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Quapaw Tribe

article Yellville artisan carries on Quapaw tradition crafting casino's pottery
(10/22/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Authentic Quapaw pottery produced using traditional methods by a Yellville artisan was moved into Saracen Casino this week as another facet of the focus...
article Crowds, officials gather as ribbon cut to welcome Saracen gamblers
(10/21/2020)
(Arkansas) -- With fanfare, speeches and authentic Quapaw drums, Saracen Casino Resort threw open its doors Tuesday to the public after more than a week of celebrations...
article Delays over, casino in Pine Bluff opens its doors
(10/21/2020)
(Arkansas) -- After months of delay, Saracen Casino Resort -- the state's first standalone gambling facility -- celebrated its grand opening Tuesday, welcoming...
article Quapaw Nation cuts ribbon on casino resort
(10/20/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Today was the grand opening of the Saracen Casino Resort (Saracen) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The $350 million development, located at 1 Saracen...
article Saracen Casino officially opens in Pine Bluff amid pandemic
(10/17/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Step right up and place your bets because the highly anticipated Saracen Casino is finally a reality in Pine Bluff. It opened Thursday afternoon during a...
article A look inside Saracen Casino's soft opening
(10/16/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Governor Hutchinson and other elected officials were on hand Thursday to celebrate the completion of Quapaw Nation’s Saracen Casino in Pine Bluff,...
article Governor, hundreds more get sneak preview of casino
(10/16/2020)
(Arkansas) -- From the outside, Saracen Casino Resort still has vestiges of the active construction site it has been since August of last year, but on the inside, the...
article Casino in Pine Bluff looks to boost quality of life with tax base revenue increase
(10/15/2020)
(Arkansas) -- One of the largest tourism investments in Arkansas opened its doors to a select few Thursday night. The Saracen Casino Resort has been under construction...
article Saracen Casino heading toward opening next week
(10/15/2020)
(Arkansas) -- The Saracen Casino in Pine Bluff will open Tuesday, Oct. 20, but you might notice some activity around the facility this week. The Quapaw-owned casino will...
article Saracen Casino Resort goes all in on dining
(10/15/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Every time my friends and I arrive at a casino in the Delta region, there’s a palpable excitement. We know good things are about to happen. Parking...
article City, tribe cut ribbon at police, fire station
(10/8/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Although the police and fire departments had already begun moving in, the Saracen Police/Fire/EMS substation was officially recognized Wednesday with a...
article State panel approves racing dates, layout for casino table games
(9/25/2020)
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission Thursday signed off on next year's racing dates for Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs and the Southland Casino...
article Saracen Casino Chef Todd Gold on Running 8 Restaurants, Accepting A New Challenge
(9/24/2020)
(Arkansas) -- The Saracen Casino Resort, scheduled to open next month in Pine Bluff, recently revealed its slate of restaurants, which will include Red Oak Steakhouse,...
article Little Rock chef's long pedigree leads to directing casino's food
(9/15/2020)
(Arkansas) -- After 33 years in the food service industry, it would be fair to say that Little Rock native Todd Gold knows his way around a kitchen, and if longevity...
article Casino cooks up plan for state's best dining
(9/14/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Mention casinos and right away, many people will think of slot machines, craps, poker, roulette, ringing bells, excited chatter and cocktail servers making...
article Pine Bluff casino hosts job fair as opening date approaches
(9/8/2020)
(Arkansas) -- On Tuesday, Saracen Casino Resort hosted a job fair leading up to its grand opening in a little over one month. What was once just a vision for the 110...
article Casino on pace for October debut; officials meet new Quapaw leader
(9/2/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Interest is running high in the new Saracen Casino Resort, which, although beset by delays because of abnormally high rainfall and material delays during...
article Ahead of Casino Opening, New Quapaw Leader Goes Quiet [sub req]
(8/23/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Joseph Byrd, the new Quapaw Nation business chairman, has not responded to repeated requests for comment. And he's been equally silent with local and...
article Exclusive first look at Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff
(8/13/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Construction is nearly complete at The Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff and we got an exclusive first look inside. Casino management says it is the...
article Exclusive first look at Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff
(8/12/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Construction is nearly complete at The Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff and we got an exclusive first look inside. Casino management says it is the...
20 Total Articles on this Issue

