TULSA, Okla. – Two Osages are now holding the general manager posts at the Tulsa and Sand Springs Osage Casinos.
Matthew Shunkamolah is hired as Tulsa casino GM and Joseph Standing Bear is permanently hired as Sand Springs GM, according to Osage Casinos Chief Operations Officer Joe Cooper. He informed the ON Gaming Enterprise Board of the hires at the board’s Feb. 18 meeting.
Shunkamolah most recently served as general manager for the Seminole Nation Casino and before that worked as the SN’s chief gaming regulator for the SN Gaming Agency, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Previously, Shunkamolah was executive director for the Osage Nation Gaming Commission (2010-2012) and worked as a shift manager at the then-Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino in Hominy. His gaming experience also includes working for the Comanche Nation Gaming Commission and for the Fort McDowell-Yavapai Nation in Arizona. Shunkamolah holds a bachelor’s degree in government from New Mexico State University.
Standing Bear was previously interim GM and also worked as Sand Springs casino assistant GM starting in 2012, according to his LinkedIn profile. His gaming experience also includes working for then-Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino as a shift manager, table games supervisor and table games dealer starting in 2005.
Standing Bear’s education background includes attending Northeastern State University and St. Gregory’s University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business management.
The casino general manager positions opened after vacancies occurred last fall during the management change-up with former Sand Springs casino GM Byron Bighorse now Osage Casinos CEO and the prior Tulsa casino GM terminated with three other management employees.