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Gaming board to discuss casino closures at March 18 meeting

The Osage Nation Gaming Enterprise Board held an emergency meeting today at 2 p.m. to discuss the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

The board meeting recessed until 3 p.m. tomorrow, March 18. The Osage Gaming Commission held an emergency meeting as well but also recessed until tomorrow.

Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear attended the enterprise board meeting, along with members of the Osage Nation Congress and Casino executive staff.

“I attended the gaming board meeting today in Tulsa and the gaming commission director and the gaming commission attorney were present as regulators. A checklist was discussed and that discussion will conclude tomorrow at a meeting which begins at 3 p.m. I cannot say whether the casino will close or be open after tomorrow night, but we will know more by 5 p.m. tomorrow.”

Gaming Enterprise Board Chairman Mark Simms did not immediately return a request for comment.

According to a compilation of open tribal casinos versus closed tribal casinos in Oklahoma due to the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus as of 3:30 p.m. March 17:

Tribes still operating casinos

Osage Nation, Kiowa Tribe, Fort Sill Apache Tribe, Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Comanche Nation, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Delaware Nation, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes. Sac and Fox Nation’s casino is still open but suspending all promotions starting at midnight. 

Tribes that have closed down casino properties

Cherokee Nation, Choctaw Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Shawnee Tribe, Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma, Kaw Nation, Seneca-Cayuga Nation and Wyandotte Nation. The Quapaw Tribe and Comanche Nation will both close their casino properties at midnight on March 17. 

 

Osage News reporter Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton contributed to this report.

[This article will be updated as staff learns of casino closures.]