American Indian job fair

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WEST SILOAM SPRINGS, Okla. - Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs is hosting an American Indian job fair Sept. 17 - 18. This job fair comes at the height of Cherokee Casinos; biggest hiring boom with major expansions soon to be complete at Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs and Cherokee Casino Resort in Catoosa, Okla. Once complete, nearly 1,000 employees will be needed to staff both casinos.

''Our primary goal as a company owned by the Cherokee Nation is to provide well-paying, stable jobs with good benefits to Cherokee citizens. With our two biggest expansions to date well under way, we are creating nearly 1,000 positions in northeastern Oklahoma. This job fair will help us find those qualified Cherokee and [American Indian] citizens to fill as many of the new positions as possible,'' said David Stewart, CEO of Cherokee Nation Enterprises, which operates Cherokee Casinos.

The job fair will be held from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. each day in the administrative offices located behind Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs. Applicants will be able to go through CNE's hiring process from start to finish, with some jobs being filled on-the-spot during the job fair. Hiring managers will be on hand to provide information about available jobs and answer questions.

Open positions include a wide variety of operational positions, including gaming, food and beverage, customer service, security and accounting. Applications for additional open positions within the company will also be accepted.

Interested applicants need to bring two forms of identification, plus their CDIB or tribal citizenship card. Only Natives can apply for positions at the job fair. Attendees are also encouraged to bring employment and education history and personal and work-related reference information. Applicants should be prepared to undergo a drug test and background check if offered a position immediately. The process should take two to three hours.

To save time, applicants are encouraged to apply online at www.cherokeecasino.com prior to attending the job fair. If access to a computer is unavailable, applicants can apply online at the human resources office at Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs during regular business hours, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs currently employs more than 450 people and plans to hire 500 new employees in the next seven months, and Cherokee Casino Resort plans to add 450 new positions to the current count of 1,800.

CNE will also be hosting a second American Indian job fair tentatively scheduled for Nov. 7 - 8 at Cherokee Casino Resort in Catoosa.

CNE offers an exceptional compensation and benefits package to all full-time employees, including medical, vision, dental and life insurance, a 401(k) plan with matching and immediate vesting, flexible spending accounts and tuition reimbursement. The company's minimum wage is $8.25 per hour, higher than the federal minimum wage of $5.85 per hour, and effective Oct. 1, increases to $9 per hour.

CNE is the retail, gaming, entertainment, hospitality and cultural tourism entity of the Cherokee Nation. CNE operates casinos in Tulsa, Claremore, Roland, West Siloam Springs, Fort Gibson, Sallisaw and Tahlequah, as well as the Cherokee Travel Plaza, two Cherokee Outpost convenience stores, six retail tobacco shops, four gift shops, two golf courses and three hotels. For the past two years, CNE has been voted the number one company to work for in Oklahoma by Oklahoma Magazine, a statewide publication. The company employs more than 3,200 people throughout northeastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas.

Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs is located off of U.S. Highway 412 and State Highway 59 in West Siloam Springs. For more information, call (800) 754-4111 or visit www.cherokeecasino.com.