NEWS AND REPORTS :

Osage Nation Fee-to-Trust Project Approved
August 24, 2011

The Bureau of Indian Affairs signed documents Tuesday afternoon placing the Osage Nation casino site in Ponca City, Oklahoma into federal trust. AES prepared the NEPA Environmental Assessment for the project. The Ponca City Casino Fee-to-Trust project involves potential plans for future expansion of the existing gaming facility on the site, and thus required in-depth environmental review. The project site evaluated in the EA currently houses a Million Dollar Elm Casino (MDEC Ponca City), and consists of 14.15 acres located in Osage County, Oklahoma, approximately 70 miles northwest of Tulsa. The Nation proposes to replace the existing gaming facility with a larger, more modern casino and construct a new hotel adjacent to the casino (Proposed Project). The Proposed Project includes a 44,000 square foot casino and an adjacent 75-room hotel. A Finding of No Significant Impact for the project was signed by Larry Echo Hawk, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, on July 8, 2011. The property was placed into trust within 14 months of initiation of the application process.

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