Arkansas Gaming

article Changes proposed for ballot measures
(10/18/2020)
(Arkansas) -- In the Nov. 3 election, Arkansas voters will determine the fate of a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it more difficult for citizen-led...
article Southland Casino Racing extends operational hours
(10/14/2020)
(Arkansas) -- People will soon have more time to gamble at Southland Casino Racing. The casino announced Wednesday, Oct. 14, it has expanded its operating hours on...
article Arkansas lawmaker objects to racing commission’s Gulfside pick
(10/8/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Cherokee Nation Businesses has received little good news recently in its attempt to gain a license to open a casino and resort in Pope County, and CEO...
article Gulfside's temporary facility in the works
(10/3/2020)
(Arkansas) -- A temporary casino facility is in the works for Gulfside Casino Partnership along Bradley Cove Road just outside the Russellville city limits. However, the...
article Retailer's app offers way to remotely play lottery in Arkansas
(9/25/2020)
(Arkansas) -- A mobile phone app that allows lottery players in Arkansas to buy draw-game tickets through their smartphones and collect their winnings without leaving...
article Sports Wagering Soars at Arkansas Oaklawn Resort
(9/24/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Sports betting is on the upswing at Oaklawn Resort in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where the casino at the historic horse track is gaining its stride after a...
article Casino litigation over for Pope Co.
(9/22/2020)
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court deemed Citizen for a Better Pope County’s litigation against the Pope County Quorum Court as “moot” last...
article Arkansas Casino Tax Revenue Rebounding After COVID-19 Falloff
(9/17/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Since coronavirus infection rates began to spike in mid-March, wagering at the state’s three casinos declined by a combined $1.4 billion. The casinos...
article Arkansas Casino Tax Revenue Rebounding After COVID-19 Falloff
(9/17/2020)
(Arkansas) -- With fewer people gambling in the spring, tax collections from Arkansas casinos fell sharply. But the numbers have been on the upswing in recent months....
article Arkansas casinos take a billion-dollar beating from COVID-19
(9/16/2020)
(Arkansas) -- The coronavirus pandemic has been cruel to the gaming industry everywhere, and especially to Arkansas. According to the state’s Department of Finance...
article Arkansas casinos recovering from coronavirus-related shutdown
(9/16/2020)
(Arkansas) -- The three casinos in the southern American state of Arkansas together reportedly lost more than $1.4 billion in gross gaming revenues as a direct result of...
article Wagers down over $1.4B at Arkansas casinos
(9/15/2020)
(Arkansas) -- The coronavirus pandemic has cost Arkansas casinos more than $1.4 billion in gaming terminal wagers this year but the state's three gambling...
article Southland third casino in state to offer wagering on sports
(9/12/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Sports betting — complete with kiosks — has launched at Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis, joining two other casinos in the state in...
article Southland now offers wagering on sports
(9/10/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Sports betting -- complete with kiosks -- has launched at Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis, joining two other casinos in the state in offering...
article Southland restarts on-site sports betting
(9/9/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Visitors to Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis, Arkansas can once again bet on sports such as racing, baseball, basketball, boxing, football, golf,...
article State lottery revenue for July up by $8.5M over last year
(8/12/2020)
(Arkansas) -- In the fourth full month of the covid-19 pandemic in Arkansas, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue in July increased by $8.5 million over the...
16 Total Articles on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article COLUMN: As the casino turns: The Pope County fight goes on
(10/18/2020)
(Arkansas) -- I still don’t fully understand how Pope County got designated for a casino in the amendment approved by voters in 2018. Nor do I have a clue where...
article Tribe Suing Rival Company Over Casino Annex in Pope County
(10/14/2020)
(Arkansas) -- An Oklahoma tribe has sued a rival company and the Arkansas Racing Commission in an effort to stop a smaller annex casino from being built. Attorneys for...
article A new lawsuit in the Pope County casino battle
(10/13/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Cherokee National Businesses and Pope County have filed a new lawsuit aimed at preventing Gulfside Casino Partnership from building a casino in Pope County...
article Rejected applicant sues to stop Pope County casino annex
(10/13/2020)
(Arkansas) -- The rejected applicant for a casino license in Pope County sued on Tuesday to stop Gulfside Casino Partnerships - the winners of the license - from...
article As the casino turns in Pope County
(9/21/2020)
(Arkansas) -- For the record, some developments in the eternal fight over a casino in Pope County. First, last week the Arkansas Supreme Court dispensed with a lawsuit...
article The Pope County casino saga rolls on
(8/27/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Interested in the tangled fight for a permit to build a casino in Russellville? For the moment, Gulfside Casino Partnership of Mississippi has the state...
article Cherokee Nation Businesses’ appeal of Gulfside getting license denied
(8/22/2020)
(Arkansas) -- In a 3-2 vote, the Arkansas Racing Commission on July 31 refused the appeal by Cherokee Nation Businesses of the ARC’s decision to award a casino...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Stories Of The Week

article Tribe Suing Rival Company Over Casino Annex in Pope County
(10/17/2020)
(Arkansas) -- An Oklahoma tribe has sued a rival company and the Arkansas Racing Commission in an effort to stop a smaller annex casino from being built. Attorneys for...
1 Article on this Issue

Chickasaw Nation

article ‘Mission United’: Sky was no limit for Chickasaw astronaut
(10/1/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Indigenous history in the Americas, says Charlotte Buchanan Yale, didn’t start one day 16,000 years ago and end the day European settlers arrived in...
1 Article on this Issue

United Keetoowah Band

article Videos of Keetoowah Band on Review for Anniversary of Tribal Recognition
(9/29/2020)
(Arkansas) -- The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma is reviewing a recently cataloged collection of rare recordings of Keetoowah council meetings and...
1 Article on this Issue

