The White Eagle Park in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Photo: Ponca Tribe Land Office

Ponca Tribe seeks to rejoin Indian gaming industry with new facility in Oklahoma

Details are scarce but the Ponca Tribe is looking to rejoin the Indian gaming industry.

The tribe placed a job ad in The Enid News & Eagle this week, seeking an "executive director" for a new casino. According to the listing, the facility will be located east of Enid.

The tribe used to operate the Two Rivers Casino in Ponca City, not far from Enid, but it was shut down. Another facility, the Blue Star Gaming and Casino in White Eagle, also closed.

In both situations, the National Indian Gaming Commission raised issues about the tribe's operations. A notice of violation and closure order was issued at Two Rivers in 2002 before a settlement agreement was reached in 2003.

The NIGC also hit the tribe with a letter about Blue Star in 2002, The Oklahoman reported at the time. There aren't any documents about that facility on the NIGC's website.

The new casino would be located near the intersection of two major highways, according to the job listing. It's not clear whether land is in trust -- The Enid News & Eagle said it didn't have any more more information from the tribe.

Read More on the Story:
Ponca Tribe plans casino east of Enid (The Enid News & Eagle October 24, 2017)

National Indian Gaming Commission Documents:
SA-PTO Settlement Agreement (May 13, 2013)
Closure Order (May 8, 2002)
Notice of Violation / Closure Order (May 1, 2002)

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