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Little Rock chef's long pedigree leads to directing casino's food

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 alone isn't evidence enough, he has enough awards and honors from the American Culinary Federation and the ACF Central Arkansas Cooks Association, among others, to line a fair sized trophy case.

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9/15/2020

article Little Rock chef's long pedigree leads to directing casino's food
(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...

9/14/2020

article Casino cooks up plan for state's best dining
(Arkansas) -- Mention casinos and right away, many people will think of slot machines, craps, poker, roulette, ringing bells, excited chatter and cocktail servers making...

9/8/2020

article Pine Bluff casino hosts job fair as opening date approaches
(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...

9/2/2020

article Casino on pace for October debut; officials meet new Quapaw leader
(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...

8/23/2020

article Ahead of Casino Opening, New Quapaw Leader Goes Quiet [sub req]
(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...

8/13/2020

article Exclusive first look at Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff
(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...

8/12/2020

article Exclusive first look at Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff
(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...

8/10/2020

article Saracen Casino to hire 800 more while completing construction
(Arkansas) -- Saracen Casino Resort will create approximately 800 new jobs in the next few weeks as it prepares for an upcoming grand opening in early October, according...

8/9/2020

article PB bank building new home of casino job center
(Arkansas) -- A former Bank of America building on Main Street in downtown Pine Bluff is the new home of a Saracen Casino Resort job recruitment and training center....

8/7/2020

article Saracen Casino in Pine Bluff adding 800 jobs
(Arkansas) -- I’ve been remiss in failing to note a news release from the Saracen Resort casino in Pine Bluff announcing its push to add 800 jobs by October, when...
article Saracen Casino Resort says it will hire 800 in Pine Bluff
(Arkansas) -- Saracen Casino Resort said Thursday (Aug. 6) it will hire approximately 800 new workers in the next few weeks as it prepares for an upcoming grand opening...

8/6/2020

article Saracen Casino to hire 800 more positions before grand opening in October
(Arkansas) -- Saracen Casino Resort will be adding around 800 new jobs in the next few weeks as it gets ready for the grand opening at the beginning of October. “...

8/4/2020

article Pine Bluff council votes 7-0 to approve casino's bank building lease
(Arkansas) -- The City Council approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Shirley Washington to execute an agreement with Saracen Casino Resort for a two-month lease of the...

7/31/2020

article John Berrey Talks of Working on Pine Bluff Casino
(Arkansas) -- John Berrey, longtime chairman of the Quapaw Nation that built the $350 million, 80,000-SF Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff, lost his re-election bid on...

7/30/2020

article New leader elected to Quapaw Nation
(Arkansas) -- Pine Bluff and Jefferson County officials are expressing optimism over the future of Saracen Casino as the Quapaw Nation prepares for a change in...

7/27/2020

article Byrd defeats Berrey in Quapaw Nation Business Committee vote
(Oklahoma) -- Joseph Tali Byrd defeated John Berrey in an election Saturday, July 25 for the position of chairman for the Quapaw Nation Business Committee. Unofficial...

7/26/2020

article John Berrey voted out as chair of Quapaw Nation Business Council, which operates Pine Bluff casino
(Oklahoma) -- John L. Berrey, long-time chairman of the Quapaw Business Council which built the Saracen casino in Pine Bluff, was defeated for re-election in a tribal...

6/6/2020

article Man behind Saracen casino betting on bright future
(Arkansas) -- Before the covid-19 crisis, the Annex Q Store and its slot machines opened in September 2019. By the end of the month, the popularity of the new gambling...

5/30/2020

article John Berrey: Post-pandemic plans on hold
(Arkansas) -- The Saracen Annex Q Store and its slot machines opened up to the public in September. By the end of the month, the popularity of the new gambling site...

5/27/2020

article Saracen Casino on track for fall opening
(Arkansas) -- While residents are happy with the 15,000-square-foot Saracen Casino Annex and Q-Store, which opened in September complete with 300 slot machines, patrons...

5/21/2020

article Pine Bluff council resolution to keep casino closed 30 days fails
(Arkansas) -- A resolution to request the operators of Saracen Casino Annex to delay opening for 30 days received little support from the Pine Bluff City Council on...
article Grand reopening of Downstream Casino in Oklahoma brings travelers from the Ozarks
(Oklahoma) -- Downstream Casino, located just across the Missouri-Oklahoma state line, reopened after being shut down nearly two months due to the pandemic. The casino...

5/18/2020

article Council resolution asking PB casino to shut 30 days fails
(Arkansas) -- A resolution to request the operators of Saracen Casino Annex to delay opening for 30 days received little support from the Pine Bluff City Council on...

5/16/2020

article PB weighs resolution on casino's reopening
(Arkansas) -- The Pine Bluff City Council will consider a resolution Monday night asking the Saracen Casino Annex management to delay resumption of operations for 30...

5/14/2020

article Before reopening, Downstream Casino Resort makes changes in the name of safety
(Oklahoma) -- Gaming, dining, and hotel stays, the tenets of a visit to Downstream Casino Resort, will each look a little different after the casino reopens on May 21,...

