TULSA, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation recently broke ground on its eighth Cherokee Casino, located in Ramona, Okla. The gaming center is designed to be implemented in two phases, ultimately creating more than 100 jobs in the area over the next two years.
“Our gaming operations give us the opportunity to create good paying, stable jobs in our Cherokee communities where they need it,” said Chad Smith, Cherokee Nation principal chief. “Opening this gaming center will provide career paths and self-reliance for our citizens and it keeps the area communities within Washington County strong.”
The 10,000-square-foot gaming center will initially feature more than 200 electronic games and cafe-style food, including free soft drinks and coffee and full bar service.
Rendering courtesy Cherokee Nation Entertainment This rendering of Cherokee Casino Ramona is what the tribe’s eighth property is expected to look like.
“This location will provide the things our guests love about Cherokee Casinos, including a convenient location, great gaming and friendly, attentive staff. We are starting site work immediately, including access roads and foundation work. We anticipate having buildings in place and opening to the public in early summer,” said David Stewart, CEO of Cherokee Nation Entertainment, which operates Cherokee Casinos and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
Cherokee Casino Ramona will be located on a 20-acre site west of U.S. Highway 75 and north of the Ramona exit, halfway between Tulsa and Bartlesville. CNE chose the location because of its strategic positioning between the two metropolitan areas and the convenient highway access.
The gaming center, as with all Cherokee Casino locations, will be themed after a significant time period in Cherokee history. Cherokee Casino Ramona will feature artwork and decorative elements portraying major events that occurred throughout 1881 – 1906, a period of patriotism and pride for the tribe as they tried to maintain national existence by resisting the divide and conquer efforts of the United States government.