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Choctaw Nation celebrates completion of $50 million casino expansion project
Openings & Closings
Choctaw Nation celebrates completion of $50 million casino expansion project (November 7, 2017)
The Choctaw Casino and Resort in Grant, Oklahoma, not far from the Texas border, boasts a new hotel tower and the only Chili's Grill & Bar inside a gaming facility.

Choctaw Nation opens doors to travel center and gaming facility
Openings & Closings
Choctaw Nation opens doors to travel center and gaming facility (March 29, 2017)
The Choctaw Travel Plaza and Casino Too in Heavener, Oklahoma, features an 10,200 square-foot fueling station, a full-service kitchen and 37 gaming machines.

Federal authorities concerned about tribal casino bus incidents
California | Litigation | Public Relations
Federal authorities concerned about tribal casino bus incidents (October 28, 2016)
The National Transportation Safety Board is looking for common patterns after a crash this week resulted in 13 fatalities in California.

Guilty plea in yet another theft case from Choctaw Nation casino
Public Relations
Guilty plea in yet another theft case from Choctaw Nation casino (September 16, 2016)
Charles Blair Smallwood, age 24, apparently stole nearly $25,000 from the Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Oklahoma

Choctaw Nation starts work on expansion of casino by Texas border
Openings & Closings
Choctaw Nation starts work on expansion of casino by Texas border (August 23, 2016)
The Choctaw Casino Resort in Grant, Oklahoma, will be seeing a new hotel tower with 96 rooms and other amenities.

Appeals court upholds conviction in Choctaw Nation corruption case
Openings & Closings | Regulation
Appeals court upholds conviction in Choctaw Nation corruption case (August 2, 2016)
The case was unusual by several accounts and even drew testimony from the tribe's longtime former chief and his hand-picked successor.

Former Choctaw Nation casino worker gets two months for theft
Public Relations
Former Choctaw Nation casino worker gets two months for theft (June 29, 2016)
Allen Michael Scott admitted that he stole more than $1,000 from the tribe's gaming facility in Durant, Oklahoma.

Choctaw Nation police conduct investigation into death at casino
Public Relations
Choctaw Nation police conduct investigation into death at casino (June 7, 2016)
A man reported to be in his 50s died at the Choctaw Casino in Pocola, Oklahoma, near the Arkansas border.

Settlement opens door to tribal casino at popular Oklahoma lake
Business Deals | Casino Stalker
Settlement opens door to tribal casino at popular Oklahoma lake (May 23, 2016)
Lake Texoma lies within Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation territory but state officials aren't saying whether they are interested in the casino.

Choctaw Nation offered settlements in fatal casino bus accident
Litigation
Choctaw Nation offered settlements in fatal casino bus accident (May 4, 2016)
The $75,000 that was offered to settle two lawsuits pales in comparison to the $10.9 million that the tribe was ordered to pay by a jury in Texas.

Choctaw Nation ordered to pay $11M for casino bus crash deaths
Litigation | Public Relations
Choctaw Nation ordered to pay $11M for casino bus crash deaths (May 3, 2016)
The tribe plans to appeal after being held liable for a fatal bus accident that occurred in Texas in April 2013.

Another employee pleads guilty for Choctaw Nation casino theft
Public Relations
Another employee pleads guilty for Choctaw Nation casino theft (March 31, 2016)
The Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Oklahoma, appears to be a hotspot for criminal activity by its employees.

Another guilty plea from ex-employee of Choctaw Nation casino
Public Relations
Another guilty plea from ex-employee of Choctaw Nation casino (March 24, 2016)
The Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Oklahoma, appears to be a hotspot for criminal activity by its employees.

Choctaw Nation casino employee accused of stealing from facility
Public Relations
Choctaw Nation casino employee accused of stealing from facility (March 10, 2016)
The Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Oklahoma, appears to be a hotspot for criminal activity.

Choctaw Nation casino enterprise donates $100K to tornado relief
Public Relations
Choctaw Nation casino enterprise donates $100K to tornado relief (January 4, 2016)
The money will assist people affected by devastating tornadoes in North Texas.

Oklahoma tribes mark $1B milestone in gaming revenue sharing
Compacts | Openings & Closings
Oklahoma tribes mark $1B milestone in gaming revenue sharing (October 15, 2015)
The Chickasaw Nation by and large shared more gaming revenues than any other tribe in the Sooner State.

Tribes contributed $1.4M to politicians amid gaming fight in Texas
Regulation
Tribes contributed $1.4M to politicians amid gaming fight in Texas (September 8, 2015)
The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma donated $670,000 in the 2014 election cycle, the largest amount among casino interests.