5/11/2020

article A closer look at Downstream Casino’s reopening plan
(Oklahoma) -- “It’s been a long two months,” says Jani Cummings, General Manager at Downstream Casino Resort. That time was filled with eerie silence...

5/8/2020

article Downstream Casino announces Phase 1 to reopen May 21
(Oklahoma) -- Downstream Casino Resort announces phase one of opening the casino floor and limited food and beverage. They will be open once again starting May 21, 2020.
article Arkansas allowing casinos to resume limited operations May 18
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas will allow the state's three casinos to resume limited operations May 18, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday. Southland Casino Racing in...
article More than 10 Saracen Casino sub-contractors test positive for COVID-19
(Arkansas) -- More than 10 Saracen Resort and Casino sub-contractors have tested positive for COVID-19. Quapaw Chairman John Berry says those who tested positive have...
article Saracen Casino in Pine Bluff looks to open on May 18 with restrictions
(Arkansas) -- Soon you’ll be able to cash out a jackpot at your favorite casino in the Natural State. The Governor announcing casinos will open with limited...

5/6/2020

article Workers at Pine Bluff casino project test positive for COVID-19
(Arkansas) -- Quapaw Tribal Business Committee Chairman John Berrey confirmed today that some employees of subcontractors on the Saracen Casino Resort job site in Pine...

3/17/2020

article Casinos in Pine Bluff and West Memphis join closure list
(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...

2/14/2020

article Quapaw Nation seeks to join gaming lawsuit against state
(Oklahoma) -- The Quapaw Nation this week filed a motion seeking to intervene in the ongoing litigation in federal court requesting a determination that the Oklahoma...

2/13/2020

article Rising of casino in PB celebrated in 'topping-out'
(Arkansas) -- Rainy weather failed to dampen the spirits of about 150 elected officials, Quapaw Nation representatives, business people, and construction employees who...
article Saracen Casino ceremony marks milestone
(Arkansas) -- The Saracen Casino Resort’s $350 million Pine Bluff development hit a significant milestone Feb. 12 with a ceremonial topping-out of the resort...
article Saracen Casino ceremony marks milestone
(Arkansas) -- The Saracen Casino Resort’s $350 million Pine Bluff development hit a significant milestone Feb. 12 with a ceremonial topping-out of the resort...

2/12/2020

article Saracen Casino Resort showcases project's impact on Pine Bluff
(Arkansas) -- A big milestone in the construction of Saracen Casino Resort put the spotlight on the future in Pine Bluff Wednesday. City leaders joined members of Quapaw...

2/10/2020

article Saracen Casino to host topping off ceremony
(Arkansas) -- Officials with the Saracen Casino Resort will hold a topping-out ceremony at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Saracen Casino Resort Building Site, 3512...

1/26/2020

article Construction Flurry Advances Saracen Casino
(Arkansas) -- A message board in the construction trailer complex at the Saracen Casino Resort job site proclaims the countdown: 159 days till substantial completion. To...

1/13/2020

article Casino's namesake featured in 1992 mural
(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...

1/3/2020

article Saracen Casino Resort in Arkansas on track for June 2020 opening
(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...

1/2/2020

article Red Oak Steakhouse: The Quapaw tribe supplies the meat and produce in this Oklahoma casino restaurant
(Oklahoma) -- The Quapaw Native American tribe has a reputation for agricultural excellence. Settling in the junction of the Arkansas and Mississippi rivers (in modern-...

1/1/2020

article Casino annex opens as preview of what’s ahead
(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...

12/31/2019

article Marlon Blackwell Architects sues over Arkansas casino design
(Arkansas) -- Marlon Blackwell Architects (MBA) opened a lawsuit to dispute unpaid fees over the design of the Saracen Resort Casino that’s currently under...

12/26/2019

article PB casino finish still set for June
(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
(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...

12/24/2019

article Marlon Blackwell architecture firm sues over Saracen Casino design fee
(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...

12/22/2019

article NELSON: Changing the narrative
(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
(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...

12/10/2019

article Simple rule change could allow off-site sports betting in Arkansas
(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...
press release Quapaw Nation, Downstream Casino Resort, increasing food bank donations to fight hunger in the region
(Oklahoma) -- Downstream Casino Resort and Quapaw Nation have been fighting hunger in the region for more than 11 years through a series of semi-annual food bank...

10/20/2019

article Quapaw chief Saracen a tragic but heroic man
(Arkansas) -- Saracen was a Quapaw Indian who has been portrayed in Arkansas history as a hero, "the rescuer of captive children." During the Revolutionary War...

10/6/2019

article Quapaw Nation reaches settlement in long-running trust mismanagement case
(Oklahoma) -- After more than 17 years of litigation through three presidential administrations, the Quapaw Nation has emerged victorious in its trust fund mismanagement...

10/5/2019

article Saracen Casino Resort partially opens in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- The largest tourism investment project in Arkansas has partially opened nearly a year after voters approved casino legalization, bringing thousands of jobs...

10/4/2019

article Settlement of Quapaw trust litigation announced
(Washington D.C.) -- The Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C settled litigation involving the Quapaw Nation Friday, Oct. 4 after a ruling. “This has been a...

