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Kaw Nation joins with frontmen of KISS for casino expansion project



The Rock & Brews restaurant at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in California is the first of its kind in Indian Country. Photo: Rock & Brews San Manuel

The Kaw Nation is joining forces with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, the frontmen of the legendary band KISS.

The tribe is expanding its casino in Braman, Oklahoma, not far from the Kansas border. The new facility will be the first with the Rock & Brews name.

"This partnership with Rock & Brews will provide the Kaw Nation with the opportunity to again be the prime gaming and entertainment destination in our market," Chairwoman Jacque S. Hensley said in an announcement.

Simmons and Stanley are co-founders and global ambassadors of Rock & Brews restaurant chain. They recently opened a location at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in California, the first in Indian Country.

A groundbreaking for the new Kaw Nation casino is set for January 12, The Tulsa World reported. Additional details are expected to be announced next week but Simmons, during a recent appearance on FOX News, promised something big.

"We're going to really ramp it up and give everybody bang for their buck," Simmons said on FOX & Friends on December 30.

The partnership marks another major milestone for the Kaw Nation. The tribe is the first and only one in Oklahoma to open a casino under the two-part determination provisions of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Both the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the state governor approved the project, currently known as the SouthWind Casino. The 21-acre site also houses the Kanza Travel Plaza.

The tribe operates another casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma.

Read More on the Story:
KISS members, Kaw Nation to build casino resort in Oklahoma (The Tulsa World 1/4)
KISS founders Simmons, Stanley to open rock 'n' roll casino & resort in Oklahoma (KTUL 1/4)
Braman To Get A Rock & Brews Casino & Resort (The Enid Buzz 1/4)

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