Former workers at Choctaw Nation casino plead guilty to theft
Regulation
Former workers at Choctaw Nation casino plead guilty to theft (July 30, 2015)
Two employees admitted that they stole money from the Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Oklahoma.

Former employees of Choctaw Nation casino charged with theft
Regulation
Former employees of Choctaw Nation casino charged with theft (June 11, 2015)
The U.S. Attorney's Office announced indictments against two former workers at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma.

Former Choctaw Nation official sentenced in casino fraud case
Openings & Closings | Regulation
Former Choctaw Nation official sentenced in casino fraud case (June 2, 2015)
Jason Brett Merida, a tribal member who served as executive director of construction, received 12 years in prison -- the longest of any of the defendants.

Judge weighs sentence in Choctaw Nation casino fraud case
Openings & Closings | Regulation
Judge weighs sentence in Choctaw Nation casino fraud case (May 13, 2015)
Federal prosecutors are seeking anywhere from 14 years to 17.5 years in prison for a tribal employee who oversaw casino construction contracts.

New  NIGC Chairman Jonodev Chaudhuri chooses chief of staff
NIGC
New NIGC Chairman Jonodev Chaudhuri chooses chief of staff (April 28, 2015)
Shannon O'Loughlin, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, will lead the day-to-day operations of the agency.

Last defendant to be sentenced for Choctaw Nation casino fraud
Openings & Closings | Regulation
Last defendant to be sentenced for Choctaw Nation casino fraud (April 27, 2015)
So far, seven people have been punished in connection with a casino expansion project in which the tribe was bilked out of $8.5 million.

FBI agent discusses probe in Choctaw Nation casino fraud case
Public Relations | Regulation
FBI agent discusses probe in Choctaw Nation casino fraud case (April 8, 2015)
Agent Jeff Youngblood, a tribal member, helped investigate a 'pay to play' scheme that involved a key tribal employee.

Police in Oklahoma kill suspect outside of Choctaw Nation casino
Public Relations
Police in Oklahoma kill suspect outside of Choctaw Nation casino (December 4, 2014)
The suspect led police on a high-speed chase that ended at the tribe's casino in Grant.

Former Choctaw Nation employee plans appeal in criminal case
Openings & Closings | Public Relations
Former Choctaw Nation employee plans appeal in criminal case (November 24, 2014)
Jason Merida, the former head of construction for the tribe, remains free until sentencing.

Tribal casinos cancel Bill Cosby shows as allegations resurface
Public Relations
Tribal casinos cancel Bill Cosby shows as allegations resurface (November 24, 2014)
The Choctaw Nation and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe didn't offer reasons but the legendary entertainer has been losing gigs across the country.

Former employee found guilty for cheating Choctaw Nation
Openings & Closings | Opinion
Former employee found guilty for cheating Choctaw Nation (November 21, 2014)
Jason Merida is the seventh person found guilty in a case that started when the tribe discovered it had been cheated into purchasing $8.5 million in steel for a casino expansion project.

Choctaw Nation releases statement after guilty verdict
Public Relations | Regulation
Choctaw Nation releases statement after guilty verdict (November 21, 2014)
The tribe strengthened its auditing procedures and will be working on campaign reform in the wake of the trial that captured the attention of its citizens.

Oklahoma reports drop in gaming exclusivity fees from tribes
Compacts
Oklahoma reports drop in gaming exclusivity fees from tribes (November 21, 2014)
For the first time since 2004, tribes shared fewer revenues with the state.

Trial into Choctaw Nation fraud winds down with final testimony
Openings & Closings | Regulation
Trial into Choctaw Nation fraud winds down with final testimony (November 20, 2014)
Jason Merida, the former head of construction for the tribe, took the stand in his own defense.

Leader of Choctaw Nation faces tough questions in criminal trial
Openings & Closings | Regulation
Leader of Choctaw Nation faces tough questions in criminal trial (November 19, 2014)
Chief Gary Batton's testimony comes as trial against a former tribal employee nears its end.

Former leader of Choctaw Nation testifies in criminal trial
Openings & Closings | Regulation
Former leader of Choctaw Nation testifies in criminal trial (November 18, 2014)
Greg Pyle accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from companies that performed casino work for the tribe.

Anticipation builds for testimony of Choctaw Nation leaders
Openings & Closings | Regulation
Anticipation builds for testimony of Choctaw Nation leaders (November 17, 2014)
Attorneys for a former tribal employee are expected to call Chief Gary Batton and former Chief Greg Pyle to the stand.

Trial exposes fraud against Choctaw Nation for gaming project
Openings & Closings | Regulation
Trial exposes fraud against Choctaw Nation for gaming project (November 14, 2014)
Chief Gary Batton and former chief Greg Pyle haven't been charged with any crimes but both accepted gifts from outside companies that did business with the tribe.

