Broken Arrow project re-ignites casino controversy – KRMG

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. –  When plans to build a casino in south Broken Arrow became public in late 2011, it led to protests, lawsuits, the termination of the city manager and the resignation of the mayor.

In the intervening years, many of the same people who were behind the Red Clay project have continued working to find a way to bring Class 2 gaming to Native American-owned land in the area near the Creek Turnpike and 129th East Avenue (Olive Avenue).

Now, a new project dubbed “Red Creek” which includes a restaurant is under construction about a half mile south of where Red Clay would have been built, and reports have surfaced that the owners have inquired about obtaining a gaming license.

Jared Cawley, who helped lead the group that eventually managed to halt the Red Clay plan, tells KRMG he has the same concerns about the new project.

“It is very much the same folks, all they’ve done is shifted sites. And this is probably the third time now that they’ve shifted sites that I’m aware of,” he said Monday.

He says the legal obstacle that prevented the Kialegee Tribal Town, a branch of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, from operating the Red Clay casino still exists.

The land is actually controlled by the Muscogee Nation, and they have no plans to approve gaming on that land.

“The Kialegees have no claim to that land,” Cawley said. “The National Indian Gaming Commission twice now, on two different properties, they have spoken, as well as the Department of the Interior has spoken, that the Kialegees can’t license gaming in Broken Arrow. Now, it’s possible that the Muscogee (Creek) tribe could do so, but clearly the Kialegees can’t. So if they were to purport that what they’re doing is legal with the

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