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article FOI investigation details allegations of secret meetings and malfeasance on casino negotiations by Pope County officials
(1/24/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Pope County officials conspired to hold secret meetings and hoodwink the public during discussions of a proposed casino, according to the accounts of Pope...
article Arkansas casino talks violated law, letter asserts
(1/22/2020)
(Arkansas) -- A county judge and several Quorum Court members violated the state Freedom of Information Act multiple times when selecting an applicant for a Pope County...
article Arkansas Lawsuit Seeks Protection of Intellectual Property
(1/22/2020)
(Arkansas) -- In a creative profession like architecture, no one wants to take a gamble with intellectual property rights—even when designing a casino. A federal lawsuit...
article Special prosecutor found Pope County Quorum Court violated FOIA but declined to pursue criminal charges
(1/21/2020)
(Arkansas) -- The special prosecutor appointed to investigate the actions of the Pope County Quorum Court during negotiations over establishing a casino found that the...
article For 3rd time, business seeks casino license
(1/15/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation Businesses on Wednesday submitted to the Arkansas Racing Commission its third application for a license to build and operate...
article The battle for a Pope County casino continues
(1/14/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Following a hearing on Tuesday, it could be until the end of March before a decision on issuing a Pope County casino license comes to fruition. Currently,...
article Casino applications' 2nd round is cut off
(1/10/2020)
(Arkansas) -- In the face of court rulings against the path it was taking, the Arkansas Racing Commission on Friday decided to abandon its second round of taking...
article Judge sets hearing on Pope County casino permit case
(1/10/2020)
(Arkansas) -- A Pulaski County judge has set a surprise hearing on one lawsuit and the Racing Commission has acceded to another judge’s ruling in a separate case...
article Pope County casino license process blocked by judge
(1/6/2020)
(Arkansas) -- An Arkansas judge on Friday temporarily blocked a state panel from issuing a license for a casino to operate in Pope County. Pulaski County Circuit Judge...
article Judge rules against Arkansas casino licence
(1/5/2020)
(Arkansas) -- A County Circuit Judge issued a temporary restraining order that blocks an Arkansas panel from issuing a casino licence for Pope County. US.- Back in 2018...
article Fight continues to delay award of Pope County casino permit
(1/2/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Opponents of a casino in Pope County have asked Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen for a hearing on a request for a temporary order to prevent the state Racing...
article Arkansas high court allows commission to issue casino permit
(1/1/2020)
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court will not prohibit the Racing Commission from issuing a casino license to applicants in one county after a company whose license...
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...
article Deadline near for Pope County casino license
(12/20/2019)
(Arkansas) -- When it meets Jan. 6, the Arkansas Racing Commission will consider whether to issue a license for a casino in Pope County that day or delay that decision...
article Racing Commission to Consider Pope County Casino in January
(12/20/2019)
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission may decide on Jan. 6 whether to issue a casino license for Pope County. Cherokee Nation Business and the Choctaw Nation,...
article Arkansas Racing Commission sets date to consider Pope County casino license
(12/19/2019)
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission will consider on Jan. 6 whether to issue a license for a casino in Pope County or whether to further hold off on that...
article OP/ED: Racing toward success
(12/18/2019)
(Arkansas) -- They flocked by the hundreds into the Hot Springs Convention Center on a recent Tuesday night for Oaklawn Park's annual employee awards banquet. The...
article Anti-casino group doesn’t owe legal fees, judge rules
(12/10/2019)
(Arkansas) -- A circuit court judge ruled Monday that an anti-casino group does not have to pay the county's legal fees after the dismissal of a case that claimed...
article Judge asked to dismiss casino lawsuit
(12/10/2019)
(Arkansas) -- An anti-casino group asked a Pulaski County circuit court judge Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit it brought against the state Racing Commission to bar it from...
article Judge denies attorney fees for Pope County in casino case
(12/9/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Circuit Judge Bill Pearson of Russellville today denied at a hearing today the request from Pope County Judge Ben Cross and the Pope County Quorum Court...
article County, city receive $400K from Oaklawn Sept. gaming
(12/4/2019)