10/3/2019

article Arkansas’ Saracen Casino Resort begins offering sports betting today
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission on Monday signed off on Saracen Casino Resort's sports betting plans. The Pine Bluff-based casino began offering sports...

10/2/2019

article Casino Annex opening ceremony
(Arkansas) -- If you’re feeling lucky hundreds of slot machines are now open in pine bluff. The Saracen Casino Annex cut the ceremonial red ribbon, and is now...
article Quapaw officially open annex, offering taste of casino to come
(Arkansas) -- When Arkansas voters approved an amendment that authorized four casinos in the state, the Quapaw Nation fixed its sights on Pine Bluff for one reason:...

10/1/2019

article Saracen casino is now fully open
(Arkansas) -- The Saracen Casino officially opened its gambling annex at 11 a.m. today in Pine Bluff, after a surprise test run to a full house Friday night. In addition...

9/30/2019

article PB casino OK'd to start taking sports bets today
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission on Monday signed off on the Pine Bluff-based Saracen Casino Resort's plans to begin offering sports betting. John Boyce...
article Saracen Casino Annex holds surprise soft opening ahead of schedule
(Arkansas) -- The Saracen Casino Resort is a casino currently being constructed by the Quapaw Nation in Pine Bluffs, Arkansas. In late June, it was announced that the...

9/28/2019

article Casino in Pine Bluff holds surprise “soft opening”
(Arkansas) -- A casino in Pine Bluff held a surprise “soft opening,” four days before its planned grand opening. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the...

9/27/2019

article PB casino holds surprise opening
(Arkansas) -- In a surprise "soft" opening Friday, Saracen Casino Annex opened for business at 6 p.m., four days ahead of a planned grand opening scheduled for...

9/25/2019

article Saracen Casino Annex plans grand opening Oct. 1
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Nation and the Downstream Development Authority will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Saracen Annex at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the...

9/24/2019

article Slot machines to start jingling Oct. 1 in Pine Bluff
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Nation will open a slot machine parlor Oct 1. as construction continues on the larger Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff. The Saracen annex...

9/22/2019

article Game to salute school’s ties with Quapaw Nation
(Oklahoma) -- The Quapaw Wildcats will trade their traditional green home jerseys for red, blue and yellow Friday, Sept. 27 when they host Colcord in the District A-6...

9/21/2019

press release Downstream Development Authority Announces Payment of Initial Consent Fee
(Oklahoma) -- Downstream Development Authority of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma (O-Gah-Pah) ("Downstream") today announced that it has made payment of the...

9/18/2019

article Pine Bluff council annexes last of casino's site
(Arkansas) -- The Pine Bluff City Council completed the annexation of land owned by the Quapaw Nation where construction is underway to build the new Saracen Casino...

9/13/2019

article Annexation of land near casino on Council agenda
(Arkansas) -- Two proposed ordinances to annex property on the east side of Pine Bluff near the site of the Saracen Casino and Resort are on the agenda when the Pine...

9/12/2019

article Oklahoma tribes, USDA leadership building partnerships
(Oklahoma) -- The 2019 “Nation to Nation” Tribal Consultation Meeting and Tours, hosted by the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council, the Quapaw...

9/9/2019

article Quapaw Nation scanning Central Arkansas workforce for Pine Bluff casino workers
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Nation’s Downstream Development Authority is keeping good on their promise to ramp up hiring for the Indian tribe’s trucking stop...

9/7/2019

article Saracen Casino Resort hosting job fair
(Arkansas) -- Saracen Casino Resort representatives will host a job fair Tuesday in Pine Bluff as they work toward filling 140 positions. Saracen Casino Resort, which is...

9/6/2019

article Sneak Peek: Saracen Casino Annex nears completion
(Arkansas) -- Construction is underway and nearing completion for the Saracen Casino Annex. “This is our introduction to Saracen and the Quapaw quality to the...

9/5/2019

article Council rejects bid to make casino smoke free
(Arkansas) -- A proposed ordinance that would have banned smoking at the Saracen Casino that it currently under construction was soundly defeated by the Pine Bluff City...

9/1/2019

article As Saracen Casino Goes Up, Minority Jobs Expected to Rise on Quapaws' Bet
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Tribe of Indians' Downstream Development Authority LLC broke ground last month in Pine Bluff and expects a 300-room hotel and 80,000-SF...

8/31/2019

article Pine Bluff to discuss pros and cons of smoke-free casino
(Arkansas) -- It has been a hot topic in Pine Bluff this past week. The highly anticipated Saracen Casino Resort wants to allow smoking on the slot floors. The city of...

8/30/2019

article Hiring event for the casino coming to Pine Bluff
(Arkansas) -- Today was phase two of a hiring event for the casino coming to Pine Bluff. Saracen Casino interviewed and drug tested candidates for bartender and server...

8/29/2019

article 'Nation to Nation' Consultation Meeting and Tours recently held in Quapaw
(Oklahoma) -- An appreciation of heritage, a responsibility for today and a drive for tomorrow was the feeling that filled the 2019 “Nation to Nation” Tribal...

