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SOUTH COFFEYVILLE – The Cherokee Nation and citizens of Nowata County are celebrating more than a hundred new jobs to the area, ushered in by the opening of the new Cherokee Casino South Coffeyville.

“Of the 135 jobs already filled at this casino, more than 100 of those employees are Cherokee citizens. That’s huge,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “We have more Cherokees employed in our businesses than ever before. That’s accomplishing the goal, folks. These jobs provide a good quality of life for our people and generate funding to expand services for those in need.”

The community gathered to cut the ribbon, signifying the opening of the new $10 million development. Cherokee Casino South Coffeyville offers 300 electronic games and a dining venue featuring lunch, dinner and cocktails.

“We have a reputation for bringing the best entertainment to the region,” said Shawn Slaton, chief executive officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses. “Offering the latest games and newest amenities matched with excellent service allows us to give our guests the best experience. We have seen the positive economic impacts we are making on the Cherokee Nation and the Cherokee people.”

Cherokee Nation Entertainment broke ground on the new 17,000-square-foot facility in late August.

"This long-awaited casino and the 135 jobs it creates is a godsend for this area," said Victoria Vazquez, Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor for district 11. "Cherokee citizens have hoped for economic development in this area for a long time, and now that dream is a reality. I look forward to the future growth of this property and the surrounding area."

South Coffeyville Mayor Jim Wilhelms said the town is happy the casino is open for business.

“We’ve been looking forward to this casino for a few years,” Wilhelms said. “For a town of 900 people to suddenly have 100 new jobs, this creates a huge economic boost to the area.”  

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