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Project will bring in $30M in annual revenue and create 200 permanent jobs

OKLAHOMA CITY – At a signing ceremony today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke approved the Shawnee Tribe’s application to put 102.98 acres of land in Guymon, Texas County, Oklahoma, into federal Indian trust status for gaming. The Shawnee Tribe proposes to develop a 42,309-square foot gaming facility on the site comprised of a 20,206-square foot gaming floor, a restaurant, retail space, and office spaces for the Shawnee Tribe Gaming Commission. When completed, the project is expected to generate a $30 million annual impact for the local economy, including creating 200 permanent jobs. The federally recognized tribe, landless for well over 160 years, is headquartered in Miami, Okla., and has approximately 2,500 members.

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HUGO – A first-time honor and a second dedication ceremony were held at the Choctaw Community Center in Hugo.

A ribbon cutting Nov. 8 opened the one-of-a-kind facility and on Wednesday, Jan. 17, a ceremony dedicated and renamed the building the “Choctaw Nation Perry Thompson Community Center” after the longtime Tribal Council member who represents Choctaw Nation District 8. 

Extreme cold weather brought the event indoors where the center offered a warm and welcome setting for a standing-room-only crowd of state and local officials, Choctaw senior citizens, family and other supporters of Councilman Thompson.

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CATOOSA – The Indian Health Care Resource Center’s annual dinner, dance and auction, “Dance of the Two Moons.” will be held March 10 in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa located at 777 W. Cherokee St.

This year’s honorary chairs are Jill and Terry Donovan of Rustic Cuff and Interior Logistics, respectively, as they help lead a Wild Wild West-themed party to thank Circle of Life Community Partner and Tiger Natural Gas for helping the center build healthier, stronger lives for Native youths. Rusty Meyers Band, an Oklahoma country music artist, will provide the music. The event’s featured artist is Brandi Hines of Agitsi Stained Glass.

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma (AICCO) recently elected the officers for 2018 during their monthly State Board meeting.  The officers will join State Board President Annetta Abbott in guiding the organization through the next year and work on achieving the marketing objectives and goals of AICCO.

Bailey Walker, a member of the Chickasaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation Preferred Vendor Program Coordinator, was elected to fill the role of President-Elect.   He has been an active member of AICCO for the past four years and works to recruit members and sponsors for the programs.   His advocacy on behalf of Native owned businesses is tireless.  

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