he Osage Nation's applications for the construction of two new casinos were submitted for Bartlesville and Pawhuska to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and pushed for approval by Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney on July 17.
The two new projects are expected to help boost the tribe’s economic opportunities as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, Fox 23 News reports.
“Now the Osage Nation will begin at once to turn dirt and construct new amenities on these parcels that will help boost our region’s economic recovery from this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey M. Standing Bear.
The “Bartlesville Property” sits on about 125 acres of land within the tribe’s former reservation, on U.S. Highway 60 approximately two miles west of the city of Bartlesville. The proposed casino is expected to be about 57,400 square feet with a hotel with 150 rooms and approximately 11,800 square feet of meeting space.
The “Pawhuska Property” sits on about 63.1 acres of land in Osage County. The tribe plans to move its existing Pawhuska Osage Casino to 17 acres on the site and eventually replace it with a proposed casino and hotel to be built about 300 feet directly across from Highway 90/60.