The new $80 million Cherokee Casino entertainment venue in Roland was officially opened on Wednesday. Cherokee, Roland and Fort Smith officials attended the ribbon cutting held at 2 p.m.
At the ribbon cutting are, above from the left, Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor David Thornton and his granddaughter Alexus Thornton, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Cherokee spiritual leader Crosslin Smith, and Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors Janelle Fullbright and Joe Byrd.
The 170,000-square-foot casino and hotel offers 850 electronic games, table games and a private High Limit poker room. Two dining options are available for guests, along with an entertainment venue offering a cocktail bar and live music.
The resort-style hotel, featuring 120 rooms is slated to open this fall. The new property features convention space to host conferences, special events, weddings and trade shows.
Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland now employs more than 550 people, with additional jobs planned when the hotel opens later this year.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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