8/28/2019

article Council committee turns thumbs down on smoke free casino
(Arkansas) -- A proposal to amend a Pine Bluff City ordinance to ban smoking at the Saracen Casino which is currently under construction failed to win the approval of...

8/19/2019

article For Quapaws, Arkansas casino bid goes smoothly
(Arkansas) -- The casino under construction in Jefferson County comes with the usual promise of well-paying jobs, additional tax revenue and a boost in local tourism....

8/17/2019

article Applicants line up in PB for 125 positions at Saracen Casino Annex
(Arkansas) -- Saracen Casino Resort officials continued to be pleasantly surprised, they said, at the interest shown by Jefferson County residents in the casino that...

8/14/2019

article Absentee Shawnee Tribe showcases Native history at casino
(Oklahoma) -- The Absentee Shawnee Tribe is paying tribute to prominent Native Americans at one of its casinos in Oklahoma. The mural at the Thunderbird Casino was...

8/13/2019

article Who was Chief Saracen of the Quapaw Tribe?
(Arkansas) -- Editor’s Note: With the groundbreaking for the Saracen Casino Resort taking place last week, there have been numerous questions sent to the Pine...

8/11/2019

article Cats to salute ties with Quapaw Tribe during special game
(Oklahoma) -- The Quapaw School District will recognize the Quapaw Tribe for its many contributions to the district when it hosts Colcord on Sept. 27 for Quapaw High...

8/10/2019

article Ground broken for $350M casino resort in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Nation has broken ground on a $350 million casino resort expected to open in Arkansas next year. The Downstream Development Authority of the...
article Saracen Casino Resort hosting job fair
(Oklahoma) -- Saracen Casino Resort representatives will host a job fair Tuesday in Pine Bluff as they work toward filling 140 positions. Saracen Casino Resort, which is...

8/9/2019

article Saracen Casino Resort to host job fair Aug. 13 in Pine Bluff
(Arkansas) -- Saracen Casino Resort, a community development by Quapaw Nation’s Downstream Development Authority, LLC, will host a job fair next week to continue...

8/8/2019

article NFL, NCAA coaching great Switzer visits PB
(Arkansas) -- Quapaw Nation officially broke ground on the Saracen Casino Resort Monday morning with several political and non-political VIP’s in attendance.

8/7/2019

article Quapaw Nation holds Saracen Casino Resort groundbreaking celebration
(Arkansas) -- On Monday, Quapaw Nation Chairman John L. Berrey was joined by Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington and Jefferson County Judge Gerald Robinson for a...

8/6/2019

article Quapaw Nation hosts groundbreaking ceremony for new $350M casino resort in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- After on June 13, 2019, having been granted a gaming license to open a casino and resort on its ancestral territory in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, on Monday the...
article Saracen Casino Resort event creates splash
(Arkansas) -- Quapaw Nation officially broke ground on the Saracen Casino Resort Monday morning in Pine Bluff. The project is the Quapaw Nation’s first development...

8/5/2019

article Ground broken for $350M casino resort in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Nation has broken ground on a $350 million casino resort expected to open in Arkansas next year. The Downstream Development Authority of the...

8/2/2019

article Many PB residents looking forward to new casino
(Arkansas) -- A groundbreaking celebration for Saracen Casino Resort, a $350 million development by the Quapaw Nation, will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 5, at the...

8/1/2019

article Quapaw Nation to break ground on $350 million gaming, hotel complex next week
(Arkansas) -- Nearly two months after the Arkansas Racing Commission unanimously approved a gaming license for the Quapaw Nation of Oklahoma in Pine Bluff, the business...

7/31/2019

article Quapaw Nation to break ground on $350 million gaming, hotel complex next week
(Arkansas) -- Nearly two months after the Arkansas Racing Commission unanimously approved a gaming license for the Quapaw Nation of Oklahoma in Pine Bluff, the business...

7/30/2019

article Quapaw Nation to celebrate new Saracen Casino Resort on August 5 in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Nation will host a groundbreaking ceremony for its commercial casino in Arkansas on August 5. The $350 million Saracen Casino Resort will be...

7/29/2019

article Ground-breaking ceremony set for Saracen Casino
(Arkansas) -- A ground-breaking ceremony for the Saracen Casino Resort will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at the casino site, 3512 Market St. The event will be...
article Quapaw Nation announces groundbreaking for casino on ancestral territory
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Nation will host a groundbreaking ceremony for its commercial casino in Arkansas on August 5. But gaming is going to debut much sooner than that...

7/28/2019

article Quapaw Nation to hold groundbreaking for Arkansas casino
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Nation of Oklahoma is expanding its casino and resort operation to Arkansas, a state the tribe once called its home, with a groundbreaking...
article Young people learn Quapaw history, crafting through hands-on experience
(Arkansas) -- Young people had an opportunity to experience what life may have been like for some of Northwest Arkansas' earliest residents Saturday at the Museum of...

7/19/2019

article PBSBA hears update on casino project
(Arkansas) -- A Saracen Casino and Resort official offered new details about the multi-million dollar project Wednesday at the Pine Bluff Small Business Association...
article Quapaw casino in Jefferson County breaks ground
(Arkansas) -- The Saracen Casino, the new casino run by the Quapaw tribe and set to open next year in Pine Bluff, will host a ground breaking event on August 5....

