Broken Arrow City Council to consider resolution opposing gaming at Red Creek facility – Tulsa World

Broken Arrow city councilors will hear a draft resolution Monday stating their opposition to gaming at the proposed Red Creek facility and authorizing city officials to take action to stop gaming at the site.

The draft resolution will be considered during the council’s regular 6:30 p.m. meeting. A refined resolution will be considered at their Aug. 1 meeting.

The resolution comes amid swirling rumors about the facility, which was first proposed in August 2016 as a dance hall and restaurant, to be located on a Muscogee (Creek) land allotment south of the Creek Turnpike and west of South 129th East Avenue. The land is allotted to Muscogee (Creek) Nation member Steve Bruner.

Since the initial proposal, Red Creek officials have said numerous times they are considering hosting Class II Gaming at the facility, though there has been opposition from residents and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

The facility will also house the Embers Grille, a restaurant and bar concept created by Jon Taffer, who stars on Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue.”

Red Creek Holdings LCC principal Luis Figueredo told the Tulsa World in mid-June, “We said we’d consider it. We’re considering gaming. We’ve not taken any step right now to open a casino, other than conduct due diligence, and that has shaken up everyone.”

Figueredo has also said one of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s autonomous groups, the Kialegee Tribal Town, sent the National Indian Gaming Commission a notice of intent to issue a gaming license at the site.

That, in addition to online job postings seeking individuals with casino-related experience for a Red Creek Casino, has “fueled speculation” about gaming at the facility, according to a letter sent from Broken Arrow City Attorney Beth Anne Childs to Bruner’s attorney, Eric P. Nelson.

The draft resolution states it’s meant to

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