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The Apache Casino Hotel in Lawton will open its doors Thursday at 10 a.m., with some modifications.

  • Guests and employees must wear masks and get their temperatures taken.
  • Food and drink service will be limited, as well as some games.
  • The casino layout will change to allow for social distancing.
  • The property will be 100 percent smoke free-including vaping.

More guidelines can be found here.

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Starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Osage Casino Hotel in Tulsa will start a limited reopening.

Only the gaming floor will be open, table games will not be available, food won't be served and bar service will be limited. The hotel and pool will remain closed.

Capacity will be limited to 25% and groups will be restricted to 10 or fewer people. The casino is also encouraging visitors to wear a mask and gloves.

Osage Casinos in Bartlesville, Hominy, Pawhuska, Sand Springs and Skiatook will also open. Osage Casino in Ponca City reopened last week.

The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association announced Thursday that they are suspending the membership of the Otoe Missouria Tribe and the Comanche Nation.

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On Tuesday, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued an opinion saying Governor Kevin Stitt cannot enter into compacts with tribes that authorize gaming activity prohibited by state law.

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Before returning to work on May 11, Osage Nation employees will be tested for COVID-19.

A memorandum from Director of Operations Casey Johnson stated that as a quote "precautionary measure" all employees returning to work will be tested for COVID-19 at the Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center in Pawhuska.

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Four of the largest tribes in Oklahoma — the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and the Muscogee Creek Nations — will keep their casinos closed through May 15, saying they are prioritizing their employees and the public's health over the pressure to reopen.

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Two tribes signed new agreements this week that would begin sports betting and table games. That led to criticism from the state legislature and the state attorney general. Both argue the Governor doesn’t have the authority from the legislature to authorize these new forms of gaming. 

 

Governor Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma's Attorney General Mike Hunter tussled over compact signed with the Comanche Nation and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe on Tuesday to begin sports betting and banked table gaming, such as blackjack, craps and roulette.

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Cherokee Nation Businesses will begin offering a voluntary furlough program on Saturday, May 2.

Eligible employees of closed CNB casinos, museums, retail and manufacturing operations will be offered a voluntary furlough program that will allow them to receive unemployment benefits along with the additional $600 per week bump from the CARES Act. During this time, CNB will pay for their health care and allow them to remain a CNB employee. The program lasts until July 31st.

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On Tuesday, Governor Kevin Stitt signed new gaming compacts with two of the tribes that were suing him in federal court — The Comanche Nation and The Otoe-Missouria Tribe.

But the dispute continues with ten other tribes over whether the pact tribes have been operating casinos under automatically renewed at the start of the year.

Oklahoma students will continue receive meals from their schools during mass closures. The State of Oklahoma applied for and received two waivers from the US Department of Agriculture to distribute lunches to children living in low-income households.

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