7/7/2019

article Quapaw Powwow 2019 Comes to a Close
(Oklahoma) -- The 2019 Quapaw Powwow came to a close today. Chairman of the event Mike Shawnee reflected on the 3 day celebration, where his tribe honored their American...

7/5/2019

article Casino plans shift into high gear
(Oklahoma) -- The Quapaw Nation is moving forward with work on the Saracen Casino and Resort as well as upgrades to the Southern Edge truck stop, where a casino annex is...
article Saracen Casino community meeting set July 9
(Arkansas) -- A Saracen Casino Resort Community Meeting will be held from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. “John L. Berrey, chairman...

7/3/2019

article Casino plans shift into high gear
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Nation is moving forward with work on the Saracen Casino and Resort as well as upgrades to the Southern Edge truck stop, where a casino annex is...

6/26/2019

article Construction underway for Arkansas’ coming Saracen Resort Casino
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Nation has reportedly begun building its Saracen Resort Casino in Central Arkansas in hopes of being able to open the first phase of the coming...

6/25/2019

article Gambling expected to start at portion of Pine Bluff casino within the next 5 months
(Arkansas) -- Construction is well underway on the Quapaw Nation's new $350-million resort and casino in Pine Bluff after their business arm, Downstream Development...

6/19/2019

article Quapaw Food Banks
(Oklahoma) -- Downstream Casino is doing it's part to fight food insecurity in the four states. Today the casino delivered food to the Quapaw food pantry at the...

6/17/2019

article Quapaw Nation returns home with gaming project in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Nation has won approval to open a commercial casino on ancestral territory in Arkansas. The $350 million Saracen Casino Resort will be located...

6/15/2019

article Pine Bluff casino OK'd, licenses denied in Pope
(Arkansas) -- An Arkansas panel has approved an American Indian tribe's application to operate a casino in Jefferson County while rejecting five applications from...
article Saracen Casino gets OK to build in PB
(Arkansas) -- The Saracen Casino Resort is officially under construction in Pine Bluff after Quapaw Nation’s Downtown Development Authority was granted its gaming...
article State Racing Commission approves Pine Bluff casino license, rejects five bids for Pope County
(Arkansas) -- Five of the half-dozen applicants for casino gaming licenses in Arkansas went home rejected following a highly-anticipated meeting Thursday (June 13) that...

6/14/2019

article Quapaw Nation OK'd to build Pine Bluff casino
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission on Thursday gave the go-ahead for the Quapaw Nation to build a casino in Pine Bluff and approved Oaklawn Racing Casino...

6/13/2019

article Five applications denied for casino licenses in Pope Co., 1 approve for Jefferson Co.
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission reviewed 5 applications for casino licenses in Pope County, and voted to decline all five. During the same meeting, the...
article Pine Bluff casino OK'd, licenses denied in Pope County
(Arkansas) -- An Arkansas panel has approved an American Indian tribe's application to operate a casino in Jefferson County while rejecting five applications from...
article Pope County casino applications rejected as incomplete. Quapaw casino approved in Jefferson County; also sports betting at Oaklawn
(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 Pope County casino applications rejected as incomplete. Quapaw casino approved in Jefferson County; also sports betting at Oaklawn
(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 Quapaw Nation granted license for $350 million Arkansas casino
(Arkansas) -- A proposed casino with ties to the Quapaw Nation was granted a gaming license Thursday for a $350 million casino and resort in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
article Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff gets license approval from Arkansas Racing Commission
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission has voted to approve the license for the Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff. It's being operated by the Quapaw Tribe...
article Saracen Development, LLC, breaks ground on Arkansas casino
(Arkansas) -- Granted a casino gaming license Thursday, Saracen Development, LLC, has announced it will move forward immediately with its planned $350 million investment...

6/10/2019

article Casino updates to be given at PB community meeting June 11
(Arkansas) -- Organizers of the proposed Saracen Casino Resort at Pine Bluff will give updates at a community meeting from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at the Pine Bluff...

5/24/2019

article Quapaw Tribe has heavy presence in PB with coming casino
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw are members of the Dhegiha Siouan language group, which also includes the Osage, the Omaha, the Ponca, and the Kansa. They first appeared in...

5/16/2019

article Quapaw Nation talks casino
(Arkansas) -- Quapaw Nation and its Downstream Development Authority and development team on Tuesday zeroed in on the shape, scope, and details of Pine Bluff's...

5/12/2019

article Casino’s coming to Pine Bluff
(Arkansas) -- A casino gambling expansion approved by voters in November seems likely to become a reality a good deal faster than medical marijuana. See the meeting...

5/11/2019

article Council OK’s annexation for casino
(Arkansas) -- By a 6-1 vote, the Pine Bluff City Council approved an ordinance to annex land expected to be the site of the Saracen Resort and Casino into the city...

5/5/2019

article Gambling bills in Legislature appear to have minimal impact on region
(Missouri) -- Patrick Tuttle said he enjoys teasing his colleagues in the travel industry across the state. While Southwest Missouri has none of the state’s 13...

