioned through the Texas Department of Public Safety or Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Earlier this year, the current executive director of law enforcement, Larry Gray, announced his retirement following 37 years as an association Special Ranger.
Williamson has already served the association for more than 31 years, where he started as a market inspector in 1987. He was later commissioned as a Special Ranger and has served in that capacity for more than 23 years. Before his promotion, Williamson was a regional supervisor overseeing 77 counties in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles and Texas plains.
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GUYMON, Okla. – Blackjack tables and slot machines may be coming soon to the Oklahoma Panhandle.
On Tuesday, officials with the Shawnee Tribe, based in Miami, Oklahoma, announced plans to build the 60,000-square foot Golden Mesa Casino two miles south of Guymon, Oklahoma, on a 107 acre property off of Oklahoma Highway 54. Construction is slated to begin in 2016 and create about 175 jobs.
'The new center will position Guymon and the entire Oklahoma Panhandle as an entertainment and tourist destination point, attracting visitors from Texas, Kansas, New Mexico and Colorado,' Shawnee Chief Ron Sparkman said. “In addition to the inflow of money to the area from out-of-state visitors, the center is projected to create 175 new jobs with a total annual payroll of $3.7 million, which will boost the local economy and benefit existing retail, hospitality and restaurant businesses.'
The Shawnee Tribe, whose federal recognition was restored in December 2000 through an act of Congress, is headquartered more than 400 miles away from the proposed casino site. Tribal officials have not said how the property will be taken into trust.
The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act allows tribes to take land into trust for gaming purposes if it meets both steps of a two-part determination, as was the case in 2014 for the Kaw Nation’s casino in Braman, Oklahoma.
Under the terms of the tribe’s federal recognition restoration, land in trust applications from the Shawnees could potentially qualify for an IGRA exemption. A similar attempt by the Shawnee Tribe in 2010 in order to open a $400 million casino in Oklahoma City was rejected by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Currently, the closest casino of any kind to the western Oklahoma community is more than two hours away in Boot Hill, Kansas. The closest tribally-operated gaming facility is a Cheyenne and Arapaho property three hours away in Canton, Oklahoma.