There is no Indian gaming in Arkansas.
Arkansas has two racinos (race track and casino). One has dog racing and the other horse racing.
Oaklawn Racing & Gaming (info)
2705 Central Avenue
Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901
Southland Park Gaming & Racing (info)
1550 Ingram Boulevard
West Memphis, AR 72301
July 08, 2016
Signatures Submitted for Arkansas Casino Measure
Signatures have been submitted by a group that is pushing for a November ballot measure that would allow for three counties in Arkansas to build casinos.
Over 92,000 signatures were turned in my the group Arkansas Wins in 2016. The law requires a minimum of 84,859 signatures.
The proposed measure would call for an amendment to be made to the state constitution. It would allow for casinos in Washington, Boone, and Miller counties.
It was announced last month that Cherokee Nation Entertainment has expressed interest in being the operator for the Washington County casino.
Cherokee Nation Entertainment to Run Proposed Washington Casino
Three counties in Arkansas could be allowed to develop casinos in a measure is approved by voters this November. Of those casinos, Cherokee Nation Entertainment has agreed to be the operator of one in Washington County.
A committee has formed to support the measure. If approved, the state's constitution would need an amendment.
Cherokee Nation Entertainment has agreed to operate the hotel and entertainment center in addition to the casino.
Currently the company operates and owns nine casinos in Oklahoma. There is a tenth location that is being built now in Grove.
Land trust status will not be sought by the company.
Miller and Boone counties are the proposed locations for the other casinos.
June 03, 2016
Three News Casinos Proposed for Arkansas
May 12, 2016
Additional Casinos for Arkansas Rejected
On Thursday, a proposed measure that would expand casino gaming in Arkansas was rejected by the state Attorney General.
Boone, Miller, and Washington counties were the locations that would have been allowed casinos.
The measure was rejected based on lacking more in depth details and vague language.
Currently there are two casinos in the state. They are located in West Memphis and Hot Springs.
October 05, 2012
Casino Measure Denied by Supreme Court
The Arkansas Supreme Court rejected a new state measure that would allow for four casinos to be built.
Professional poker player, Nancy Todd had been one of the measure's main supporters. It was rejected by the state's Supreme Court due to the wording that was used. It was ruled by the court that voters would not be informed well enough by the way the measure was written.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel stated that the measure's wording was insufficient and vague. He also stated that the wording failed to educate the voters that the current electronic gaming law could also be repealed.
If the measure was approved, a new constitutional amendment would be made. It would allow for Las Vegas based company, Poker Palace LLC, rights to own and operate the proposed four new casinos.
Language changes to the bill were made by Nancy Todd and resubmitted to have it placed on the November ballot. Over 78,000 signatures were collected in support of the measure. However the Supreme Court ruled that the signatures were invalid due to being collected before Todd had changed bill.
January 16, 2008
Fort Smith Indian Casino Rejected by Federal Government
FORT SMITH, AR - The U.S. Department of the Interior rejected a proposal by the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians to build a riverfront casino in Fort Smith. The tribe had applied to the department to place 10 acres of into federal trust for the purpose of building a casino.
In a surprising change of policy, the Interior Department added a new criteria based on commuting distance from a reservation to a casino. The Keetoowah live in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, a distance of 90 miles. The proposed casino site is near the ancestral lands of the Keetoowah.
Based on this distance criteria, the department rejected the tribe's application along with similar applications from ten other tribes across the country.
The tribe is considering an appeal.