5/3/2019

article Qupaws Want Arkansas Casino
(Arkansas) -- An American Indian tribe has submitted its first application for a casino license in Arkansas. Voters approved a constitutional amendment in November that...

5/2/2019

article Oklahoma tribe applies for first casino license in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- An American Indian tribe has submitted its first application for a casino license in Arkansas. Voters approved a constitutional amendment in November that...

5/1/2019

article 1st application in for casino license
(Arkansas) -- Less than an hour before the close of business Wednesday, attorneys for the Quapaw Nation carried a file box packed with white three-ring binders into the...
article First casino permit application filed
(Arkansas) -- The application permit period for new casinos in Arkansas opened today and the Quapaw tribe was first in line with an application for a permit for a...

4/17/2019

article Renovated Red Oak Steakhouse combines Quapaw projects
(Oklahoma) -- From meat production to greenhouse produce to cultivated honey, the Quapaw Nation's various local farm and ranch operations will all be combined and...

4/8/2019

article Berrey salutes EPA’s work in Tar Creek clean-up
(Oklahoma) -- The removal of Tar Creek from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator’s Emphasis List is a tribute to the strong leadership of the...

3/10/2019

article Casino operator outlines PB project at meeting
(Arkansas) -- John Berrey, a Quapaw Tribe chief and chairman of Downstream Media Group, which is planning to build Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff, hosted a meeting...
article New documentary highlights expansion, evolution of Quapaw Nation
(Oklahoma) -- A new documentary, “The Pride of the Ogahpah,” follows the evolution of the Quapaw Nation’s gaming operations and how its success with...
article Trailer: "The Pride of the Ogahpah"
(Oklahoma) -- "The Pride of the Ogahpah," a documentary about how a casino helped a tribe expand into numerous ventures, is available on Amazon Prime.

3/1/2019

article Casino construction team to host Pine Bluff meeting
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Nation’s Saracen Casino Resort Construction Team invites Pine Bluff and Jefferson County construction contractors to a meeting from 6‐9 p....

2/28/2019

article Some White Hall residents skeptical about new casino
(Arkansas) -- When completed, the Saracen Casino Resort planned for Pine Bluff is expected to generate $32 million in tax-based revenue in five years, according to Chief...

2/26/2019

article Pines Mall hasn’t been sold
(Arkansas) -- Despite rumors that began floating around social media and other circles over the weekend, the owner of the Pines Mall said Monday that she has not sold...
article Plans for Saracen Casino Resort underway
(Arkansas) -- When completed, the Saracen Casino Resort planned for Pine Bluff is expected to generate $32 million in tax-based revenue in five years, according to Chief...
article Uptick seen in unemployment rate; hope ahead
(Arkansas) -- For the second month in a row, Pine Bluff tops the state’s unemployment list, but there is some hope on the horizon for better days to come....

2/25/2019

article Plans for casino resort underway in Pine Bluff
(Arkansas) -- When completed, the Saracen Casino Resort planned for Pine Bluff is expected to generate $32 million in tax-based revenue in five years, according to Chief...
article Quapaw Nation ready to break ground on commercial casino in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Nation is prepared to break ground this spring on a commercial gaming facility in Arkansas, The Pine Bluff Commercial reports. Chairman John...

2/23/2019

article Plans for Saracen Casino Resort underway
(Arkansas) -- When completed, the Saracen Casino Resort planned for Pine Bluff is expected to generate $32 million in tax-based revenue in five years, according to Chief...

2/18/2019

article Quapaw Tribe opens Little Free Library
(Oklahoma) -- A new Little Free Library has taken up residence outside the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma’s Title VI building, located at 903 Whitebird.

1/28/2019

article Casino in Jefferson Co. could open by end of 2019
(Arkansas) -- It's been just months since Issue 4 passed in Nov. 2018, and The Quapaw Tribe is looking to get a casino up in Jefferson County by the end of 2019. The...
article Jefferson Co. casino could offer economic, community growth
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters approved Issue 4 on Nov. 6, allowing casinos to operate in four Arkansas counties, including two (Pope and Jefferson counties) where gaming...
article Quapaw Nation first tribal member of OSFA
(Oklahoma) -- History was made Thursday afternoon when the Quapaw Nation Fire/Emergency Department became the first tribal member of the Oklahoma State Firefighters...

1/24/2019

article Quapaw Nation becomes first tribal member to join state firefighters association
(Oklahoma) -- History was made this month by the Quapaw Nation Fire/EMS Department when it officially became the first tribal department to be accepted into the Oklahoma...

1/16/2019

article Quapaws strike deal to sell land at Little Rock Port
(Arkansas) -- The board of the Little Rock Port Authority is expected today to approve plans to purchase more than 150 acres near the port currently owned by the Quapaw...

12/14/2018

article Quapaw Nation Planning New Tri-State Casino
(Oklahoma) -- The Quapaw Nation are very eager to open a new Tri-state casino, which if permitted to go ahead will have its parking lot in Arkansas, the casino will be...

