Cherokee Springs Plaza Casino Project Approved by Department of the Interior
January 19, 2017

Today the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, approved the federal trust acquisition of a 46-acre site in Oklahoma for the Cherokee Nation. The Cherokee Nation plans to construct a multi-use commercial development on the property and surrounding lands. The overall project at full build-out includes approximately 900,000 square feet of casino and convention space, retail, hotels, office space, and associated uses. AES prepared National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation for the project, including related biological and cultural studies. This project fulfills the Tribe’s need to create a commercial center and updated casino complex near its planned retail plaza in Tahlequah, the Capitol of the Cherokee Nation. Additionally, the Proposed Project will allow the Tribe to convert the existing Cherokee Casino – Tahlequah into an expanded Tribal language immersion school to meet the White House’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) challenge to improve lives and opportunities for Native youth.

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