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Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation creates opportunity with casino


Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. Photo from Anadisgoi

The Cherokee Nation gaming empire in Oklahoma keeps growing, with another facility on the way. Principal Chief Bill John Baker says the new casino near Grove will create jobs and opportunities:
Cherokee Nation Entertainment will soon break ground on the tribe’s 10th gaming complex when work begins this spring on the Cherokee Casino near Grove. By constructing this new facility, we will create more than 175 quality jobs in Delaware County.

The tribe’s minimum wage is well above the federal minimum wage and full-time jobs come with insurance, retirement and a full benefits package. As the new dollars circulate in the community it will improve the lives of so many people in the area. Our goal is to fill as many of these good-paying jobs with Cherokee Nation citizens as possible. Right now, there are more Cherokees working for our government and business enterprises than at any time in history. These paychecks will raise the quality of life for many people and create a brighter future for all people living in Delaware County.

We look forward to working with local officials in Grove, including the chamber of commerce, and elected leaders, to grow the local economy and enhance the area as a true destination point near beautiful Grand Lake. The tribe’s entertainment expertise, coupled with the stunning natural landscape and the opportunity to enjoy family activities on the lake, will truly drive visitors to this area of the Cherokee Nation. We are proud to a play a critical role in that potential economic growth.

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