12/13/2018

article New Casino for Pine Bluff in Early Stages of Development
(Arkansas) -- John Berrey’s vision is impressive. Berrey, chairman of Downstream Development Authority and the Quapaw Nation, spoke by phone about plans for a...

12/12/2018

article Quapaw chief updates community on proposed casino
(Arkansas) -- Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington moderated a conversation between Chief John Berrey of the Quapaw Tribe and the public Monday night at the Pine Bluff...

12/11/2018

article Arkansas Racing Commission drafting new casino legislation
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission has started drafting rules for the new casino regulation. This is after the state’s voters had approved a move to...

12/10/2018

article Jefferson County casino one step closer to approval, sends submission to racing commission
(Arkansas) -- People in Jefferson County could see a casino take shape sooner than expected after the Quapaw Tribe released new details about future plans. Dozens of...
article Quapaw Nation Shares Casino Plans for Pine Bluff
(Arkansas) -- For the first time the microphone was open to the Pine Bluff community to ask questions about the casino straight to the source. "How many potential...

12/9/2018

article Quapaw Nation gets nod to operate proposed casino in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- In Arkansas, plans for the proposed Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff continue to move forward as the Downstream Development Authority, a subsidiary of...

12/6/2018

article DYS director to new role
(Arkansas) -- Betty Guhman, director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services' Division of Youth Services, announced she would leave her position to advocate at...

12/4/2018

article Oklahoma Tribe Selected to Develop Arkansas Casino in Jefferson County
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma and its Downstream Development Company has been selected by local officials in Arkansas to build and operate a casino in...
article Pine Bluff casino plan gets letters of support; mayor, county judge tout proposal
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Nation and its partners in the planned development of the proposed Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff announced letters of support Monday from...

12/3/2018

article County, city officials back tribe’s casino plan in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- Local leaders in an Arkansas county are backing an American Indian tribe’s plan to apply for a casino license under a constitutional amendment...
article Downstream Development Authority selected to bring new casino to Jefferson County
(Arkansas) -- Leaders in Jefferson County and Pine Bluff have selected the Downstream Development Authority of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma as their casino operator,...
article Local Leaders OK Quapaw Casino for Pine Bluff
(Arkansas) -- Local leaders in Jefferson County and Pine Bluff have given their support to Downstream Development Authority, the owner and operator of Downstream Casino...
article Quapaw Nation’s Downstream enterprise selected by Pine Bluff, Jefferson County to lead casino efforts
(Arkansas) -- The investment of millions of dollars to help pass an amendment expanding Arkansas’ casinos may pay off in a bigger way for a Quapaw Nation-based...

12/2/2018

article High and middle school students learn about Native American culture in Quapaw
(Oklahoma) -- High school students and middle school students learn the importance of Native American culture today in Quapaw. High school and middle school visited 14...

12/1/2018

article Quapaw Nation officially acquires new land
(Kansas) -- A piece of land in Cherokee County is now officially Indian tribal land. It's a historic moment for Quapaw Nation as a portion of land they acquired...
article Quapaw Tribe acquires more land in Kansas
(Kansas) -- The Quapaw Tribe has acquired additional property in southeastern Kansas after gaining approval from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. The tribe obtained...

11/29/2018

article Oklahoma Indian tribe gets more land in southeast Kansas
(Kansas) -- The Quapaw Tribe has acquired additional property in southeastern Kansas along the Oklahoma border after gaining approval from the federal Bureau of Indian...

11/27/2018

article Quapaw Nation expands tribal lands in Kansas
(Oklahoma) -- The Quapaw Nation has obtained additional property in Cherokee County, Kansas, after its request for a 211-acre acquisition was approved by the Bureau of...

11/10/2018

article Quapaw Tribe moves forward with casino bid after victory at polls
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Nation is wasting little time preparing for a gaming bid in Arkansas. Chairman John Berrey told The Arkansas Times that the tribe plans to apply...

11/9/2018

article Voters OK'd Arkansas casino measure, but questions remain
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters approved an amendment to the state's constitution allowing licenses for four casinos: two existing gambling facilities and two others...

11/8/2018

article Quapaw Tribe points to early 2020 opening for Pine Bluff casino
(Oklahoma) -- John Berrey, chairman of the Oklahoma-based Quapaw Tribe, says he hopes to have a permit for a casino in Pine Bluff by the end of April, to be "...

10/28/2018

article Grant goals: Quality of life improvements aim of $5 million in grant-funded projects
(Oklahoma) -- The Quapaw Nation’s construction department, the Quapaw Services Authority, has big improvements for the tribal community after receiving more than $...

10/22/2018

article Quapaw Nation Announces New Elder Housing Units
(Oklahoma) -- Twenty new elder housing units are heading to the Quapaw Nation, thanks to assistance from a $750,000 federal grant. The nation already has 6 units it...

8/31/2018

article BERREY: Congress can do what's right for Indian Country
(Oklahoma) -- Last month, I was honored to be re-elected as Chairman of the Quapaw Nation of Oklahoma (O-Gah-Pah), a tribe known for its many successes. Our tribal...