Public Smoking

article Stay smoke-free, casino urged
(9/21/2020)
(Arkansas) -- When Saracen Casino Resort opens its gaming floor next month, smokers, because of coronavirus restrictions that require masks to be worn in public places,...
article Health Organizations Urge Saracen Casino to Open Permanently Smoke-free to Protect Workers, Reduce Spread of COVID-19
(9/15/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Saracen Casino’s grand opening is scheduled for October in Pine Bluff, and health groups urge the operator to open smoke-free to protect the health of the...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Wounded Knee

article CRITICAL MASS: Poetic history — The essential veracity of Dee Brown’s corrective history, ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,’ turns 50
(8/15/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Telling the story of "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," Dee Brown's poetic history of American westward expansion as told from the perspective...
1 Article on this Issue

LGBTQ

article Man says he was discriminated against at casino for bringing a purse
(8/11/2020)
(Arkansas) -- An Arkansas man is hoping for a policy change at a casino after he says he was discriminated against at the door. Jordan Kirk says a security guard and...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article National CSDIW announces new membership classification
(10/8/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Pioneered by the Arkansas State Society, Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars, the National CSDIW has implemented a new classification of...
article MONAH to host Native American Virtual Cultural Celebration
(9/17/2020)
(Arkansas) -- The Museum of Native American History has announced that the annual Native American Cultural Celebration will be offered in a series of live and...
article Arrowheads To Animation: Sky's the limit for MONAH online
(8/16/2020)
(Arkansas) -- "Stop typing and close your eyes," David Bogle instructs a reporter during a phone interview. "Picture an American Indian in your mind....
article Man says he was discriminated against at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort for bringing a purse
(8/9/2020)
(Arkansas) -- An Arkansas man is hoping for a policy change at a local casino after he says he was discriminated against at the door. Jordan Kirk says a security guard...
article Greyhound group finds dogs at Southland trained on live animals
(7/27/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Live-lure training is the practice of training greyhounds for the racetrack with live animals, typically jackrabbits. It’s a barbaric practice in...
article Oaklawn Casino Set to Resume Limited Operations May 18
(5/8/2020)
(Arkansas) -- The Oaklawn Park casino has been given the green light by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to resume operations May 18. During his press briefing May 7,...
article The first quarantine concert foretells music's dystopian future
(5/8/2020)
(Arkansas) -- A concert in Fort Smith, Ark. on May 15 will be one of the first — if not the first — live, socially-distanced show in the U.S. since the...
article Saber's Oaklawn horse racing wagering picks
(4/26/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas-bred $16K maiden fillies and mares go six furlongs. No. 5 Country Dream comes off a big maiden win here last out. No. 11 Superstar Bea has been...
article Damage done to Petit Jean Mountain historic native american drawings
(4/1/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Somebody damaged historic native american drawings at Petit Jean Mountain. These pictures shows names several people scratched into the walls at Rock House...
article Casinos in Pine Bluff and West Memphis join closure list
(3/17/2020)
(Arkansas) -- The Saracen Resort Casino in Pine Bluff announced this morning that it will close due to coronavirus. The Southland casino in West Memphis also announced...
article Scholarship Lottery Increases Awareness of Problem Gambling
(3/9/2020)
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is taking steps to address gambling addiction. March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Lottery Director Bishop Woosley...
article Sequoyah National Research Center seeks interns for summer 2019
(2/9/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Each summer the Sequoyah National Research Center hosts three tribally affiliated student interns for the months of June and July. Interns are required to...
article Wallet found at casino annex leads to drug related arrest
(2/8/2020)
(Arkansas) -- A $25,000 cash only bond was set Friday for a Jefferson County man arrested on drug related charges. Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the...
article Artist uses photos to celebrate Native American ancestors
(1/2/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Bobby C. Martin is contributing to change the narrative for Northwest Arkansas' Native American population. Martin teaches art at John Brown University...
article BLOG: More Casinos in Arkansas Set to Open in 2020
(12/28/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas’ casino industry has been undergoing some major changes. Several Native American tribes in the state have been pushing to open new gambling venues...
article Authorities Seek Help Locating Stolen Native American Items
(12/7/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Authorities are seeking help finding several Native American pieces that were stolen during a residential burglary near Salina.
article Hard Hats and Horses Mix as Oaklawn Expansion Continues
(12/3/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Churchill Downs has the Twin Spires and Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort now has the hotel. Well, almost. Construction on the seven-story, 200-room luxury...
article Man busted after stealing $17,000 in casino chips
(11/29/2019)
(Arkansas) -- The temptation of being able to walk away with $17,000 in casino chips from the Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Arkansas was too much for a recent patron....
article Christian Apparel Company Partners With Operation Christmas Child
(11/9/2019)
(Arkansas) -- ​Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization whose mission is to provide local partners around...
article Jacksonville police raid 11 businesses for illegal gambling operations
(11/4/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Nearly a dozen businesses and gas stations in Jacksonville were raided Monday for illegal gambling operations. It is a bust Jacksonville police are calling...

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