(Arkansas) -- County and city coffers continue to benefit from the casino gaming amendment voters passed last year, as their shares of the tax levied on September net...
article State revenue for November sets a record; month’s haul $515M
(12/4/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas' general-revenue tax collections in November increased by $23 million, or 4.7%, over what the state took in for the same month a year ago to $...
article Group appeals casino decision
(12/3/2019)
(Arkansas) -- An anti-casino group is appealing to the state Supreme Court a circuit court judge's decision to declare unconstitutional an initiated Pope County...
23 Total Articles on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article Cherokee Nation submits 3rd application for a Pope County casino license
(1/17/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen said his temporary restraining order doesn't bar the Racing Commission from taking applications based on...
article Cherokee Nation Businesses reapply for a Pope Co. casino license
(1/15/2020)
(Arkansas) -- The Cherokee Nation Businesses resubmitted an application for a Pope County casino license on Wednesday. CNB is now submitting their initial application -...
article Cherokees try again on Pope County casino license application
(1/15/2020)
(Arkansas) -- The Cherokee tribe today again submitted an application to the state Racing Commission for a casino license in Pope County. The proposal, for a $225...
article The fight for Pope County casino license continues
(1/9/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Cherokee Nation and Gulfside Casino Partnership have been battling it out for a license to build a casino in Pope County. Since the beginning of the new...
article Cherokees file to pull out stops on casino
(1/8/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Cherokee Nation Businesses, one of the applicants seeking to build a casino in Pope County, was busy this week trying to clear obstacles in the award of a...
article Decision on CNB Arkansas gaming license still in limbo
(1/7/2020)
(Arkansas) -- After a court decision forced the cancellation of an Arkansas Racing Commission meeting, Cherokee Nation Businesses is still awaiting the results of legal...
article Can't grant casino license, state told
(1/4/2020)
(Arkansas) -- A Pulaski County circuit judge granted a temporary restraining order Friday barring the state Racing Commission from issuing a license for a casino in Pope...
article Judge issues temporary restraining order, preventing issue of casino license in Pope County
(1/3/2020)
(Arkansas) -- A judge has issued a temporary restraining order against the Arkansas Racing Commission that prevents it from issuing a casino license in Pope County to...
article Application period for casino licenses invalid, judge finds
(1/2/2020)
(Arkansas) -- The second window opened by the state Racing Commission to accept applications for a Pope County casino license is invalid because it contradicts adopted...
article BLOG: Add another legal action to Pope County casino fight
(12/30/2019)
(Arkansas) -- The citizens group that opposes a casino in Pope County filed a new legal action Friday afternoon in circuit court in Little Rock seeking an injunction...
article High court rejects call to step into casino case
(12/30/2019)
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court will not bar the Racing Commission from issuing a Pope County casino license, nor will it force a Pulaski County circuit judge...
article Arkansas: Pope County casino land to be voluntarily annexed into Russellville city
(12/16/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Land earmarked for a casino in Pope County will be voluntarily annexed into Russellville, giving the city the largest split of gambling revenue, if...
article Casino license splits county, city over issue
(12/13/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Land earmarked for a casino in Pope County will be voluntarily annexed into Russellville, giving the city the largest split of gambling revenue, if...
article Mississippi casino operator makes its case for Pope County permit
(12/11/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Though it’s not yet clear when Circuit Judge Tim Fox will ever hear the lawsuit by Gulfside Casino Partnership claiming it has a valid application to...
article Casino bickering continues in Pope County
(12/7/2019)
(Arkansas) -- The wrangling in Pope County over casino gambling continues in various courts. The major issue is the effort by Gulfside Casino Partnership to get Pulaski...
article Cherokee Nation Businesses among 2 interests seeking Ark. casino license
(12/4/2019)
(Arkansas) -- In the wake of local scuttlebutt that suggested two levels of government may be taking different paths on establishing a casino, the Russellville City...
article Group appeals casino decision
(12/4/2019)
(Arkansas) -- An anti-casino group is appealing to the state Supreme Court a circuit court judge's decision to declare unconstitutional an initiated Pope County...
17 Total Articles on this Issue