8/24/2018

article Quapaw Tribe adopts new name
(Oklahoma) -- The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma officially adopted a new name. Members voted to change the name of the tribe to the Quapaw Nation. The change went into effect...

8/23/2018

article Quapaw Tribe adopts new name
(Oklahoma) -- The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma now has a new name. The tribe is now named the Quapaw Nation, a move that officially went into effect last week. Members voted...

8/14/2018

article Name change for Quapaw Tribe - Berrey retains Chairman seat
(Oklahoma) -- The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma will now operate under the name of the Quapaw Nation after the tribe's members voted 456 to 314 in favor of the name...

7/17/2018

article Quapaw Tribe to hold elections
(Oklahoma) -- The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma will hold its annual election on Saturday, July 28, at the Quapaw Tribal Complex. The polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m...

7/15/2018

article Bills arrive for petition campaigns
(Arkansas) -- Filings are expected next week on the campaigns to put a minimum wage increase and casino gambling expansion on the November ballot. One other campaign...

7/9/2018

article Downstream celebrates 10 years
(Oklahoma) -- It’s now been 10 years since the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma opened the doors to an exciting and innovative tribal enterprise, Downstream Casino and...

7/6/2018

article Downstream celebrates 10 years - Quapaw Tribe's casino revenues help tribe diversify
(Oklahoma) -- It's now been 10 years since the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma opened the doors to an exciting and innovative tribal enterprise, Downstream Casino and...

6/12/2018

article Downstream Casino donates to local food banks
(Missouri) -- Two times a year, Downstream Casino donates 20 tons of canned food to eight food banks and pantries in five area counties. One of the recipients is...

6/11/2018

article Downstream Casino Resort fights hunger in the region
(Oklahoma) -- Downstream Casino Resort is making its semi-annual Food Bank donations this week, distributing 20 tons of canned food to eight food banks and food pantries...

6/8/2018

article Oklahoma ex-tribal officer gets 10 years for child sex crime
(Oklahoma) -- A former Quapaw tribal officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after an undercover police sting in northeast Oklahoma revealed his involvement in...

6/6/2018

article Former Quapaw Tribe Leader Gets Prison Time
(Oklahoma) -- The former Vice Chairman of the Quapaw Tribe's Business Committee was sentenced in federal court today (June 6, 2018). According to a probable cause...

5/29/2018

article Casino measure approved by Arkansas AG
(Arkansas) -- Since Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge last week approved wording for four ballot measures — including one of two casino proposals that...
article Quapaw Tribal election candidacies declared - Top seat up for election
(Oklahoma) -- Candidacies have been declared for the upcoming Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma’s Annual Elections. The top tribal leadership position of Chairman has two...

5/28/2018

article AG OK’s local casino measure for Nov. 6 ballot
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has approved a ballot measure that, if passed by voters, would allow construction of four casinos, one of which...

5/21/2018

article Quapaw Tribal Library to receive new books
(Oklahoma) -- The Quapaw Tribal Library will receive new books about the history of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma. A reception is slated from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the...

4/28/2018

article Quapaw Chairman John Berrey tabbed Tribal Leader of Year
(Oklahoma) -- John L. Berrey, longtime chairman of the Quapaw Tribal Business Committee, credits the tribe and business associates for his recent 2018 Tribal Leader of...

4/23/2018

article Arkansas court rejects bid to approve casino measure wording
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas' highest court rejected an effort Monday to force the state's attorney general to approve the wording of a ballot measure that would...

4/21/2018

article Arkansas AG asks court to reject casino backers’ complaint
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas’ attorney general is asking the state’s highest court to reject an effort to force her to approve the wording of a proposed ballot...

4/9/2018

article Quapaw Tribe goes to bat for Trump's embattled environmental official
(Oklahoma) -- With his job in jeopardy, the leader of the Environmental Protection Agency can count on at least one defender in Indian Country. EPA Administrator Scott...

3/27/2018

article Meth kingpin sentenced - Millions laundered at Quapaw casino
(Oklahoma) -- The so-called kingpin of a Missouri drug ring was sentenced to a 30-year term in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute drugs and money laundering...

3/14/2018

article State AG rejects casino proposal
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has again rejected a proposed state constitutional amendment that would allow four casinos in Arkansas. Rutledge...

3/1/2018

article Arkansas Pro-Casino Legalization Group Submits New Measure to AG in Quest for November Ballot
(Arkansas) -- A pro-casino group in Arkansas campaigning for the legalization of commercial casinos has resubmitted a proposed constitutional amendment to the state...

2/26/2018

article Casino proposal being resubmitted to Arkansas attorney general
(Arkansas) -- Driving Arkansas Forward, a citizens’ group that’s hoping to improve Arkansas highways and create new jobs, submitted a revised proposal to the...
article Revised Arkansas casino measure would expand gambling at tracks
(Arkansas) -- A proposal to legalize casinos in Arkansas was revised Monday to allow expanded gambling at a greyhound track and horse track that already offer video...
article Rewritten casino amendment now seems to bring Southland, Oaklawn on board
(Arkansas) -- A group hoping to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2018 to legalize more casinos in Arkansas and devote tax revenues to highways has...

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