(L to R) Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor David Thornton and his granddaughter Alexus Thornton, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Cherokee spiritual leader Crosslin Smith, and Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors Janelle Fullbright and Joe Byrd cut the ribbon during the opening of the new Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland.
Casino opens doors, hotel slated to open this fall
ROLAND, OKLAHOMA — A new $80 million premier entertainment development is officially opening its doors and bringing hundreds of new career opportunities to the region.
“We are creating hundreds of new jobs with this expansion, and that will positively impact the local economy. The growth means improving the quality of life in this region, not just for Cherokees but for all families throughout the neighboring communities,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker.
Cherokee Principal Chief Baker speaks during ribbon cutting ceremony
“We understand that gaming is simply a means to an end. Our goal is to create good jobs for our people, provide our elders access to critical services, ensure our families have quality homes and world-class health care, and give our children the opportunity to pursue an education. Economic development like this allows us to achieve those things that will shape the future of the Cherokee Nation.”
The 170,000-square-foot casino and hotel offers 850 electronic games, table games and a private High Limit poker room. Two dining options are available for guests, along with an entertainment venue offering a cocktail bar and live music.
The resort-style hotel, featuring 120 rooms is slated to open this fall. The new property features convention space to host conferences, special events, weddings and trade shows.
“This new resort affirms our commitment to remaining the entertainment destination of choice in the region,” said Shawn Slaton, chief executive officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses. “The new entertainment options and amenities allow us to remain our guests’ first choice while creating hundreds of new jobs.”
Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland now employs more than 550 people, with additional jobs planned when the hotel opens later this year.
“This is a wonderful day and one we’ve waited on for a long time,” said Janelle Fullbright, deputy speaker of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council and representative of district 6. “I’m very proud of all the jobs this casino is bringing to Sequoyah County. This town and community has been very supportive of us. I am happy these employees have a beautiful place to work and it is something to be proud of.”
“I am proud to say all is well within the Cherokee Nation,” said David Thornton, Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor of district 5. “I am proud of all the employees here. This last month, before this casino opened, was something I’ve never seen done before. All the employees and the construction companies have come together to get this finished in record time. Now, it’s time to move forward, and looking forward is about taking care of our people. That is what we are here for.”
Cherokee Nation Entertainment is the wholly owned gaming, hospitality, retail and tourism entity of the Cherokee Nation. The company operates Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa; eight Cherokee Casinos, including a horse racing track; three hotels; three golf courses; and other retail operations. The region’s entertainment leader employs 3,500 people.
Cherokee Casino Roland is located off Highway 64 on Cherokee Boulevard in Roland. For more information on Cherokee Casinos, visitwww.cherokeecasino.com or call (800) 754-4111.