Quapaw Tribe

article Casino's namesake featured in 1992 mural
(1/13/2020)
(Arkansas) -- There is now a second public image in Pine Bluff of a locally fabled American Indian leader, as work proceeds on Arkansas' first legal casino outside...
article Saracen Casino Resort in Arkansas on track for June 2020 opening
(1/3/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Work at Quapaw Nation's Saracen Casino Resort continues at a fast pace as construction crews aims to have the 80,000-square-foot casino open for...
article Casino annex opens as preview of what’s ahead
(1/1/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Less than 100 days after the Arkansas Racing Commission granted the Quapaw Nation a license to operate a gambling facility in Jefferson County, the Saracen...
article Marlon Blackwell Architects sues over Arkansas casino design
(12/31/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Marlon Blackwell Architects (MBA) opened a lawsuit to dispute unpaid fees over the design of the Saracen Resort Casino that’s currently under...
article PB casino finish still set for June
(12/26/2019)
(Arkansas) -- In the run-up to the Christmas holiday, work at Saracen Casino Resort continues at a feverish pace as construction crews race the calendar to have the 80,...
article Architect's suit claims casino design poached
(12/26/2019)
(Arkansas) -- A Fayetteville architect designed the new Pine Bluff casino resort, but a Memphis design firm is taking credit for it, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S...
article Marlon Blackwell architecture firm sues over Saracen Casino design fee
(12/24/2019)
(Arkansas) -- A court filing indicates a fee dispute over design of the Saracen Resort Casino in Pine Bluff. Marlon Blackwell Architects of Fayetteville filed suit in...
article NELSON: Changing the narrative
(12/22/2019)
(Arkansas) -- As I eat brisket for lunch at the Downstream Casino Resort near Quapaw, Okla., Lucus Setterfield explains how the beef I'm consuming was produced by...
article NELSON: Return of the Quapaw
(12/22/2019)
(Arkansas) -- The meat packing operation at the Quapaw Cattle Co. in northeastern Oklahoma appears clean enough to be a surgical suite. I'm watching the work being...
article Simple rule change could allow off-site sports betting in Arkansas
(12/10/2019)
(Arkansas) -- It's been nearly six months since sports betting went live in two Arkansas casinos, but millions have already been wagered. Arkansas Racing Commission...
10 Total Articles on this Issue

Other News

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...
article Black Indian, Native American Heritage Month Fair set
(10/26/2019)
(Arkansas) -- The second annual Black Indian and Native American Heritage Month Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Little Rock. The free event...
article AR Racing Commissions Delays Pope County Licenses
(10/20/2019)
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission has put license-awarding procedure for Pope County on hold while lawsuits look into the process of issuing permits.
article Partnership With Native Americans Collaborates with Legendary Actor Wes Studi
(10/7/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA), a national nonprofit serving immediate needs and supporting long-term solutions for Native Americans living in...
article Photo Gallery: Native American Museum celebration opening night
(10/5/2019)
(Arkansas) -- The Museum of Native American History celebrated the grand opening of the third annual Native American Cultural Celebration Friday at the Museum in...
article $5.2B wagered in machine bets at state's tracks
(9/15/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Gamblers at the state's two racetracks wagered a total of $5.2 billion on slot and other betting machines and won $4.9 billion in prizes in the fiscal year...
article History in grasp: Collections of archaeological discoveries tell of Arkansas’ past
(9/8/2019)
(Arkansas) -- For some, it's about holding history in their hands, while for others, it's about holding onto Arkansas' history. While opening the door to a large walk-in...
article Applications open for American Indian fund
(8/2/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Applications are now being accepted for a fund that supports American Indian farmers and ranchers. The application period for the Native American...
article Program to help Native American families buy homes in Northwest Arkansas
(7/18/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas was previously one of 14 states that did not offer the Native American Home Loan Program. Cherokee Tribal member Kailee Stonebarger has been...
article GAMBLING EVERYWHERE: Police seize 31 slot machines from Arkansas gas stations
(7/14/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Authorities are investigating after police seized more than two dozen slot machines from a pair of convenience stores in northwest Arkansas. Thirty-one...
article VIDEO: Family Linked To Illegal Gambling At Springdale Convenience Stores Surrender To Police
(7/12/2019)
(Arkansas) -- The owners of two Springdale convenience stores and their children have turned himself in as part of a investigation into illegal gambling at both...
article Springdale PD: Convenience stores running illegal gambling operations
(7/11/2019)
(Arkansas) -- The Springdale Police Department executed search warrants at two convenience stores, alleging they operated illegal gambling houses. The warrants were...
article Pope County casino applications rejected as incomplete. Quapaw casino approved in Jefferson County
(6/13/2019)
(Arkansas) -- The state Racing Commission made quick work of five applications today to build a casino in Pope County. It said all were incomplete. This likely sets the...
article Vince Logan Joins Native American Agriculture Fund Leadership
(4/12/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Institutional investment advisor and corporate lawyer Vince Logan has joined the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) as Chief Financial Officer and...

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