Trial continues in theft linked to Choctaw Nation casino work
Openings & Closings
Trial continues in theft linked to Choctaw Nation casino work (November 7, 2014)
A witness who pleaded guilty implicated Chief Gary Batton and former Chief Greg Pyle, The Native American Times reported.

Trial opens in case connected to Choctaw Nation casino work
Openings & Closings
Trial opens in case connected to Choctaw Nation casino work (October 31, 2014)
Jason Brett Merida, a former construction executive for the tribe, is accusing of submitting false bills.

Oklahoma tribes contribute $450K to gaming opponent in Texas
Regulation
Oklahoma tribes contribute $450K to gaming opponent in Texas (October 15, 2014)
The Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation operate casinos near the border.

Choctaw Nation arrests 10 people in prostitution sting at casino
Public Relations
Choctaw Nation arrests 10 people in prostitution sting at casino (September 26, 2014)
The sting netted people on both sides of the Oklahoma-Arkansas border.

Choctaw Nation reduces height of casino hotel amid FAA concern
Openings & Closings
Choctaw Nation reduces height of casino hotel amid FAA concern (September 11, 2014)
The new tower at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant will stop at 14 floors rather than 22 as originally planned.

Choctaw Nation continues work on major expansion at casino
Openings & Closings
Choctaw Nation continues work on major expansion at casino (June 9, 2014)
Facility now features an 11,000 square-foot pool area dubbed The Oasis.

Oklahoma tribes reach for gamblers across border in Arkansas
Openings & Closings
Oklahoma tribes reach for gamblers across border in Arkansas (June 3, 2014)
Gaming facilities operated by the Choctaw Nation and the Cherokee Nation attract patrons from Arkansas.

Choctaw Nation  audit  uncovered   overbilling for casino work
Openings & Closings
Choctaw Nation audit uncovered overbilling for casino work (August 6, 2013)
Six people pleaded guilty to defrauding the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma by overbilling for construction services at the tribe's casinos. The tribe discovered the overbilling through an audit and referred the matter to federal investigators. The U.S. Attorney's Office for...

Six indicted in connection with     Choctaw Nation casino work
Openings & Closings
Six indicted in connection with Choctaw Nation casino work (August 5, 2013)
Six people have been indicted in connection with an expansion at a casino owned by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Federal authorities say two executives at Flintco, an Indian-owned construction firm, were part of a bribery scheme involving other sub-contractors....

Choctaw Nation   to start work on next stage of casino expansion
Openings & Closings
Choctaw Nation to start work on next stage of casino expansion (July 15, 2013)
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will break ground August 1 on the second phase of a casino expansion project. The tribe is adding a second hotel tower to the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant. A conference center, a bowling alley,...

Choctaw Nation expands casino options with $60M   expansion
Openings & Closings
Choctaw Nation expands casino options with $60M expansion (April 30, 2013)
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is getting ready to debut the results of a $60 million casino expansion project tomorrow. The tribe added 145,000 square feet, a seven-story hotel, a 500-seat entertainment venue, a 600-space covered parking garage and new...

Column: Oklahoma tribal casinos    offer poker tournaments
Opinion
Column: Oklahoma tribal casinos offer poker tournaments (January 29, 2013)
"There’s always something going on at Downstream Casino, and so much to love. Recently, the destination casino-resort completed a new wing to the hotel, adding 150 lodging rooms and an indoor pool. With a $240 heads-up tournament scheduled Feb. 16,...

Choctaw Nation sets grand opening for $60M casino expansion
Openings & Closings
Choctaw Nation sets grand opening for $60M casino expansion (November 29, 2012)
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is hosting a grand opening this Saturday for a $60 million casino expansion project. The Choctaw Casino in Pocola is getting more slot machines, table games and restaurants. A hotel is also on the works...

Choctaw Nation celebrates grand opening of expanded casino
Openings & Closings
Choctaw Nation celebrates grand opening of expanded casino (August 13, 2012)
The Choctaw Nation welcomed the public to its newest casino in Stigler, Oklahoma. The 7,800 square-foot facility features 200 slot machines. It employs 29 people. The tribe operates eight gaming facilities in Oklahoma. Get the Story: Grand Opening Held at...

Janie Dillard, Choctaw, named Women of Gaming Proven Leader
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Janie Dillard, Choctaw, named Women of Gaming Proven Leader (June 30, 2011)
Janie Dillard, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, has been named a Women of Gaming Proven Leader. Dillard serves as executive director for the tribe's gaming division. She has worked for the tribe for over 20 years. “On...

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